Saturday, February 28, 2015

Jimmy Dorsey

Musician and bandleader Jimmy Dorsey was born James Francis Dorsey on February 29, 1904, in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. When they were only teenagers, Jimmy and his younger brother, Tommy, formed Dorsey's Novelty Six. At 17, Jimmy was playing with the Jean Goldkette Orchestra. During the 1920s, both brothers worked in various bands and as freelance and studio musicians. In 1933 the brothers formed the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, in 1934, they began a long residency at the Glen Island Casino. On Memorial Day 1935 the brothers had a violent argument and separated. Jimmy took over the band, with Bobby Byrne handling Tommy's trombone solos. Tommy took over nucleus of Joe Haymes band that September.

In 1947 the brothers come together to work on the biographical movie The Fabulous Dorseys. They did not get back together until 1953 when Jimmy joined Tommy's band.  They stayed together until Tommy's death in 1956. Jimmy took over the band, recording a new version of one of his much earlier songs, So Rare, that song went to the top of the charts and gave Jimmy Dorsey the biggest hit of his career. He died in New York City on June 12, 1957, less than a year after his brother's death.

Tangerine   1942

I DOOD IT   1942

All of Me   1939

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