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Encyclopedia > Tommy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey, in a publicity shot for "The Big Apple"
Tommy Dorsey, in a publicity shot for "The Big Apple"

Tommy Dorsey (November 19, 1905November 26, 1956) was an American jazz trombonist and bandleader in the Big Band era. He was the younger brother of Jimmy Dorsey. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 507 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (548 × 648 pixel, file size: 68 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Publicity photo of Tommy Dorsey, upon which the album cover for The Big Apple was based. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 507 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (548 × 648 pixel, file size: 68 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Publicity photo of Tommy Dorsey, upon which the album cover for The Big Apple was based. ... November 19 is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1905 (MCMV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar). ... November 26 is the 330th day (331st on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jazz is a style of music which originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States at around the start of the 20th century. ... A trombonist is a musician who plays the trombone. ... A bandleader is the director of a band of musicians. ... A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from 1935 until the late 1940s. ... James Jimmy Dorsey (February 29, 1904 - June 12, 1957) was a prominent jazz clarinetist, saxophonist and big band leader. ...

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Early life

Thomas Francis Dorsey, Jr. was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania and started out only 16 years later in western Pennsylvania with big band alum Russ Morgan in the famous pick-up band of the 1920s "The Scranton Sirens". Shenandoah, is a town and a borough located in the lower part of the Coal Region Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...


Tommy and his brother Jimmy worked in several bands (including those of Rudy Vallee, Vincent Lopez, and especially Paul Whiteman) before forming the original Dorsey Brothers Orchestra in 1934. Ongoing acrimony between the brothers, however, led to Tommy Dorsey's walking out to form his own band in 1935, just as the Orchestra was having a hit with "Every Little Movement." Rudy Vallee (July 28, 1901 - July 3, 1986) was a popular United States singer, actor, bandleader, and entertainer. ... Vincent Lopez (30 December 1895 - 20 September 1975) was a United States bandleader and pianist. ... 1928 Columbia Records label with caricature of Paul Whiteman Paul Whiteman (March 28, 1890 – December 29, 1967) was a popular american orchestral leader. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ...


His own band

Tommy Dorsey on WMCA, New York City in 1947
Tommy Dorsey on WMCA, New York City in 1947

Tommy Dorsey's first band formed out of the remnant of the Joe Haymes band, and his smooth, lyrical trombone style--whether on ballads or on no-holds-barred swingers--became one of the signature sounds of both his band and the Swing Era. The new band hit from almost the moment it signed with RCA Victor with "On Treasure Island," the first of four hits for the new band that year. That led to a run of 137 Billboard chart hits, including his theme song, "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" (which showcases his phenomenal range and masterful mute use, reaching up to the high C #), "Marie", "The Big Apple", "Music, Maestro, Please", "I'll Never Smile Again", "This Love of Mine", "On the Sunny Side of the Street", "T.D.'s Boogie Woogie", "Well, Git 'It", "Opus One", "Manhattan Serenade", and "There Are Such Things"--among many others. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 555 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (593 × 640 pixel, file size: 35 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Tommy Dorsey ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 555 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (593 × 640 pixel, file size: 35 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Tommy Dorsey ... WMCA, 570 AM, is a radio station in New York City, most known for its Good Guys Top 40 era in the 1960s. ... Sony BMG Music Entertainment is the result of a 50/50 joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment (part of Sony) and BMG Entertainment (part of Bertelsmann AG) completed in August 2004. ... Im Getting Sentimental Over You was the theme song of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. ... Manhattan Serenade, composed by Louis Alter in 1928, with lyrics by Harold Adamson, was a hit record for Swing Era bandleaders Tommy Dorsey (with a vocal by Jo Stafford) and, more successfully, Harry James (vocal by Helen Forrest). ...


The band featured a number of the best instrumentalists in jazz at the time, including trumpeters Bunny Berigan, Ziggy Elman, George Seaberg and Charlie Shavers, trumpeter/arranger/composer Sy Oliver (who wrote "Well, Git 'It" and "Opus One"), drummer Jeremy, and singers Jo Stafford, Dick Haymes and Frank Sinatra. Sinatra achieved his first great success as a vocalist in the Dorsey band and claimed he learned breath control from watching Dorsey play trombone. Dorsey said his trombone style was heavily influenced by that of Jack Teagarden. Another member of the Dorsey band probably spent considerable time observing and listening to Sy Oliver's striking arrangements: trombonist Nelson Riddle, whose later partnership as Sinatra's major arranger and conductor is considered to have revolutionised post-World War II popular music. Bunny Berigan (November 2, 1908 – June 2, 1942) was an early, great jazz trumpeter. ... Ziggy Elman (born Harry Aaron Finkelman in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 26, 1914; died June 26, 1968) was a jazz trumpeter most associated with Benny Goodman. ... Charlie James Shavers (August 3, 1917 to July 8, 1971) was a swing era jazz trumpet player who played at one time or another with Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Johnny Dodds, Jimmy Noone, Sidney Bechet and Billie Holiday. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Jeremy (sometimes spelled with a G also) may refer to the following: A male first name, sometimes a shortened form of Jeremiah. ... Jo Stafford Jo Elizabeth Stafford (born November 12, 1917) is a singer whose career spanned the late 1920s through the early 1960s. ... Dick Haymes (born September 13, 1918 in Buenos Aires) was one of the most popular American male vocalists of the 1940s. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer and Academy Award-winning actor, often cited as the finest male American popular song vocalist of the 20th century. ... Weldon Leo Jack Teagarden Trombonist (1905-1964) Weldon Leo Jack Teagarden (August 20, 1905 in Vernon, Texas - January 15, 1964) was an influential jazz trombonist and vocalist. ... Nelson Riddle and Frank Sinatra, 1956 Nelson Smock Riddle, Jr. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


Dorsey might have broken up his own band permanently following World War II, as many big bands did thanks to the shift in music economics following the war, and he did disband the orchestra at the end of 1946. But a top-ten selling album (All-Time Hits) made it possible for Dorsey to re-organise a big band in early 1947. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...

Tommy Dorsey in The Fabulous Dorseys (1947).
Tommy Dorsey in The Fabulous Dorseys (1947).

The biographical film of 1947, "The Fabulous Dorseys" describes sketchy details of how the brothers got their start from-the-bottom-up into the jazz era of one-nighters, the early days of radio in its infancy stages, and the onward march when both brothers ended up with Paul Whiteman before 1935 when The Dorsey Brothers' Orchestra split into two. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ...


The Dorsey brothers themselves later reconciled---Jimmy Dorsey had had to break up his own highly successful big band in 1953, and brother Tommy invited him to join up as a feature attraction---but before long Tommy renamed the band the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra. The brothers took the unit on tour and onto their own television show, Stage Show, from 1954-1956---on which they introduced Elvis Presley to national television audiences, among others. 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ...


Death and aftermath

In 1956, Tommy Dorsey died at age 51 in his Greenwich, Connecticut home, choking in his sleep after a heavy meal following which he'd been sedated with sleeping pills. Jimmy Dorsey (out of whose band Tommy had walked two decades earlier) led his brother's band until his own death of throat cancer the following year. At that point, trombonist Warren Covington assumed leadership of the band with, presumably, Jane Dorsey's blessing (she owned the rights to her late husband's band and name) and it produced, ironically enough, the biggest selling hit record ever released under the Dorsey name. Billed as the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Starring Warren Covington, they topped the charts in 1958 with Tea For Two Cha-Cha. Covington led the Dorsey band through 1970 (he also led and recorded with his own organisation), after which Jane Dorsey renamed it, simply, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, which is conducted today by Buddy Morrow. Jane Dorsey died of natural causes around the age of 79 in 2003. 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Location in Connecticut Coordinates: NECTA Bridgeport-Stamford Region South Western Region Settled 1640 Joined Connecticut 1656 Government type Representative town meeting  - First selectman James A. Lash  - Town administrator Edward Gomeau  - Town meeting moderator Thomas J. Byrne Area    - City 174. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

The grave of Tommy Dorsey in Kensico Cemetery
The grave of Tommy Dorsey in Kensico Cemetery

Image File history File linksMetadata 1_Dorsey_best_800. ... Image File history File linksMetadata 1_Dorsey_best_800. ... Kensico Cemetery, located in Valhalla, Westchester Co. ...

Married life

Dorsey's married life was varied and at times headline making. His first wife was 16 year old Mildred Kraft with whom he eloped while he was 17 in 1922. They had two children but divorced in 1943. He then wed movie actress Pat Dane in 1943 and they were divorced in 1947, but not before he gained headlines for striking actor Jon Hall when Hall embraced his wife Pat. Finally Dorsey married Jane New (b. circa 1924 - August 24, 2003) in 1948 and she remained his wife until his death. She had been a dancer at the world-renowned Copacabana. Look up Circa on Wiktionary, the free dictionary The Latin word circa, literally meaning about, is often used to describe various dates (often birth and death dates) that are uncertain. ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar). ... August 24 is the 236th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (237th in leap years), with 129 days remaining. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Copacabana is a famous New York City nightclub. ...


Tommy and Jane Dorsey are interred together in Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York. Sinatra released a tribute album to Dorsey in 1961 entitled I Remember Tommy with arrangements by another Dorsey alumnus, Sy Oliver. Kensico Cemetery, located in Valhalla, Westchester Co. ... Valhalla is an unincorporated hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) located in the town of Mount Pleasant in Westchester County, New York. ... See also: 1960 in music, other events of 1961, 1962 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 15 - Motown Records signs The Supremes January 20 - Francis Poulencs Gloria is premiered in Boston February 12 - The Miracles Shop Around becomes Motowns first... I Remember Tommy is an album by American singer Frank Sinatra, released in 1961. ...


Discography

Bix Beiderbecke and his Rhythm Jugglers, a pickup band formed, and dissolved, in 1925. From left to right, Howdy Quicksell (banjo), Tom Gargano (drums), Paul Mertz (piano), Don Murray (clarinet), Beiderbecke (cornet), and Tommy Dorsey (trombone).
Bix Beiderbecke and his Rhythm Jugglers, a pickup band formed, and dissolved, in 1925. From left to right, Howdy Quicksell (banjo), Tom Gargano (drums), Paul Mertz (piano), Don Murray (clarinet), Beiderbecke (cornet), and Tommy Dorsey (trombone).

Recent CDs with recordings of the Tommy Dorsey band arrangements include the following (in order of popularity). H12. Yes, Indeed!, 13. Loose Lid Special, 14. Swingin' on Nothin', 15. Day, 11. Once in a While, 12. Who?, 13. Panama, 14. The Sheik of Araby, 15. *1938 Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Bix Beiderbecke (March 10, 1903 – August 6, 1931) was a notable jazz cornet player. ... Howard Howdy Quicksell, born 1901 - died in Pontiac, Michigan October 30, 1953. ... Don Murray (June 7, 1904 - June 2, 1929) was an early jazz clarinet and saxophone player. ...

  • Stop, Look and Listen
    Stop, Look and Listen album cover
    Stop, Look and Listen album cover
  • 1939, Vol No. 3
  • Homefront: 1941-1945
  • The Early Jazz Sides: 1931-1937
  • All-Time Greates Dorsey/Sinatra Hits, Vol 1-4
  • The V-Disc Recordings
  • It's D'Lovely 1947-1950
  • The Complete Tommy Dorsey, Vol. 2 (1936)
  • Stardust
  • Greatest Hits
  • Sentimental
  • Opus One
  • 1937-1938
  • The Fabulous Dorsey
  • Greatest Hits (RCA)
  • Tommy Dorsey, Vol. 1
  • 1938, Vol. 2
  • At the Fat Man's
  • All-Time Greatest Dorsey/Sinatra Hits, Vol. 3
  • All-Time Greatest Dorsey/Sinatra Hits, Vol. 2
  • The Complete Standard Transciptions
  • Having a Wonderful Time
  • The Complete Tommy Dorsey, Vol 1 (1935)

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Filmography

Tommy Dorsey appeared in several films. While not known for his acting skills, his band leader talents stood him well in films. Dorsey and members of his band appeared in the following films:


1940s

A Casino Night (aka Vegas Nights, Las Vegas Nights, Monte Carlo Nights, Casino Parties. ... Ship Ahoy is the title of a 1942 musical-comedy motion picture produced by MGM. The film stars Eleanor Powell as Tallulah Winters, a dancing star who is hired to perform on an ocean liner. ... Presenting Lily Mars (1943) was a movie starring Judy Garland and Van Heflin based off of a book by Booth Tarkington. ... Girl Crazy is a theater musical with music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and book by Guy Bolton and John McGowan. ... DuBarry Was a Lady was a 1939 musical with songs by Cole Porter. ... The Great Morgan is an American musical-comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1946. ... The Fabulous Dorseys is a 1947 fictionalized biographical film which tells the story of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, from their boyhood in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania through their rise, their breakup, and their personal reunion. ... a song is born was a collaboration between Ayumi Hamasaki and KEIKO (globe) for the song+nation non-profit project by Avex, which was created to raise funds to help the victims of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. ... Ball of Fire (also known as The Professor and the Burlesque Queen) is a 1941 comedy film which tells the story of a group of encyclopedists interested in documenting slang who protect a nightclub singer on the lam for testifying against her mobster boyfriend. ...

1950s

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References

  • Peter J. Levinson, Tommy Dorsey: Livin' in a Great Big Way: a Biography (Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2005) ISBN 978-0-306-81111-1
  • Robert L. Stockdale, Tommy Dorsey: On The Side (Metuchen, NJ: The Scarecrow Press, 1995) ISBN 0-8108-2951-7

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Trombonist and band leader Tommy Dorsey should not be confused with pianist and jazz and gospel composer Thomas A. Dorsey.
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The grave of Tommy Dorsey in Kensico Cemetery
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