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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 201-225 of 615 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 39802 10-in. 8/1/1935 I couldn't believe my eyes The Dorsey Brothers instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39852 10-in. 8/14/1935 From the top of your head Bing Crosby instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39853 10-in. 8/14/1935 I wish I were Aladdin Bing Crosby instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39854 10-in. 8/14/1935 Takes two to make a bargain Bing Crosby instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39855 10-in. 8/14/1935 Two for tonight Bing Crosby instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39856 10-in. 8/14/1935 Without a word of warning Bing Crosby instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39857 10-in. 8/14/1935 I wished on the moon Bing Crosby instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39962 10-in. 9/11/1935 The gentleman obviously doesn't believe Dorsey Brothers Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39963 10-in. 9/11/1935 I've got a feelin' you're foolin' Dorsey Brothers Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39964 10-in. 9/11/1935 On a Sunday afternoon Dorsey Brothers Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39965 10-in. 9/11/1935 You are my lucky star Dorsey Brothers Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Decca 39983 10-in. 8/23/1935 When love comes your way Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca 39984 10-in. 9/19/1935 A picture of me without you Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca 39985 10-in. 9/19/1935 Me and Marie Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca 39986 10-in. 9/19/1935 Why shouldn't I? Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca 60032 10-in. 10/10/1935 Washington grays Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca 60033 10-in. 10/10/1935 Tap dancer's nightmare Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca 60034 10-in. 10/10/1935 Dorsey stomp Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca 60035 10-in. 10/10/1935 Stop, look and listen Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca 60036 10-in. 10/10/1935 Where am I? Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca 60037 10-in. 10/10/1935 You let me down Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca 60038 10-in. 10/10/1935 Broadway Cinderella Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca 60039 10-in. 10/10/1935 I'm a gambler Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca 63201 10-in. 1/25/1938 Doctor Rhythm Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
Decca 63202 10-in. 1/25/1938 On the sentimental side Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone, leader  
(Results 201-225 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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