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Tommy Dorsey

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...With his brother Jimmy, Tommy Dorsey’s meteoric career as the leader of a big band and as a trombonist maintained relevance through the twentieth century. Born in Pennsylvania in 1905, Dorsey learned the trumpet, his father’s instrument...

Backup Singers

Dave Laing

Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

...Backup singers or backing vocalists provide vocal accompaniment for the featured singer in a band or a singing group, either in live performance or on record. Arrangements that counterposed backup singers to a lead voice may have originated...


Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

Encyclopedia Articles

...Jazz emerged as a distinct musical form in the United States in the early decades of the twentieth century and is primarily of African-American origin. Its early influences are held to encompass elements of African and European music...