Knowledge Identifier: +Tommy_Dorsey
Category: Music (655)
Born in 1905.
Countries: United States (92%), (4%), Italy (1%)
Linked to: Decca Records, Columbia Records, Allied Artists Pictures Corporation, Billboard
Dick McDonough - After exchanging banjo for guitar, he did extensive work as a session musician in the 1930s and played with Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, The Boswell Sisters, Joe Venuti, Benny Goodman, Miff Mole, Adrian Rollini, Red Norvo, Jack Teagarden, Johnny Mercer, Billie Holiday, Pee Wee Russell, Frankie Trumbauer, Glenn Miller, and Gene Gifford among others
Future bandleader Glenn Miller was a member of the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra in 1934 and 1935, composing "Annie's Cousin Fanny" and "Dese Dem Dose" both recorded for Decca for the band.
The Dorsey band had a national radio presence in 1936 first from Dallas and from Los Angeles.
Also, Tommy Dorsey wrote the song "Peckin' With Penguins" for a 1938 Frank Tashlin directed Porky Pig cartoon, "Porky's Spring Planting" for the studio Warner Bros.
Buddy Morrow - He first became Muni Morrow, Buddy Morrow, when he joined the Tommy Dorsey trombone section in 1938
Jo Stafford - Bandleader Tommy Dorsey hired them in 1939 to perform back-up vocals for his orchestra
Willie Moretti - Finally, in 1939, Sinatra signed a recording contract with band leader Tommy Dorsey
Sy Oliver - In 1939, he became one of the first African Americans with a prominent role in a white band when he joined Tommy Dorsey as an arranger, though he ceased playing trumpet at that time
Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra, RCA Studios, 1941.
Henry Nemo - Nemo teamed with numerous music industry music celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Mildred Bailey and Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw, who recorded his song "Don't Take Your Love for Me." Shaw recorded this song in 1941 with a band of mostly African-American musicians accompanying the African-American vocalist Lena Horne
Also the same website says that singers Jo Stafford and the Pied Pipers quit the Dorsey band in 1942 because of an argument with Dorsey.
Bill Finegan - Finegan was offered a job as a staff arranger for Glenn Miller after Tommy Dorsey bought a copy of his "Lonesome Road" and recommended him; he remained with Miller until 1942, and arranged such hits as "Little Brown Jug", "Sunrise Serenade", "Song of the Volga Boatmen", and "Jingle Bells", arranged in collaboration with Glenn Miller
Bill Finegan - He worked off and on for Tommy Dorsey from 1942 to 1952, including on the 1947 film "The Fabulous Dorseys"
Jess Stacy - When the Crosby band broke up, Stacy rejoined Goodman in 1942 for a short period before joining the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Dorsey performed with singer Connee Boswell Dorsey hired ex-bandleader and drummer Gene Krupa after Krupa's arrest and scandal for marijuana possession in 1943.
Ray Bauduc - Bauduc toured with a septet in 1946 and worked in Tommy Dorsey's orchestra from August to October of the year
Bonnie Wetzel - She married trumpeter Ray Wetzel in 1949, and the pair worked in the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1951
Helen Forrest - After a dip in recording in the 1950s, including a stint with the startup Bell Records, Helen sang with Tommy Dorsey's orchestra, led by Sam Donahue, in the early 1960s
Lee Castle - In 1953 he returned to duty under Tommy Dorsey and his brother Jimmy_Dorsey; after Jimmy's death, Castle became the leader of his ensemble, remaining in the position until the 1980s
Website shows details of the CBS Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey television show in 1956.
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.
Jane Dorsey died of natural causes at the age of 79, in Miami, Florida in 2003.
Buddy Morrow - He was most recently the leader of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, through September 24, 2010