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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 126-150 of 799 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-04933 10-in. 2/18/1937 Liebestraum Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone, arranger  
Victor BS-04934 10-in. 2/18/1937 Mendelssohn's spring song Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, arranger, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-06431 10-in. 3/20/1937 They can't take that away from me Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-06581 10-in. 3/31/1937 A jam session at Victor (Honeysuckle rose) Bunny Berigan ; Tommy Dorsey ; Dick McDonough ; Fats Waller ; George Wettling Jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-06582 10-in. 3/31/1937 A jam session at Victor (Blues-fox trot) Bunny Berigan ; Tommy Dorsey ; Dick McDonough ; Fats Waller ; George Wettling Jazz/dance quintet instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-06619 10-in. 3/10/1937 They all laughed Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-06620 10-in. 3/10/1937 (I've got) Beginner's luck Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone, director  
Victor BS-06621 10-in. 3/10/1937 Wanted Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone, director  
Victor BS-06622 10-in. 3/10/1937 Blue Danube Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band arranger, instrumentalist, trombone, director  
Victor BS-06623 10-in. 3/10/1937 Dark eyes Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band arranger, instrumentalist, trombone, director  
Victor BS-06674 10-in. 3/17/1937 Turn off the moon Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-06675 10-in. 3/17/1937 Jammin' Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-06676 10-in. 3/17/1937 I've got rain in my eyes Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-07803 10-in. 4/15/1937 The milkman's matinee Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-07804 10-in. 4/15/1937 Twilight in Turkey Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-07805 10-in. 4/15/1937 He's a Gypsy from Poughkeepsie Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-07806 10-in. 4/15/1937 Alibi baby Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-07807 10-in. 4/15/1937 Wake up and live Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-07808 10-in. 4/15/1937 Nola Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-07809 10-in. 4/15/1937 Satan takes a holiday Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor CS-07810 12-in. 4/15/1937 Stop, look and listen Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-07897 10-in. 5/6/1937 Love is never out of season Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-07898 10-in. 5/6/1937 If I put my heart in my song Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-07899 10-in. 5/6/1937 Our penthouse on Third Avenue Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-010129 10-in. 5/6/1937 (Can't you hear that) Mountain music Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
(Results 126-150 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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