James V. Kern

James V. Kern (September 22, 1909, New York City, New York – November 9, 1966, Encino, California) was an American singer, songwriter, screenwriter, actor, and director.

Educated at the Fordham Law School, Kern worked for a while as an attorney. He sang with the George Olsen Trio, and appeared with the Olsen orchestra in the musical Good News. From 1927 to 1939, he sang with and wrote for the Yacht Club Boys quartet, with whom he appeared in several motion pictures.

He became a screenwriter and later a director. In film, he directed mainly "B" pictures, but after he moved to television, he directed hundreds of series episodes. He was one of the house directors on I Love Lucy in the 1950s. He directed My Three Sons for most of two seasons in the 1960s. When he died suddenly of a heart attack at age 57, several episodes of the show remained only partially completed for the 1966/67 season, so director James Sheldon was brought in by series producers to round out the season.

He joined ASCAP in 1955. His popular-song compositions include "Easy Street," "Lover, Lover," "Little Red Fox," and "Shut the Door."

Birth and Death Data: Born September 22nd, 1909 (New York City), Died November 9th, 1966 (Encino)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, songwriter, lyricist

Notes: Used name Jimmie Kern early in his career.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-043365 10-in. 11/7/1939 The little red fox (N'ya, n'ya ya can't catch me) Hal Kemp Orchestra ; Smoothies Jazz/dance band, with mixed vocal ensemble lyricist  
Victor BS-046420 10-in. 1/12/1940 The little red fox Blue Barron ; Russ Carlyle ; Three Blue Notes Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal trio lyricist  
Columbia W152688 10-in. 1/16/1934 Sing Sing isn't prison any more Yacht Club Boys Male vocal quartet vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia W152689 10-in. 1/16/1934 The great American tourist Yacht Club Boys Male vocal quartet vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia W152690 10-in. 1/16/1934 We own a salon Yacht Club Boys Male vocal quartet vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia W152691 10-in. 1/16/1934 The super-special picture of the year Yacht Club Boys Male vocal quartet vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick E28256 10-in. 9/18/1928 Do you? That’s all I want to know! Yacht Club Boys Male vocal and instrumental quartet vocalist  
Brunswick E28257 10-in. 9/18/1928 I love that girl Yacht Club Boys Male vocal and instrumental quartet vocalist  
Brunswick E29016 10-in. 1/3/1929 The Monte Carlo song Yacht Club Boys Male vocal and instrumental quartet vocalist  
Brunswick E29017 10-in. 1/3/1929 I’m wild about horns on automobiles that go ta-ta-ta-ta Yacht Club Boys Male vocal and instrumental quartet vocalist  
Brunswick E31460 10-in. Nov. 1929 Shut the door (They're coming through the window) Billy Murray ; Walter Scanlan Male vocal duet songwriter  
Brunswick XE31655 12-in. Dec. 1929 Brunswick brevities program U, pt. 5 Billy Murray ; Walter Scanlan Radio transcription disc : Male vocal duet songwriter  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kern, James V.," accessed February 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105686.

Kern, James V.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105686.

"Kern, James V.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 February 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105686

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