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Jerome Kern

Jerome Kern

Born: 1885 Died: 1945

Jerome David Kern was born in 1885. He began his stage career grafting American songs (for which he wrote the music) into imported European operettas. His breakthrough came with the song "They Didn't Believe Me", written (with lyrics by Edward Laska) for a show called "The Girl from Utah". It established him as a major American composer in 1914. Married to a Englishwoman, Kern became an Anglophile, and teamed up with British writers Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse to write the so-called "Princess Theatre musicals"--shows like "Very Good, Eddie" and "Leave It To Jane", which were unusual not so much for their silly storylines but for the fact that the characters were everyday people rather than the exotic characters of operetta, and also for the fact that these shows had few sets and small casts. He later wrote shows like "Sally" and "Sunny", both loaded with song hits, star casts and spectacular sets but silly plots.

Finally, looking for an entirely different type of musical, Kern decided to adapt Edna Ferber's novel "Show Boat" to the musical stage. Although Oscar Hammerstein II agreed to do the adaptation and lyrics, nearly everyone (including Ferber) thought Kern and Hammerstein had lost their minds. "Show Boat"'s storyline featured interracial marriage, wife desertion, alcoholism and gambling, and the most realistic characters ever seen in a musical up to then, not to mention the song "Ol' Man River" and an opening chorus of black dockworkers singing about their work. Most of the songs were integrated so well into the story that they could not possibly have been sung in another show or taken out of "Show Boat" without damaging the plot. And "Show Boat" featured a song, "Mis'ry's Comin' Round", which was so utterly tragic that Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. ordered it cut--and it remained cut, existing only as background music, until the 1994 revival. In spite of all this, "Show Boat" became a huge hit and has remained one of the musical theater's greatest classics and most often revived shows--the only musical pre-1943 to be revived over and over. Kern, however, did not experiment any further--his other hit shows, "Music In The Air", "Roberta" and "The Cat and the Fiddle", contain classic songs that are still sung, but the shows are almost never revived. After a heart attack in 1939, Kern wrote songs exclusively for movie musicals. Two of his movie musicals, Swing Time (1936) with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and Cover Girl (1944) with Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly, have become famous for their songs and dances. Kern died of a stroke at the age of 60, in 1945.

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Professional Tracks for Serious Singers : Sing the Songs of Jerome Kern : Solo : Songbook & CD : Jerome Kern : 888680033620 : 1941566057 : 00138901

Professional Tracks for Serious Singers : Sing the Songs of Jerome Kern

Review: Ten tunes from the legendary Jerome Kern are presented in this package which is designed to provide the at-home singer with an actual professional setting. The CD features orchestral interludes and instrumental solos typical of a live club performance, retaining the natural performance flow of an actual performance with an accompanying rhythm section or orchestra. Includes the songs: A Fine Romance - Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - The Last Time I Saw Paris - The Way You Look Tonight - Yesterdays - The Folks Who Live on the Hill - Make Believe - I'm Old Fashioned - All the Things You Are - They Didn't Believe Me.

Songlist: A Fine Romance, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, The Last Time I Saw Paris, The Way You Look Tonight, Yesterdays, The Folks Who Live on the Hill, Make Believe, I'm Old Fashioned, All the Things You Are, They Didn't Believe Me

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8363b | Songbook & CD $24.95 | Solo add item to cart


Jerome Kern : Jerome Kern Collection - 2nd Edition : Solo : 01 Songbook : Jerome Kern : 073999280111 : 0881889032 : 01128011

Jerome Kern : Jerome Kern Collection - 2nd Edition

Review: The definitive collection of the work of Jerome Kern, one of the most beloved composers of all-time. This second edition features 49 original sheet music arrangements including all verses. Also includes a biography with photos of Jerome Kern, a brief narrative and photos for each song, plus Oscar Hammerstein's moving eulogy for his friend.

Songlist: You Are Love, All The Things You Are, All Through The Day, Who?, Make Believe, Bill, Look For The Silver Lining, Ol' Man River, Can I Forget You, Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man, Can't Help Singing, Dearly Beloved, Don't Ever Leave Me, Remind Me, A Fine Romance, The Folks Who Live On The Hill, I Dream Too Much, I Won't Dance, I'm Old Fashioned, I've Told Ev'ry Little Star, In Love In Vain, Ka-lu-a, The Last Time I Saw Paris, Let's Begin, Long Ago (And Far Away), Lovely To Look At, The Night Was Made For Love, Nobody Else But Me, Pick Yourself Up, She Didn't Say Yes, The Siren's Song, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, The Song Is You, Sunny, Sure Thing, They Didn't Believe Me, Till The Clouds Roll By, The Touch Of Your Hand, Up With The Lark, The Way You Look Tonight, Whip-Poor-Will, Why Do I Love You?, Why Was I Born?, Yesterdays, You Couldn't Be Cuter, You Were Never Lovelier

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20272b | Songbook $21.95 | Solo add item to cart

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