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All about the music

Robert Stockdale's latest endeavor reflects much of his lifework, which involved working with music and musicians.

The Baldwinsville resident recently published "The Dorsey Brothers: That's It!," his third bio-discography focusing on the Dorsey brothers, Jimmy and Tommy, two big band era bandleaders from the early part of the 20th Century.

"I feel I have contributed something to history," Stockdale said.

After writing the first two books, "Tommy Dorsey: On The Side" and "Jimmy Dorsey: A Study in Contrasts," which came out in 1995 and 1999, respectively, Stockdale received comments from around the world regarding recordings and performances he missed.

"I heard from people in Australia, England, Germany," Stockdale said adding that the new 360-page bio-discography includes news, compilation CDs and DVDs of television appearances. This led him to compile and publish the third and final installment of the series.

All about the recordings

A bio-discography is a combination of biographical chronologically arranged along with discographical information on all the artists' recording sessions. These type of books list recordings, soloists heard, the label it was released on and similar data. The audience for bio-discographies includes individual collectors and researchers. Purchases are usually made by universities, libraries and schools of music.

"The interest is mostly where they teach courses in music and conduct music research," Stockdale said.

In the biz

Stockdale, who is now retired, worked as an announcer-producer for the Syracuse radio station WAGE (now WHEN), where he announced big band leaders like Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Sammy Kaye.

"I did a lot of live broadcasts from the Hotel Syracuse of many big bands, both local and national," he said.

He later became a part owner and general manager of WSEN AM and FM in Baldwinsville, the "First country-music stations north of the Mason-Dixon Line" for 15 years.

Paying tribute

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