Born: January 27, 1885, New York, New York
Died: November 11, 1945, New York, New York
This chapter examines the work of Jerome Kearn. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Kern was raised in Newark, New Jersey, where his father was a merchant. In 1902, Kern left high school to become a song plugger for Edward B. Marks’s Lyceum Publishing Company. Kern was already writing songs for amateur groups, and Lyceum shortly issued his first published piece, the 1902 piano solo At the Casino. Determined to write for Broadway, Kern went looking for a theater music publisher and in 1903 signed on with—and soon bought an interest in—a small house called T. B. Harms. T. B. Harms was owned by Max Dreyfus, whose future imprints included Harms, Inc., and Chappell. When Kern’s Broadway success began attracting novice composers, Dreyfus selected the most promising and convinced producers to hire them; newcomers like Gershwin, Youmans, Porter, Rodgers, and Schwartz.
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