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Tommy Dorsey Overview:

Actor, Tommy Dorsey, was born Thomas Francis Dorsey on Nov 19, 1905 in Shenandoah, PA. Dorsey died at the age of 51 on Nov 26, 1956 in Greenwich, CT .

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Recording. In addition, Dorsey was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame .

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He and his brother Jimmy Dorsey formed The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra in 1930. Tommy, the more temperamental one, is usually blamed for igniting the long-standing feud that broke them up in 1935. Apparently an argument erupted over the tempo of one of their songs, which led to Tommy's exit. They appeared together for one film in 1947, but did not reunite until 1953, when they reformed an orchestra. The final years of their lives were spent co-hosting a musical variety show, which introduced Elvis Presley to TV for the first time (he sang "Heartbreak Hotel").

The first variety show on which Elvis Presley appeared was "Stage Show" (1954), a summer replacement for "The Jackie Gleason Show" (1952), hosted by Dorsey and his brother Jimmy Dorsey. Jackie Gleason, the show's producer, later apologized for putting on "a porno act" and Ed Sullivan said he would never have anything like that on his show. Sullivan later changed his mind after Elvis made another appearance on a rival TV show.

His daughter, Catherine Susan "Susie," was born in November, 1949.

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