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From Club Sandwich, No 17, 1980:
Tony Dorsey, 38 years old trombonist and arranger, comes from Macon, Georgia, where he lives with his wife Mary and daughters Tanzy and April. He studied music at university with of the aim of becoming a music teacher, but discovered that he could make more money “selling pencils in New York”. He then joined the U.S. Air Force as a trombonist in the band and ended up as their arranger. After four years in the Air Force, he joined Jo Tex’s band. “I was twenty-five and wanted to travel around and I’ve been travelling ever since.”
Tony formed his own band called Magic which featured his wife as lead vocalist. He was working in Nashville for Dial Records doing some horn and string arrangements for them when Paul McCartney came in to do some rehearsing. Tony received a call from Paul asking if he’d like to do some arrangements, which was the start of his association with Wings.
Since the last Wings tour, Tony has concentrated on his own R & B eight piece band, Bone, Holmes and Friends. It features Tony’s wife Mary as one of the three woman vocalists, whose voice is reminiscent of Aretha Franklin’s. Tony plays trombone and keyboards. The group has been playing at college fraternities and sororities in the South-eastern states, while gathering more original material and looking out for a recording contract.
Last updated on February 9, 2020