Jerome Kern
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1885-01-27
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Jerome Kern

Jerome Kern Biography (Wikipedia)

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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Showboat (1936) - Ol' Man River
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Showboat (1936) - Ol' Man River
Jerome Kern
Ol' Man River (Show Boat)
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Ol' Man River (Show Boat)
Jerome Kern
Show Boat (Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man)
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Show Boat (Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man)
Paul Robeson
Ol’ Man River, Showboat
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Ol’ Man River, Showboat
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The Way You Look Tonight
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The Way You Look Tonight
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Silver Lining
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Silver Lining
Jerome Kern
Some sort of Somebody
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Some sort of Somebody
Jerome Kern
Showboat Medley
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Showboat Medley
Howard Keel
Where's the Mate For Me?
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Where's the Mate For Me?
Clive Anstee, Tristan Fry, Erich Gruenberg, Charles Taylor, Kenneth Essex, Allen Walley, Jerome Kern, Neville Taweel, John Wilson, Christopher Taylor, Barry Tuckwell, Stephen Shingles, Vivian Joseph, Derek Wickens, Neil Richardson, Chris Karan, Skaila Kanga, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett & Sir Richard Rodney Bennett
Very warm for May - musical play, All the things you are arr. Bennett
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Very warm for May - musical play, All the things you are arr. Bennett
Jerome Kern
Can't help singing (from Can't help singing - film score)
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Can't help singing (from Can't help singing - film score)
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