The song was published in 1931. Early sheet music covers credit the songwriting to Peter van Steeden, Geoffrey Clarkson, and Harry Clarkson. There is a copyright entry for the song, under the title Home, dated Aug. 8, 1931, in the 1931 edition of the Catalogue of Copyright Entries, Part 3: Musical Compositions, published by the Library of Congress, Copyright Office, in 1932. The entry credits the music to P. Van Steeden, Jr. and Jeff Clarkson, and the words to “Frank” Clarkson.
Without citing its source, Wikipedia claims “Van Steeden’s contribution was administrative and he was compensated by being given writer credit.”
An early recording, possibly the first, by Van Steeden and his Orchestra was issued under the title Home, according to Second Hand Songs. However, in the same year sheet music bearing the subtitle When Shadows Fall was published (above right).
Who has recorded Home (When Shadows Fall)?
Peter van Steeden and his Orchestra, vocal by Dick Robertson — recorded on 25 November 1931, and issued, titled simply Home, as the Victor (Am.) 78 rpm single 22868, b/w I Promise You (Little Jack Little), in December 1932
Rudy Vallée & His Connecticut Yankees, vocal: Rudy Vallée — recorded in January 1932, New York
Henry Hall & His Gleneagles Hotel Band, vocal: Maurice Elwin — 1932?*
Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra — recorded 27 January 1932 in Chicago, Illinois (Okeh 41552)
Dick Haymes — B-side of Decca 78 rpm single (24715) I’ll Keep the Lovelight Burning (In My Heart), released in 1947
Nat King Cole – recorded 19 May 1950; released in 1950 as Capitol 45 rpm single 1133, b/w Tunnel of Love
Nat King Cole & the Trio – The clip is from a 1951 Snader Telescription (#5207) – Nat King Cole (piano and vocal), Trio: Irving Ashby (guitar), Joe Comfort (bass), Jack Costanzo (conga drum)**
Helen Humes — from her 1961 LP Swingin’ with Humes
Helen Humes (vocals), Teddy Edwards (tenor saxophone), Joe Gordon (trumpet), Wynton Kelly (piano), Al Viola (guitar), Leroy Vinnegar (bass), Frank Butler (drums)
Johnny Crawford — live 1985 performance, accompanying himself on guitar
Crawford attaches the following note:
Vocal with guitar – This 1985 video is dedicated to David Huffman (1945-1985). A brilliant film and stage actor as well as a dear friend and a war veteran, his life ended tragically while we were appearing at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre in Steinbeck’s play, Of Mice and Men.
Dixie Warsaw Jazzmen – c. 2011(?)
Paul McCartney — from the album Kisses On the Bottom, released 6 February 2012 in the UK and 7 February in the US
Jeremy Cookes tribute — Grampians Jazz Festival at Halls Gap, Victoria, Australia — 9 February 2012
Also from the description by the provider, Jane La Scala:
- A group of friends play a tribute to ragtime pianist, Jeremy Cookes, who died in January 2012.
- The band — Trumpets: John Vanderkoogh & Ken Hill (Adelaide); Trombone: Vern Egel (Adelaide); Clarinet: Geoff Beauchamp (Melbourne); Piano: Tony Feehan (Melbourne via Ireland); Bass: Rob Brook (Adelaide); Drums: Don Best (Adelaide); Soprano Saxophone: Graeme Hallam (Hamilton).
* The Decca catalog number given by a commenter at Youtube (F-2777) appears to be an error. The label and description of an item for sale at eBay indicate that Decca F-2777 is the 78 rpm single Come Ye Back to Bonnie Scotland/Just One of My Dreams, by the same band (recorded January 1932, London).
** From the Nat King Cole biography by William Ruhlman for AllMusic:
In February 1949, Cole added percussionist Jack Costanzo to the group, which thereafter was billed as “Nat ‘King’ Cole & the Trio.” As of the spring of 1950, Cole’s recordings were being credited simply to “Nat ‘King’ Cole.”