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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 176-200 of 493 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-99061 10-in. 2/6/1936 Look for the silver lining King’s Men ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet composer  
Victor BS-100914 10-in. 7/24/1936 A fine romance Carmen Lombardo ; Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal trio composer  
Victor BS-100915 10-in. 7/24/1936 The way you look tonight Carmen Lombardo ; Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-102428 10-in. 8/7/1936 The way you look tonight Charles Chester ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-102429 10-in. 8/7/1936 Never gonna dance Charles Chester ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-080 10-in. 8/31/1936 Never gonna dance Barry McKinley ; Ruby Newman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-0229 10-in. 8/21/1936 Bojangles of Harlem Jerome Kern ; Tempo King ; Kings of Tempo ; Queenie Ada Rubin Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-0556 10-in. 10/1/1936 A fine romance Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-04262 10-in. 1/20/1937 The whistling boy Jerry Cooper ; Eddy Duchin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-04263 10-in. 1/20/1937 Our song Jerry Cooper ; Eddy Duchin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-04537 10-in. 1/30/1937 The whistling boy George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Johnny McKeever Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-010595 10-in. 6/17/1937 The folks who live on the hill Harriet Hilliard ; Ozzie Nelson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet composer  
Victor BS-010596 10-in. 6/17/1937 Can I forget you Ozzie Nelson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-011066 10-in. 7/1/1937 Can I forget you Carmen Lombardo ; Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-011067 10-in. 7/1/1937 The folks who live on the hill Carmen Lombardo ; Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-011095 10-in. 7/10/1937 The things I want Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-011096 10-in. 7/10/1937 Allegheny Al Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-011357 10-in. 7/20/1937 Smoke gets in your eyes Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-011654 10-in. 8/5/1937 Can I forget you Jean Sablon Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BS-011655 10-in. 8/5/1937 Comment t'oublier? Norman, Cloutier ; Jean Sablon Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BS-014683 10-in. 10/14/1937 Who? Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble composer  
Victor MBS-015395 10-in. before 9/19/1938 Río amigo Ciro Calderón Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BS-017369 10-in. 12/6/1937 I dream too much Dorothy Chapman Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BS-017769 10-in. 12/23/1937 Can't help lovin' dat man Bunny Berigan Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-018111 10-in. 1/6/1938 You couldn't be cuter Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
(Results 176-200 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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102963

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