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Stephen Foster

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Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864) was an America's first professional songwriter. He composed mainly in three genres of song: minstrel tunes; parlor songs; and Civil War songs.

Among his tunes are "Oh, Susannah!", "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair", "Beautiful Dreamer", "Camptown Races", "My Old Kentucky Home", "We are Coming, Father Abraham", "Hard Times", and "Old Folks at Home".

Foster was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. He was also inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010. Countless schools, parks, statues, and memorials have been raised in honor of Foster.

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