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 11, 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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tucker, Tommy," accessed May 23, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/347936.
Tucker, Tommy. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 23, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/347936.
"Tucker, Tommy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 23 May 2022.
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