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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra


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Tommy Dorsey (November 19, 1905 – November 26, 1956) was an American jazz trombonist, trumpeter, and bandleader of the Big Band era. He was the younger brother of Jimmy Dorsey. His lyrical trombone style became one of the signature sounds of his band and of the Swing Era.

Thomas Francis Dorsey, Jr. was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, and started out only 16 years later in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with big band leader Russ Morgan in the famous pick-up band of the 1920s “The Scranton Sirens”.

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 Moment.”

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.

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