Stephen Foster

1826 - 1864

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Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864), 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Stephen Foster has received more than 1,332,714 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Stephen Foster is the 483rd most popular composer (up from 559th in 2019), the 2,272nd most popular biography from United States (up from 2,463rd in 2019) and the 28th most popular American Composer.

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Among composers, Stephen Foster ranks 483 out of 1,228. Before him are Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Christian Sinding, Bill Conti, Joaquín Turina, Franz Xaver Richter, and Johann Joseph Fux. After him are Étienne Méhul, Vítězslav Novák, Hervé, Friedrich Wieck, Hans Swarowsky, and Johann Nikolaus Forkel.

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Among people born in 1826, Stephen Foster ranks 20Before him are Frederic Edwin Church, Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, Adolf Bastian, Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, George Johnstone Stoney, and Karl von Piloty. After him are Cetshwayo kaMpande, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Mikhailovna of Russia, George B. McClellan, Henri Mouhot, Walter Bagehot, and Spotted Elk. Among people deceased in 1864, Stephen Foster ranks 19Before him are Louise Marie Thérèse of Artois, John Hanning Speke, Princess Charlotte of Denmark, Hong Tianguifu, Princess Hildegard of Bavaria, and David Roberts. After him are Christian Ludwig Brehm, Jean-Jacques Ampère, Archduchess Auguste Ferdinande of Austria, Aimable Pélissier, Antoinette de Mérode, and Jakob Lorber.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Stephen Foster ranks 2,272 out of 15,968. Before him are Oliver Winchester (1810), Joan Allen (1956), Leslie White (1900), George Lakoff (1941), Ken Mattingly (1936), and George Segal (1934). After him are Steve Fossett (1944), Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. (1886), William Bates (1860), Harold Bloom (1930), Patricia Arquette (1968), and Ernie Hudson (1945).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, Stephen Foster ranks 28Before him are Carmine Coppola (1910), Richard Rodgers (1902), James Newton Howard (1951), Terry Riley (1935), Morton Feldman (1926), and Bill Conti (1942). After him are Paul Bowles (1910), Danny Elfman (1953), Alex North (1910), John Adams (1947), George Antheil (1900), and Michael Kamen (1948).