Dorsey, Thomas A(ndrew) [Georgia Tom ]
- Paul Oliver
[Georgia Tom ]
(b Villa Rica, GA, July 1, 1899; d Chicago, IL, Jan 23, 1993). American blues singer, gospel songwriter, pianist, and publisher. The son of an African American revivalist preacher, he moved in 1910 to Atlanta, where he came under the influence of local blues pianists. He left for Chicago during World War I and studied at the Chicago College of Composition and Arranging, also becoming an agent for Paramount records. Dorsey’s compositions at the time included “Riverside Blues” (recorded by King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, 1923, Para.). His skill as a pianist, composer, and arranger gained him a job with Les Hite’s Whispering Serenaders in 1923, and soon afterwards he formed his own Wildcats Jazz Band, with which Ma Rainey performed. As “Georgia Tom” he made several recordings with her, usually including the slide guitarist Tampa Red (Hudson Whittaker). In the late 1920s Dorsey formed a duo with Tampa Red; their blues recording “Tight like that” (...