I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

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"I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" is a song recorded by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra. The words were written by Ned Washington and the music was written by George Bassman. It was first performed in 1932. The original copyright is dated 1933 and issued to Lawrence Music Publishers, Inc. The copyright was assigned to Mills Music, Inc. in 1934. Noni Bernardi, a saxophonist with the Dorsey orchestra arranged this song.

Tommy Dorsey was the featured trombone soloist when his orchestra played it. It was first recorded in September 1935. A second recording on October 18, 1935 is the exact arrangement that Tommy would henceforth feature. Tommy's expert breath control, command of the upper register, and phrasing added to the sweetness of the song which typified his orchestra. Frank Sinatra sang this song in the Dorsey Orchestra and also featured it in an album, I Remember Tommy, after Tommy Dorsey's death in 1956.

This song was featured in an episode of The Twilight Zone called "Static", and in the movie Bart Got a Room.

The tempo is considered a fox trot or swing.


  • Printed sheet music of 1st trombone part
  • Peter J. Levinson, Tommy Dorsey: Livin' in a Great Big Way: a Biography, Cambridge, MA, Da Capo Press, c2005 (ISBN 978-0-306-81111-1 )


  • The Ink Spots featuring Bill Kenny (1939)
  • Spike Jones and the City Slickers performed the piece in City Slicker style with Tommy Dorsey on a "Music America Loves Best" broadcast of June 1945. This version appears on Spike Jones' Thank You Music Lovers album.[1]
  • Ella Fitzgerald Sings Songs From Let No Man Write My Epitaph, Verve Records, 1960
  • The Four Freshmen - Voices In Latin/The Freshmen Year
  • Earl Bostic as the B-side of 1951 single Flamingo
  • Andy Cole on his 1970 album Sentimental Over You (EMI/Columbia, 1970)
  • The band They Might Be Giants covered this song in the mid-1980s and released it on their 1997 compilation, Then: The Earlier Years
  • Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass covered the song on their 1965 album Going Places. Their rendition begins with a single horn, playing slowly, in the Big Band style, before breaking into a jazzy rendition by the full Brass
  • The Glenn Miller Orchestra, conducted by Buddy DeFranco, covered the song in a stylized mix containing both elements of the Alpert/TJB arrangement and quotes from the original Glenn Miller band's upbeat hits. Released as a single, it reached #12 on Billboard's "Easy Listening" survey in 1966
  • Maynard Ferguson on his live double album MF Horn 4 + 5: Live at Jimmy's
  • Urbie Green on The Persuasive Trombone
  • Les Deux Love Orchestra on the 2009 album, Ecstasy
  • The song was a staple of Thelonious Monk's live sets from the early 1950s, and he recorded it a number of times Thelonious Himself (1957)
  • Cabaret artist Maude Maggart covered the song on her 2005 album With Sweet Despair
  • Jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt recorded a version of the song on his 1963 album Now!
  1. ^ Liner notes for Thank You Music Lovers