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Paul Tanner (1917-2013)

The last surviving member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Paul Tanner, has passed away at the age pf 95.

Tanner started his career as a trombonist with Miller from 1938 until 1942. After his stint with Miller, Tanner continued to work as a session musician in Hollywood, taught at UCLA and wrote or co-wrote books on jazz history.

In the 1950s, Tanner developed the electro-theremin, an instrument meant to mimic the sound of the theremin while giving the musician greater control over the pitch and attack of the instrument.

The electro-theremin (or Tannerin) proved popular and through the 50s and early 60s was used for a number of TV and movie soundtracks. The instrument was most famously played by Tanner himself on the Beach Boys classics "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times", "Good Vibrations", and "Wild Honey."



 

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