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 51-75 of 492 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-19362||10-in.||3/12/1917||Nesting time in Flatbush||Ada Jones ; Billy Murray||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-19365||12-in.||3/13/1917||Love o' Mike||Victor Military Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-19397||10-in.||3/22/1917||Throw me a rose||Meyer Davis Hungarian Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-19410||12-in.||3/26/1917||Oh boy||Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-19541||10-in.||4/2/1917||If I find the girl||Stewart Jackson||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-19604||10-in.||4/18/1917||If I find the girl||Henry Burr||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-20400||12-in.||7/19/1917||Gems from Oh boy!||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-20401||12-in.||7/19/1917||Gems from Ziegfeld follies of 1917||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-20565||12-in.||9/17/1917||Leave it to Jane||Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-20813||10-in.||10/1/1917||Leave it to Jane||Victor Opera Trio||Mixed vocal trio, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-21010||10-in.||10/26/1917||The bungalow in Quogue||Ada Jones ; Billy Murray||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-21152||10-in.||12/10/1917||Miss 1917 medley||Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-21222||10-in.||12/3/1917||The land where the good songs go||Alice Green ; Charles Harrison||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-21401||12-in.||1/2/1918||Gems from Leave it to Jane||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-21603||12-in.||3/13/1918||Gems from Oh lady! Lady!||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-21805||10-in.||4/29/1918||Oh lady! Lady!||Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||C-21903||12-in.||5/3/1918||Oh lady! Lady!||Victor Military Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||C-21998||12-in.||6/21/1918||Gems from Rock-a-bye baby||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-22078||10-in.||7/29/1918||Rock-a-bye baby||Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||C-22347||12-in.||12/16/1918||Head over heels||Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with piano duet||composer|
|Victor||B-22348||10-in.||12/16/1918||Canary||Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-22692||10-in.||4/16/1919||The first rose of summer||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-23001||12-in.||6/12/1919||Gems from She's a good fellow||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-23697||10-in.||2/24/1920||Left all alone again blues||Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-23698||10-in.||2/24/1920||Whose baby are you?||Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kern, Jerome," accessed February 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102963.
Kern, Jerome. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102963.
"Kern, Jerome." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 February 2021.
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