Glenn Miller trombonist, Beach Boys musician Paul Tanner dead at 95
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The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, February 6, 2013 10:58AM EST
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- 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, says Tanner died of pneumonia Tuesday at an assisted living centre in California.
Tanner performed with Miller from 1938 to 1942. During his long career, he also worked as a movie studio and ABC musician 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 and helped write several books.