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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 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 109291 6/22/1960 Frenesi 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  
(Results 476-493 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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102963

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