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|
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.
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