Tommy Dorsey, known as the “Sentimental Gentleman of Swing,” was a popular musician frequently compared to equally popular music stars such as Benny Goodman, Harry James, Glenn Miller, and Artie Shaw.
Dorsey learned music at a very young age thru his father who works as a music teacher-band leader. Although he was taught to play the trumpet, he later chose trombone to be his instrument. He formed a band with his younger brother Jimmy, called the Dorsey Brothers, but later broke with him to pursue his own career. From 1930s to 1950s he became the bandleader of some of the most successful and popular bands of his time. The two brothers got reunited in 1953, after Tommy invited Jimmy, who just broke with his band, to be featured in the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
Dorsey had a total of 286 billboard hits, with some of them landing on the top spot. Among his greatest hits were “I’ll Never Smile Again” with the legendary Frank Sinatra, “Lullaby of Broadway” and “Chasing Shadows” while he was still in the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, and “In the Blue of Evening.”
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 9 old time radio episodes:
|07.20.1938||tommy dorsey show wbing crosby (partial)|
|02.24.1940||tommy dorsey show from the meadowbrook, cedar grove, nj|
|11.26.1940||tommy dorsey and his orchestra (xxx) first tune the one i love|
|08.18.1942||tommy dorsey and his orchestra (010) first tune backstage at the bali|
|06.23.1943||tommy dorsey show (25)||
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|07.08.1945||tommy dorsey show (42) guest claire trevor|
|07.15.1945||tommy dorsey and his orchestra (xxx) first tune tain't me|
|05.31.1946||tommy dorsey playshop first song night and day|
|08.25.1946||tommy dorsey show (002) first tune chloe|