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Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
Dorsey Brothers OrchestraThe Dorsey Brothers Orchestra began recording in 1928, but didn’t become a real band until 1934. The 1934 band featured both Glenn Miller and Bob Crosby, but didn’t last long because Tommy and Jimmy were always fighting with each other and in 1935 Tommy stormed off the stage quitting the orchestra. He soon took over Joe Haymes Orchestra re-naming it the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.

Jimmy continued on with the Dorsey Brothers group re-naming it the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Tommy’s orchestra was the more successful of the two but both bands were very successful.

Dorsey Brothers Orchestra 1934
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, 1934. Bottom (L-R): George Thow, Roc Hillman, Don Matteson, Skeets Herfurt, Ray McKinley; Standing (L-R): Bobby Van Epps, Delmar Kaplan, Tommy Dorsey, Kay Weber, Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Jack Stacey

In 1953, Jimmy and Tommy reunited and continued playing together until Tommy’s death in 1956. The Dorsey brothers had a popular television variety show on CBS in 1954 and one episode featured the first TV appearance by the then unknown Elvis Presley.

Thanks to Dennis Pereyra, Verne Buland and James Gallup for their help with this page.

discography

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
All Through The Night
(Cole Porter)
11-27-1934 New York, New York Decca
318 B
An Earful Of Music
(Walter Donaldson / Gus Kahn)
9-28-1934 New York, New York Decca
Annie’s Cousin Fanny
(Glenn Miller)
6-4-1934 New York, New York Brunswick
6938
Annie’s Cousin Fanny
(Glenn Miller)
8-15-1934 New York, New York Decca
Annie’s Cousin Fanny
(Glenn Miller)
8-23-1934 New York, New York Decca
117 A
Anything Goes
(Cole Porter)
11-27-1934 New York, New York Decca
318
Apache
(Simon / Mysels)
11-15-1934 New York, New York Decca
214 A
Au Revoir l’Amour
(Stern / Meskill)
12-28-1934 New York, New York Decca
357 A
Basin Street Blues (a)
(Spencer Williams)
8-23-1934 New York, New York Decca
Basin Street Blues (b)
(Spencer Williams)
8-23-1934 New York, New York Decca
118 B
Beside An Open Fireplace
(Denniker / Osborne)
1-13-1930 New York, New York Banner
Conqueror
7476
Blame It On Youth
(Levant / Hayman)
11-15-1934 New York, New York Decca
320
Blue Room
(Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart)
10-17-1933 New York, New York Brunswick
But I Can’t Make A Man 10-17-1933 New York, New York Brunswick
7542
Button Up Your Overcoat
(Ray Henderson / Lew Brown / Buddy DeSylva)
3-15-1929 New York, New York Okeh
41210
By Heck (a)
(L. Wolfe Gilbert / S.R. Henry)
6-13-1933 New York, New York Brunswick
6624
By Heck (b)
(L. Wolfe Gilbert / S.R. Henry)
6-13-1933 New York, New York Brunswick
By Heck
(L. Wolfe Gilbert / S.R. Henry)
8-14-1934 New York, New York Decca
By The Sycamore Tree
(Wendling /Gillespie)
12-9-1931 New York, New York Columbia
2581-D
Butterfingers 3-28-1934 New York, New York Brunswick
Chasing Shadows
(Benny Davis / Abner Silver)
5-27-1935 New York, New York Decca
476 A
Congratulations
(Maceo Pinkard / Goetz / Green / Stept)
1-13-1930 New York, New York Banner
566
Conqueror
7476
Coquette
(Gus Kahn / Carman Lombardo /Jimmy Green)
3-14-1928 New York, New York Okeh
41007
Cross Roads
(Axt / Klages / Mendoza)
11-21-1928 New York, New York Okeh
41151
Dancing In The Moonlight 3-28-1934 New York, New York Melotone
Dancing With My Shadow
(Lenny Adelson / Lyn Murray)
12-21-1934 New York, New York Decca
335 B
Dawn Patrol 12-19-1933 New York, New York Brunswick
Day Dreams 9-24-1934 New York, New York Decca
206 B
Dese Dem Dose
(Glenn Miller)
2-6-1935 New York, New York Decca
Dinah
(Sam M. Lewis / Joe Young / Harry Akst)
1-11-1935 New York, New York Decca
376 B
Dippermouth Blues
(King Oliver)
2-6-1935 New York, New York Decca
561 B
Dixie Dawn
(Trent / DeRose)
5-22-1928 New York, New York Okeh
41050
Doctor Heckle and Mr. Jibe 10-17-1933 New York, New York Brunswick
Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jibe
(Dick Mcdonough)
8-15-1934 New York, New York Decca
Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jibe
(Dick Mcdonough)
8-23-1934 New York, New York Decca
117 B
Don’t Be Afraid To Tell Your Mother
(Tomlin / Poe / Greer)
1-25-1935 New York, New York Decca
371 B
Don’t Let It Bother You
(Gordon / Revel)
9-24-1934 New York, New York Decca
207 A
Down’t Uncle Bill’s 11-30-1934 New York, New York Decca
Down Where The Sun Goes Down 10-1928 New York, New York Duo
Easy Come, Easy Go 5-21-1934 New York, New York Banner
Eccentric
(J. Russel Robinson)
2-6-1935 New York, New York Decca
1304
Evening Star (a)
(Roy Turk / Fred Ahlert)
6-4-1928 New York, New York Okeh
Evening Star (b)
(Roy Turk / Fred Ahlert)
6-4-1928 New York, New York Okeh
41065
Every Little Moment (a)
(Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh)
5-27-1935 New York, New York Decca
Every Little Moment (b)
(Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh)
5-27-1935 New York, New York Decca
480 B
Ev’ry Single Little Tingle Of My Heart
(Simon / Loman / Roberts)
5-27-1935 New York, New York Decca
476 B
Fidgety 10-17-1933 New York, New York Brunswick
Footloose And Fancy Free 5-27-1935 New York, New York Decca
482 A
Forgetting You (a)
(Ray Henderson / Lew Brown / Buddy DeSylva)
4-24-1928 New York, New York Okeh
41065
Forgetting You (b)
(Ray Henderson / Lew Brown / Buddy DeSylva)
4-24-1928 New York, New York Okeh
Fun To Be Fooled
(Arlen / Gershwin / Harburg)
11-7-1934 New York, New York Decca
260 A
Gracias
(Lake / Mayers)
8-30-1934 New York, New York Decca
445 B
Goodnight, Lovely Little Lady 3-14-1934 New York, New York Vocalion
Harlem Chapel Chimes 2-6-1935 New York, New York Decca
Hands Across The Table
(Delettre / Parish)
11-7-1934 New York, New York Decca
291 B
Have A Little Faith (2)
(Lewis / Young / Warren)
1-13-1930 New York, New York Banner
571
Have A Little Faith (3)
(Lewis / Young / Warren)
1-13-1930 New York, New York Conqueror
7472
Heat Wave
(Irving Berlin)
8-14-1934 New York, New York Decca
208 A
Here Is My Heart
(Robin / Gensler)
11-7-1934 New York, New York Decca
311 A
Hold My Hand 3-14-1934 New York, New York Vocalion
Home
(Van Steeden / Clarkson)
12-9-1931 New York, New York Columbia
Home Ties
(Tobias / Loesser / Pokrass)
12-21-1934 New York, New York Decca
340 A
Honeysuckle Rose Part 1
(Andy Razaf / Fats Waller)
8-23-1934 New York, New York Decca
296 A
Honeysuckle Rose Part 2
(Andy Razaf / Fats Waller)
8-23-1934 New York, New York Decca
296 B
How Can You Face Me
(Andy Razaf / Fats Waller)
9-21-1934 New York, New York Decca
196 A
How Do I Know It’s Sunday? 4-23-1934 New York, New York Vocalion
I Ain’t Gonna Sin No More
(Conrad / Magidson)
8-30-1934 New York, New York Decca
116 A
I Ain’t Got Nobody 10-1928 New York, New York Duo
I Believe In Miracles
(Wendling / Meyer / Lewis)
12-21-1934 New York, New York Decca
335 A
I Can’t Dance (I Got Ants In My Pants)
(Williams / Gaines)
8-30-1934 New York, New York Decca
116 B
I Couldn’t Believe My Eyes 8-1-1935 New York, New York Decca
519 B
I Couldn’t Be Mean To You
(Adams / Greer)
9-21-1934 New York, New York Decca
195 B
I’d Like To Dunk You In My Coffee
(Akst / Brown)
11-30-1934 New York, New York Decca
321 A
If It’s Love
(Akst / Brown)
11-30-1934 New York, New York Decca
321 B
I Get A Kick Out Of You
(Cole Porter)
11-30-1934 New York, New York Decca
319 B
I’ll Never Ask For More
(Turk / Ahlert)
3-15-1929 New York, New York Okeh
41220
I Never Say “Never Again” Again
(Woods)
5-27-1935 New York, New York Decca
480 A
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (a)
(Washington / Bassman)
9-24-1932 New York, New York Columbia
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (b)
(Washington / Bassman)
9-24-1932 New York, New York Columbia
36065
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
(Washington / Bassman)
8-15-1934 New York, New York Decca
115 A
Decca
3942 A
(I Got A) New Deal In Love 1-4-1935 New York, New York Decca
I’m Facing The Music 1-18-1935 New York, New York Decca
367 B
I’m Goin’ Shoppin’ With You 1-26-1935 New York, New York Decca
371 A
I’m Just A Little Boy Blue 1-4-1935 New York, New York Decca
348 A
Indian Cradle Song (b)
(Kahn / Wayne)
4-24-1928 New York, New York Okeh
41032
Indian Cradle Song (c)
(Kahn / Wayne)
4-24-1928 New York, New York Okeh
I Threw A Bean Bag At The Moon
(Ager / Adams)
1-18-1935 New York, New York Decca
368 B
I Thrill When They Mention Your Name 1-4-1935 New York, New York Decca
It’s Dark On Conservatory Hill
(Spina / Burke)
11-15-1934 New York, New York Decca
314 B
I’ve Got A Feelin’ You’re Foolin’ 9-11-1935 New York, New York Decca
560 A
I’ve Got Your Number 2-6-1935 New York, New York Decca
515 B
I’ve Had My Moments 4-23-1934 New York, New York Vocalion
I Was Lucky 12-28-1934 New York, New York Decca
Judy
(Hoagy Carmichael)
4-23-1934 New York, New York Brunswick
6938
Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love)
(Cole Porter)
1-26-1929 New York, New York Okeh
41181
Let’s Take A Walk Around The Block
(Arlen / Gershwin / Harburg)
10-24-1934 New York, New York Decca
260 B
Long May We Love
(Freed / Hillman)
8-15-1934 New York, New York Decca
115 B
Lost In A Fog
(Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh)
9-21-1934 New York, New York Decca
195 A
Louisiana 10-1928 New York, New York Duo
Love Is Just Around The Corner
(Robin / Gensler)
11-7-1934 New York, New York Decca
311 B
Love Thy Neighbor 4-23-1934 New York, New York Vocalion
Lullaby Of Broadway
(Al Dubin / Harry Warren)
1-26-1935 New York, New York Decca
370 A
Mama, Yo Quiero Un Novio
(Raven / Collazo)
8-30-1934 New York, New York Decca
445 A
Mary Ann
(Davis / Silver)
2-14-1928 New York, New York Okeh
40995
Maybe – Who Knows
(Etting / Schuster / Tucker)
7-12-1929 New York, New York Okeh
41279
May I? 4-23-1934 New York, New York Vocalion
Mean To Me
(Roy Turk / Fred Ahlert)
3-15-1929 New York, New York Okeh
41210
Milenberg Joys
(Leon Roppollo / Paul Mares / Jelly Roll Morton)
8-23-1934 New York, New York Decca
119 A
Mississippi Mud
(James Cavanaugh / Harry Barris)
10-1928 New York, New York Duo
Mood Hollywood (a)
(Jimmy Dorsey / Lennie Hayton)
9-24-1933 New York, New York Columbia
36066
Mood Hollywood (b)
(Jimmy Dorsey / Lennie Hayton)
9-24-1933 New York, New York Brunswick
6537
Missouri Misery
(Yip Harberg / Dana Suesse)
9-28-1934 New York, New York Decca
297 B
My Dog Loves Your Dog
(Irving Caesar / Ray Henderson / Jack Yellen)
3-14-1934 New York, New York Vocalion
My Kind Of Love
(Trent / Alter)
1-26-1929 New York, New York Okeh
41188
My Melancholy Baby (a)
(Norman / Burnett)
4-24-1928 New York, New York Okeh
My Melancholy Baby (c)
(Norman / Burnett)
4-24-1928 New York, New York Okeh
41032
My Very Good Friend The Milkman 8-1-1935 New York, New York Decca
519 A
Nasty Man
(Irving Caesar / Ray Henderson / Jack Yellen)
3-14-1934 New York, New York Vocalion
Night Wind
(Pollack / Rothberg)
1-4-1935 New York, New York Decca
376 A
No Strings 8-1-1935 New York, New York Decca
516 B
Okay, Toots
(Donaldson / Kahn )
9-28-1934 New York, New York Decca
259 A
Old Man Harlem
(Hoagy Carmichael / Rudy Vallee)
6-8-1933 New York, New York Brunswick
6624
On Accounts I Love You 5-21-1934 New York, New York Banner
On A Sunday Afternoon 9-11-1935 New York, New York Decca
559 A
Ooh! That Kiss
(Warren / Dixon / Stept)
12-9-1931 New York, New York Columbia
2581-D
Out In The Cold Again
(Bloom / Koehler)
9-24-1934 New York, New York Decca
206 A
Out Of The Dawn
(Walter Donaldson)
9-29-1928 New York, New York Okeh
41124
Persian Rug
(Gus Kahn / Neil Moret)
2-14-1928 New York, New York Okeh
40995
Rhythm Of The Rain
(Stern / Meskill)
12-28-1934 New York, New York Decca
358 A
‘Round Evening
(Steiner / Coots / Whiting)
9-29-1928 New York, New York Okeh
41124
Sally Of My Dreams
(Kernell)
11-21-1928 New York, New York Okeh
41151
Sandman
(Lake / Mayer)
8-23-1934 New York, New York Decca
Sandman
(Lake / Mayer)
11-15-1934 New York, New York Decca
297 A
She’s Funny That Way
(Neil Moret / Richard Whiting)
11-21-1928 New York, New York Okeh
She’s Funny That Way
(Neil Moret / Richard Whiting)
10-17-1933 New York, New York Brunswick
7542
She Reminds Me Of You
(Mack Gordon / Harry Revel)
3-14-1934 New York, New York Vocalion
Shim Sham Shimmy (a)
(Jimmy Dorsey / Fulton McGrath)
9-24-1933 New York, New York Brunswick
6537
Shim Sham Shimmy (b)
(Jimmy Dorsey / Fulton McGrath)
9-24-1933 New York, New York Brunswick
6537
Sing (It’s Good For You)
(Harold Mooney / Hughie Prince)
9-27-1932 New York, New York Brunswick
6409
Singing A Happy Song 12-28-1934 New York, New York Decca
357 B
Singin’ In The Rain (a)
(Arthur Freed / Herb Brown)
7-12-1929 New York, New York Okeh
Singin’ In The Rain (b)
(Arthur Freed / Herb Brown)
7-12-1929 New York, New York Okeh
41272
So Help Me 5-21-1934 New York, New York Banner
Solitude
(Duke Ellington / Irving Mills / DeLange )
1-11-1935 New York, New York Decca
15013
Someone Stole Gabriel’s Horn 9-24-1932 New York, New York Brunswick
Stop, Look And Listen 8-15-1934 New York, New York Decca
208 B
St. Louis Blues
(W.C. Handy)
8-23-1934 New York, New York Decca
119 A
Decca
3524 B
Decca
11032
Sweet And Simple 3-14-1934 New York, New York Vocalion
Tailspin
(Frankie Trumbauer / Tommy Dorsey)
2-6-1935 New York, New York Decca
560 B
Decca
4202 B
That’s My Mammy
(Pease / Baer / Nelson)
5-22-1928 New York, New York Okeh
41050
The Breeze
(Sacco / Smith / Lewis)
9-24-1934 New York, New York Decca
207 B
The Church Bells Tolled
(Schwartz / Schuster / Young)
12-21-1934 New York, New York Decca
340 B
The Farmer Takes A Wife
(Schwartz / Schuster / Young)
1-18-1935 New York, New York Decca
340 B
The Gentleman Obviously Doesn’t Believe
(Eddie Pola / Michael Carr)
9-11-1935 New York, New York Decca
561 A
The Moon Was Yellow
(Leslie / Ahlert)
9-21-1934 New York, New York Decca
The Moon Was Yellow
(Leslie / Ahlert)
9-28-1934 New York, New York Decca
196 B
The Spell Of The Blues
(Johnston / Dreyer / Ruby)
1-26-1929 New York, New York Okeh
41181
The Words In My Heart
(Harry Warren / Al Dubin)
1-26-1935 New York, New York Decca
370 B
The Yale Blues
(Knox / Ellis)
3-14-1928 New York, New York Okeh
41007
Tiger Rag
(Nick LaRocca)
10-1928 New York, New York Duo
Tiny Little Fingerprints 1-18-1935 New York, New York Decca
367 A
Tomorrow’s Another Day 2-6-1935 New York, New York Decca
515 A
Top Hat, White Tie And Tails
(Irving Berlin)
8-1-1935 New York, New York Decca
516 A
Weary Blues (39340-A)
(Artie Matthews)
2-6-1935 New York, New York Decca
469 A
Weary Blues (39341-A)
(Artie Matthews)
2-6-1935 New York, New York Decca
When My Ship Comes In 9-28-1934 New York, New York Decca
You Ain’t Been Livin’ Right 1-11-1935 New York, New York Decca
You Don’t Know Me From Adam (And I Didn’t Know You From Eve) 11-30-1934 New York, New York Decca
320 B
(You Knew You’d Hurt Somebody)
Why Did It Have To Be Me?

(Green / Lombardo / Stept)
12-9-1931 New York, New York Columbia
You Saved My Life 8-1-1935 New York, New York Decca
520 B
You’re All I Need 5-27-1935 New York, New York Decca
482 B
Your Head On My Shoulder
(Adamson / Lane)
9-28-1934 New York, New York Decca
258 B
Your Mother And Mine 7-12-1929 New York, New York Okeh
41272
Your My Lucky Star 9-11-1935 New York, New York Decca
Your The Top
From “Anything Goes”

(Cole Porter)
11-27-1934 New York, New York Decca
319 A
You’re O.K. 2-6-1935 New York, New York Decca
1304
You’re So Darn Charming 8-1-1935 New York, New York Decca
520 A

Dorsey Brothers Orchestra

Artist Instrument
Larry Abbott Alto Saxophone
Mildred Bailey Vocals
Smith Ballew Vocals
Bunny Berigan Trumpet
Artie Bernstein Bass
Larry Binyon Tenor Saxophone
Mickey Bloom Trumpet
Harry Bluestone Violin
Connie Boswell Vocals
Perry Botkin Banjo
Lyle Bowen Tenor Saxophone
Jean Bowes Vocals
Arnold Brilhart Alto Saxophone, Oboe, Flute
Chick Bullock Vocals
Chuck Campbell Trombone
Tony Colucci Banjo
Jerry Cooper Vocals
Bob Crosby Vocals
Jimmy Crossan Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Tommy Dorsey Trombone, Trumpet
Al Duffy Violin
Bill Dutton Vocals
Seger Ellis Vocals
Skinny Ennis Vocals
Bob Eberle Vocals
Fuzzy Farrar Trumpet
Louis Garcia Trumpet
Frank Guarente Trumpet
Delmar Kaplan Bass
Irving Kaufman (Noel Taylor) Vocals
Stan King Drums
Manny Klein Trumpet
Serge Kostelarsky Violin
Carl Kress Guitar, Banjo
Skeets Herfurt Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Rock Hillman Guitar, Vocals
Scrappy Lambert Vocals
Eddie Lang Guitar
Charlie Margulis Trumpet
Don Mattison Trombone, Vocals
Leo McConville Trumpet
Dick McDonough Guitar
Fulton McGrath Piano
Ray McKinley Drums, Vocals
Johnny Mercer Vocals
Glenn Miller Trombone, Vocals
Chauncey Morehouse Drums, Chimes
Nat Natoli Trumpet
Jerry Neary Trumpet
Adrian Rollini Bass Saxophone
Babe Ruskin Tenor Saxophone
Lucien Smith Tenor Saxophone
Herbert Spencer Tenor Saxophone
Charliw Spivak Trumpet
Arthur Schutt Piano
Frank Signorelli Piano
Muggsy Spanier Trumpet
Jack Stacey Alto Saxophone
Hank Stern Tuba
Joe Tarto Tuba, Bass
Jack Teagarden Trombone
Frank Teschemacher Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
George Thow Trumpet
Lloyd Turner Trombone
Bobby van Eps Piano
Wes Vaughan Vocals
Joe Venuti Violin
Harry Waller Viola
Kay Weber Vocals
Bob Yukl Trombone

 

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