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|
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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