Paul Tanner, 95; theramin player on ‘Good Vibrations’

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, of Youngstown, Ohio, said Mr. Tanner died of pneumonia Tuesday morning at an assisted-living center in Carlsbad, ­Calif.


Mr. 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 including Tex Beneke, Henry Mancini, and Arturo Toscanini.

He also helped develop the electro-theramin, a keyboard-style electronic instrument. Mr. Tanner provided its eerie sound on several Beach Boys recordings, including ‘‘Good Vibrations.’’

Mr. Tanner also was a music professor at UCLA for 23 years and helped write several books.

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