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 51-75 of 96 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-068385 10-in. 12/4/1941 Home, sweet home Emile Coté ; Victor Mixed Chorus Mixed vocal chorus, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Victor CS-068628 12-in. 12/12/1941 Home, sweet home Lucy Monroe ; Charles O'Connell ; Victor Concert Ensemble Soprano vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  
Columbia 44 7-in. ca. 1901 Home, sweet home Artists vary Baritone vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 44 10-in. ca. 1901 Home, sweet home Artists vary Baritone vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 409 7-in. ca. 1901 Home, sweet home Artists vary Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 409 10-in. ca. 1901 Home, sweet home Artists vary Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 1193 10-in. approximately 1903 Home, sweet home Suzanne Adams Soprano vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 1621 10-in. approximately 1903 Home, sweet home Artists vary Mixed vocal quartet, unaccompanied (take 2); with organ (take 11) lyricist  
Columbia 1628 10-in. ca. 1903 Home, sweet home Lucille Jocelyn Female vocal duet, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 3353 10-in. between 1905 and March 1906 Home, sweet home George Alexander Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 3377 12-in. between late 1905 and April 1906 Home, sweet home Ruth Vincent Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 77148 10-in. 6/14/1917 Home, sweet home Arabel Merrifield Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 77412 10-in. 10/5/1917 Home, sweet home Columbia Stellar Quartette Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied lyricist  
Columbia 140055 10-in. 9/22/1924 Songs of the past National Quartet Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied lyricist  
Columbia 30059 12-in. approximately 1906 Home, sweet home Mrs. A. Stewart Holt Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 30070 12-in. ca. 1906 Home, sweet home Frederick Weld Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 30125 12-in. ca. 1907-May 1908 Home, sweet home Lillian Blauvelt Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 30591 12-in. 11/29/1910 Home, sweet home Alice Nielsen Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 48814 12-in. 6/6/1916 Home, sweet home Maggie Teyte Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 49339 12-in. 3/13/1918 Home, sweet home Hulda Lashanska Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 49935 12-in. ca. 1921 Home, sweet home Rosa Ponselle Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 141618 10-in. 2/10/1926 Home, sweet home Irving Kaufman Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia W142577 10-in. 8/26/1926 Home, sweet home Ethyl Hayden Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia W144661 10-in. 9/12/1927 Home, sweet home Columbia Mixed Chorus Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied lyricist  
Columbia W146077 10-in. 4/14/1928 Home sweet home McMichen's Melody Men Male vocal duet, with instrumental trio lyricist  
(Results 51-75 of 96 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Payne, John Howard," accessed April 13, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101903.

Payne, John Howard. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 13, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101903.

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