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Tommy Thomas Francis Dorsey Jr. (Shenandoah, 19 November 1905 - Greenwich, 26 November 1956) was an American trombonist and conductor. In Pennsylvania, Thomas Francis Dorsey Senior and Theresa L. Dorsey. His father was a miner but very interested in music (he was a music teacher, handset player and orchestral conductor), he taught his children music theory and practice and gave them the great passion for the first jazz melodies that developed in the early 1900s in the USA.
Though Tommy concentrated on studying the trumpet, he played another instrument very well: the trumpet. Together with his older brother Jimmy (saxophone and clarinet virtuoso) Tommy founded the Dorsey's Novelty Six - Wilde Canaries which was successful in the 1920s and later became the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra in 1928.
During this time he also founded a music group that will accompany him for many years during his musical career: "Tommy Dorsey and his Clambake Seven", a group of musicians/singers, among whom the good Jo Stafford stood out. Throughout his career, Tommy Dorsey has worked musically with several groups, orchestras and artists of the caliber of Paul Whiteman, Louis Armstrong, Arts Tatum, Benny Goodman and many others.
In the thirties the streets of the two brothers separated and Tommy formed his own orchestras, while his brother Jimmy continued with the old group. The new formation had various components and singers, including the young Frank Sinatra: it is said that Sinatra perfected breath control by observing Dorsey's teachings and learning from them as she played the trumpet.
For years ( between 1935 and 1945) in the top ten of US radios he often stood in the foreground, as did Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller (another trombonist like him) and even his brother Jimmy. After the crisis of the Second World War a very successful record called "Getting Sentimental" was released in 1945, on which Tommy masterfully plays a balllad that has become a benchmark with the title "I'm getting Sentimental over you".
This arrangement accompanied him throughout his artistic life: from the time when he founded his Bigband after the separation from his brother Jimmy (1935), it became the opening and closing theme of the various concerts. Remember that Tommy Dorsey was also a great arranger, he wrote numerous hits like "Song of India" (1937), "Boogie Woogie" (1940) and many others that were at the top of the American charts of those years.
During his active career Dorsey sold over 235 million records, a real one! Between 1941 and 1953 he appeared in numerous Hollywood movies and remembered unforgettable movies with actors like Judy Garland, Danny Kaye, Gene Kelly, Red Skelton, Virginia Mayo and many others.
The autobiographical movie about the life of the Dorsey brothers was "The Fabulous Dorsey" in 1947, which actually marked the beginning of the reunification of Tommy and Jimmy. In 1953 the Dorsey brothers finally joined Tommy's orchestra, and from 1955 to 1956 they had a prominent place in a show on CBS television, where Elvis Presley appeared repeatedly as a guest with the title "Stage Show".