Tony Terran passed away peacefully in the morning of March 20 (2017) at age 90. His family will carry
on his legacy, and we will contiue to keep this website active. The video here is the video played
on Tony's memorial. It was a great service. Family members came from all over the country, as well as
many well known musicians - especially hornplayers.
There are a limited number of copies available of his latest CD 'Tony Terran Remembers', which we sell as part of a collectors packege.
Tony Terran was born in 1926 in Buffalo, New York. He was the last surviving member of the Desi Arnaz Orchestra from the I Love Lucy television show, which he joined in 1946. He played on the 'Lucy' show until the final episode. He was also part of famed Los Angeles based studio musican group referred to as the "Wrecking Crew" during the 1960's. Tony played with 'everyone', from Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson. Read full bio at his Wikipedia Page.
Tony Terran's Memorial Service on April 15 (2017) in Studio City, California.
The Song's Been Sung
Capitol Records - 1966.
Tony Terran recorded this Solo Album in 1966.
Tony Terran Remembers CD with Autographed Documentation.
Comes with authenicated Autographed documentation, signed by Tony Terran on August 16, 2016. This collectors package is offered only in a limited number. Recorded in 2008, and includes an interview with Tony.
With Benny Goodman's Orchestra. Watch Tony's solo, starts at 2min and 40sec.
Bob Hope's Orchestra, the Desi Arnaz Orchestra, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Elvis Presley, Benny Goodman, Nancy Wilson, Madonna, Michael Jackson, The Wrecking Crew (member), Chet Baker, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits, Tina Turner, Linda Ronstadt, ... Plus numerous Film and Television credits such as his solo on "Salsation" from the Saturday Night Fever movie, and the 1966 movie El Dorado. IMDB
"In 1944 at 18 years old and never traveled, I took the train to the neighboring town to audition for Horace Heidt's orchestra. I got the gig and the very next day I was off on a national tour!! The tour ended in Los Angeles, I had no money so went to the musician's union to look for a gig that payed so I could get back home to Buffalo. They hooked me up with Bob Hope, where I met Desi Arnaz! I played in Desi band and on the 'I Love Lucy' show for over two decades."
In 2008 Tony Terran was interviewed by Felix Contreraz at NPR about his years
with Desi Arnaz and his orchestra, and the years with the 'I Love Lucy' show.
"Terran is the last surviving member of the Ricky Ricardo Orchestra, the band that backed Ricky in that I Love Lucy nightclub. Terran says that, while Ricky may have been fictional, his band was very real. The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra was made up mostly of the Desi Arnaz Orchestra, which had been playing in ballrooms and theaters around the country when not performing on Bob Hope's radio show." Read Full Interview