The Dorseys

From ‘Boogie Woogie’ to ‘Song Of India’, we have mixed 20 ‘Big Bands‘ tunes written or co-written by ‘Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey‘. It has Frank Sinatra (with Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra and the pied pipers), Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra and many more.

LINER NOTES
IMAGE : Photo by Paul Schultz
INFORMATIONS

The Red Hot Jazz Archive: James “Jimmy” Dorsey, the older of the two Dorsey brothers was a child prodigy who began his musical career at the age seven playing the slide trumpet and cornet with his father’s brass band at local parties.

Solid! : Known as the Sentimental Gentlemen of Swing, Tommy was the younger of the two brothers. During the 1920s he and Jimmy lead Dorsey’s Novelty Six and were members of the Scranton Sirens before moving to New York.

PBS : Admired by other musicians for his technical skill on his instrument, Tommy was a a player of ballads who has rarely been surpassed. Histone was pure, his phrasing was elegant and he was able to play an almost seamless legato line.

Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra : Along with his brother Tommy, Jimmy joined Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra and at the same time they were recording under the billing “The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra”. Their band continued through the early thirties until a dispute over a tempo of a song separated the brothers for decades.

The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra : Tommy sustained superb dancing and listening tempos through the arrangements of the likes of Paul Weston, Axel Stordahl and Sy Oliver, and he showcased singers who could project them brilliantly like Jack Leonard , Frank Sinatra or Sy Oliver.

Answers.com : On the night of May 30, 1935, on the holiday then known as Decoration Day (now Memorial Day), as the band tried to start “I’ll Never Say ‘Never Again’ Again,” they got into an dispute over the tempo and Tommy left the bandstand in mid-performance and walked out on his brother and the band.

Wolverine Antique Music Society : Tommy Dorsey’s biggest selling record was his orchestrated version of the Pinetop Smith classic, “Boogie-Woogie,” reputed to have sold four million copies. Some of his records were of a semi-jazz nature, made occasionally with a small contingent from the band which he called the Clambake Seven.

Swingmusic.net : In 1939, Tommy Dorsey began to totally re-vamp the style of his band. This was a daring move as it required him to let go two very popular vocalists and any number of sidemen and taking on a new principal arranger (Sy Oliver) and six (!) new vocalists: Frank Sinatra and Connie Haines (both out of Harry James’ band) and Jo Stafford plus the three man vocal group, the Pied Pipers.

Everything2.com : . One night of November 26, 1956, having a restless bedtime after having an autumn feast, the help from sleeping pills proved deadly as his body failed to rid completely the poisonous combination, and he suffocated dying at only fifty-one years old. Jimmy continued the Orchestra, of course, but he died the next year.

Everything2.com : . One night of November 26, 1956, having a restless bedtime after having an autumn feast, the help from sleeping pills proved deadly as his body failed to rid completely the poisonous combination, and he suffocated dying at only fifty-one years old. Jimmy continued the Orchestra, of course, but he died the next year.

PLAYLIST : Tommy Dorsey – Boogie Woogie (3.28) . Tommy Dorsey – I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (3.58) . Frank Sinatra (with Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra and the pied pipers) – Star dust (3.15) . Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra – Well. Git It! (3.00) . Tommy Dorsey – Tea For Two Cha Cha (2.52) . Tommy Dorsey – Melody in F (2.42) . Tommy Dorsey – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (3.08) . Jimmy Dorsey – Don’t Be That Way (3.02) . Jimmy Dorsey – John Silver (3.14) . Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra – I’ll Never Smile Again (3.11) . Tommy Dorsey – Night And Day (2.34) . Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra – Opus One (2.54) . Jimmy Dorsey – Major and Minor Stomp (3.16) . Tommy Dorsey – Quiet Please (1.47) . Tommy Dorsey – Tico-Tico (2.51) . Tommy Dorsey – Song Of India (3.07) . Jimmy Dorsey V Artie Malvin Singers – So Rare (2.35) . Jimmy Dorsey – Turn Right (2.27) . Tommy Dorsey – Perfidia (2.01) . Frank Sinatra (with Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra) – Blue skies (3.20) .

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