The Dorsey Brothers

The Dorsey Brothers were an American studio jazz band, led by Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey. They started recording in 1928 for OKeh Records.

The Dorsey Brothers
Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, 1934. Bottom (L-R): George "Gus" Throw, 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
Background information
OriginNew York City
Years active1928 (1928)–1935 (1935)
LabelsOKeh, Melotone, Columbia, Brunswick, Decca


The Dorsey Brothers recorded songs for the dime store labels (Banner, Cameo, Domino, Jewel, Oriole, Perfect). A handful of sides during their Brunswick period were issued by Vocalion.

They signed to Decca in 1934, formed a more traditional band, and performed live until a falling out in May 1935. Glenn Miller composed four songs for the Dorsey Brothers when he was a member in 1934 and 1935, "Annie's Cousin Fannie", "Dese Dem Dose", "Harlem Chapel Chimes", and "Tomorrow's Another Day".[1]

In 1935, the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra had two No. 1 recordings on Decca, including "Lullaby of Broadway" with Bob Crosby on vocals, topping the charts for two weeks and No. 1 for three weeks.[2]

Tommy Dorsey left the orchestra in 1935, ending the group as most band members either followed him or left. The Dorseys reunited on March 15, 1945 to record a V-Disc at Liederkranz Hall in New York City. Released in June 1945, the disc contained "More Than You Know" and "Brotherly Jump". The songs were performed by the combined orchestras of Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey. They reunited again in 1947 for the film The Fabulous Dorseys. In the 1950s, they had a network TV series, Stage Show. Elvis Presley made his national television debut on their show in 1956.

Jimmy and Tommy appeared as the Mystery Guests on the October 16, 1955 airing of What's My Line?. They were guessed by Dorothy Kilgallen.

In 1996, the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative postage stamp in honor of Jimmy Dorsey and Tommy Dorsey.

Notable releases

  • "Coquette", 1928
  • "Dixie Dawn", 1928
  • "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)", 1929
  • "Sally of My Dreams", 1929
  • "Fine and Dandy", 1930
  • "Ooh! That Kiss", 1932
  • "Old Man Harlem", 1933
  • "I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You", 1934; later used by Tommy Dorsey as his Theme Song after he formed his own band
  • "Lost in a Fog", 1934
  • "What a Diff'rence a Day Made", 1934
  • "You're the Top", 1934
  • "Annie's Cousin Fannie", 1934, Brunswick and Decca versions, composed and arranged by Glenn Miller[3]
  • "Tomorrow's Another Day", 1935, composed and arranged by Glenn Miller
  • "Harlem Chapel Chimes", 1935, composed and arranged by Glenn Miller
  • "Chasing Shadows", 1935, No. 1[4]
  • "Every Little Moment", 1935
  • "Every Single Little Tingle of My Heart", 1935
  • "I'll Never Say Never Again Again", 1935
  • "I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin'", 1935
  • "Dese Dem Dose", 1935, composed and arranged by Glenn Miller
  • "Lullaby of Broadway", 1935, No. 1
  • "Night Wind", 1935
  • "The Gentlemen Obviously Doesn't Believe (In Love)", 1935
  • "Tiny Little Fingerprints", 1935
  • "You Are My Lucky Star", 1935



  1. "Dorsey Brothers Orchestra". Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  2. Studwell, William Emmett; Baldin, Mark (2000). The Big Band Reader: Songs Favored by Swing Era Orchestras and Other Popular Ensembles. Psychology Press. pp. 51–. ISBN 978-0-7890-0914-2. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  3. Simon, George Thomas. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra. NY: Crowell, 1974.
  4. "The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Songs ••• Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography ••• Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Retrieved 27 August 2018.
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