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Glenn Miller trombonist Paul Tanner dies at 95

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.

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Anyone who plays musical genres like big band/standards with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and 60's rock-and-roll with the Beach Boys should be considered as having the "best of both worlds" in my opinion.  He was truly one of the best musicians ever to live.  We will sorely miss him.  Thank you, Mr. Tanner for all of your contributions in the field of entertainment.  R.I.P., Mr. Tanner.  Amen.
Feb 6, 2013 3:10PM

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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Feb 6, 2013 3:08PM
Glenn Miller,Woody Herman,Benny Goodman, the Dorsey brothers, Artie Shaw,Duke Ellington,Count Basie,Lionel Hampton, and so many others I can't think of : the greatest music ever for the greatest generation : the  late 30's , all the 40's and through the 50's,The BIG Bands era ! Hope they come back when you actually danced WITH someone instead of AT someone. Miss it !
Feb 6, 2013 2:54PM
From the beautiful music of Glenn Miller to the beautiful music of the Beach Boys, and also a professor who touched thousands of students with his knowledge.  What a full and wonderful life!  Thank you, Mr. Tanner.  R.I.P.
Feb 6, 2013 2:33PM
Glenn Miller was one of my late Dad's old favorites.  He was probably well familiar with Paul Tanner.  Dad was a real fan of the big band sound.  His 93rd birthday would have been yesterday. Miss him so much.
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