Stephen Collins Foster (Composer)
Born: 4th July 1826, Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A
Died: 13th January 1864, New York, U.S.A
Stephen Collins Foster known also as "the father of American music", was an American songwriter known primarily for his parlor and minstrel music. He wrote more than 200 songs, including "Oh! Susanna", "Hard Times Come Again No More", "Camptown Races", "Old Folks at Home" ("Swanee River"), "My Old Kentucky Home", "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair", "Old Black Joe", and "Beautiful Dreamer", and many of his compositions remain popular today. He has been identified as "the most famous songwriter of the nineteenth century" and may be the most recognizable American composer in other countries.