When "So Rare" by The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra peaked at #2
in Billboard magazine, it became the highest charting song by a
Big Band during the first decade of the Rock ‘n’ Roll era. The
record stayed on the chart for 26 weeks. Sadly, Dorsey himself
would not live to see that success, as he had passed away on
June 12th due to lung cancer at the age of 53.
Jimmy Dorsey is considered to be one of the most important and
influential alto saxophone players of the Big Band and Swing era.