Paul Tanner, a trombonist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra who later gave the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” its eerie hook, has died at 95.
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 stars that included Tex Beneke, Henry Mancini and Arturo Toscanini.
He also helped develop the electro-theramin, an electronic instrument. Tanner provided its unusual 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.