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There's no place like home

COVERED BY ELVIS

( home sweet home )There's No Place Like Home


recording date elvis: Tuesday, 4 December 1956; Informal
first release:


originally by: john Yorke AtLee

recording year: 1891
originally written by: Payne;Bishop
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label: columbia cylinder





This number is also known as "Home Sweet Home." Originally an operatic aria from Sir Henry Bishop's largely forgotten opera "Clari," also called "The Maid of Milan," with words by John Payne. The tune was partly based on a Sicilian Air. The song was the first popular tune to become a "hit," being the first to be intentionally sold so that the "ordinary" person could play it at home (we're talking about the early 19th century here, remember—that's 18.., incidentally!). Rossini seemed to like it, too, for he used the tune in his rather better-remembered "Barber of Seville"—more opera!
AtLee, also known as "Whistling John Atlee" is sometimes labelled "the first recording star." He was a governmet clerk and an amateur "artistic whistler" when Columbia began recording in Washington in 1889: AtLee was one of their first signings. He made the original whistling solo recording of "Home Sweet Home" as a wax cylinder for Columbia in 1891. On 24 September, 1898, he rerecorded the number, which was released on a 7-inch disc, Berliner 433. The earliest vocal recording dates from some time before April 1899, was performed by Mabel Casedy, and was released on Berliner 393.


There's No Place Like Home
performed by:
John Yorke AtLee

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There's No Place Like Home
performed by:
Elvis Presley

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