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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 26-50 of 799 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-38607 10-in. 5/6/1927 Slow river Jean Goldkette Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor CVE-40901 12-in. 11/18/1927 Washboard blues Hoagy Carmichael ; Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-40937 10-in. 11/23/1927 Changes Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-40945 10-in. 11/25/1927 Mary (What are you waiting for?) Bing Crosby ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-41295 10-in. 1/4/1928 Lonely melody Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-41296 10-in. 1/5/1928 O, ya ya Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-41297 10-in. 1/5/1928 Dolly Dimples Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-41607 10-in. 1/11/1928 Ol' Man River Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-53508 10-in. 5/23/1929 You can't cheat a cheater Napoleon's Emperors Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BVE-59800 10-in. 5/21/1930 Rockin' chair Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BVE-62301 10-in. 5/21/1930 Barnacle Bill, the sailor Hoagy Carmichael Orchestra ; Carson Robison Jazz/dance band, with 2 male vocal solos and male vocal chorus instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-95141 10-in. 9/26/1935 Take me back to my boots and saddle Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Cliff Weston Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-95142 10-in. 9/26/1935 Weary blues Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-95143 10-in. 9/26/1935 On Treasure Island Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-95144 10-in. 9/26/1935 Santa Claus is comin' to town Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Cliff Weston ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-95145 10-in. 9/26/1935 I'm gettin' sentimental over you Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-95379 10-in. 10/11/1935 You are my lucky star Eleanor Powell ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band and tap dancing director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-95380 10-in. 10/11/1935 I've got a feelin' you're foolin' Eleanor Powell ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band and tap dancing director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-95381 10-in. 10/11/1935 Got a bran' new suit Eleanor Powell ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band and tap dancing director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-95503 10-in. 10/14/1935 Now you've got me doing it Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-95504 10-in. 10/14/1935 I've got a note Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Cliff Weston Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-95505 10-in. 10/14/1935 That's not cricket Eleanor Powell ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band and tap dancing director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-95506 10-in. 10/14/1935 What a wonderful world Eleanor Powell ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band and tap dancing director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-95518 10-in. 10/18/1935 It's written in the stars Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-95519 10-in. 10/18/1935 One umbrella for two Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Cliff Weston Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
(Results 26-50 of 799 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dorsey, Tommy," accessed February 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103345.

Dorsey, Tommy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103345.

"Dorsey, Tommy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 February 2021.

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