Tommy Dorsey

Sentimental Gentleman of Swing
Birth Name:
Thomas Francis Dorsey Jr.
Birth Date:
November 19, 1905
Birth Place:
Mahanoy Plain, Pennsylvania
Death Date:
November 26, 1956
Place of Death:
10 Flagler Drive, Greenwich, Connecticut
Cause of Death:
Asphyxia - aspiration of food in his sleep
Cemetery Name:
Kensico Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
A highly respected and influential trombonist, Tommy Dorsey—both independently and with his brother Jimmy—led several of the most popular big bands of the swing era. He famously gave a skinny, big-eared Italian-American kid with a cool, seductive voice a shot at stardom. That kid was Frank Sinatra. The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra is best remembered for standards such as "Opus One", "Song of India", "Marie", "On Treasure Island", and his biggest hit single, "I'll Never Smile Again".

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Kensico Cemetery

273 Lakeview Avenue

Valhalla, New York, 10595


North America


Cemetery Map of Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla New York

Grave Location:

Kensico Gardens, Section 41

Grave Location Description

Drive through this amazingly beautiful cemetery until you come to the intersection of Ossipee Avenue and Cherokee Avenue. He’s buried just off of Cherokee Avenue.

Grave Location GPS

41.07691209631217, -73.78479380041284



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