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 76-100 of 493 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||C-24139||12-in.||5/20/1920||Gems from The night boat||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-24792||10-in.||1/14/1921||Look for the silver lining||Edna Brown ; Charles Harrison||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-24823||12-in.||1/28/1921||Sally||Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with piano duet||composer|
|Victor||B-25692||10-in.||11/4/1921||Ka-lu-a||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-25931||10-in.||1/3/1922||Ka-lu-a||Edna Brown ; Elliott Shaw||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra and 2 guitars (Hawaiian)||composer|
|Victor||B-26273||10-in.||3/27/1922||Didn't you believe||International Novelty Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-27320||12-in.||12/15/1922||Gems from Sally||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-27412||10-in.||1/18/1923||The pale Venetian moon||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-28789||10-in.||10/29/1923||In love with love||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-28794||10-in.||10/30/1923||Raggedy Ann||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||B-29834||10-in.||4/4/1924||Bull frog patrol||Duncan Sisters||Female vocal duet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-31104||10-in.||10/17/1924||Once in a blue moon||Marcia Freer||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-33758||10-in.||11/6/1925||D'ye love me?||Billy Murray ; Aileen Stanley||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-33855||10-in.||11/6/1925||Sunny||George Olsen and his Music||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-33856||10-in.||11/6/1925||Who||George Olsen and his Music||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||composer|
|Victor||BVE-33932||10-in.||11/20/1925||D'ye love me?||Billy Murray ; Gladys Rice||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||CVE-33979||12-in.||12/9/1925||Gems from Sunny||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-34109||10-in.||12/1/1925||Journey's end||George Olsen and his Music||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-34644||10-in.||2/23/1926||D'ye love me||The Troubadours||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-35792||10-in.||7/21/1926||Two little bluebirds||Franklyn Baur ; Gladys Rice||Female-male vocal duet, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BVE-36889||10-in.||11/1/1926||You will, won't you||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-36890||10-in.||11/1/1926||In Araby with you||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-38364||10-in.||4/26/1927||The same old moon||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||composer|
|Victor||BVE-38365||10-in.||4/26/1927||That little something||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-41170||10-in.||12/13/1927||Why do I love you||Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal 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.
"Kern, Jerome." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 March 2021.
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