Jerome Kern


January 27, 1885 – November 11, 1945

Jerome Kern’s contributions to American music in the first half of the 20th Century cannot be ignored. He wrote dozens of hit musicals for the Broadway stage and worked with many of the top lyricists of the day. Though his biggest hit – the groundbreaking Show Boat – is essentially the only show that has maintained its popularity, his stable of popular songs written for other shows and films remains a staggering portfolio even today. Songs like “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Pick Yourself Up,” “Ol’ Man River” and “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” have been covered by everybody from Frank Sinatra to Billie Holiday. Kern moved from Broadway to Hollywood where he would receive 8 Academy Award nominations (winning twice). He continued to work prolifically until he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while walking in New York City. He died less than a week later. Famed lyricist, Oscar Hammerstein, was at Kern’s side when he passed.


Ferncliff Cemetery – Hartsdale, NY

Specific Location

Ferncliff Mausoleum, Unit 4, Alcove C, Private Memorial Niche 1; Enter the main mausoleum doors, turn right, then left at the end of the hall, then right into Unit 4, then take the next right, Jerome’s niche is on the right.



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