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Album Review

Released to coincide with the arrival of Memorial Day, The Homefront 1941-1945 is a worthwhile compilation of many of Tommy Dorsey's most popular and enduring wartime favorites. Among the selections: "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You," "Just as Though You Were Here," "Kiss the Boys Goodbye," "All the Things You Are" and "Yes Indeed!"


Born: November 19, 1905 in Shenandoah, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s

Though he might have been ranked second at any given moment to Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, or Harry James, Tommy Dorsey was overall the most popular bandleader of the swing era that lasted from 1935 to 1945. His remarkably melodic trombone playing was the signature sound of his orchestra, but he successfully straddled the hot and sweet styles of swing with a mix of ballads and novelty songs. He provided showcases to vocalists like Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, and Jo Stafford, and he employed...
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