Jerome Kern


Composer

About

Also Known As
Jerome David Kern
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
January 27, 1885
Died
November 11, 1945
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

Celebrated composer of songs (from 1902) and Broadway scores (from 1912). Kern is probably best remembered for "Show Boat," which in fact ended a run of relatively unsuccessful stage works in 1927, and for the songs "Ol' Man River" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." Although he was persuaded by actress Billie Burke to compose the accompaniment for "Gloria's Romance" (1916), Kern's next work ...

Family & Companions

Eva Kern
Wife
British; married in 1910.

Bibliography

"Berlin, Kern, Rodgers, Hart, and Hammerstein: A Complete Song Catalogue"
Steven Suskin, McFarland (1990)
"Jerome Kern: His Life and Music"
Gerald Bordman, Oxford University Press (1980)
"Jerome Kern: A Biography"
Michael Freedland, Robson Books (1978)
"Show Boat: The Story of a Classic American Musical"
Miles Kreuger, Oxford University Press (1977)

Biography

Celebrated composer of songs (from 1902) and Broadway scores (from 1912). Kern is probably best remembered for "Show Boat," which in fact ended a run of relatively unsuccessful stage works in 1927, and for the songs "Ol' Man River" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." Although he was persuaded by actress Billie Burke to compose the accompaniment for "Gloria's Romance" (1916), Kern's next work directly for film was not until 1930. He settled in Hollywood in 1934, adapting his musicals for the screen as well as composing some wonderful original scores (e.g. the Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire musical, "Swing Time" 1936). The MGM musical biopic "Till the Cloud Roll By" (1946) was a highly glamorized and somewhat fictionalized retelling of the life of one of the most important composers in the history of popular music.

Filmography

 

Writer (Feature Film)

Men of the Sky (1931)
Screenwriter

Music (Feature Film)

The Laundromat (2019)
Song
Adrift (2018)
Song
Superfly (2018)
Song
Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015)
Song
The Music Never Stopped (2011)
Song
Step Up 3-D (2010)
Song
Nanny McPhee Returns (2010)
Song
Meet Monica Velour (2010)
Song
Barney's Version (2010)
Song
Somewhere (2010)
Song
Valentine's Day (2010)
Song
The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Song
Reign Over Me (2007)
Song
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
Song
Around the Bend (2004)
Song
Ray (2004)
Song
First Daughter (2004)
Song
The Saddest Music in the World (2003)
Song
Anything Else (2003)
Song
What a Girl Wants (2003)
Song
Normal (2003)
Song
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Song
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Composer
The Family Man (2000)
Song
Finding Forrester (2000)
Song
What Women Want (2000)
Song
Love's Labour's Lost (2000)
Song
October Sky (1999)
Song
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Song
Random Hearts (1999)
Song
Tea With Mussolini (1999)
Song
Payback (1999)
Song
L' Ennui (1998)
Song
Meet Joe Black (1998)
Song
Nil By Mouth (1997)
Song ("Can'T Help Lovin' Dat Man")
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Song
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
Song
Going All the Way (1997)
Song
Vegas Vacation (1997)
Song
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Song ("Look For The Silver Lining")
The Associate (1996)
Song
The Grass Harp (1995)
Song
Lush Life (1994)
Music
That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Music
Son-In-Law (1993)
Song
Husbands and Wives (1992)
Song
Chaplin (1992)
Song
Career Opportunities (1991)
Song
Bugsy (1991)
Song
The Fred Astaire Songbook (1991)
Music
Billy Bathgate (1991)
Song
Pink Lightning (1991)
Song
Old Explorers (1990)
Song
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
Song
How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)
Song ("Smoke Gets In Your Eyes")
New York Stories (1989)
Song
Catch Me If You Can (1989)
Song
Always (1989)
Song
Kill Me Again (1989)
Song ("Smoke Gets In Your Eyes")
Rocket Gibraltar (1988)
Song
Another Woman (1988)
Song
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Song ("Pick Yourself Up")
Everybody's All-American (1988)
Song
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Song
September (1987)
Song
La Bamba (1987)
Song
Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)
Song
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Song
Can She Bake A Cherry Pie? (1983)
Song ("The Way You Look Tonight")
American Pop (1981)
Song
Yotzim Kavua (1979)
Song ("Smoke Gets In Your Eyes")
Agatha (1979)
Music
Newsfront (1978)
Song
Alice, Sweet Alice (1977)
Song
Tracks (1977)
Songs
Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)
Song
Chinatown (1974)
Song
American Graffiti (1973)
Song
Fritz The Cat (1972)
Composer
Playing the Thing (1972)
Songs
Mingus (1968)
Composer
Seven Hills of Rome (1958)
Composer
Paris Holiday (1958)
Composer
Tip on a Dead Jockey (1957)
Composer
The Helen Morgan Story (1957)
Composer
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
Composer
Lovely To Look At (1952)
Composer
Show Boat (1951)
Composer
Footlight Varieties (1951)
Composer
Look for the Silver Lining (1949)
Composer
That Midnight Kiss (1949)
Composer
Till the Clouds Roll By (1947)
Composer
The Man I Love (1947)
Composer
Centennial Summer (1946)
Composer
Broadway Rhythm (1944)
Composer
Can't Help Singing (1944)
Composer
Cover Girl (1944)
Composer
Song of Russia (1944)
Composer
You Were Never Lovelier (1942)
Composer
Sunny (1941)
Composer
Lady Be Good (1941)
Composer
Land of Liberty (1941)
Composer
One Night in the Tropics (1940)
Composer
Hit Parade of 1941 (1940)
Composer
Joy of Living (1938)
Composer
When You're in Love (1937)
Composer
High, Wide and Handsome (1937)
Composer
Swing Time (1936)
Composer
Show Boat (1936)
Composer
The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
Composer
The Flame Within (1935)
Music specially composed by
Reckless (1935)
Composer
I Dream Too Much (1935)
Composer
Roberta (1935)
Composer
Music in the Air (1934)
Composer
The Cat and the Fiddle (1934)
Composer
Sweet Adeline (1934)
Composer
Men of the Sky (1931)
Composer
Sunny (1930)
Composer
The 3 Sisters (1930)
Composer
Show Boat (1929)
Composer
Sally (1929)
Composer
Gloria's Romance (1916)
Music

Music (Special)

Diana Krall and Michael Feinstein (2000)
Song
Kitty Carlisle Hart: My Broadway Memories (1999)
Song
Yours For a Song: The Women of Tin Pan Alley (1999)
Song
Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (1997)
Music
The Three Sopranos (1996)
Music
An Evening With Kathleen Battle and Thomas Hampson (1995)
Song
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Steps Ahead (1991)
Music
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1991)
Music
The I Love America Concert (1991)
Music
Flicka and Friends: From Rossini to "Show Boat" (1990)
Music
Show Boat (1989)
Music
The Show Boat Story (1989)
Music
Maureen McGovern on Stage at Wolf Trap (1988)
Song ("Long Ago And Far Away" "All The Things You Are")
A Tribute to American Music: Jerome Kern (1987)
Songs
Sylvia Fine Kaye's Musical Comedy Tonight III (The Spark and the Glue) (1985)
Music

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

High, Wide And Handsome (1937) - The Things I Want Our first look at Dorothy Lamour as singer Molly (working at her Paramount home, age 22, months before her star-making performance in the Samuel Goldwyn/John Ford spectacle The Hurricane), with a song written for the picture by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, in 1859 Pennsylvania, with Alan Hale as evil interloping railroad baron Brennan, confronted by our hero, local oil driller Peter (Randolph Scott), High, Wide And Handsome, 1937.
High, Wide And Handsome (1937) - The Morning's Half Over Arising on the Titusville, PA farm where she and her father (Raymond Walburn, with sidekick William Frawley) have been received as guests the day after their medicine-show wagon burned, Irene Dunne as Sally has a mixed exchange with hostess Grandma (Elizabeth Patterson), in Paramount’s High, Wide And Handsome, 1937, also starring Randolph Scott.
Sweet Adeline (1934) - We Were So Young For the second of two songs from the 1929 Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II operetta, with an elaborate shot from director Mervyn LeRoy and cameraman Sol Polito, we find the title character (Irene Dunne) testing out a new tune by her beau Sid (Donald Woods), cueing a tiff, in Warner Bros.’ Sweet Adeline, 1934.
Sweet Adeline (1934) - Here Am I In a Hoboken, NJ German-style beer garden ca. 1898, Irene Dunne (title character and daughter of the owner) aims to impress the U.S. Army recruiter and (Spanish-American War) hero Major Day (Louis Calhern), with a song from the original 1929 Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II operetta, in Warner Bros.’ Sweet Adeline, 1934.
Swing Time (1936) - A Fine Romance Dance partners Penny (Ginger Rogers) and Lucky (Fred Astaire) are constrained from confessing their love for each other, Pop (Victor Moore) enlisted as his backstop, lyrics by Dorothy Fields written to Jerome Kern's tune to support the plot point, Ginger's vocal first, George Stevens directing, in Swing Time, 1936.
Cat And The Fiddle, The (1934) - Music In Exchange For Indigestion Clever opening, Brussels already established, Ramon Novarro is introduced as composer-performer Victor, tangling with the proprietor (Paul Porcasi) and eventually meeting co-star Jeanette MacDonald as visiting American Shirley, in MGM’s version of the Jerome Kern/Otto Harbach Broadway hit, The Cat And The Fiddle, 1934.
Cat And The Fiddle, The (1934) - The Night Was Made For Love Broke and infatuated composer Victor (Ramon Novarro) has crossed a Brussels rooftop pursuing American Shirley (Jeanette MacDonald), herself an aspiring performer, whom he’s just met, leading to a Jerome Kern-Otto Harbach song, then remembering his audition, in MGM’s The Cat And The Fiddle, 1934.
Cat And The Fiddle, The (1934) - She Didn't Say Yes Daffy Brussels music patron Charles (Butterworth) caught a bouquet tossed out by American Shirley (Jeanette MacDonald), who’s both arguing and celebrating a new gig with new friend Victor (Ramon Novarro), whose friends turn up, for a Jerome Kern-Otto Harbach song, in MGM’s The Cat And The Fiddle, 1934.
Cover Girl (1944) -- Put Me To The Test People forget Margarita Cansino (a.k.a Rita Hayworth, here as "Rusty) was a dancer first, with Gene Kelly (as "Danny"), to Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin's "Put Me To The Test," in Cover Girl, 1944.
Cover Girl (1944) -- Open, Show Must Go On Fleshy Technicolor opening with a song by Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin, featuring star Rita Hayworth and supporting player Leslie Brooks, from Cover Girl, 1944, also starring Gene Kelly.
Till The Clouds Roll By (1946) - Ol' Man River tillthecloudsrollby_olmanriversinatra_FC
Till The Clouds Roll By (1946) - Kern, Jerome Kern Robert Walker as youthful bio-pic subject Jerome Kern has invited himself into the home of fictional admired classical composer James Hessler (Van Heflin), New York early 1900’s, Joan Wells as daughter Sally, in the MGM Freed Unit’s musical Till The Clouds Roll By, 1947.

Trailer

Family

Henry Kern
Father
Fannie Kern
Mother
Elizabeth Kern
Daughter

Companions

Eva Kern
Wife
British; married in 1910.

Bibliography

"Berlin, Kern, Rodgers, Hart, and Hammerstein: A Complete Song Catalogue"
Steven Suskin, McFarland (1990)
"Jerome Kern: His Life and Music"
Gerald Bordman, Oxford University Press (1980)
"Jerome Kern: A Biography"
Michael Freedland, Robson Books (1978)
"Show Boat: The Story of a Classic American Musical"
Miles Kreuger, Oxford University Press (1977)