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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 201-225 of 799 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-014668 10-in. 10/12/1937 Getting some fun out of life Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-014669 10-in. 10/12/1937 In a mission by the sea Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, trombone, director  
Victor BS-014679 10-in. 10/14/1937 Nice work if you can get it Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-014680 10-in. 10/14/1937 You're a sweetheart Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-014681 10-in. 10/14/1937 Moanin' in the morning Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-014682 10-in. 10/14/1937 Down with love Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-014683 10-in. 10/14/1937 Who? Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-014684 10-in. 10/14/1937 Dipsy doodle Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-017464 10-in. 12/6/1937 (I can dream) Can't I? Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-017465 10-in. 12/6/1937 A little white lighthouse Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-017466 10-in. 12/6/1937 The one I love Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-017467 10-in. 12/6/1937 Just a simple melody Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-017468 10-in. 12/6/1937 I'm the one who loves you Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-017469 10-in. 12/6/1937 Little white lies Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-018111 10-in. 1/6/1938 You couldn't be cuter Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-018112 10-in. 1/6/1938 Just let me look at you Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-018113 10-in. 1/6/1938 Smoke from a chimney Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-018114 10-in. 1/6/1938 The Big Dipper Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-018421 10-in. 1/27/1938 How can you forget Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-018422 10-in. 1/27/1938 More than ever Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-018423 10-in. 1/27/1938 There's a boy in Harlem Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor BS-018424 10-in. 1/27/1938 Annie Laurie Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal quartet director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor PBS-019418 10-in. 7/9/1938 The sheik of Araby Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor PBS-019419 10-in. 7/9/1938 My own Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
Victor PBS-019420 10-in. 7/9/1938 A-tisket, a-tasket Clambake Seven ; Tommy Dorsey ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, trombone  
(Results 201-225 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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