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When Sinatra Met Dorsey

How Frank Sinatra paved the road to superstardom with Tommy Dorsey's big band in the early 1940s.

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"When Sinatra Met Dorsey" presents some of the music Sinatra recorded during his all-important stay with Dorsey, as well as several reunion broadcasts the singer did with the band in 1944

When Frank Sinatra left Harry James at the end of 1939 to join Tommy Dorsey’s big band, he was still a youthful, relative unknown.

Two and a half years later Sinatra would depart Dorsey’s orchestra as a star and go on to launch one of the most successful solo-vocalist careers of the 20th century.

“When Sinatra Met Dorsey” presents some of the music Sinatra recorded during his all-important stay with Dorsey, as well as several reunion broadcasts the singer did with the band in 1944, and a couple of sides from his 1962 Reprise tribute to his former boss, I Remember Tommy.

Music Heard On This Episode

Let's Get Away From It All
Frank Sinatra/Tommy Dorsey — The Song Is You (RCA, 1994)
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Let's Get Away From It All
Frank Sinatra/Tommy Dorsey — The Song Is You (RCA, 1994)

Notes: With Connie Haines and the Pied Pipers.

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Imagination
Frank Sinatra/Tommy Dorsey — Essential Frank Sinatra With Tommy Dorsey (RCA, 2005)
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The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else
Frank Sinatra/Tommy Dorsey — Essential Frank Sinatra With Tommy Dorsey (RCA, 2005)
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Everything Happens to Me
Frank Sinatra/Tommy Dorsey — Essential Frank Sinatra With Tommy Dorsey (RCA, 2005)
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I Could Make You Care
Frank Sinatra/Tommy Dorsey — Sentimental Gentleman of Swing (RCA, 2005)
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Oh, Look at Me Now!
Frank Sinatra/Tommy Dorsey — Sentimental Gentleman of Swing (RCA, 2005)

Notes: With the Pied Pipers and Connie Haines.

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Stardust
Frank Sinatra/Tommy Dorsey — Sentimental Gentleman of Swing (RCA, 2005)

Notes: With the Pied Pipers.

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Violets for Your Furs
Frank Sinatra/Tommy Dorsey — Essential Frank Sinatra With Tommy Dorsey (RCA, 2005)

Notes: Midpoint music bed.

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Last Call for Love
Frank Sinatra/Tommy Dorsey — Essential Frank Sinatra With Tommy Dorsey (RCA, 2005)
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Dolores
Frank Sinatra/Tommy Dorsey — Essential Frank Sinatra With Tommy Dorsey (RCA, 2005)
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In the Blue of Evening
Frank Sinatra/Tommy Dorsey — Essential Frank Sinatra With Tommy Dorsey (RCA, 2005)
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Swingin' On a Star
Frank Sinatra/Tommy Dorsey — Sentimental Swing (Riff City Entertainment, 2004)
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I'll Walk Alone
Frank Sinatra/Tommy Dorsey — Sentimental Swing (Riff City Entertainment, 2004)
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Without a Song
Frank Sinatra — Reprise Collection (Warner Brothers, 1990)
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It Started All Over Again
Frank Sinatra — Reprise Collection (Warner Brothers, 1990)
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The Song Is You
Frank Sinatra/Tommy Dorsey — The Song Is You (RCA, 1994)

Notes: Sinatra's farewell radio broadcast with the Dorsey band.

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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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  • david gerstel

    absolutely fantastic.

  • George Hegeman

    Great playlist from a wonderful band and vocalist. Many thanks for your usual tasteful job!

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