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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 101-125 of 492 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-41177 10-in. 12/15/1927 Can't help lovin' dat man Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-41470 10-in. 1/27/1928 Make believe Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-41539 10-in. 1/11/1928 Ol' Man River The Revelers Male vocal quartet, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-41607 10-in. 1/11/1928 Ol' Man River Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-42442 10-in. 2/14/1928 Can't help lovin' dat man Helen Morgan Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-42443 10-in. 2/14/1928 Bill Helen Morgan Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-43122 12-in. 3/1/1928 Ol' Man River Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra ; Paul Robeson Orchestra, with mixed vocal chorus and soloist composer  
Victor CVE-43123 12-in. 3/1/1928 Selections from "Show boat" Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal chorus and soloists composer  
Victor BVE-53842 10-in. 6/14/1929 No puedo dejar de quererte Olga Albani Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-53859 10-in. 6/21/1929 ¿Por qué te amo? Olga Albani Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-56191 10-in. 10/16/1929 Why was I born? Helen Morgan Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-56704 10-in. 9/20/1929 Why was I born? Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-56705 10-in. 9/20/1929 Here am I Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-56741 10-in. 10/3/1929 Don't ever leave me! Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-56742 10-in. 10/3/1929 'Twas not so long ago Frank Munn ; Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-57142 10-in. 11/12/1929 Don't ever leave me! Helen Morgan Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-57922 10-in. 12/16/1929 Look for the silver lining High Hatters ; Frank Luther Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-57923 10-in. 12/16/1929 Wild rose High Hatters ; Frank Luther Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor CVE-59838 12-in. 3/19/1930 Wild rose Coca Cola Topnotchers Radio broadcast : Orchestra, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BRC-70938 10-in. 11/2/1931 Try to forget Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo (takes 3 and 4); with female vocal solo (takes 1 and 2) composer  
Victor BRC-70939 10-in. 11/2/1931 She didn't say "yes" Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo (takes 1 and 2); with male vocal solo (takes 3 and 4) composer  
Victor BRC-70940 10-in. 11/2/1931 The night was made for love Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor LBRC-71204 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 12/28/1931 Music from The cat and the fiddle Leo Reisman Orchestra ; Frances Maddux ; Frank Munn Jazz/dance band, with female and male vocal solos composer  
Victor LBS-71771 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 10/25/1932 Show boat medley Jesse Crawford ; Frances Langford ; Robert Simmons Pipe organ solo, with female and male vocal solos composer  
Victor BRC-71833 10-in. 2/8/1932 Try to forget Georges Metaxa Male vocal solo composer  
(Results 101-125 of 492 records)

Citation

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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