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Primary Instrument: Tuba

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!...
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Awards

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences "Emeritus Most Valuable Tuba Player" (1981). International Tuba Euphonium Association, Lifetime Achievement Award (2006).




Star Trek

Featured recording “Manhattan Transfer Meets Tubby the Tuba”

Latest Release

Manhattan Transfer Meets Tubby the Tuba

Summit Records (1995)
The LM-10 is the very mouthpiece that Mr. Johnson was using in the studio on movie soundtracks week after week after week until his passing. If you're looking for a fast attack without having a mouthpiece that's too bright, the LM-10 will "light up" your horn like no other. The rim has a wide inner diameter and is very cushioned (much like the C4 rim). The design of the rim and the mouthpiece is very similar to a Marcinkiewicz N4. If you like a wide cushioned rim with a shallow cup, look no further! You're home!
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