Tony Terran

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Tony Terran
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Background information
Birth nameAnthony (Tony) Terran
Born(1926-05-30)May 30, 1926
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
DiedMarch 20, 2017(2017-03-20) (aged 90)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Associated actsThe Wrecking Crew, Desi Arnaz Orchestra

Anthony Terran (May 30, 1926 – March 20, 2017) was 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.[1] The Wrecking Crew was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum on November 26, 2007.


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 Jackson 5, The Mamas & the Papas, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Ray Charles, Neil Diamond, Chicago, Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole, Commodores, Perry Como, Bob Dylan,[2] Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Tony Bennett, Eartha Kitt, Peggy Lee,[3] Madonna (I'm Breathless), Dean Martin,[4] Elvis Presley,[4] Bonnie Raitt (Takin' My Time), Linda Ronstadt,[4] Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Lou Rawls, Barbra Streisand, Baja Marimba Band, Tijuana Brass, The Carpenters, Tom Waits, Ricky Nelson and Eric Burdon and the Animals.

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, HAWAII FIVE-O, Get Smart, Happy Days, Popeye, The Carol Burnett Show, Star Trek, The Love Boat, Mission Impossible, Cheers, L.A. Law, The Simpsons, M*A*S*H, The Odd Couple, Mork and Mindy, 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, The Exorcist, Ghostbusters, Dirty Dancing, Three Amigos, Forrest Gump, Taps, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Deep.

He was also a featured soloist for composers and conductors including Benny Goodman, Nelson Riddle, John Williams, Patrick Williams, David Shire, Lalo Schifrin, Bill Conti, Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mandel, James Horner, Johnny Mandel, Charles Fox, Burt Bacharach 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.[5] Tony was the last surviving member of the Desi Arnaz Orchestra from the I Love Lucy television show.[6] He had the distinction of playing on the first filmed television sitcom (I Love Lucy),[7] 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.[8]Terran's granddaughter is New York City recording artist Emily Terran [1].

Terran died in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 90.[9]


Terran was known for mentoring new trumpet players and providing opportunities for watching his recording sessions and learning the business. [2]. Chris Tedesco, [3], cousin to Tommy Tedesco, was one of the trumpet players who owe their beginning as a hollywood session artist [4] Terran’s mentorship.[5]

Selected discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

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

As sideman[edit]

with Chet Baker

with the Henri René Orchestra

with Lalo Schifrin


  1. ^ Terran, Tony. "Horn Credits as Wrecking Crew Member". The Wrecking Crew Documentary Film. Producer Denny Tedesco. Retrieved July 1, 2008.
  2. ^ "Still On The Road: 1970 Recording Sessions". Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  3. ^ "Jazz Record Requests". BBC Radio 3. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Anthony Terran Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  5. ^ Margolin, Emma; Frumin, Aliyah (December 18, 2014). "From 'I Love Lucy' to pop music, Cuba's influence on America runs deep". MSNBC.
  6. ^ Contreras, Felix (May 18, 2008). "Ricky Ricardo: The 'Mr. Babalu' Next Door". NPR Music.
  7. ^ Anderson, Christopher. "I Love Lucy: US Situation Comedy". Museum TV. Museum.TV.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Barnes, Mike (March 27, 2017). "Tony Terran, Trumpet Player in Desi Arnaz's Orchestra on 'I Love Lucy,' Dies at 90". The Hollywood Reporter. ISSN 0018-3660.


  • Blaine, Hal; Goggin, David (2010). Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew. Rebeats Press. p. 56. ISBN 978-1888408126.
  • "Tony Terran's 79th Birthday Party". L.A. Jazz Scene. July 2005. p. 7.

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