New York: C. Holt Jr., 1848. _. Sheet Music. Very Good. The third printing of Stephen Foster's most popular song, Oh, Susanna, published shortly after the first with the only significant difference being corrections to two misspellings in the lyrics and the addition of prices to several of the titles on the cover, (see Dichter, 94). Oh, Susanna was truly the first American hit song. It sold over 100,000 copies in its first year of publication when no prior American piece had ever sold more than 5,000. Although Foster had given (or perhaps sold for $100) the song to W. C. Peters, then of Louisville, Peters did not publish it until the song had become a national sensation after Holt published a version arranged by Edwin Christy and performed by the Christy Minstrels. The song was especially popular with gold-seekers flocking to California and became something of an unofficial anthem for the Forty-Niners. (Inventory #: 008437)
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