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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 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  
(Results 151-175 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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