Known as the sentimental gentleman of swing, trombonist
Tommy Dorsey was born November 19, 1905 in Shenendoah, Pennsylvania.
Dorsey and his brother Jimmy played with a variety of bands before
forming the Dorsey Brothers orchestra in 1934. A series of fraternal
disagreements led to Tommy breaking away and forming his own orchestra
the following year. Alumni of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra included
singers Frank Sinatra and Jo Stafford.
A versatile musician and a master balladeer, Tommy Dorsey worked
steadily in radio throughout his career. In the late 1920s, he was
heard on WEAF/New York as a member of The Ipana Troubadors,
one of radios earliest musical programs. Dorsey joined comedian
Jack Pearl on The Raleigh-Kool Program in 1936 and took over
as host a year later.
Dorsey worked steadily in radio during the 1940s, playing live
remote broadcasts and hosting shows of his own. During
1946, Dorsey had no fewer than four weekly programs over the Mutual
Broadcasting System and NBC.
In 1953, Tommy Dorsey reunited with his brother Jimmy for a series
of tours and a new CBS Radio series, Those Fabulous Dorseys.
Tommy Dorsey died on November 26, 1956.
Tommy Dorsey was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989.
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