Jimmy Dorsey

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Date of Birth February 29, 1904
Place of Birth Shenandoah, Pennsylvania
Date of Death Jun 12, 1957 (53)
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Jimmy Dorsey

James Francis Dorsey, professionally known as Jimmy Dorsey, was an American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, composer and big band leader. He recorded and composed the jazz and pop standards "I'm Glad There Is You" and "It's The Dreamer In Me". His other major recordings were "Tailspin", "John Silver", "So Many Times", "Amapola", "Brazil", "Pennies from Heaven" with Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, and Frances Langford, "Grand Central Getaway", and "So Rare". He played clarinet on the seminal jazz standards "Singin' the Blues" in 1927 and the original 1930 recording of "Georgia on My Mind", which were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Birth name: James Dorsey
Born: February 29, 1904, Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: June 12, 1957, New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres: Big band, swing, Dixieland
Occupation(s): Bandleader, musician, composer
Instruments: Saxophone, clarinet, trumpet
Years active: 1920s–1957
Associated acts: Tommy Dorsey, The California Ramblers, The Dorsey Brothers, The Charleston Chasers, Dorsey's Novelty Six, Andrew LaPrise
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About Jimmy Dorsey

Big band leader and Tommy Dorsey's brother. He was the composer of "I'm Glad There is You" and "It's the Dreamer in Me," two jazz-pop standards.

Before Fame

He and Tommy founded Dorsey's Novelty Six, which became one of radio's first jazz bands.


He played a number of wind instruments, including the clarinet, saxophone, and trumpet. His skills could be heard on "I'm Glad There Is You" and "It's The Dreamer In Me."

Family Life

He married Jane Porter in 1927. The couple divorced in September 1949.


His talented vocalist was musician Helen O'Connell.

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