Jazz Trombonist Paul Tanner Dies at 95
The Glenn Miller Orchestra musician recorded the hook for The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations."
Paul Tanner, a jazz trombonist for the Glenn Miller Orchestra who recorded the hook for The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations," died of pneumonia on Tuesday. He was 95.
Tanner's stepson confirmed the death with The Associated Press (via Billboard); the musician had been at assisted living center in Carlsbad, Calif.
Tanner spent four years with the Glen Miller Orchestra, from 1938 to 1942, and also performed with Henry Mancini and other musical stars during his tenure as a movie studio musician. He helped create an electronic instrument called the electro-theramin, which he incorporated into a few Beach Boys songs including "Good Vibrations," and taught music for 23 years as a professor at UCLA.