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Jerome Kern

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 226-250 of 493 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-040983 10-in. 10/20/1939 All the things you are Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor PBS-042310 10-in. 12/22/1939 All the things you are Kenny Baker ; David Broekman Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BS-043288 10-in. 11/6/1939 Heaven in my arms (Music in my heart) Harriet Hilliard ; Ozzie Nelson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-043291 10-in. 11/6/1939 That lucky fellow Ozzie Nelson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-043317 10-in. 10/26/1939 All in fun Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-043318 10-in. 10/26/1939 All the things you are Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-044015 10-in. 10/25/1939 Heaven in my arms (Music in my heart) Anita Boyer ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-044235 10-in. 11/21/1939 In the heart of the dark Bob Chester Orchestra ; Dolores O'Neill Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-051227 10-in. 6/5/1940 Have a heart Anita Boyer ; George Griffin ; Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Orchestra Orchestra, with female-male vocal duet composer  
Victor BS-051562 10-in. 6/25/1940 Smoke gets in your eyes Dinah Shore ; Paul Wetstein Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-051776 10-in. 7/17/1940 (When your heart's on fire) Smoke gets in your eyes Dick Leibert Organ solo composer  
Victor PBS-055198 10-in. 12/5/1940 (When your heart's on fire) Smoke gets in your eyes Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw Jazz/dance sextet composer  
Victor BS-057052 10-in. 10/29/1940 You and your kiss Kenny Baker Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BS-057075 10-in. 11/4/1940 Remind me George Griffin ; Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-057076 10-in. 11/4/1940 Your dream (Is the same as my dream) Phil Duey ; Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-057077 10-in. 11/4/1940 The last time I saw Paris Phil Duey ; Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-057388 10-in. 11/12/1940 You and your kiss Tommy Ryan ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-057684 10-in. 11/28/1940 The last time I saw Paris Roy Bargy ; Lanny Ross Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BS-057716 10-in. 11/19/1940 Your dream (is the same as my dream) Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-057717 10-in. 11/19/1940 You and your kiss Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor PBS-061960 10-in. 12/8/1941 They didn't believe me Nan Wynn Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BS-064944 10-in. 9/29/1941 Make believe Joe Reichman Piano solo, with instrumental trio composer  
Victor BS-066868 10-in. 7/18/1941 Make believe Collins H. Driggs Novachord solo composer  
Victor BS-068093 10-in. 11/11/1941 Day dreaming Tommy Ryan ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-068358 10-in. 11/25/1941 Why do I love you Dick Leibert Organ solo composer  
(Results 226-250 of 493 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kern, Jerome," accessed March 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102963.

Kern, Jerome. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102963.

"Kern, Jerome." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 March 2021.

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