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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 126-150 of 493 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BRC-71834 10-in. 2/8/1932 A new love is old Georges Metaxa Male vocal solo composer  
Victor BSHQ-72807 10-in. 5/19/1932 Ol' man river John Charles Thomas Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BS-73945 10-in. 11/11/1932 I've told ev'ry little star Jack Denny ; Paul Small ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-73946 10-in. 11/11/1932 The song is you Jack Denny ; Paul Small ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor LBS-73947 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 11/11/1932 The song is you Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-73948 10-in. 11/11/1932 The song is you Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor LBS-73949 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 11/11/1932 I've told every little star Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-73950 10-in. 11/11/1932 I've told every little star Jack Denny ; Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-73975 10-in. 11/22/1932 And love was born Leo Reisman Orchestra ; Howard Phillips Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-73976 10-in. 11/22/1932 We belong together Leo Reisman Orchestra ; Howard Phillips Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-74653 10-in. 12/8/1932 The song is you Lawrence Tibbett Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BS-74656 10-in. 12/8/1932 And love was born Lawrence Tibbett Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor CS-74705 12-in. 12/16/1932 Ol' man river Lawrence Tibbett Baritone vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor CS-74714 12-in. 12/21/1932 Music in the air Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with vocal solos and vocal quintet composer  
Victor CS-74715 12-in. 12/21/1932 Music in the air Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with vocal solos and vocal quintet composer  
Victor LCS-74716 12-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 12/21/1932 Medley from Music in the air Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with vocal solos and vocal ensemble composer  
Victor BS-74903 10-in. 1/12/1933 In Egern on the Tegern See Glen Gray Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-75029 10-in. 2/2/1933 In Egern on the Tegern See Jack Fulton ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-78377 10-in. 11/1/1933 (When your heart's on fire) Smoke gets in your eyes Gertrude Niesen ; Ray Sinatra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-78510 10-in. 11/3/1933 Let's begin Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Ramona Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and piano duet composer  
Victor BS-78511 10-in. 11/3/1933 (When your heart's on fire) Smoke gets in your eyes Bob Lawrence ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-78512 10-in. 11/3/1933 Touch of your hand Jack Fulton ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-78513 10-in. 11/3/1933 Something had to happen Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Ramona Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and piano duet composer  
Victor BS-78700 10-in. 11/27/1933 Yesterdays Ray Sinatra ; Conrad Thibault Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor PBS-79371 10-in. 9/20/1934 Essayons d'oublier Jeanette MacDonald ; MGM Studio Orchestra ; Herbert Stothart Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
(Results 126-150 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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