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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 76-100 of 799 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-99918 10-in. 3/25/1936 You started me dreaming Joe Dixon ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-99919 10-in. 3/27/1936 It's you I'm talkin' about Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-99920 10-in. 3/27/1936 Will I ever know? Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-99921 10-in. 3/27/1936 Rhythm saved the world Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-99949 10-in. 4/3/1936 Star dust Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-99950 10-in. 4/3/1936 Royal Garden blues Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-101260 10-in. 6/9/1936 You've gotta eat your spinach baby Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-101261 10-in. 6/9/1936 On the beach at Bali-Bali Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-101262 10-in. 6/9/1936 No regrets Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-101263 10-in. 6/9/1936 San Francisco Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-101264 10-in. 6/9/1936 That's a plenty Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-101453 10-in. 4/15/1936 At the Codfish Ball Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-101454 10-in. 4/15/1936 Jada Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-101844 10-in. 5/20/1936 Where is my heart? Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-101845 10-in. 5/20/1936 Long ago and far away Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-101846 10-in. 5/20/1936 Mary had a little lamb Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-101847 10-in. 5/20/1936 Did I remember Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-02163 10-in. 10/18/1936 After you've gone Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-02164 10-in. 10/18/1936 For sentimental reasons Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-02165 10-in. 10/18/1936 Head over heels in love Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-02166 10-in. 10/18/1936 A high hat, a piccolo and a cane Three Esquires ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-02167 10-in. 10/18/1936 In the groove Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-02168 10-in. 10/18/1936 Close to me Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-02169 10-in. 10/18/1936 May I have the next romance with you? Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-02170 10-in. 10/18/1936 Sleep Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
(Results 76-100 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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103345

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