Jerome David Kern (January 27, 1885 – November 11, 1945) was an American composer of musical theatre and popular music. One of the most important American theatre composers of the early 20th century, he wrote more than 700 songs, used in over 100 stage works, including such classics as "Ol' Man River", "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man", "A Fine Romance", "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "The Song Is You", "All the Things You Are", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Long Ago (and Far Away)" and "Who?". He collaborated with many of the leading librettists and lyricists of his era, including George Grossmith Jr., Guy Bolton, P. G. Wodehouse, Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II, Dorothy Fields, Johnny Mercer, Ira Gershwin and Yip Harburg.
A native New Yorker, Kern created dozens of Broadway musicals and Hollywood films in a career that lasted for more than four decades. His musical innovations, such as 4/4 dance rhythms and the employment of syncopation and jazz progressions, built on, rather than rejected, earlier musical theatre tradition. He and his collaborators also employed his melodies to further the action or develop characterization to a greater extent than in the other musicals of his day, creating the model for later musicals. Although dozens of Kern's musicals and musical films were hits, only Show Boat is now regularly revived. Songs from his other shows, however, are still frequently performed and adapted. Many of Kern's songs have been adapted by jazz musicians to become standard tunes.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 27th, 1885 (Manhattan), Died November 11th, 1945 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1905 - 1960
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, piano
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 492 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-2850||10-in.||10/31/1905||How'd you like to spoon with me?||Haydn Quartet ; Corinne Morgan||Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-4148||10-in.||12/19/1906||Don't you want a paper, dearie?||Haydn Quartet ; Ada Jones||Female-male vocal duet and male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||E-4148||8-in.||12/19/1906||Don't you want a paper, dearie?||Haydn Quartet ; Ada Jones||Female-male vocal duet and male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-4717||10-in.||7/26/1907||Ballooning||Harry Tally||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-6601||10-in.||11/13/1908||Frieda||Elise Stevenson||Female vocal solo, with orchestra and chorus||composer|
|Victor||B-6715||10-in.||1/12/1909||I can't say you're the only one||Ada Jones ; Billy Murray||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-12363||10-in.||9/12/1912||Don't turn my picture to the wall||Helen Clark ; Walter Van Brunt||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-12683||10-in.||12/9/1912||Mind the paint||Elizabeth Wheeler||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-13741||10-in.||9/9/1913||If we were on our honeymoon||Elsie Baker ; Frederick J. Wheeler||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-13777||10-in.||9/15/1913||Come on over here||Helen Clark ; Billy Murray||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-13857||12-in.||9/25/1913||Gems from The doll girl||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-13858||12-in.||9/25/1913||Gems from Miss Caprice||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-13967||10-in.||10/17/1913||Look in her eyes||George MacFarlane||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-14018||12-in.||10/31/1913||Gems from The marriage market||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-14270||12-in.||1/6/1914||Gems from Oh I say||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-14432||10-in.||2/10/1914||You're here and I'm here||Europe's Society Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-14475||10-in.||2/17/1914||You're here and I'm here||Olive Kline ; Harry Macdonough||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-14532||12-in.||3/3/1914||The laughing husband medley||Victor Military Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||C-14567||12-in.||3/12/1914||Gems from The laughing husband||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-15183||12-in.||9/11/1914||Gems from The girl from Utah||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-15431||12-in.||11/24/1914||The girl from Utah||Victor Military Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-15814||10-in.||3/19/1915||We'll take care of you all||Edna Brown ; James F. Harrison||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-16000||12-in.||5/6/1915||Nobody home||Victor Military Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-16004||10-in.||5/7/1915||The magic melody||Billy Murray||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-16048||12-in.||5/25/1915||The magic melody fox trot||Victor Military Band||Band||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kern, Jerome," accessed February 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102963.
Kern, Jerome. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102963.
"Kern, Jerome." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 February 2021.
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