Tag Archives: Stephen Foster

The Past Five Historic Days In Music

Day One. John Smith Hurt was born in Teoc, Mississippi, on July 3, 1893. He grew up to be the singer, finger-style guitarist, recording artist and performer know around the world as Mississippi John Hurt. Here is a recording that … Continue reading

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September’s Songs

On the sixstr stories calendar of historic days in music, no month has as many dates commemorating individual pieces of music than September. Here’s the list! (Happy listening!) September 4th On this date in 1962, The Beatles – 21-year-old John … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Stephen Collins Foster

Stephen Collins Foster – America’s first professional songwriter – was born on July 4, 1826 in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania. Stephen Foster’s songwriting career started in December, 1844, with the publication of “Open Thy Lattice Love.” Over the next decade he became … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: A Triple Header

What do the Stephen Foster song “Oh! Susannah,” master fingerstyle guitarist Leo Kottke and the single version of The Beatles’ song “Love Me Do” all have in common? They were all (kinda, sorta) born on September 11. “Oh! Susannah” had … Continue reading

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Wrestling With The Angel

The Harrow & The Harvest by Gillian Welch came out last summer, June 28 to be precise. I’d known the release date and had been looking forward to this new CD for about a month. I’ve been a fan of Gillian Welch (see my … Continue reading

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78s & Cylinders

One of the items on my summer to-do list was to add a couple of 78-rpm records to my collection of 45s, EPs, LPs, reel-to-reel tapes, cassette tapes, CDs and digital downloads. You can’t have too much music, I always say. Late … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Stephen Foster

The first time I can remember that I paid much attention to a song by Stephen Foster was while listening to a James Taylor album. Tucked into the last track on side 2 of the 1970 LP Sweet Baby James, is a … Continue reading

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