Born: January 7, 1935 | Died: October 16, 2006
John Thomas Johnson, a first-chair studio musician in Hollywood for 50 years, Johnson played on thousands of recordings -- jingles, commercials, television shows like The Flintstones and feature films. His tuba can be heard on hundreds of movie soundtracks, including The Godfather and Titanic and, most memorably, the John Williams scores for Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Indiana Jones trilogy and Jaws.
In the back pages of the Los Angeles Times, they ran an obituary for a guy named Tommy Johnson, who died in October at 71 of complications from cancer and kidney failure. Accompanying the obit was a picture of a big, beefy lug grinning in a loud sports jacket. If you looked closely, you could see the man had LIPS!...
AwardsNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences "Emeritus Most Valuable Tuba Player" (1981). International Tuba Euphonium Association, Lifetime Achievement Award (2006).