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Jerome Kern: A Biography Hardcover – June 1, 1981


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  • Hardcover: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Stein & Day Pub; 1ST edition (June 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812827767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812827767
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,650,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Betty Burks on March 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book was first printed in Great Britain in 1978; this edition was printed in Hungary. He was one of our best immigrants, among other composers of his time. He worked with Ira Gershwin on "Cover Girl." Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly was in "Long Ago and Far Away." His best-known show was the January, 1946 Showboat at the Ziegfield Theater in New York. In it, Helen Morgan was Julie and sang a mean "Why Was I Born." Alan Jones was terrific as Gaylord singing "Only Make Believe." Paul Robeson was spectacular in this show and appeared in the movie version, singing the symphonic poem "Ole Man River" and "I Still Suits Me," recorded with Druary Lane Orchestra in London, now a collector's item. The movie version had Ava Gardner and Howard Keel. It had a long run at London's Adelphia Theater, and later a revival.

In his heyday, he and wife Eva gave small dinner parties at the Beverly Hills, California, but grew tired of the L.A. life and returned to New York where his blood pressure was too high and he collapsed near his old stomping grounds of New York City and later died on November 11, 1945. He had been a master of turning popular music into an art form. Unlike George Gershwin, he had no ambitions to write a concerto, a symphony, or an opera. He stuck to his venue and became a legend. At a "Vaudeville Cabaret" by a local group, the host JN present an evening of hilarity and music from the '30s. Some of Kern's best known compositions include Till the Clouds Roll By, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Look for The Silver Lining, Long Ago and Far Away, All The Things You Are, and had planned to do the score for 'Annie Get Your Gun'.
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Just not enough effort or information provided by the author to warrant a reading, Minimally more accurate than the (fictional) MGM bio-pic (which at least has some music)!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betty Burks on March 7, 2007
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There were many versions of "Showboat" both on stage and in the movies. One of the best was in January 1946 at the Ziegfield Theatre in New York, when the torch singer, Helen Morgan, was Julie and sang "Why Was I Born?" Allan Jones played Gaylord and sang "Only Make Believe." With the Druary Lane Orchestra in London, Paul Robeson recorded Kern's symphonic poem, "Old Man River" and "I Still Suits Me." He was in the 1951 movie version which starred Ava Garnder and Howard Keel. A revival of sorts in 1971 had a long run at London's Adelphia Theatre. This collaboration with Hammerstein providing the music and Jerry the lyrics made him well-known outside of his native New York.

Jerome Kern was born in 1885 in New York. He work with Ira Gershwin on "Cover Girl," which starred Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly. He allowed a semi-biography of his life to take place with the musical TILL THE CLOUDS ROLLL BY. Some of his most successful lyrics include "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," "Look for the Silver Lining," "Long Ago and Far Away," "All the Things You Are." and Sinatra's version of "Old Man River" in this fictional biography. His daughter, Betty did not find it flattering of her dad. He gave small dinner parties at the Beverly Wilshire where he was "able to make a bum out of Cicero, Mark Anthony, and Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg."

He was too sophisticated for California and rode the train back to New York. He and wife Eva lugged daughter, Betty, from coast to coast, first with a nurse, then governess, lastly with her own son. He died Sunday, November 11, 1945. The show, "Music In the Air" included a song which could well have been Jerry's epitaph: 'The music's sweet...the words are true...The song is you.'
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kathy miller on January 10, 2007
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it is fasinating to lean the true story of his life as oposed to the movie story in till the clouds roll by.
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