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Stephen Foster, the "father of American music" died before age 37 in an impoverished state. In his wallet a slip of paper simply saying "Dear friends and gentle hearts" along with 35 cents in Civil War scrip and three pennies. My favorite work of his, "Beautiful Dreamer," was published after his death. He also wrote classics "Old Susannah," "Camptown Races," "My Old Kentucky Home," "Old Folks at Home" ("Swanee River"), "Old Black Joe," and "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair." His music…

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Squirrel nut zippers “The ghost of Stephen Foster” ~Love the goin's on at the Hotel Paradise

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STEPHEN FOSTER MEYER - banana, with a joke

If you like Minnie The Moocher this animated music video might be right up your alley: The Squirrel Nut Zippers: Ghost of Stephen Foster from the album Perennial Favorites. Winner of Best Animated Music Video at the 1999 Vancouver Animation Festival. Directed by Raymond Persi and Matthew Nastuk. Anyone else remember this?

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My first real exposure to swing.

Stephen Foster Glass / Stourbridge Glassblowing / Hot Glass

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Stephen Foster Bell Tower: photo by John Fletcher

Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864), 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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Stephen Foster Memorial Day - January 13

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Oh Susanna - by Stephen Foster - Performed by Nathan Edwards

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