Tony Terran

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Tony Terran
Dad with trumpet in the 1980's.pdf
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.

Anthony Terran (May 30, 1926 – March 20, 2017) was an American trumpet player and session musician. He was part of the Wrecking Crew, a group of largely uncredited session musicians in Los Angeles, California, who helped famous artists record hit records in the 1960s.[1]


Terran was in high school when he started working on live radio shows in Buffalo, New York. 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. Terran was the last surviving member of the Desi Arnaz Orchestra from the I Love Lucy television show.[2][3]

Terran performed and recorded with many artists including the Jackson 5, the 5th Dimension, the Mamas & the Papas, the Beach Boys, Harry Nilsson, the Bee Gees, Ray Charles, Neil Diamond, Chicago, Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole, Commodores, Perry Como, Bob Dylan,[4] Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Tony Bennett, Eartha Kitt, Peggy Lee,[5] Madonna (I'm Breathless), Dean Martin,[6] Elvis Presley,[6] Bonnie Raitt (Takin' My Time), Linda Ronstadt,[6] 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, Columbo, 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.[citation needed]

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, 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.[citation needed]


Terran had one marriage from 1963–1976 to singer and dancer Avalon Adele Kirkham. They had four children.[7]


Terran was known for mentoring new trumpet players and providing opportunities for watching his recording sessions and learning the business.[8] Chris Tedesco, cousin to Tommy Tedesco, was one of the trumpet players who owe their beginning as a Hollywood session artist to Terran’s mentorship.[9][10][failed verification]

Selected discography[edit]

As featured artist[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. ^ Contreras, Felix (May 18, 2008). "Ricky Ricardo: The 'Mr. Babalu' Next Door". NPR Music.
  3. ^ Anderson, Christopher. "I Love Lucy: US Situation Comedy". Museum TV. Museum.TV.
  4. ^ "Still On The Road: 1970 Recording Sessions". Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  5. ^ "Jazz Record Requests". BBC Radio 3. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "Anthony Terran Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Tony Terran". Television Academy.
  9. ^ Deluca, Michele (January 25, 2010). "CARRYING A TUNE: Three Niagara natives making impressions". Niagara Gazette.
  10. ^ Hart, Hugh (April 17, 2014). "'Wrecking Crew' a tribute to musicians behind the scenes". SFGATE.


  • 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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