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Tommy Tucker

Gerald L. Duppler (May 18, 1903 – July 11, 1989), better known under his stage name Tommy Tucker, was an American bandleader.

The Tommy Tucker Orchestra entertained many listeners as a big band in the 1930s and 1940s. Popular as a dance band, the Tucker orchestra played concert halls, theatres, hotels and various venues across the country—for a span of 25 years. Recorded for Okeh in June 1941, his biggest hit, "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire", achieved status as a Gold Record. Tucker wrote his own theme song, "I Love You (Oh, How I Love You)"; it was published on four record labels, including Brunswick, in 1935, and MGM in 1951.

Many listeners were familiar with the Tucker orchestra sound because they tuned into popular radio shows, such as Fibber McGee & Molly in 1936 and the George Jessel show in 1938, and several shows billed as Tommy Tucker Time. In 1941, Tucker led the orchestra for a New York City version of the Pot o' Gold radio program, which was simulcast on three stations. Tucker opened each performance—on radio or live—with his signature "tic-toc, tic-toc, it's Tommy Tucker time." And he usually ended each session with Time to Go.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 18, 1903 (Souris), Died July 13, 1989 (Sarasota)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-040965 10-in. 10/13/1939 Stars over the campus Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-044835 10-in. 2/19/1940 The man who comes around Ozzie Nelson Orchestra ; Rose Ann Stevens Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal ensemble songwriter  
Victor BS-045795 10-in. 12/21/1939 The man who comes around Les Brown Orchestra ; Herb Muse Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble songwriter  
Columbia C1888 10-in. 10/7/1937 There's a man that comes to our house (every single day) Sweet Violet Boys String band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble songwriter  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tucker, Tommy," accessed April 24, 2024,

Tucker, Tommy. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 24, 2024, from

"Tucker, Tommy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 24 April 2024.

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