Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

May 17, 2021

Dorsey Brothers Band Live At Hotel Statler ~1956

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 1:06 am

Tommy Dorsey would pass away later in 1956 and brother Jimmy would follow in 1957, not living to see the Big Band era fully marginalized in the 1960’s, but they kept the fires burning until the end, and this 1956 fifteen-minute broadcast is a wonderful snapshot of their late period, at a venue they played often in the early 50’s, the Hotel Statler.

Better known as the Hotel Pennsylvania, both before and after being known as the Statler, a lot of Big Band history happened there—-indeed, the Glenn Miller hit  “Pennsylvania 6-5000” was based on the hotel’s phone number. The hotel closed indefinitely due to Covid in April 2020.

Just imagine that you’ve saved for a month for dinner, cocktails, a show, and an overnight stay at the Hotel Statler (had I been born a few generations earlier, I’d have taken Mary Anne there!)…. YOU, a long-time Dorsey Brothers fan from the provinces, enjoying a juicy prime rib (with a tangy horseradish crust), a bottle of Cab Sav, and finally getting to see Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey….and at an elegant venue! NBC is broadcasting a fifteen-minute segment of the performance, so the rest of the family back home can hear what you are experiencing in-person. Just two years later, such an experience would have been impossible, on any number of levels, so let the waiter refill your crystal water goblet, and enjoy another fresh-baked Parker House roll and a pat of butter with the hotel’s logo embedded into it….ladies and gentlemen, the Fabulous Dorseys.

1 Comment »

  1. You took me back in time Bill, well done my boy!

    Comment by Paul C Mcgarry — May 24, 2021 @ 4:56 am | Reply

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