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Tommy (Shenandoah, 19 November 1905 Greenwich, 26 November 1956) was an American trombonist and conductor. He was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, to a modest family, the second child of Thomas Francis Dorsey Senior and Theresa L. Dorsey. His father, a miner, but very music-loving (he was a music teacher, listener and orchestral conductor), taught his children about music theory and practice and gave them the passion for jazz melodies that developed in the early years of the 20th century in the USA.
Though Tommy concentrated on studying the trumpet, he also played the trumpet very well. 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, in 1928, received the name Dorsey Brothers Orchestra.
During this time he also founded a music group that accompanied him for many years during his musical career: "Tommy Dorsey and his Clambake Seven", a group of musicians/singers, among which Jo Stafford was to be highlighted. Throughout his career, Tommy Dorsey has worked with numerous groups, orchestras and artists of the caliber 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.
In 1936 he released the single I'm Getting Sentimental Over You, which won the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998, in 1937 the single Marie, which reached the first position in the USA and won the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998, and in 1940 the single I'll Never Slemile Again with Sinatra, which reached the first position in the USA for twelve weeks and received the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982.
For ten years, between 1935 and 1945, he often led the top ten US radios with Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller - another trombonist like him - and his brother Jimmy. After the end of World War II, Dorsey released a very successful 1945 record called Getting sentimental in which he performed Im getting sentimental over you, a song that later became common.
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, writing numerous hits such as Song of India (1937), Boogie Woogie (1940) and many others that were at the top of the American charts in those years.
During his active career Dorsey sold over 235 million records. Between 1941 and 1953 Tommy also appeared in numerous Hollywood movies, beside Judy Garland, Danny Kaye, Gene Kelly, Red Skelton, Virginia Mayo and many others. The autobiographical 1947 movie about the life of the Dorsey brothers was The Factory Dorsey, which actually marked the beginning of the reunification of Tommy and Jimmy.
In 1953 the Dorsey brothers finally returned to Tommy's orchestra and from 1955 to 1956 had a prominent place in the stage show of CBS television, where Elvis Presley appeared repeatedly as a guest. This article is based on the Tommy Dorsey article in the free encyclopedia Wikipedia and is submitted to GNU LICENSE for free documentation.