100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

Recorded September 3, 1912

In 1823 American actor and dramatist John Howard Payne wrote an opera “Clari, Maid of Milan” with a song titled HOME, SWEET HOME composed by Sir Henry Bishop with lyrics by Payne. The tune became immediately popular showing up as theme music in several operas all over Europe. During the Civil War in the US the song was banned from being played in Union Army camps for being too emotional and likely to incite desertion. In Japan the song was known as Hanyu no Yado – My Humble Cottage.

Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home;
A charm from the sky seems to hallow us there,
Which, seek through the world, is ne’er met with elsewhere.
Home, home, sweet, sweet home!
There’s no place like home, oh, there’s no place like home!Entire lyrics to “Home, Sweet Home” :http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/home-sweet-home/

Arthur Willard Pryor was born on the second floor of the Lyceum Theater in Saint Joseph, Missouri in 1870. At 15 he was playing trombone with his father’s band and by 22 he was employed as a soloist by march king John Phillips Sousa. He formed his own band in 1903 and toured until 1909 when he moved to Asbury Park, New Jersey and became a staff conductor and arranger for the Victor Talking Machine Company in Camden, New Jersey.

On September 3, 1912 the Arthur Pryor Band recorded “Home, Sweet Home” at Victor Record studios in Camden, New Jersey

“Home, Sweet Home” by the Arthur Pryor Band

Thanks to the incredible collection at University of California Santa Barbara Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings :http://victor.library.ucsb.edu/index.php

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