Tony Terran

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Tony Terran
Tony Terran playing.jpg
Background information
Birth name Anthony Terran
Born 1926 (age 89–90)
Buffalo, New York, United States
Occupation(s) Instrumentalist
Instruments Trumpet
Associated acts The Wrecking Crew

Anthony Terran or Tony Terran (born May 30, 1926 in Buffalo, New York) is an American trumpet player and session musician. He was part of The Wrecking Crew, which was a group of session musicians in Los Angeles, California, who earned wide acclaim in the 1960s. The Wrecking Crew[1] was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame on November 26, 2007.The Wrecking Crew (2008 film)

Regarded as one of the most versatile trumpet players in the music business, Terran influenced the Los Angeles music scene for more than four decades as a specialist of many musical styles. He performed and recorded with many artists including The Baja Marimba Band, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Ray Charles, Chicago, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Bob Dylan,[2] Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Bob Hope, Michael Jackson, Eartha Kitt, Peggy Lee,[3] Madonna,[4] Dean Martin,[5] Elvis Presley,[6] Bonnie Raitt,[7] Linda Ronstadt,[8] Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, The Tijuana Brass, and Tom Waits.

Terran played on many recordings of television shows and film soundtracks such as I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, The Brady Bunch, I Dream of Jeannie, Get Smart, Happy Days, Popeye, The Carol Burnett Show, Star Trek, Mission Impossible, Cheers, L.A. Law, The Simpsons, Rocky I, II and III, The Karate Kid I, II and III, The Natural, All the President's Men, Broadcast News, Field of Dreams, Blazing Saddles, Grease, An Officer and a Gentleman, Ghostbusters, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Deep.

He was also a featured soloist for composers and conductors including Nelson Riddle, John Williams, Patrick Williams, David Shire, Lalo Schifrin,[9] Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mandel, James Horner, Johnny Mandel, Charles Fox and John Barry. Terran received the Most Valuable Player award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 1974.

Terran was in high school when he started working on live radio shows in Buffalo, NY. In 1944, he arrived in Los Angeles after touring with Horace Heidt. In 1945, he began working with Bob Hope, and then with Desi Arnaz in 1946. His relationship with Arnaz helped shape Cuban/Latin music in the United States.[10] Tony is the last surviving member of the Desi Arnaz Orchestra from the I Love Lucy television show.[11] He had the distinction of playing on the first filmed television sitcom (I Love Lucy),[12] and playing with some of the first R&B combo bands to use horns in the early 1950s.

Terran had one marriage from 1963 - 1976 to singer/dancer Avalon Adele Kirkham and has five children; Aprile Lanza Boettcher (Adele's daughter from her first marriage to choreographer/dancer Joe Lanza), Mark Terran, David Terran, Eve Terran and Jennifer Terran. * [13]



  • The Song's Been Sung (Imperial, 1966)

with Chet Baker

with the Henri René Orchestra

with Lalo Schifrin


  1. ^ Tony Terran, Listed in Credits under Horns as Wrecking Crew Member:. "Wrecking Crew Documentary Film". The Wrecking Crew Documentary Film. Producer Denny Tedesco. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  2. ^ Album Credits
  3. ^ Album Credits
  4. ^ Album Credits
  5. ^ Album Credits
  6. ^ Movie Credits
  7. ^ Album Credits
  8. ^ Album Credits
  9. ^ Album Credits
  10. ^ Emma Margolin and Aliyah Frumin (18 December 2014). "From ‘I Love Lucy’ to pop music, Cuba’s influence on America runs deep". (MSNBC). MSNBC. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  11. ^ Contreras, Felix (18 May 2008). "Ricky Ricardo: The 'Mr. Babalu' Next Door". (Weekly Edition Sunday NPR) (NPR). National Public Radio. Retrieved 18 May 2008. 
  12. ^ Anderson, Christopher. "I Love Lucy: US Situation Comedy". Museum TV. Museum.TV. 
  13. ^ The Hereditary Register of the United States of America 1976. Library of Congress: Hereditary Register. Anthony Tomas Terrana listed as married to Avalon Adele Kirkham under heading "Rae Catherine Rose Kirkham". Also listed are Adele's five children David Terrana; Eve Terrana; Jenifer Terrana and April Lisa Lanza daughter of Joseph D. Lanza. 1976. 
  • Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew, The Story of the World's Most Recorded Musician, Page 56
  • L.A. Jazz Scene (monthly magazine/818-293-0584), July 2005, Bob's Beat, "Tony Terran's 79th Birthday Party," Page 7

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