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