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Tommy Dorsey (1905–1956)

A trombonist and bandleader, he appeared with his own orchestra in a few films of the 40's but is best remembered for his band's recordings
  • like "Marie" (sung by Jack Leonard) and "On the Sunny Side of the
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 2012 Boardwalk Empire (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Spaghetti and Coffee (2012) ... ("Lovesick Blues" (1922))
 2012/I Sparkle (writer: "You Taught Me To Love Again")
 2011 Mildred Pierce (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Part Four (2011) ... (performer: "Boogie Woogie")
 2009 Big River Man (Documentary) (writer: "Take My Hand Precious Lord" - as Thomas Dorsey)
 2008 Mad Men (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- For Those Who Think Young (2008) ... (performer: "Song of the Indian Guest" - uncredited)
 2008 Bitter & Twisted (performer: "Song of India")
 2008 Crips and Bloods: Made in America (Documentary) (performer: "Opus One" - as Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra)
 2006 Cold Case (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Hen House (2006) ... ("Opus One")
 2005 Anytown, USA (Documentary) (performer: "Marie")
 2003 The Human Stain (performer: "Sleepy Lagoon" (1940))
 2002 Hart's War (performer: "Marie")
 1999 RKO 281 (TV Movie) (arranger: "Song of India")
 1998 Frank Lloyd Wright (Documentary) ("Song of India")
 1996 President i ego zhenshchina (music: "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You")
 1990 The Exorcist III (performer: "Song of India")
 1990 Where the Heart Is (performer: "A Song Of India")
 1987 Radio Days (performer: "Opus One" (1943), "You and I" (1941), "I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You" (1932))
 1981 WKRP in Cincinnati (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Secrets of Dayton Heights (1981) ... (performer: "After You've Gone")
 1977 Annie Hall (performer: "Sleepy Lagoon" (1930))
  The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1962) (music - 1 episode, 1962)
- Aunt Bee the Warden (1962) ... (lyrics: "The Dipsy Doodle" - uncredited) / (music: "The Dipsy Doodle" - uncredited)
 1955 The George Gobel Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.13 (1955) ... (writer: "Music, Maestro, Please")
 1951 Universal Name Band Musical 7301: Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (Short) (performer: "You Left Your Brown-Eyed Baby", "Opus No. 1", "Hucklebuck", "Boogie Woogie", "Diane")
 1948 A Song Is Born (performer: "A Song Is Born" (1948))
 1945 Thrill of a Romance (performer: "Please Don't Say No, Say Maybe", "I Should Care", "Song of India", "Opus One", "Battle of the Balcony Jive", "The Guy with the Slide Trombone (Hungarian Rhapsody)", "Ich Liebe Dich" - uncredited)
 1944 Broadway Rhythm (performer: "I Love Corny Music")
 1943 Girl Crazy (performer: "Fascinating Rhythm" (1924) - uncredited)
 1943 Du Barry Was a Lady ("I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" (1932)) / (performer: "Friendship" (1939))
 1942 Ship Ahoy ("The Last Call for Love" (1942)) / (performer: "I'll Take Tallulah" (1942))
 1934 Mirrors (Short) ("China Boy", uncredited)
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I wish you wouldn't make the strings such an important part of your arrangements because frankly they're only a tax dodge! - to Nelson Riddle


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