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. Many of Kern's songs have been adapted by jazz musicians to become standard tunes.

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All the Things You Are
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All the Things You Are
Tenebrae Consort, Nigel Short, Jerome Kern & Bob Chilcott
Go Little Boat
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Go Little Boat
Jerome Kern
Show Boat (Overture)
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Show Boat (Overture)
Jerome Kern
Folks who live on the Hill
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Folks who live on the Hill
Jerome Kern
Showboat (1937) - Ol' Man River
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Showboat (1937) - Ol' Man River
Jerome Kern
Showboat: 'I still suits me'
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Showboat: 'I still suits me'
Jerome Kern
Pick Yourself Up (Swing Time)
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Pick Yourself Up (Swing Time)
Louise Dearman and Matthew Ford
Long Ago and Far Away
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Long Ago and Far Away

Long Ago and Far Away

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Louise Dearman and Matthew Ford
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Jerome Kern
Long Ago And Far Away
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Long Ago And Far Away
Jerome Kern
She didn't say yes 'from The Cat and the Fiddle'
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She didn't say yes 'from The Cat and the Fiddle'
George Gershwin
Long ago and far away
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Long ago and far away
Jerome Kern
A Fine Romance
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A Fine Romance

A Fine Romance

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Alison Balsom
The Way You Look Tonight
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The Way You Look Tonight
Jerome Kern
Ol’ Man River (Show Boat)
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Ol’ Man River (Show Boat)
Jerome Kern
Ol' man river; Can't help lovin' that man (Show Boat)
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Ol' man river; Can't help lovin' that man (Show Boat)
Jerome Kern
Show Boat (Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man)
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Show Boat (Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man)
Jerome Kern
Ol' man river
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Ol' man river
Jerome Kern
Show boat - musical comedy in 2 acts
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Show boat - musical comedy in 2 acts
Jerome Kern
Up with the lark (Centennial Summer)
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Up with the lark (Centennial Summer)
Paul Robeson
Ol’ Man River, Showboat
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Ol’ Man River, Showboat

Ol’ Man River, Showboat

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Paul Robeson
Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein
Jerome Kern
The Way You Look Tonight
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The Way You Look Tonight

The Way You Look Tonight

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James Davey
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Jerome Kern
The Way You Look Tonight
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The Way You Look Tonight
Jerome Kern
The way you look tonight [from film 'Swing Time']
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The way you look tonight [from film 'Swing Time']
Jerome Kern
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
Jerome Kern
I Might Fall Back on You
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I Might Fall Back on You
Jerome Kern
Ol' Man River
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Ol' Man River
Clare Teal
The Folks Who Live on the Hill
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The Folks Who Live on the Hill
Oscar Hammerstein II
All the things you are
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All the things you are
Jerome Kern
Ol' Man River
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Ol' Man River
Howard Keel
Make Believe
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Make Believe
Jerome Kern
Cakewalk
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Cakewalk
Marge Champion
Life Upon The Wicked Stage
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Life Upon The Wicked Stage
Jerome Kern
Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
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Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
Jerome Kern
Bill
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Bill
Howard Keel
Why Do I Love You?
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Why Do I Love You?
Howard Keel
You Are Love
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You Are Love
Jerome Kern
Make Believe
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Make Believe
Jerome Kern
Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
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Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
Howard Keel
Where's the Mate For Me?
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Where's the Mate For Me?
Jerome Kern
Cotton Blossom
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Cotton Blossom
Jerome Kern
Waltz in Swing Time
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Waltz in Swing Time
Jerome Kern
Harlem Boogie-Woogie
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Harlem Boogie-Woogie
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