Happy 4th in music ... and intimate jottings of the Founding Fathers
Stephen Foster, the great American songwriter who composed “Beautiful Dreamer,” “Hard Times Come Again No More,” “Camptown Races,” “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” and “Old Folks at Home” was born on this date in 1826 in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania—not in the South as one might think from the context and tenor of some of his songs.
George M. Cohan, of “Yankee Doodle Boy” fame, claimed to have been
born on the 4th, but he fudged it a bit: his birth date was actually the
3rd of July.
Have you picked out a spot for viewing fireworks tonight?
Here's a nice video explaining and illustrating the "Founders Online" project of digitizing their letters so scholars and the public can peruse them by date, topic, or other criteria.