Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster

  • Born
    4th July 1826
  • Died
    13th January 1864
  • Birthplace
    Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Stephen Collins Foster, known as the "father of American music", was an American songwriter primarily known for his parlor and minstrel music. Foster wrote over 200 songs; among his best-known are "Oh! Susanna," "Camptown Races," "Old Folks at Home," "My Old Kentucky Home," "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair," "Old Black Joe," and "Beautiful Dreamer." Many of his compositions remain popular more than 150 years after he wrote them.

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