Top 100 Songs
Bandleader Thomas Francis Dorsey, Jr. was born on 11/19/1905 in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. He died on 11/26/1956. Known as the “Sentimental Gentleman of Swing,” he is considered among the greatest trombonists in jazz history.
He and his older brother Jimmy worked in bands led by Jean Goldkette, Vincent Lopez, Red Nichols, Nat Shilkret, Rudy Vallee, and Paul Whiteman. They also worked with the California Ramblers (25-27), Charleston Chasers, and formed their own Dorsey Brothers Orchestra (34-35). Tommy formed his own band in 1935 out of the remains of Joe Haymes’ band. Sy Oliver worked as an arranger for the band and Frank Sinatra (40-42) recorded with Dorsey as a vocalist.
“All the Things You Are” and “I’ll Never Smile Again” are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953.
Top 100 Songs
Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists, appearances on compilations and live albums by the featured act, and songs’ chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards.
BS = Boswell Sisters, DB = Dorsey Brothers, JL = Jack Leonard, TS = The Sentimentalists, FS = Frank Sinatra, EW = Edythe Wright. According to Joel Whitburn’s Pop Memories 1890-1954, Tommy Dorsey hit the top of the U.S. charts 19 times (#1 songs noted in list).
DMDB Top 1%:
1. All the Things You Are (w/ JL, 1939) #1
DMDB Top 5%:
8. Marie (w/ JL, 1937) #1
11. Indian Summer (w/ JL, 1939) #1
21. I’ll Be Seeing You (w/ FS, 1940)
DMDB Top 10%:
31. Everything Happens to Me (w/ FS, 1941)
41. The Lamp Is Low (w/ JL, 1939)
51. A-Tisket, A-Tasket (w/ EW, 1938)
61. Did I Remember? (w/ EW, 1936)
71. Do I Worry? (w/ FS, 1941)
DMDB Top 20%:
75. The Big Apple (w/ EW, 1937) #1
81. Are You Having Any Fun? (w/ EW, 1939)
91. I’m Gettin’ Sentimental Over You (DB w/ Bob Crosby, 1934)
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First posted 5/26/2019; last updated 11/17/2023.