Oh! Susanna

Oh! Susanna
"Oh! Susanna"
Oh! Susanna 1.jpg
Original sheet music
Music by Stephen Foster
Lyrics by Stephen Foster
Published Cincinnati: W. E. Peters & Co. (1848)
Language English
Form Strophic with chorus

"Oh! Susanna" is a minstrel song by Stephen Foster (1826-1864). It was published by W. C. Peters & Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1848.[1] The song was introduced by a local quintette at a concert in Andrews' Eagle Ice Cream Saloon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 11, 1847. Foster was said to have written the song for his men's social club.[2] The name Susannah may refer to Foster's deceased sister Charlotte, whose middle name was Susannah.[3]. Glenn Weiser suggests the song was influenced by an existing work, "Rose of Alabama" (1846), with which it shares some similarities in lyrical theme and musical structure.[4]

"The Banjo Song" and "Venus"

In 1963, the Big 3 recorded a new arrangement of the song as "The Banjo Song". The Dutch band, Shocking Blue, in turn, adopted the new arrangement with completely different lyrics for their 1969 hit "Venus".

References

  1. ^ "Oh! Susanna". 2008. http://www.stephen-foster-songs.de/foster021.htm. Retrieved September 2011. 
  2. ^ Richard Jackson. 1974. Stephen Foster song book: original sheet music of 40 songs. Courier Dover Press. p. 177.
  3. ^ Michael Saffle. 2000. Perspectives on American music, 1900-1950 Taylor & Francis. p. 382.
  4. ^ "Oh! Susanna by Stephen Foster - Likely Origins". Celticguitarmusic.com. http://www.celticguitarmusic.com/Foster.htm. Retrieved 2011-07-01. 

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