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 151-175 of 493 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||PBS-79372||10-in.||9/20/1934||Try to forget||Jeanette MacDonald ; MGM Studio Orchestra ; Herbert Stothart||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BS-81023||10-in.||1/3/1934||(When your heart's on fire) Smoke gets in your eyes||Dick Robertson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-81106||10-in.||12/26/1933||Armful of trouble||Neil Buckley ; Don Bestor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-81745||10-in.||2/26/1934||Selections from Roberta||Mario Braggiotti ; Jacques Fray||Piano duet||composer|
|Victor||BS-81773||10-in.||3/2/1934||I'll be hard to handle||Ramona||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BS-81994||10-in.||3/31/1934||(When your heart's on fire) Smoke gets in your eyes||Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Salon Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BS-82348||10-in.||4/25/1934||(When your heart's on fire) Smoke gets in your eyes||Hotel Picadilly Orchestra ; Oscar de la Rosa||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-82531||10-in.||5/17/1934||Humo hace llorar||Hotel Picadilly Orchestra ; Oscar de la Rosa||Jazz/dance band, with vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-83974||10-in.||2/15/1935||Lovely to look at||Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-83975||10-in.||2/15/1935||I won't dance||Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-88773||10-in.||3/5/1935||I won't dance||George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Loretta Lee ; Sonny Schuyler||Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet||composer|
|Victor||BS-88774||10-in.||3/5/1935||Lovely to look at||George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Loretta Lee||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-89743||10-in.||5/4/1935||Reckless||Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-92706||10-in.||7/13/1935||Who?||Benny Goodman Trio||Jazz/dance trio||composer|
|Victor||BS-95155||10-in.||10/2/1935||Encantadora al mirar||Marimba Pan-Americana||Marimba band||composer|
|Victor||PBS-97712||10-in.||8/13/1936||Pick yourself up||Benny Goodman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-98181||10-in.||12/2/1935||I dream too much||Bob Lawrence ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-98182||10-in.||12/2/1935||The jockey on the carrousel||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-98183||10-in.||12/2/1935||I'm the echo (You're the song that I sing)||King’s Men ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet||composer|
|Victor||BS-98184||10-in.||12/2/1935||I got love||Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-98185||10-in.||12/2/1935||The jockey on the carousel||Andre Kostelanetz ; Lily Pons||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BS-98186||10-in.||12/2/1935||I dream too much||Andre Kostelanetz ; Lily Pons||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra and male vocal chorus||composer|
|Victor||BS-98187||10-in.||12/2/1935||I'm the echo (You're the song)||Andre Kostelanetz ; Lily Pons||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BS-98188||10-in.||12/2/1935||I got love||Andre Kostelanetz ; Lily Pons||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BS-98436||10-in.||12/20/1935||I dream too much||George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Johnny McKeever||Jazz/dance band, 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.
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