Chip, please tell us some more about being in that band with Larry? i guess there where still a number of guys who had been in the band with the brothers?
Tommy died in 1956 and Jimmy died shortly after that, so the band broke up. Warren Covington had the Tommy Dorsey Orch. for a short time around 1959 or 1960. I'm not sure of the exact time frame. Larry O'Brien and I were together on Buddy Morrow's band in 1960/61. Sam Donahue formed a new TD Orch. in 1962 and he asked Larry O'Brien to come over to play Tommy's parts. Larry was a GREAT ballad player and especially after 2 years with Buddy, he had it perfected. Since I had been with Larry on Buddy's band, he asked to have me come on the band. At that time, there were no TD alumni in the band (except for singer Bill Raymond who spent some time with the band in the 50's.) In late 1962, we started doing very long concert tours and we were joined by The Pied Pipers, Helen Forrest and Ziggy Elman. After a few months, Ziggy left and Charlie Shavers came on. We still had with us as vocalists, (besides all the others) Bill Raymond and Jeanne Thomas. While I was with the band, the original TD personnel were; Bill Raymond, Ziggy Elman, Charlie Shavers and the Pied Pipers. That was a band loaded with great musicians, starting with Sam Donahue, who played great and was dearly loved and respected by the band. Larry O'Brien did a wonderful job with Tommy's book.