Time hasn’t been kind to Tommy Dorsey. The Senti-mental Gentleman of Swing, in his day as powerful and popular as Sinatra (whose career he ignited), Elvis or even the Beatles, is now all but unknown to anyone under 50 (like pretty much every other major figure of the big-band era). Nor, among critics and music historians, have his sizeable contributions been given near the attention or praise heaped upon such peers as Goodman, Miller or Shaw. Hopefully, Peter Levinson’s thoroughly enlightening and entertaining biography will help push the deserving Dorsey back into the spotlight.
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