Jerome Kern

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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", "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 E. Y. 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. Although Kern detested jazz arrangements of his songs, many have been adopted by jazz musicians to become standard tunes.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Treasury Jerome Kern 2
2016 Sally Jerome Kern; Light Opera of New York 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 In London and Hollywood Jerome Kern 1
1994 Jerome Kern Songbook: A Fine Romance Jerome Kern 1
1996 The Jerome Kern Songbook: All the Things You Are Jerome Kern 1
1997 A Jerome Kern Songbook Jerome Kern 1
2005 The Film Musicals Collection: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 1954 film cast / Kiss Me, Kate, 1953 film cast / Calamity Jane, 1953 original film cast / Oklahoma! 1947 original London cast / Show Boat, 1951 film cast / Annie Get Your Gun, 1950 film cast) Gene de Paul / Cole Porter / Sammy Fain / Rodgers & Hammerstein / Jerome Kern / Irving Berlin 1

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Show Boat / Annie Get Your Gun Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II / Irving Berlin 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1948 Show Boat (1946 Broadway revival cast) Jerome Kern 2
1951 Show Boat (1951 film cast) Jerome Kern 5
1952 Roberta (1952 studio cast) Jerome Kern 3
1953 The Desert Song / Roberta (1952 studio casts) Sigmund Romberg / Jerome Kern 3
1986 Brigadoon / Lovely to Look At (1954/1952 film casts) Lerner & Loewe / Jerome Kern 1
1988 Show Boat (1988 studio cast) Jerome Kern 3
1992 Show Boat (1966 Lincoln Center cast) Jerome Kern 1
1993 Show Boat (1993 studio cast) Jerome Kern 2
1994 Show Boat (1993 Toronto revival cast) Jerome Kern 1
1995 Show Boat (1971 London revival cast) Jerome Kern 1
2000 Show Boat (1962 studio cast) Jerome Kern 1
2002 Show Boat (1946 Broadway revival cast) (with bonus tracks from the 1928 original London cast) Jerome Kern 1
2014 Centennial Summer (1946 Film Score) Jerome Kern 1
Till the Clouds Roll By (1946 film cast) Jerome Kern 1
Very Good Eddie Jerome Kern 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1918 The Land Where the Good Songs Go Jerome Kern; George Gershwin, Rudolph O. Erlebach 1
1920 Left All Alone Again Blues Jerome Kern; George Gershwin 1
1920 Whose Baby Are You? Jerome Kern; George Gershwin 1
1921 Whip-poor-will Jerome Kern; George Gershwin 1

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