Tommy Dorsey

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Date of Birth November 19, 1905
Place of Birth Shenandoah, Pennsylvania
Date of Death Nov 26, 1956 (51)
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Tommy Dorsey

Thomas Francis Dorsey Jr. was an American jazz trombonist, composer, conductor and bandleader of the big band era. He was known as the "Sentimental Gentleman of Swing" because of his smooth-toned trombone playing. His theme song was I'm Getting Sentimental Over You. His technical skill on the trombone gave him renown among other musicians. He was the younger brother of bandleader Jimmy Dorsey. After Dorsey broke with his brother in the mid-1930s, he led an extremely popular and highly successful band from the late 1930s into the 1950s. He is best remembered for standards such as "Opus One", "Song of India", "Marie", "On Treasure Island", and his biggest hit single, "I'll Never Smile Again".

Birth name: Thomas Francis Dorsey Jr.
Born: November 19, 1905, Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: November 26, 1956, Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
Genres: Big band, swing, jazz
Occupation(s): Bandleader, trombonist, conductor
Instruments: Trombone, trumpet, cornet
Years active: 1921–1956
Labels: RCA Victor, Brunswick, Decca, OKeh, Columbia
Associated acts: The California Ramblers, Jimmy Dorsey, Jean Goldkette, Paul Whiteman, Frank Sinatra, The Pied Pipers, Buddy DeFranco, Buddy Rich, Jo Stafford, Connie Haines
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About Tommy Dorsey

Big bandleader during the Swing Era who earned the moniker "The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing." His brother was Jimmy Dorsey.

Before Fame

He had no problem with poaching musicians since the band he inherited was in shambles. He was also known to fire and rehire musicians based on his moods and was a volatile perfectionist.


He hit the Billboard chart 286 times, with 17 No. 1 hits throughout the 1930s and 1940s, including "On Treasure Island," "The Music Goes 'Round and Around," "Once in a While," and "Marie," which was written by Irving Berlin.

Family Life

He married Mildred Kraft in 1922, then movie actress Pat Dane on April 8, 1943, and finally Copacabana nightclub dancer Jane Carl New on March 27, 1948.


His roster was filled with many instrumentalists who would go on to greater fame, including Doc Severinsen, "The Tonight Show's" longtime bandleader during the Johnny Carson years.

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