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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 151-175 of 799 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-010130 10-in. 5/6/1937 Good mornin' Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-010148 10-in. 5/12/1937 Humoresque Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone, arranger  
Victor BS-010149 10-in. 5/12/1937 Goin' home Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone, arranger  
Victor BS-010342 10-in. 5/26/1937 You're precious to me Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-010343 10-in. 5/26/1937 Happy birthday to love Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-010344 10-in. 5/26/1937 Strangers in the dark Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor CS-010345 12-in. 5/26/1937 Beale Street blues Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-010558 10-in. 6/12/1937 Is this gonna be my lucky summer? Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-010559 10-in. 6/12/1937 If you should ever leave Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-010560 10-in. 6/12/1937 Who'll be the one this summer? Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-010561 10-in. 6/12/1937 Don't ever change Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-010562 10-in. 6/12/1937 Our love was meant to be Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-010563 10-in. 6/12/1937 Posin' Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-010564 10-in. 6/12/1937 That stolen melody Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-010566 10-in. 6/12/1937 Hymn to the sun Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-010665 10-in. 6/12/1937 Barcarolle Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-011090 10-in. 7/10/1937 My cabin of dreams Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-011091 10-in. 7/10/1937 You're my desire Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-011092 10-in. 7/10/1937 Am I dreaming? Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-011093 10-in. 7/10/1937 In my meditations Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-011094 10-in. 7/10/1937 Are all my favorite bands playing or am I dreaming? Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-011095 10-in. 7/10/1937 The things I want Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-011096 10-in. 7/10/1937 Allegheny Al Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-011350 10-in. 7/20/1937 All you want to do is dance Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-011351 10-in. 7/20/1937 Having wonderful time (Wish you were here) Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
(Results 151-175 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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