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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 26, 1956 (Greenwich)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1953

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

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Recordings (Results 826-836 of 836 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 6809 6/11/1952 Nobody knows the trouble I've seen-1 Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca L 6810 6/13/1952 The bells of St. Mary's Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca L 6811 6/13/1952 Two beats on a bat Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca L 6812 6/13/1952 Chasing shadows Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca L 6816 6/12/1952 I'm getting sentimental over you Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca L 7301 8/14/1953 Liza Jane Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca L 7302 8/14/1953 The blue room Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca L 7303 8/14/1953 Cheek to cheek Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca L 7304 8/15/1953 You're the cause of it all Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca L 7305 8/15/1953 Lovely weather for ducks Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
Decca L 7306 8/15/1953 Island queen Tommy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, trombone  
(Results 826-836 of 836 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dorsey, Tommy," accessed October 2, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103345.

Dorsey, Tommy. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 2, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103345.

"Dorsey, Tommy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 2 October 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103345

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