OH! SUSANNA

Latest update on 11/06/2012

Artist: Harry Browne & Peerless Quartet
Author: Stephen Foster
Label: Columbia
Year: 1917

Written in 1847 by Stephen Foster. Introduced by himself and his brother Morrison as part of the vocal group who performed in Andrew's Eagle Ice Cream Saloon in Pittsburgh. Other pioneer performers in the Pittsburg area: blackfaced act The Sabre Brothers and music hall singer Nelson Kurass. Sold for $100 to a New York music store and popularized by the Christy Minstrels. Soon a big success among the famous '49ers' in the California goldrush towns, spreading the tune along the west coast.

Covers:

1924:

Wendell Hall & Shannon Four [vaudeville star on ukelele]

1928:

Vernon Dalhart, Carson Robison & Adelyne Hood

1935:

Shirley Temple [in film Our Little Girl]

1939:

Al Jolson [in film Swanee River, narrating Stephen Foster's life story]

1963:

Big 3 [parody as The Banjo Song (see there)]

1965:

Byrds

1967:

Eddy And The Eddysons

1970:

James Taylor

1971:

Taj Mahal

1977:

Randy Newman [lyric lines in Rider In The Rain; see also: My Old Kentucky Home]

2004:

Michelle Shocked & Pete Anderson

2006:

Carly Simon

2012:

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

There's a Stephen Foster Memorial Day in America, unique for a songwriter.

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