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Jimmy Dorsey

James Francis Dorsey (February 29, 1904 – June 12, 1957) was an American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, composer and big band leader. He recorded and composed the jazz and pop standards "I'm Glad There Is You (In This World of Ordinary People)" and "It's The Dreamer In Me". His other major recordings were "Tailspin", "John Silver", "So Many Times", "Amapola", "Brazil (Aquarela do Brasil)", "Pennies from Heaven" with Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, and Frances Langford, "Grand Central Getaway", and "So Rare". He played clarinet on the seminal jazz standards "Singin' the Blues" in 1927 and the original 1930 recording of "Georgia on My Mind", which were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 29, 1904 (Shenandoah), Died June 12, 1957 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1946

Roles Represented in DAHR: alto saxophone, clarinet, leader, songwriter, baritone saxophone, composer, trumpet, cornet, arranger, saxophone

Notes: Sometimes listed as James Dorsey.

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Recordings (Results 551-575 of 617 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca DLA 541 10-in. 8/7/1936 Hurdy gurdy man Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca DLA 542 10-in. 8/7/1936 Dippermouth blues Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca DLA 543 10-in. 8/7/1936 Swing that music Louis Armstrong instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca DLA 556 10-in. 8/12/1936 Swingin' the jinx away Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca DLA 557 10-in. 8/12/1936 Pick yourself up Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca DLA 579 12-in. 8/17/1936 Pennies from heaven medley: Let's call a heart a heart ; So do I ; The skeleton in the closet Louis Armstrong ; Bing Crosby ; Frances Langford instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca DLA 580 12-in. 8/17/1936 Pennies from heaven Louis Armstrong ; Bing Crosby ; Frances Langford instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca DLA 728 10-in. 2/26/1937 All God's chillun got rhythm Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca DLA 729 10-in. 2/28/1937 In a little hula heaven Bing Crosby instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca DLA 730 10-in. 2/28/1937 Never in a million years Bing Crosby instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca DLA 731 12-in. 2/28/1937 La capinera (The wren) Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca DLA 732 10-in. 2/28/1937 Listen to the mocking bird Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca DLA 733 10-in. 3/2/1937 Just lately Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca DLA 734 10-in. 3/2/1937 The love bug will bite you Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca DLA 735 10-in. 3/3/1937 The love bug wtll bite you Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca DLA 736 10-in. 3/3/1937 Jamboree Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca DLA 737 10-in. 3/3/1937 What will I tell my heart? Bing Crosby instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca DLA 738 10-in. 3/3/1937 Too marvelous for words Bing Crosby instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca DLA 739 10-in. 3/3/1937 Peckin' Bing Crosby instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca DLA 740 10-in. 3/3/1937 I got rhythm Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca DLA 757 12-in. 3/17/1937 The Blue Danube waltz Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca DLA 758 10-in. 3/17/1937 Slap that bass Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca DLA 759 10-in. 3/17/1937 They all laughed Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca DLA 760 10-in. 3/17/1937 They can't take that away from me Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca DLA 761 10-in. 3/17/1937 Let's call the whole thing off Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
(Results 551-575 of 617 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dorsey, Jimmy," accessed April 13, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103670.

Dorsey, Jimmy. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 13, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103670.

"Dorsey, Jimmy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 13 April 2024.

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