Tommy Dorsey

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Tommy Dorsey

American jazz trombonist, trumpeter, composer, and bandleader of the Big Band eraadd

Category: Music (655)

Born in 1905.

Countries: United States (92%), (4%), Italy (1%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra

Linked to: Decca Records, Columbia Records, Allied Artists Pictures Corporation, Billboard




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Tommy Dorsey was born in 1905 add something


At age 15, Jimmy recommended Tommy as the replacement for Russ Morgan in the 1920s territory band "The Scranton Sirens. add something


Ray Bauduc - His other work in the 1920s include recording sessions with the Original Memphis Five and a stint in the Scranton Sirens which included Tommy Dorsey and Jimmy Dorsey


His first wife was 16-year-old Mildred Kraft, with whom he eloped in 1922, when he was 17. add something


In 1929, the Dorsey Brothers had their first hit with "Coquette" for OKeh records. add something


Fred Rich - However, during the period between November 1929 and March 1931, there was a scattering of outstanding hot jazz versions of popular tunes, with notable solos by Bunny Berigan, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy_Dorsey, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, and others


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


Hugo Winterhalter - After graduating, he taught school for several years before turning professional during the mid 1930s, serving as a sideman and arranger for Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Raymond_Scott, Claude Thornhill and others


Artie Bernstein - He performed with trumpeter Red Nichols, Red Norvo and others, and recorded with Ben Pollack, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, and many others in the 1930s


Walt Yoder - He worked in the bands of Joe Haymes, Tommy Dorsey, and Jimmy Dorsey early in the 1930s


Ray Leatherwood - Late in the 1930s he worked with Joe Venuti, and in the following decade played in Bob Chester's and Tommy Dorsey's bands


Sid Weiss - He moved to New York City around 1931 and worked in the following decade with Louis Prima, Bunny Berigan, Wingy Manone, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Charlie_Barnet, and Adrian Rollini


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. add something


In 1934 the Dorsey Brothers band signed with Decca records, having a hit with "I Believe In Miracles". add something


He had two more number one hits in 1935 when he was a member of the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra: "Lullaby of Broadway", number one for two weeks, and "Chasing Shadows", number one for three weeks. add something


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 Moment. add something


The new band was popular from almost the moment it signed with RCA Victor with "On Treasure Island", the first of four hits for the new band in 1935. add something


Lee Castle - His first major professional job was with Joe Haymes in 1935; following this he worked with Artie Shaw , Tommy Dorsey , Jack Teagarden, Glenn Miller , Will Bradley , and Benny Goodman


The Dorsey band had a national radio presence in 1936 first from Dallas and from Los Angeles. add something


Scott Joplin - Even so, jazz bands and recording artists such as Tommy Dorsey in 1936, Jelly Roll Morton in 1939 and J. Russell Robinson in 1947 released recordings of Joplin compositions


Charlie Spivak - He spent 1936 and 1937 mostly working as a studio musician with Gus Arnheim, Glenn Miller, Raymond Scott's radio orchestra, and others, followed by periods with Bob Crosby , Tommy Dorsey , and Jack Teagarden


Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra took over comedian Jack Pearl's radio show in 1937. add something


Bea Wain - In 1937, Wain joined former Tommy Dorsey arranger Larry Clinton and His Orchestra


Irving Berlin - This waltz-time hit went to no. 2 with Rudy Vallee and in 1937 reached no. 1 with Tommy Dorsey


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. add something


He loaned Glenn Miller money to launch Miller's successful band of 1938, but Dorsey saw the loan as an investment, entitling him to a percentage of Miller's income. add something


Buddy Morrow - He first became Muni Morrow, Buddy Morrow, when he joined the Tommy Dorsey trombone section in 1938


Buddy Rich - In 1938, he was hired to play in Tommy Dorsey's orchestra where he met and performed with Frank Sinatra


Maurice Purtill - Purtill went on to play with Tommy Dorsey until 1938


By 1939, Dorsey was aware of criticism that his band lacked a jazz feeling. add something


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


According to Peter Levinson in Livin In A Great Big Way, "I'll Never Smile Again" was recorded May 23, 1940. add something


Frank Sinatra made eighty recordings from 1940 to 1942 with the Dorsey band. add something


His biggest hit was "I'll Never Smile Again", featuring Frank Sinatra on vocals, which was number one for twelve weeks on the Billboard pop singles chart in 1940. add something


In 1940, Dorsey hired singer Frank Sinatra from bandleader Harry James. add something


Tom Adair - Adair's song-writing career took him to New York during the 1940s where he penned several Broadway hits, and worked with Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra


Tom Adair - After meeting Matt Dennis in 1940, Adair started working with him, moving to New York when the duo were hired by Tommy Dorsey


Clyde Hurley - After a difference of opinion with Miller over the style of music the band was playing, Hurley left Miller in May 1940 to work with Tommy Dorsey and joined Artie Shaw in 1941


Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra, RCA Studios, 1941. add something


Website showing details of tour organized by RCA Victor for the Tommy Dorsey and Shep Fields orchestras in 1941. add something


Bill Evans - Around the same time came his first exposure to jazz, when at age 12 he heard Tommy Dorsey and Harry James's bands on the radio.


Pete Candoli - In 1941 he left the band to replace Ziggy Elman of the Tommy Dorsey band


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. add something


Bill Finegan, an arranger who left Glenn Miller's civilian band, arranged for the Tommy Dorsey band from 1942 to 1950. add something


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. add something


In 1944, Dorsey hired The Sentimentalists who replaced The Pied Pipers. add something


Bob Wills - In 1945, Wills' dances were outdrawing those of Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman, and he had moved to Fresno, California


Paul Whiteman - Whiteman appeared as himself in the 1945 movie Rhapsody in Blue on the life and career of George Gershwin and appeared in The Fabulous Dorseys in 1947, a bio-pic starring Jimmy Dorsey and Tommy Dorsey.


Tommy Dorsey disbanded his own orchestra at the end of 1946. add something


Ray Bauduc - Bauduc toured with a septet in 1946 and worked in Tommy Dorsey's orchestra from August to October of the year


Warren Covington - In 1946-47 he led The Commanders, began playing with Tommy Dorsey in 1950


Both of these successes made it possible for Dorsey to re-organize a big band in early 1947. add something


Dorsey might have broken up his own band permanently following World War II, as many big bands did due to the shift in music economics following the war, but Tommy Dorsey's album for RCA, "All Time Hits" placed in the top ten records in February, 1947. add something


In addition, "How Are Things In Glocca Morra?" a single recorded by Dorsey became a top ten hit in March, 1947. add something


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. add something


Jack Duffy - At age 19 he was hired as a studio singer with CBC in Toronto and in 1948 he started a three-year affiliation with Tommy Dorsey, initially as a member of the vocal group Bob-O-Links


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


Urbie Green - He recorded with virtually all of the major jazz musicians of the 1950s and 1960s and led his own groups while joining tours as a featured performer, including a three-month tour leading the Benny Goodman Orchestra and fronting the Tommy Dorsey orchestra after Dorsey's death in 1956


Ed Shaughnessy - In the 1950s he worked in the Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey bands


Louie Bellson - Later in the 1950s and 1960s, he performed with Jazz at the Philharmonic or J.A.T.P., Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Count Basie, Duke Ellington again, and Harry James again, as well as appearing on several Ella Fitzgerald studio albums


In 1953, the Dorseys focused their attention on television. add something


Jimmy Dorsey broke up his own big band in 1953. add something


The Dorsey Brothers appear in the 1953 sixteen-minute Universal-International film called The Dorsey Brothers Encore. add something


Jimmy Dorsey - In 1953 he joined Tommy's Orchestra, renamed "Tommy Dorsey and his Orch.


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


Frankie Laine - Released as a 10" in 1953, and a 12" in 1954, this album features the talents of Laine, Jo Stafford and bandleader Paul Weston, a Tommy Dorsey alumnus who led one of the top bands of the 1950s, and was the husband of Stafford


The brothers took the unit on tour and onto their own television show, Stage Show, from 1955 to 1956. add something


Website shows details of the CBS Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey television show in 1956. add something


Bobby Shew - After leaving the Army, Shew joined Tommy Dorsey's band and played with the Woody Herman and the Buddy Rich Big Bands in the mid-to-late 1960s


In 1982, the 1941 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. add something


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. add something


Jane Dorsey died of natural causes at the age of 79, in Miami, Florida in 2003. add something


Buddy Morrow conducted the Tommy Dorsey orchestra until his death on September 27, 2010 add something


Buddy Morrow - He was most recently the leader of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, through September 24, 2010