Thursday, September 11, 2003

Ohio moments

Stephen Foster sold song 'Oh! Susana' here

On Sept. 11, 1847, Stephen Collins Foster performed his song "Oh! Susana" for the first time at a saloon in Pittsburgh. His payment was a bottle of whiskey.

At the time, Foster, a native of Lawrenceville, Pa., was living in Cincinnati and working for the Irwin & Foster Steamboat Agency owned by his brother, Dunning. Born in 1826, Foster was a gifted musician, although he received no formal music education.

He moved to Cincinnati in 1846. It is not known whether he wrote "Oh! Susana" here, but he sold it to a local music publisher for $100. It became an anthem for the Gold Rush and an unprecedented hundreds of thousands of copies of the sheet music were sold. Unfortunately for Foster, most of them were pirated copies for which he received no compensation. Foster returned to Pennsylvania in 1850, where he wrote "Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair," "My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night!," "Old Folks at Home," "Beautiful Dreamer," and "Camptown Races."

Rebecca Goodman

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