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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 101-125 of 799 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-02171 10-in. 10/18/1936 Another perfect night is ending Leonard W. Joy ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-02172 10-in. 10/18/1936 Maple leaf rag Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-03083 10-in. 11/24/1936 Tea on the terrace Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-03084 10-in. 11/24/1936 I'm in a dancing mood Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-03085 10-in. 11/24/1936 Keepin' out of mischief now Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-03086 10-in. 11/24/1936 Jamboree Three Esquires ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal trio director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-03246 10-in. 11/18/1936 Where are you? Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-03247 10-in. 11/18/1936 That foolish feeling Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-03248 10-in. 11/18/1936 There's frost on the moon Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-03898 10-in. 1/7/1937 The "goona goo" Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-03899 10-in. 1/7/1937 If my heart could only talk Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-03989 10-in. 1/19/1937 Who'll buy my violets Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone, arranger  
Victor BS-03990 10-in. 1/19/1937 On a little bamboo bridge Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-03991 10-in. 1/19/1937 How could you? Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-03992 10-in. 1/19/1937 Melody in F Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-04201 10-in. 1/7/1937 Mr. Ghost goes to town Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-04202 10-in. 1/7/1937 Lookin' around corners for you Three Esquires ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-04532 10-in. 1/29/1937 You're here, you're there Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-04533 10-in. 1/29/1937 Song of India Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone, arranger  
Victor BS-04534 10-in. 1/29/1937 Marie Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-04535 10-in. 1/29/1937 Dedicated to you Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-04927 10-in. 2/17/1937 Sweet is the word for you Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-04928 10-in. 2/17/1937 In a little hula heaven Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-04929 10-in. 2/17/1937 I'll dream my way to heaven Three Esquires ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-04932 10-in. 2/18/1937 Thanks for ev'rything Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
(Results 101-125 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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103345

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