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Jimmy Dorsey

James Dorsey (February 29, 1904 – June 12, 1957) was an American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, composer and big band leader. He was known as "JD". 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", both 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 76-100 of 615 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh W401716 10-in. 3/15/1929 Button up your overcoat Smith Ballew ; Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal quartet leader  
OKeh W401717 10-in. 3/15/1929 I'll never ask for more Smith Ballew ; Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W401775 10-in. 4/3/1929 Lover, come back to me! Dorsey Brothers Concert Orchestra ; Justin Ring Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W401776 10-in. 4/3/1929 Lover, come back to me! Dorsey Brothers Concert Orchestra ; Justin Ring Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W401877 10-in. 5/13/1929 Beebe Jimmy Dorsey Alto saxophone solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, composer  
OKeh W401878 10-in. 5/13/1929 Praying the blues Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, composer  
OKeh W402465 10-in. 6/19/1929 Am I blue? Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W402466 10-in. 6/19/1929 Baby—oh where can you be? Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W402467 10-in. 6/19/1929 Breakaway Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh W402531 10-in. 7/12/1929 Singin' in the rain Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W402532 10-in. 7/12/1929 Your mother and mine Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W402533 10-in. 7/12/1929 Maybe! Who knows? Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W404543 10-in. 11/7/1930 Can this be love? Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W404544 10-in. 11/7/1930 Fine and dandy Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
OKeh W404545 10-in. 11/7/1930 (I can make most anything but) I can't make a man Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E36186 10-in. 2/26/1931 You said it The Travelers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E36187 10-in. 2/26/1931 Sweet and hot The Travelers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E36188 10-in. 2/26/1931 I’ve got a sweet somebody to love me The Travelers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E36911 10-in. 7/8/1931 It’s the girl! Boswell Sisters ; Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E36912 10-in. 7/8/1931 It’s you Boswell Sisters ; Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band leader  
Brunswick E36946 10-in. 7/30/1931 I can’t get Mississippi off my mind The Travelers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E36947 10-in. 7/30/1931 I apologize Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E36948 10-in. 7/30/1931 Begging for love Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E36949 10-in. 7/30/1931 Parkin’ in the moonlight Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader  
Brunswick E37082 10-in. 8/17/1931 I can’t write the words Boswell Sisters ; The New Yorkers [Bill Challis Orchestra] Jazz/dance band, with female vocal trio instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
(Results 76-100 of 615 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dorsey, Jimmy," accessed January 30, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103670.

Dorsey, Jimmy. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 30, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103670.

"Dorsey, Jimmy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 30 January 2023.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103670

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