Saturday, October 28, 2006

Jaws Tuba Man Dies



Remember the theme song for the movie "Jaws" and those ominious notes that put the fear of sharks and the water into so many of us?

TA DUM, TA DUM, TA DUM, TA DUM...

Well, out of the AP comes news that Tommy Johnson, whose tuba "put the shark teeth" into the Jaws theme song died on Octber 16, at the age of 71.

Johnson, a veteran studio musician, played on thousands of movie scores over nearly 50 years, including "The Godfather," "Titanic," and the Star Trek series.

14 Comments:

At October 28, 2006 4:45 PM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

I wonder if he played the tuba parts on Close Encounters of the Third Kind?

 
At October 28, 2006 11:23 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

I wonder if there's much call for a tuba player?

 
At October 28, 2006 11:28 PM, Blogger The Phoenix said...

Who will take his place???

 
At October 29, 2006 12:07 AM, Blogger cube said...

Baron Steve: That's a good question. Some research is in order.

brooke: He made a good living for himself & was quite famous. He did get an obit in The BLOG.

phoenix: I dunno. Perhaps he is irreplacable. Um, do you play the tuba?

 
At October 29, 2006 12:33 AM, Blogger cube said...

BTW I ran an internet check on Tommy Johnson and he does appear as a performer in Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.

 
At October 29, 2006 5:46 PM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

a sad day for tuba lovers the world over

 
At October 29, 2006 5:46 PM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

a sad day for tuba lovers the world over

 
At October 30, 2006 11:17 AM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

hiya Cube..o that Jaws music still scares me..lol

 
At October 30, 2006 11:59 AM, Blogger nanc said...

the school band our son is in has FOUR tuba players - that's right - FOUR! why, i'd say tuba players the world over should have a moment of silence.

 
At October 30, 2006 4:50 PM, Blogger cube said...

The tuba made the Jaws theme all the more scary, if you ask me. A piccolo or a flute could never have pulled that off. I have underrated the tuba, but no more!

nanc: my daughter's high school band has at least 4 tubas too, maybe more. I guess that's pretty much standard for school bands.

 
At October 30, 2006 4:57 PM, Blogger 8675309 said...

I was sad to hear this. :( I went to UCLA and was in the marching band, so a lot of people I knew, knew Tommy Johnson (and some had even taken master classes with him). From all reports, he was a cool guy.

And yes, I've been told he definitely WAS the "voice of the mother ship" from Close Encounters. :)

 
At October 31, 2006 8:08 AM, Blogger cube said...

jenny: hey, thanks for the insider info.

 
At October 31, 2006 5:08 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

The Jaws song and Psycho's screechy dischordy tune are simple, and very unnerving. They are probably the most recognized terror musical scores of all time.

 
At November 01, 2006 7:06 AM, Blogger cube said...

I would add the Halloween theme and the Exorcist theme to that creepy tune list.

 

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