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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 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  
(Results 76-100 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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