Five For Friday: Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II

Last week we talked about the shows that composer Jerome Kern wrote with lyricist Dorothy Fields, but he did at least as many shows with Oscar Hammerstein II, who worked with him from the 1920’s to the 1940’s. Here’s music from a few of those.

  1. Ann Sothern, “The Last Time I Saw Paris” (Lady Be Good, 1941)
  2. Paul Robeson, “Ol’ Man River” (Show Boat, 1927)
  3. Marni Nixon, “Can I Forget You?” (High, Wide, and Handsome, 1937)
  4. Ella Fitzgerald, “All The Things You Are” (Very Warm For May, 1939)
  5. Frank Sinatra, “All Through The Day” (Centennial Summer, 1946 – Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Sonng))

Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, your Five For Friday, February 3, 2023.

11 thoughts on “Five For Friday: Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II

  1. I love Paul Robeson who was quite the tragic person. He was so intelligent and gifted from sports to acting and singing. He was also, I believe a lawyer and scholar. Unfortunately, he suffered from mental illness and persecution by the FBI and CIA.
    I love Ann Sothern’s style of this song. I have heard this sung by Doris Day, Dinah Shore and others but Ann sang this when Paris fell to the Nazis. Her rendition has true heart in it and the sadness it is meant to evoke.
    Loves listening to all of these. I did listen to last week’s as well and enjoyed it. Classic Astaire and Rogers with the soap in her hair…funny


    1. I’ve come to the conclusion that this would be a much better place to live if we got rid of the FBI and CIA. The former has been a crooked organization since the time of J. Edgar Hoover, and the latter, which isn’t supposed to operate domestically, does anyway, with impunity.


  2. These really are the great songs of our generation, John. You’re just a tad younger than me but I truly enjoy the songs you play, especially thewe fabulous composers and lyricists. There aren’t any around these days that I’m aware of.


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