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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 201-225 of 492 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-018112 10-in. 1/6/1938 Just let me look at you Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-018120 10-in. 1/7/1938 You couldn't be cuter Elmer Feldkamp ; Freddy Martin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-018121 10-in. 1/7/1938 Just let me look at you Elmer Feldkamp ; Freddy Martin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-018635 10-in. 1/24/1938 Ol' Man River Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied composer  
Victor BS-019861 10-in. 2/23/1938 Show boat medley Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-021131 10-in. 3/9/1938 Make believe Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor CS-026830 12-in. 9/8/1938 Leave it to Jane Leonard W. Joy ; Victor Light Opera Company Vocal soloists, with orchestra and vocal ensemble composer  
Victor CS-026831 12-in. 9/8/1938 Roberta Leonard W. Joy ; Victor Light Opera Company Vocal soloists, with orchestra and vocal ensemble composer  
Victor CS-026832 12-in. 9/8/1938 Show boat, part 2 Leonard W. Joy ; Victor Light Opera Company Vocal soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor CS-026848 12-in. 9/9/1938 Music in the air Leonard W. Joy ; Victor Light Opera Company Vocal soloists, with orchestra and vocal ensemble composer  
Victor CS-026849 12-in. 9/9/1938 Cat and the fiddle Leonard W. Joy ; Victor Light Opera Company Vocal soloists, with orchestra and vocal ensemble composer  
Victor CS-026850 12-in. 9/9/1938 Sweet Adeline Leonard W. Joy ; Victor Light Opera Company Vocal soloists, with orchestra and vocal ensemble composer  
Victor CS-026851 12-in. 9/9/1938 Sally Leonard W. Joy ; Victor Light Opera Company Vocal soloists, with orchestra and vocal ensemble composer  
Victor CS-026852 12-in. 9/9/1938 Medley of Kern Hits Leonard W. Joy ; Victor Light Opera Company Vocal soloists, with orchestra and vocal ensemble composer  
Victor CS-026853 12-in. 9/9/1938 The girl from Utah Leonard W. Joy ; Victor Light Opera Company Vocal soloists, with orchestra and vocal ensemble composer  
Victor CS-026854 12-in. 9/9/1938 Oh boy Leonard W. Joy ; Victor Light Opera Company Vocal soloists, with orchestra and vocal ensemble composer  
Victor BS-027231 10-in. 9/27/1938 Yesterdays Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-031463 10-in. 1/13/1939 Who? Frankie Newton Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-031825 10-in. 1/23/1939 Bill Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-035355 10-in. 3/27/1939 Lonesome walls Edward Mallory Orchestra ; Ethel Waters Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-035718 10-in. 4/7/1939 The siren's song Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-038110 10-in. 7/20/1939 The song is you Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-038458 10-in. 7/21/1939 (When your heart's on fire) Smoke gets in your eyes Wayne King Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-040979 10-in. 10/20/1939 All in fun Anita Boyer ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-040980 10-in. 10/20/1939 That lucky fellow Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
(Results 201-225 of 492 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kern, Jerome," accessed February 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102963.

Kern, Jerome. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102963.

"Kern, Jerome." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 February 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102963

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