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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 51-75 of 799 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-98094 10-in. 11/20/1935 How do I rate with you? California Ramblers ; Joan Hope Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-98100 10-in. 11/7/1935 Two hearts carved on a lonesome pine Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Cliff Weston Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-98101 10-in. 11/7/1935 Don't give up the ship Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Cliff Weston Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-98102 10-in. 11/7/1935 Alone Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Cliff Weston Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-98103 10-in. 11/7/1935 At a little church affair Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Cliff Weston Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-98104 10-in. 11/7/1935 Pagan star Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-98363 10-in. 12/9/1935 The music goes 'round and 'round Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-98364 10-in. 12/9/1935 (If I had) Rhythm in my nursery rhymes Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-98367 10-in. 12/13/1935 Lovely lady Buddy Gately ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-98368 10-in. 12/13/1935 Weary Buddy Gately ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-98369 10-in. 12/13/1935 I'm shooting high Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-98378 10-in. 12/18/1935 I picked a flower the color of your eyes Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-98379 10-in. 12/18/1935 Please believe me Buddy Gately ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-98380 10-in. 12/18/1935 Let it be me Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-98389 10-in. 12/21/1935 One night in Monte Carlo Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-98390 10-in. 12/21/1935 The day I let you get away Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-98391 10-in. 12/21/1935 Love will live on Buddy Gately ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-98392 10-in. 12/21/1935 Then I shan't love you any more Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-99038 10-in. 2/3/1936 Gotta go to work again Dorsey Trio ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-99039 10-in. 2/3/1936 A little rendezvous in Honolulu Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-99040 10-in. 2/3/1936 That lovely night in Budapest Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-99041 10-in. 2/3/1936 Every minute of the hour Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-99915 10-in. 3/25/1936 You Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-99916 10-in. 3/25/1936 Robins and roses Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-99917 10-in. 3/25/1936 You never looked so beautiful Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band (take 1); with female vocal solo (takes 2 and 3) director, instrumentalist, trombone  
(Results 51-75 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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