Song of the Day: Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra and The Pied Pipers, “I’ll Never Smile Again”

Trombonist and bandleader Tommy Dorsey was born on this date in 1905. He got started by playing in older brother Jimmy’s band until forming his own in the 1930’s that was active through the 1950’s. "I’ll Never Smile Again," from 1940, topped Billboard‘s National List of Best Selling Retail Records for twelve weeks in 1940.

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra and The Pied Pipers, “I’ll Never Smile Again”

  1. Wow to hear Frank during his early years shows how much he grew into his singing style. You can hear a little part of it but he didn’t have life affect the way he sings yet. Think of Judy Garland and how she sings Somewhere Over The rainbow. It is so different from when she was young to when she was so much older.

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    I’ve my dad saw the Dorsey Brothers since my dad would have been 27 in 1940.

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    1. The vocal folds thicken with age and use (and abuse). It’s like Peter Cetera, whose voice has dropped practically an octave. With Judy Garland, her voice changed a lot between her teens and her later adulthood.

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  2. Nice! Certainly doesn’t sound like the later Frank Sinatra does it? I remember going to the Edgewater Beach Hotel ballroom once to hear Jimmy Dorsey.

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