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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
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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


He and his brother Jimmy Dorsey formed The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra in 1930. Tommy, the more temperamental one, is usually blamed for igniting the long-standing feud that broke them up in 1935. Apparently an argument erupted over the tempo of one of their songs, which led to Tommy's exit. They appeared together for one film in 1947, but did not reunite until 1953, when they reformed an orchestra... See more »


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