This chapter focuses on the Hollywood musicals of Jerome Kern. From about 1915 to his death in 1945, Kern was the Harms Group's artistic leader. For youngsters like Gershwin and Rodgers, Kern was also the great begetter: of melody, yes, but also of extended musical scenes; of tiny orchestral bits between vocal phrases to soothe or excite a tune; and an extensive use of the major seventh interval in the vocal line, unheard of at the time in popular music. Hollywood's first sound adaptation of a Kern was Sally (1929). His other movie credits include Fox's Music in the Air (1934), MGM's The Cat and the Fiddle (1934), Warner Bros.' Sweet Adeline (1935), and RKO's Roberta (1935).
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