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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 176-200 of 799 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-011352 10-in. 7/20/1937 After you Clambake Seven ; Sam Coslow ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-011353 10-in. 7/20/1937 Stardust on the moon Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-011354 10-in. 7/20/1937 Have you got any castles, baby? Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-011355 10-in. 7/20/1937 You've got something there Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-011356 10-in. 7/20/1937 Night and day Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-011357 10-in. 7/20/1937 Smoke gets in your eyes Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-011359 10-in. 7/21/1937 Passionette Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-011360 10-in. 7/21/1937 Morning air Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-011361 10-in. 7/21/1937 Canadian capers Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-011362 10-in. 7/21/1937 The morning after Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, songwriter, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-011363 10-in. 7/21/1937 Once in a while Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor CS-011701 12-in. 8/21/1937 Record of welcome to Harry [Henry] Hall of England—6 bands of talks by dance band leaders Rudy Vallée Re-recording: Talk speaker  
Victor BS-011710 10-in. 8/12/1937 An old flame never dies Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-011711 10-in. 8/12/1937 You and I know Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-011712 10-in. 8/12/1937 Good-bye, Jonah Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-011713 10-in. 8/12/1937 If you were someone else Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-011719 10-in. 8/13/1937 The Big Apple Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal ensemble director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-013354 10-in. 9/8/1937 In the still of the night Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-013355 10-in. 9/8/1937 Who knows? Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-013356 10-in. 9/8/1937 If it's the last thing I do Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-013357 10-in. 9/8/1937 I may be wrong (But I think you're wonderful) Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-013522 10-in. 9/11/1937 The lady is a tramp Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-013523 10-in. 9/11/1937 Tears in my heart Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone, director  
Victor BS-013524 10-in. 9/11/1937 Josephine Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Jack Leonard Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BS-013525 10-in. 9/11/1937 If the man in the moon were a coon Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Jack Leonard Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
(Results 176-200 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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