Carl Frederick Tandberg
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Sex: Male
Birth: March 22, 1910 (1910-03-22) (110 years ago)
Boston, Massachusetts
Death: August 26, 1988 (age 78)
Los Angeles, California
Burial: Eternal Valley Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California
Father: Thorvald Martin Tandberg (1874-1970)
Mother: Alvilde Marie Naess (1875-1933)
Spouse/Partner: Alice Nazian Gonyer (1909-1992)
Marriage: circa 1929 (age 19)
New York
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Carl Frederick Tandberg (1910-1988) Bass Musician (b. March 22, 1910, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA - d. August 26, 1988, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA) Social Security Number 105168545.



Carl was born on March 22, 1910 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.



He married Alice Nazian Gonyer (1909-1992) of Orono, Maine around 1929 in New York. They had met at a dance in Orono. Her family was originally French Canadian and Catholic.

Queens, New YorkEdit

In 1930 Carl and Alice were living at 88-08 171st Street in Queens, New York and paying $50 a month in rent. Carl was already working as a musician.


He was the first Tandberg in the family to move to California. His brother Ralph was the next to move to California after the birth of Pauline and they both lived together. He lived in Burbank and worked in Alhembra, California at Rickey's Lounge, as a jazz musician with Stan Seltzer and Paul Peters, from 1957 to at least 1970. [1] [2] He later worked as the maître d'hôtel at the same restaurant. He worked as a security guard at the NBC studio, and at KTTV, channel 11.

Security guardEdit

He worked at Bob Hope's house as the security at the gate after he retired from music.


He died on August 26, 1988 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California at 78 years old. He was buried in Eternal Valley Memorial Park in the Garden of Prayer in grave 435E.


The Signal of Santa Clara, California on 30 August 1988: "Carl Tandberg of Saugus died Friday after a brief illness. He was 78. Mr. Tandberg was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts on March 3, 1910. He was a big band musician for 45 years. He is survived by his wife, Alice; son, Eugene of Chatsworth; daughter, Carol Lancaster of Saugus; sisters, Ethel Milner of Chatsworth, and Yolanda French of Michigan; brother Ralph of Anaheim, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Tuesday) at Eternal Valley Memorial Park. Interment will be at Eternal Valley. "



  • Glen Campbell; The Legacy, 1961-2002 (2003) [3]
  • Frankie Ortega and His Group; Imperial IR 9025 (c1950) [4]

Memories about Carl Frederick TandbergEdit

  • Adelma Tandberg on May 12, 2006 said: He was a bass fiddle player for a band operated by a man called Shep Fields (1910-1981).
  • June Tandberg on May 12, 2006 said: He was a bass fiddle player with the Frankie Ortega Trio in Hollywood, California.
  • Pauline Dutton on May 24, 2006: He was guard at the Burbank studios and he knew Bob Hope. He painted pictures of farmhouses and his brother Ralph painted seascapes. Carl sold tiny paintings on tiny stands at the local drug store. His wife made memory books from old TV Guides to make a papier-mâché art work for people's weddings. The trailer that they lived in was damaged during the Sylmar earthquake of February 9, 1971. Carl played at a restaurant at Alhambra, and he had a tiny pinky ring with a sapphire in it. He took me for my first soda. His wife was ill in her last years but he died before her, maybe of a heart attack. Carl was the first to move to California and he lived in Burbank.
  • Carol Tandberg (1933- ) wrote on May 29, 2006: He moved from New York to California in 1945. He lived for a time in Long Beach and Los Angeles and then moved to Sun Valley. They ultimately moved to Sylmar where they both passed away. When Carl was a young man, he played the tuba in bands and traveled the Vaudeville Circuit on the east coast. Somewhere along the line he changed to the bass fiddle. He met Alice in Orono, Maine at a dance and they were eventually married in New York in 1929. He worked with many bands in New York before moving to California. There he worked with such bands as the Frankie Ortega Trio in Las Vegas and also [in] the Balboa Bay Club for 11 years. He worked at a music publishing company where he met Glen Campbell. They collaborated on many demo records and finally had an album of their own [that may have been] called "The Blue Grass Boys". Carl played at "Rickey's" in Alhambra and when the trio broke up, he became the Maître d' of the restaurant, which was downstairs. He then took a position with a security company and was a set watcher at KTTV, channel 11 and [he was] also at the home of Bob Hope as a gate guard. He finally retired for good and became diabetic. He died of a heart attack.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Ricky's Lounge". Pasadena Star-News. May 27, 1970. "Ricky's in Alhambra rolls out the red carpet for diners and the restaurant is famed for thick juicy cuts of prime ribs of beef au jus and a wide selection of other delectable entrées. The first floor includes an intimate cocktail lounge and elegant dining rooms and upstairs is the Sky Room. The glamorous nightclub atmosphere of the Sky Room is tastefully appointed ... general manager of Dick White's spacious Ricky's in Alhambra, ... He also doubles on drums with Carl Tandberg on bass and Stan Seltzer on piano. Tanberg and Seltzer are equally talented in their field and the blending of ..." 
  2. ^ "Ricky's Lounge". Pasadena Star-News. July 12, 1970. "Pictured from left Carl Tandberg, Paul Peters and Stan Seltzer. Tandberg marks his 13th year at club this week." 
  3. ^ "Carl Tandberg". MSN Music. 
  4. ^ "The Piano Styling of Frankie Ortega". Classic Jazz Guitar. 



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