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Tommy Dorsey

Thomas Francis Dorsey Jr. (November 19, 1905 – November 26, 1956) was an American jazz trombonist, composer, conductor and bandleader of the big band era. He was known as the "Sentimental Gentleman of Swing" because of his smooth-toned trombone playing. His theme song was I'm Getting Sentimental Over You. His technical skill on the trombone gave him renown among other musicians. He was the younger brother of bandleader Jimmy Dorsey. After Dorsey broke with his brother in the mid-1930s, he led an extremely popular and highly successful band from the late 1930s into the 1950s. He is best remembered for standards such as "Opus One", "Song of India", "Marie", "On Treasure Island", and his biggest hit single, "I'll Never Smile Again".

Birth and Death Data: Born 1905 (Shenandoah), Died November 26th, 1956 (Greenwich)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1953

Roles Represented in DAHR: trombone, director, leader, arranger, composer, songwriter, trumpet, speaker, vocalist, piano

Recordings (Results 226-250 of 799 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-019421 10-in. 7/9/1938 You're as pretty as a picture Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor PBS-019422 10-in. 7/11/1938 Stop beatin' 'round the mulberry bush Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor PBS-019423 10-in. 7/11/1938 Lightly and politely Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor PBS-019424 10-in. 7/11/1938 I'll see you in my dreams Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor PBS-019425 10-in. 7/11/1938 Panama Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor PBS-019426 10-in. 7/11/1938 Washboard blues Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor PBS-019427 10-in. 7/11/1938 As long as you live (You'll be dead if you die) Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor PBS-019428 10-in. 7/11/1938 Chinatown, my Chinatown Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor PBS-019442 10-in. 7/25/1938 The sweetheart of Sigma Chi The Esquires ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor PBS-019443 10-in. 7/25/1938 Copenhagen Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor PBS-019444 10-in. 7/25/1938 Symphony in riffs Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-019617 10-in. 2/3/1938 Annie Laurie Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal quartet director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-019618 10-in. 2/3/1938 Oh promise me Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-019619 10-in. 2/3/1938 Shine on, harvest moon Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-019620 10-in. 2/3/1938 Bewildered Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-019621 10-in. 2/3/1938 It's wonderful Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-021039 10-in. 2/27/1938 Jezebel Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-021040 10-in. 2/27/1938 Good-night, sweet dreams, good-night Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-021041 10-in. 2/27/1938 'Deed I do Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-021042 10-in. 2/27/1938 Moonlight on the purple sage Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-021120 10-in. 3/7/1938 Yearning (Just for you) Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-021140 10-in. 3/10/1938 I never knew Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-021141 10-in. 3/10/1938 Oh! How I hate to get up in the morning Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-021142 10-in. 3/10/1938 What'll I do? Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-021143 10-in. 3/10/1938 Comin' thro' the rye Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
(Results 226-250 of 799 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dorsey, Tommy," accessed February 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103345.

Dorsey, Tommy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103345.

"Dorsey, Tommy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 February 2021.

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