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.
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His stepson, Douglas Darnell, of Youngstown, Ohio, 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 Tex Beneke, Henry Mancini and Arturo Toscanini, among others.
He also helped develop the electro-theremin, 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.
Paul was my trombone teacher at UCLA...a remarkable teacher and a wonderful man...extremely great values and a true friend to all...this news is so very sad, and so many of us are thankful for all that Paul shared over so many years!
Really miss you, Paul...and thank you!
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