- NAME: Tommy Dorsey
- OCCUPATION: Conductor, Trumpet Player
- BIRTH DATE: November 19, 1905
- DEATH DATE: November 26, 1956
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Shenandoah, Pennsylvania
- PLACE OF DEATH: Greenwich, Connecticut
- Full Name: Thomas Francis Dorsey Jr.
- Nickname: The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing
- AKA: Thomas Francis Dorsey
- AKA: Thomas Dorsey
- AKA: Tommy Dorsey
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Tommy Dorsey was a popular American trombonist who performed with brother Jimmy in the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra during the 1920s and '30s. He was bandleader of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in the 1930s and '40s.
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Initially planned as a temporary replacement for The Jackie Gleason Show, for the summer of '54, Stage Show became a weekly series in 1955 and lasted until Tommy's untimely death in 1956.
Tommy Dorsey died at his Greenwich, Connecticut, home on November 26, 1956, after apparently choking on food in his sleep after eating a large meal and taking an unknown quantity of sleeping pills.
Married three times, Dorsey had two children, Thomas and Patricia,
from his first marriage to Mildred Kraft. He was married to actress Pat Dane from 1943 to 1947. The following year, Dorsey wed Jane New. Dorsey and his third wife were in process of divorcing at the time of his death.
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