John Howard Payne

John Howard Payne (June 9, 1791 – April 10, 1852) was an American actor, poet, playwright, and author who had most of his theatrical career and success in London. He is today most remembered as the creator of "Home! Sweet Home!", a song he wrote in 1822 that became widely popular in the United States and the English-speaking world. After his return to the United States, Payne spent time with the Cherokee Indians. He published accounts that suggested their origin as one of the Ten Lost Tribes of ancient Israel.

In 1842, Payne was appointed American Consul to Tunis, where he served for nearly 10 years until his death. Payne was a distant cousin of the American parlor song composer Carrie Jacobs-Bond, born 10 years after Payne's death.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 9th, 1791 (New York City), Died April 10th, 1852

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1899 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 3377 12-in. ca. Late 1905-Apr. 1906 Home, sweet home Ruth Vincent Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 30059 12-in. ca. 1906 Home, sweet home Mrs. A. Stewart Holt Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 30591 12-in. 11/29/1910 Home, sweet home Alice Nielsen Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  


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Payne, John Howard. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 21, 2021, from

"Payne, John Howard." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 21 June 2021.

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