BEACH BOYS: Theramin Player on 'Good Vibrations" Has Died
The musician who added the most distinctive instrumental part to The Beach Boys "Good Vibrations" has died. Paul Tanner passed away Tuesday at 95, after a career that spanned being the trombonist in The Glenn Miller Orchestra, teaching jazz at UCLA and inventing one of rock's early electronic wonders.
Beach Boys singer Mike Love said in a statement, "The unique sound of the electro-theramin created by Paul was the most unique contribution to a truly remarkable song. Paul will be missed, but his gift of brilliance and creativity will live on forever. I am personally grateful to Paul for his gift of a mystical sound to our music."
Tanner also used his creation on the Beach Boys songs "Wild Honey" and "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times."
The BBC says Tanner designed and played the electro-theremin, whose spacey effects also led to its use on TV's My Favorite Martian and Lost in Space.