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 476-493 of 493 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Gramophone||0LA5219||10-in.||3/4/1948||Vous etes tout pour moi||Paul Bonneau ; Yvette Giraud||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Gramophone||0B5992||10-in.||5/10/1934||Lonely feet||Jack Jackson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal trio||composer|
|Vocalion||E1805-E1808||10-in.||11/24/1925||Who?||Harry Archer Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Vocalion||E1809-E1811||10-in.||11/24/1925||Sunny||Harry Archer Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Vocalion||E1935-E1937||10-in.||12/15/1925||Who?||Harry Archer Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||composer|
|Vocalion||E1938-E1940||10-in.||12/15/1925||Sunny||Harry Archer Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||composer|
|Vocalion||E1958-E1960||10-in.||12/21/1925||Who?||Harry Archer Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||composer|
|Vocalion||E1961-E1963||10-in.||12/21/1925||Sunny||Harry Archer Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||composer|
|Vocalion||E2032-E2033||10-in.||1/4/1926||Whose who are you?||Tuxedo Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Decca||109185||5/27/1960||Indian love call||Danny Welton||composer|
|Decca||109186||5/27/1960||Sentimental journey||Danny Welton||composer|
|Decca||109187||5/27/1960||Night train||Danny Welton||composer|
|Decca||109188||5/27/1960||Boogie woogie||Danny Welton||composer|
|Decca||109289||6/22/1960||To each his own||Danny Welton||composer|
|Decca||109290||6/22/1960||Canadian sunset||Danny Welton||composer|
|Decca||109292||6/22/1960||Autumn leaves||Danny Welton||composer|
|Vocalion||813W-815W||10-in.||5/15/1925||Why do I love you?||The Ambassadors ; Louis Katzman||Jazz/dance band||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.
"Kern, Jerome." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 March 2021.
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