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Glenn Miller trombonist Paul Tanner dies at 95



Published: Wed, February 6, 2013 @ 10:40 a.m.

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) - Paul Tanner, a trombonist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra who later played a space-age instrument on the Beach Boys hit "Good Vibrations," has died at 95.

His stepson, Douglas Darnell, of Youngstown, says Tanner died of pneumonia Tuesday morning at an assisted living center in Carlsbad, Calif.

Tanner performed with Miller from 1938 to 1942. During his long career, he also worked as a movie studio and ABC musician in California, and performed with stars that included Tex Beneke, Henry Mancini and Arturo Toscanini.

He also helped develop the electro-theramin, a keyboard-style electronic instrument. Tanner provided its eerie sound on several Beach Boys recordings, including "Good Vibrations."

Tanner also was a music professor at UCLA for 23 years and helped write several books.


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1YSUgrad99(200 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

I saw the GMO perform at the Bethlehem Music Festival back in 1989, they were amazing. Sad to see such a big contributor pass away. I'm a big Beach Boys fan too, had no idea he helped pioneer their sound. RIP

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2123goz(512 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Great music!!

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