On This Day

Tommy Dorsey

Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey

Profession: Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader

United States of America

Why Famous: Opus No. 1; I'll Never Smile Again

Born: November 19, 1905
Birthplace: Mahanoy Plane, Pennsylvania, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: November 26, 1956 (aged 51)
Cause of Death: Died in his sleep from choking after eating a heavy meal and taking sleeping pills which left him heavily sedated

Historical Events

  • 1939-10-20 "All the Things You Are" recorded by Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
  • 1940-02-02 Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra)
  • 1940-07-20 Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart (#1 is "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey)
  • 1941-02-07 Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey orchestra record "Everything Happens to Me"
  • 1942-02-19 Tommy Dorsey & his orchestra recorded "I'll Take Tallulah"

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