Jerome Kern

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Date of Birth January 27, 1885
Place of Birth New York City, New York
Date of Death Nov 11, 1945 (60)
Horoscope Aquarius

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Jerome Kern

Jerome David Kern 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", "The Song Is You", "All the Things You Are", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Long Ago" 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 Yip 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.

About Jerome Kern

One of 20th-century America's greatest composers, known for writing "Ol' Man River," "The Way You Look Tonight," and hundreds others.

Before Fame

He attended Barringer High School, known then as Newark High School, where he composed music for its first musical in 1901, which was a minstrel show. He also worked on an amateur production of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" for the Newark Yacht Club in 1902.


He also composed music for silent films, possibly beginning in 1912, but definitely in 1916 for "Gloria's Romance," a 20-part serial.

Family Life

He married Eva Leale on October 25, 1910, and they had one child together.


He was associated with various other key librettists, such as Oscar Hammerstein II.

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