Jimmy Dorsey
American musician
Jimmy Dorsey
James "Jimmy" Dorsey was a prominent American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, trumpeter, composer, and big band leader. He was known as "JD". He composed the jazz and pop standards "I'm Glad There Is You (In This World of Ordinary People)" and "It's The Dreamer In Me".
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Frankovelgia to dazzle residents - Morris Daily Herald
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She also was a singer with the Sammy Kaye Orchestra, the Glenn Miller Band, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and more. Based in Hawaii for a time, Frankovelgia moved back to Illinois. “I began working specifically for seniors,
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Leb Laze – Rasheed's Dream (Review) - M is for Music
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What is so undyingly fascinating about the US music industry is that it has been constantly evolving since the charts began officially between 1939 and 1940 with the likes of Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. Ever since there has been a
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Miami Jazz Cooperative Monthly Rent Party - Miami New Times
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Infatuated by early rock and rollers such as Little Richard, Fats Domino, and Ray Charles, as well as influential jazz players like Cannonball Adderly and Jimmy Dorsey ("mainly because my parents liked him ... and we have the same initials"),
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Heath Brothers take a gentle approach to the art of bebop - Chicago Tribune
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Heath warmed up significantly in Jimmy Dorsey's ballad "I'm Glad There Is You," his cushioned mid-register notes and lovely melodic embellishments on tenor saxophone a sweet reflection on an earlier, pre-bop era in jazz. As always, drummer Albert
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Marijuana, Shoplifting, and Assault - Patch.com
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Jimmy Dorsey King, 52, of Easley was arrested on August 17 and charged with disorderly conduct. Michael Corey Jenkins, 25, of easley was arrested on August 17 and charged with driving with a suspended license or registration and habitual offense for
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Marion resident savors memories of meeting Hollywood stars - Ocala
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Al Digiulio displays a photo with a personal note written to him from musicians Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey. By Andy Fillmore BELLEVIEW — Al Digiulio Jr. has star-studded memories. Digiulio, 73, has autographs and memorabilia of famous personalities
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Jim Marentec Benefit at the Artists' Quarter - Jazz Police (blog)
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He has performed with many big bands: Don Ellis, Jimmy Dorsey, Mel Lewis, Lionel Hampton, Ed Shaughnessy, Harry James, Charlie Persip, and combos: Frank Strazzeri, Bill Perkins, Frank Butler, Freddie Redd. He served as Music director and on the
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FREDDY COLE – Talk To Me – High Note Records - Audiophile Audition
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Bing and Bob Crosby, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Nat and Freddy Cole, were brothers who had careers in the popular/jazz music world, but for whom real success and acclaim for the most part came only to one. However, in the case of Freddy Cole,
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Concert will celebrate life of renowned musician - Journal Newspapers
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He began his career as a trombonist in an orchestra with Jimmy Dorsey and Johnny Long, and worked with many others such as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante, and Abbott & Costello. Dr. Petz even started his own orchestra, the Tommy Weldon
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Orchestras led by Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman and Jimmy Dorsey were hugely popular. The trend did not continue. Many clarinet players doubled or completely switched to saxophone. Resurgence by players like Eddie Daniels, Bill Smith and
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Pensacola's Jazz Gumbo is July 18 - Pensacola Business Journal
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Originally from Stamford, Conn., Gary Wofsey traveled with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and Gene Hull's Band in the early 1970s, followed by several years performing in France. In April 1981, a survey by Jazz Times Magazine ranked his album, “Kef's Pool”
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AMATEUR SOFTBALL: Dorsey's quick wits keep Pescatores at bay - Delaware County Daily Times
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Jimmy Dorsey flashed some leather and his strong arm as his catch and throw to home plate prevented the potential tying run from scoring and preserved Premier Orthopaedics' 10-9 win over Pescatores in Brandywine Valley Senior Softball League action
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Locals show talents at SwingFest - Fort Morgan Times
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Performances really kicked into gear at the Company B concert and dance at the Country Steak-Out Friday night, and went on for concerts at the Fly-in at the Fort Morgan Airport, in Fort Morgan City Park and at the dance with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
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Viaero Glenn Miller SwingFest: It's a swing thing - Fort Morgan Times
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Dancers enjoy Saturday evening swaying to the music of the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, which was the climax of the Viaero Glenn Miller SwingFest this weekend. pour into the annual fly-in of vintage and contemporary aircraft at the Fort Morgan Airport
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Glenn Miller Orchestra in Dover this fall with fresh faces - Dover Post
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His long and illustrious career in the big band world includes performances with the orchestras of Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Ray McKinley, Harry James, Les Brown and many more. Tole's list of credits also include record sessions,
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Amphitheater specials - GoErie.com
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Amp. Sunday, 2:30 pm Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and Pied Pipers. Popular World War II-era songs come alive again under the direction of Pittsburgh native Bill Tole. Vocalist Nancy Knorr, another Pittsburgh native, sings with both groups,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jimmy Dorsey
    FIFTIES
  • 1957
    Age 52
    It is thought that Dorsey's last appearance was in Joplin, Missouri, on March 12, 1957.
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  • 1956
    Age 51
    Broadcasts of Jimmy Dorsey and The Fabulous Dorsey Orchestra on NBC Bandstand survive from December 25, and December 31, 1956.
    More Details Hide Details At least two other extant broadcasts from the month of December 1956 are available as well. Recordings of the band from their winter 1957 tour have not surfaced. These recordings would provide the last aural evidence of Jimmy Dorsey's work.
    Shortly before his death, he was awarded a gold record for "So Rare" which was recorded on November 11, 1956.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1953
    Age 48
    In 1953, he and his brother reunited to form a (new) “Dorsey Brothers Orchestra.” Tommy was the leader of the group, making Jimmy the co-leader and featured soloist.
    More Details Hide Details In 1954, Jackie Gleason chose their band to star in a weekly television show that centered on their band. The show, called “Stage Show,” was a huge hit, and gave other big band leaders hope in a business that was steadily declining. The Dorsey brothers' deaths (Tommy choked to death in his sleep in 1956 and Jimmy died from cancer in 1957) brought an end to the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra.
    In 1953 he joined Tommy's Orchestra, renamed "Tommy Dorsey and his Orch. featuring Jimmy Dorsey".
    More Details Hide Details On December 26, 1953, the brothers and their orchestra appeared on Jackie Gleason's CBS television program. The success of that television appearance led Gleason to produce a weekly variety program, Stage Show, hosted by the brothers on CBS from 1954 to 1956. Elvis Presley appeared on several of the telecasts. These were Presley's first appearances on national TV. Jimmy took over leadership of the orchestra after Tommy's death. Jimmy survived his brother by only a few months and died of throat cancer, aged 53, in New York City.
  • 1949
    Age 44
    In 1949 he and Jane Porter were divorced.
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  • 1947
    Age 42
    Jimmy Dorsey appeared in a number of Hollywood motion pictures, including That Girl From Paris, Shall We Dance, The Fleet's In, Lost in a Harem with Abbot and Costello, I Dood It, and the bio-pic with his brother Tommy, The Fabulous Dorseys in 1947.
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  • 1946
    Age 41
    Dorsey also released the song as Decca 18799A with Dee Parker on vocals in 1946.
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  • 1945
    Age 40
    Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey reunited on March 15, 1945, to record a V-Disc at Liederkranz Hall in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details Released in June, 1945, V-Disc 451 featured "More Than You Know" backed with "Brotherly Jump". The songs featured the combined orchestras of Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1944
    Age 39
    Jerry Lewis' first wife Patti Palmer (birth name Esther Calonico) was a singer with his orchestra for less than a year, starting about 1944.
    More Details Hide Details Jimmy continued leading his own band until the early 1950s.
  • 1942
    Age 37
    In 2008, the Recording Academy added the 1942 recording of "Brazil (Aquarela do Brasil)", Decca 18460B, by Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra with Bob Eberle and Helen O'Connell on vocals to the Grammy Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details In 1983, Jimmy Dorsey was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the American Jazz Hall of Fame. Jimmy Dorsey was posthumously inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, which is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least 25 years old and that have "qualitative or historical significance."
    Jimmy Dorsey originally released the song as a 78 on Decca as 4197B in 1942 with Bob Eberly on vocals.
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    Kitty Kallen sang with the Jimmy Dorsey orchestra following Helen O'Connell's departure in 1942.
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  • 1941
    Age 36
    His biggest hit was "Amapola", which was number one for ten weeks in 1941 on the Billboard pop singles chart.
    More Details Hide Details And finally, there was a late hit in 1957, "So Rare", which went to the No. 2 position, and was on the record charts for 26 weeks. In 1996, the U.S. Postal Service issued a Jimmy Dorsey and Tommy Dorsey commemorative postage stamp.
    Dorsey co-wrote the jazz and pop standard "I'm Glad There Is You (In This World of Ordinary People)" with Paul Madeira, who is also known as Paul Madeira Mertz, in 1941.
    More Details Hide Details Jimmy Dorsey and Paul Madeira Mertz collaborated on the lyrics and the music. Mertz had been a pianist in the Bix Beiderbecke band in the 1920s and had worked in Hollywood on film music in the 1930s.
  • 1939
    Age 34
    Dorsey composed "Mood Hollywood", "Shim Sham Shimmy", "So Many Times", which reached no. 20 in 1939 on Billboard, staying on the charts for one week, also recorded by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra and Jack Teagarden and his Orchestra, "Beebe", "Oodles of Noodles", "John Silver" with Ray Krise, which reached no. 13 on Billboard in 1938, staying on the charts for 2 weeks, "Parade of the Milk Bottle Caps", "Dusk in Upper Sandusky" with Larry Clinton, "Shoot the Meatballs to Me Dominick Boy" with Toots Camarata, "A Man and his Drums", "Mutiny in the Brass Section", "Praying the Blues", "Contrasts", his theme song; "Major and Minor Stomp", "Hep-Tee Hootie (Juke Box Jive)" with Fud Livingston and Jack Palmer, "I Bought A Wooden Whistle", "Tailspin" with Frankie Trumbauer, the classic jazz standard "I'm Glad There Is You (In This World of Ordinary People)", "Clarinet Polka", "I Love You in Technicolor", "All The Things You Ain't" with Babe Russin, "JD's Boogie Woogie", "Jumpin' Jehosaphat", "I'll Do Anything For You", "Any Time at All", "Two Again", "It's Anybody's Moon", "Dixieland Detour", "Shades of Twilight", "Dorsey Stomp", "Grand Central Getaway" with Dizzy Gillespie, "Sunset Strip" and "The Champ" with Sonny Burke, "Town Hall Tonight", "Outer Drive" with Herb Ellis, the jazz standard "It's the Dreamer in Me" with Jimmy Van Heusen, recorded by Duke Ellington and others.
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  • 1938
    Age 33
    In 1938, Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra also appeared in a movie short performing many of his hits including "It's the Dreamer in Me", "I Love You in Technicolor", and "Parade of the Milk Bottle Caps".
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  • 1935
    Age 30
    Jimmy Dorsey's first hit record was "You Let Me Down" in 1935.
    More Details Hide Details His early band was considered to be more jazz-oriented than his brother's, and recordings of some instrumental swing classics soon followed: Dorsey Stomp, Tap Dancer's Nightmare, Parade of the Milk Bottle Caps, John Silver, and Dusk in Upper Sandusky. The band was featured on Bing Crosby's Kraft Music Hall radio show, and did well commercially, although being overshadowed by Benny Goodman, (also a clarinetist), whose big band had grabbed center stage in the mid thirties. Dorsey's main vocalist was Bob Eberly, considered to be the best in the music business, and in 1939, Helen O'Connell joined the band, and the idea to have them perform duets proved to be highly successful. Almost every record released during 1939–1943 were hits, but especially records made with a Latin American flavor like “Amapola”, "Maria Elena", and “Green Eyes”, which topped the charts in 1941. They continued singing with his band for future records and motion picture appearances. Despite personnel changes, Jimmy remained one of the top big band leaders after World War II and into the 1950s, always updating the sound of his band, but the big band business was beginning to decline.
    In September, 1935, the Dorsey Brothers band legally became the "Jim Dorsey Orchestra", after Jimmy found out that Tommy Dorsey now had his own band, and had signed a recording contract with RCA Victor.
    More Details Hide Details Jimmy Dorsey remained with Decca Records as the two brothers were now competing with each other musically.
    He and his younger brother Tommy formed several bands known as “The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra” during the late 1920s and early 1930s which suddenly ended in May, 1935, when Tommy stormed off the bandstand after an onstage argument.
    More Details Hide Details For several months, Jimmy continued leading the band, keeping the Dorsey Brothers name, hoping that his younger brother would return.
    Tommy left the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra to form his own band in 1935 after a musical dispute with Jimmy.
    More Details Hide Details The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra became the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and included musicians such as Bobby Byrne, Ray McKinley, Donald Matteson and Skeets Herfurt along with vocalists Bob Eberly and Kay Weber. In 1939 Jimmy hired Helen O'Connell as his female singer. She and Eberly possessed a "boy and girl next door" charm and their pairing produced several of the band's biggest hits. Many of the Eberly-O'Connell recordings were arranged in an unusual 3-section "a-b-c" format. The three-part format was reportedly developed at the insistence of a record producer who wanted to feature both singers and the full band in a single 3-minute 78 rpm recording. Eberly sang the first minute, usually as a slow romantic ballad, the next minute featured the full band backing Jimmy's saxophone, and the last minute was sung by O'Connell in a more up-tempo style, sometimes with lyrics in Spanish.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1934
    Age 29
    Future bandleader Glenn Miller was a member of the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra in 1934 and 1935, composing "Annie's Cousin Fanny", "Tomorrow's Another Day", "Harlem Chapel Chimes", and "Dese Dem Dose", all recorded for Decca, for the band.
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  • 1932
    Age 27
    After returning to the United States, he worked briefly with Rudy Vallee and several other bandleaders, in addition to the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra with Tommy. He appeared on at least seventy-five radio broadcasts (many with his brother), as a member of Nathaniel Shilkret's orchestra on programs such as the 1932 program, "The Music That Satisfies," also known as the Chesterfield Quarter Hour.
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  • 1930
    Age 25
    He joined Ted Lewis's band in 1930, with whom he toured Europe.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1924
    Age 19
    In 1924 he married Jane Porter.
    More Details Hide Details The brothers also appeared as session musicians on many jazz recordings.
    With his brother Tommy playing trombone, he formed Dorsey’s Novelty Six, one of the first jazz bands to broadcast. In 1924 he joined the California Ramblers (who were based in New York City).
    More Details Hide Details He did much free lance radio and recording work throughout the 1920s.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1915
    Age 10
    He switched to alto saxophone in 1915, and then learned to double on clarinet.
    More Details Hide Details Jimmy Dorsey played on a clarinet outfitted with the Albert system of fingering, as opposed to the more common Boehm system used by most of his contemporaries including Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw.
  • 1913
    Age 8
    Jimmy Dorsey was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, the son of a coal miner turned music educator, and older brother of Tommy Dorsey who also became a prominent musician. He played trumpet in his youth, appearing on stage with J. Carson McGee's King Trumpeters in 1913.
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  • 1904
    Born
    Born on February 29, 1904.
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