Jerome Kern ( 1885 - 1945 )Composer Born: January 27, 1885, New York, New York. The celebrated creator of stage musicals and popular songs also contributed scores and songs, as well as screenplays, directly for the screen. The son of a furniture dealer, he composed his first song at 17, in 1902, and had his first of many hits in 1905. Early in his career he wrote songs mainly for incorporation into musical imports from Europe to Broadway, particularly operettas. But soon he began composing his own musicals, achieving considerable success with his melodious scores and songs. His most popular musical, Show Boat, has been adapted to the screen three times, in 1929, 1936, and 1951. In 1930, Kern settled in Hollywood and began to write original scores and songs for many films, in addition to adaptations of his stage musicals. His first film score was an accompaniment to the silent serial GLORIA'S ROMANCE (1916). He won Oscars for the song "The Way You Look Tonight" from the film SWING TIME (1936) and "The Last Time I Saw Paris" from LADY BE GOOD (1941). Among his best-known songs are "Ol' Man River," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "Look for the Silver Lining," "They Didn't Believe Me," and "Why Do I Love You?" His life story was told in the film TILL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY (1946), in which he was portrayed by Robert Walker.
Beginning around 1933, Kern began writing for films. Some of his best-known film scores include Roberta, Swing Time, Lady Be Good and Cover Girl. While working on MGM's tribute to his music, Till the Clouds Roll By, Kern died on November 11, 1945 of a cerebral thrombosis. But his music lives on.
Jerome Kern wrote more than 1000 songs and 100 complete scores.
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