quinta-feira, 16 de julho de 2009

Tommy Dorsey and The David Rose String Orchestra


The David Rose String Orchestra

01. Dance Of The Spanish Onion
02. My Dog Has Fleas
03. Our Waltz
04. Da Easta Time
05. Holiday For Strings
06. Vienna Swings Again

Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

07. Humoresque
08. Buy My Violets
09. Lieberstraum
10. Song Of India
11. Barcarole
12. Dark Eyes
13. Blue Danube
14. Spring Song

Tommy & Rose

Thomas Francis Dorsey, was one of the most popular and succesful big-band leaders from the '30's to the '50's. Born November 19, 1904 in beautiful Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, Tommy Dorsey began his fruitful musical career playing trombone in his music teacher/father's band before forming the Dorsey's Novelty Six as a teenager with his brother Jimmy. By 1921 Tommy was playing with The Scranton Sirens for a short time until his big break came and both Dorseys joined the All-Star Jean Goldkette Orchestra in 1924, playing along side of Joe Venuti and Bix Beiderbecke. Their experience in this band included recording for the Victor company and touring Europe. Tommy and older brother Jimmy were also recording with other notable artistis including the California Ramblers, Hoagy Carmichael and Paul Whiteman, whose orchestra Tommy joined in 1926.

In 1934, the Dorseys formed their own orchestra playing arrangements by fellow member of the trombone section, Glenn Miller. The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra did not last long and by 1935 each of the brothers was leading his own band. Tommy took over the Joe Haymes Orchestra in Detroit rather than organize a completely new group. The band was pretty solid when Tommy arrived and all it needed was a little extra nudge to put them over. That lift came from their first hit song, "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You", which was followed by a constant stream of national best-selling hits. Tommy's band introduced more than a few dance and swing styles which were imitated by every band in the country. His million-sellers included swing versions of classical music which are featured in this recording. His most popular hit in this style was Rimsky-Korsakov's "Song Of India".

David Rose had a long and varied career also. Although he was born June 15, 1910 in London, England, Rose actually grew up and spent his early working years in Chicago. After graduating from the Chicago College of Music, he gained a great deal of experience as a pianist-arranger with NBC in the Windy City. It wasn't before long that he was lured to Hollywood with the opportunity of assembling his own orchestra for the Mutual Broadcasting system. The story goes that after deep cuts in the budget, Rose was left with only a string section to work with. The result was his first big hit, "Holiday For Strings".

Throughout the fifties, Rose was responsible for the music in countless television programs, including Bonanza, and of course the show Burlesque which introduced Rose's multi-million selling single, "The Stripper". His early work on Bonanza paid off when he got the job on another television show starring Michael Landon, 'Little House On The Prairie', in 1981, when he actually appeared on screen in one episode as a train engineer (outside music his greatest passion was trains).

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