John Howard Payne

John Howard Payne (June 9, 1791 – April 10, 1852) was an American actor, poet, playwright, and author who had nearly two decades of a 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. Its popularity was revived during the American Civil War, as troops on both sides embraced it.

After his return to the United States in 1832, Payne spent time with the Cherokee Indians in the Southeast and interviewed many elders. Intending to write about them, he amassed material about their culture, language and society, which have been useful to scholars. But his published theory that suggested their origin as one of the Ten Lost Tribes of ancient Israel has been thoroughly disproved. At that time, European Americans were still strongly influenced by a Biblical basis of history in trying to understand origins of the peoples in the Americas.

Friends helped gain Payne's appointment in 1842 as American Consul to Tunis, where he served for nearly 10 years until his death. Although he was first buried there, in 1883 his remains were returned to the United States and buried in Washington, D.C. This was paid for by philanthropist W. W. Corcoran. In 1970 Payne was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1792 (New York City), Died April 10, 1852 (Tunis)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1899 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 96 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 393 7-in. Before Apr. 1899 Home, sweet home Mabel Casedy Female vocal solo lyricist  
Berliner 0732 7-in. Nov. 1899 Home, sweet home J. J. Fisher Male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]545 7-in. 12/3/1900 Home, sweet home Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]545 10-in. 6/3/1901 Home, sweet home Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]553 7-in. 12/4/1900 Home, sweet home Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo, with flute obbligato lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]615 7-in. 1/8/1901 Home, sweet home Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1214 7-in. 1/23/1902 Home, sweet home Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with violin lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1214 10-in. 1/23/1902 Home, sweet home Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with violin lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1313 7-in. 3/12/1902 Home, sweet home Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1313 10-in. 3/12/1902 Home, sweet home Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix C-]1313 12-in. 7/12/1902 Home, sweet home Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1888 7-in. 1/3/1903 Home, sweet home Paloma Quartet Female vocal quartet lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1888 10-in. 1/3/1903 Home, sweet home Paloma Quartet Female vocal quartet lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3433 10-in. 6/3/1901 Home, sweet home Rosalia Chalia Soprano vocal solo lyricist  
Victor A-716 7-in. 11/18/1903 Home, sweet home Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor B-716 10-in. 11/18/1903 Home, sweet home Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor A-721 7-in. 11/19/1903 Home, sweet home Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-721 10-in. 3/17/1905 Home, sweet home Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor A-1028 7-in. 2/8/1904 Home, sweet home Jennie Corea Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor B-1028 10-in. 2/8/1904 Home, sweet home Jennie Corea Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor A-1186 7-in. 4/6/1904 Home, sweet home Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with violin lyricist  
Victor B-1186 10-in. 4/6/1904 Home, sweet home Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with violin lyricist  
Victor A-1313 7-in. 5/16/1904 Home, sweet home Corinne Morgan Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-1313 10-in. 5/16/1904 Home, sweet home Corinne Morgan Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-1313 12-in. 5/16/1904 Home, sweet home Corinne Morgan Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
(Results 1-25 of 96 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Payne, John Howard," accessed February 28, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101903.

Payne, John Howard. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 28, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101903.

"Payne, John Howard." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 28 February 2024.

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