The flashbacks fly: Tommy's remote broadcasts from Frank Dailey's Meadowbrook across the bridge in New Jersey...the electric, mink-and-tux openings at the Astor Roof near Times Square...the ear-catching, pied-piping of three men and a girl, Jo Stafford...Bunny Berigan's wonderful horn crackling jazzily behind a Dorsey solo...the date when Tommy fired the whole band, including vocalist Jack Leonard, for imbibing beer on the bandstand...manager Ralph Burns sashaying from Chicago's ...
- Early Life
- His Own Band
- Married Life
- Death and Aftermath
- Number One Hits
- Songs Written by Tommy Dorsey
- Honors and Posthumous Recognition
- V-Disc Recordings
Thomas Francis Dorsey, Jr., was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, the second of four children born to Thomas Francis Dorsey, Sr., a bandleader himself, and Theresa (née Langton) Dorsey. He and Jimmy, his older brother by slightly less than two years, would become famous as the "Dorsey Brothers". The two younger siblings were Mary and Edward (who di...
Tommy Dorsey's first band was formed out of the remains of the Joe Haymes band, and so began Dorsey's long-running practice of raiding other bands for talent. If he admired a vocalist, musician, or arranger, he would think nothing of taking over their contracts and careers. Dorsey had a reputation for being a perfectionist. He was volatile and also...
Dorsey's married life was varied and, at times, lurid. His first wife was 16-year-old Mildred Kraft, with whom he eloped in 1922, when he was 17. They had two children, Patricia and Tom (nicknamed "Skipper"). They divorced in 1943 after Dorsey's affair with his former singer Edythe Wright. He then wed movie actress Pat Dane in 1943, and they were d...
On November 26, 1956, Tommy Dorsey died at age 51 in his Greenwich, Connecticut, home. He had eaten a heavy meal and began choking in his sleep. He had begun taking sleeping pills regularly at this time, from which he was so sedated that he died in his sleep from choking. Jimmy Dorsey led his brother's band until his own death from lung cancer the ...
Tommy Dorsey had a run of 286 Billboard chart hits.The Dorsey band had seventeen number one hits with his orchestra in the 1930s and 1940s including: "On Treasure Island", "The Music Goes 'Round and Around", "You", "Marie" (written by Irving Berlin), "Satan Takes a Holiday", "The Big Apple", "Once in a While", "The Dipsy Doodle", "Our Love", "All t...Written in 1929: "You Can't Cheat A Cheater" with Phil Napoleon and Frank Signorelli1932: "Three Moods"1937: "The Morning After"1938: "Chris and His Gang" with Fletcher and Horace Henderson;Tommy Dorsey wrote the song "Peckin' With Penguins" for a 1938 Frank Tashlin-directed Porky Pig cartoon, "Porky's Spring Planting" for...
In 1982, the 1940 Victor recording "I'll Never Smile Again" was the first of a trio of Tommy Dorsey recordings to be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. His theme song, "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" was inducted in 1998, along with his recording of "Marie" written by Irving Berlin in 1928.In 1996, the U.S. Postal Service issued a Tommy Dors...1961: The One And Only Tommy Dorsey(RCA Camden)1966: Tommy Dorsey's Dance Party(Vocalion)1971: This Is Tommy Dorsey(RCA Victor VPM-6038 Mono)1976: Tommy Dorsey (1937 - 1941)(AMIGA)Blue Skies, No. 1B, October, 1943, with Frank Sinatra and the Pied PipersWell Get It, No. 86A, December, 1943April in Paris, No. 134, 1944Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, No. 150B, March, 1944Segar Ellis and His Embassy Club Orchestra (1929)needs citationAlice Bolden and Her Orchestra(1929)
Performer: Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra; Jack Leonard. Writer: Irving Berlin. Fox Trot; Vocal refrain; male chorus. Digitized at 78 revolutions per minute. Four stylii were used to transfer this record. They are 3.8mil truncated eliptical, 2.3mil truncated conical, 2.8mil truncated conical, 3.3mil truncated eliptical.
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra - I'm Getting Sentimental Over Your (RCA Victor Records 1935) "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" is a song recorded by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra. The words were ...
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I’ll Never Smile Again (Lowe) by Tommy Dorsey & his Orchestra, vocal by Frank Sinatra and The Pied PipersThis huge hit for Dorsey and his rising-star vocalis...
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