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Today in Weird Music History, 1/13. Not the First American Head-Banger, but…

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1/13 Today in Weird Music History: 1864.  American song-writer Stephen Foster dies from head injuries, the result smashing his head on a wash basin.  In a feverish state,  he returned to bed and lay there  bleeding until discovered by the chambermaid who called for help.  He later died at Bellevue Hospital.

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3 Comments

  1. shoreacres says:

    Curious if you have a source for this. It’s slant is a little different from the story told in the bio written by Foster’s brother. The chamber pot and the head injuries are the same, though. What a way to go.

    Here’s more weird. Reading Foster’s bio, I discovered he had two sisters (one still-born, one who survived) named Ann Eliza. That was the name of my great-great-grandmother, whose complete given name was Ann Eliza Nebraska. That’s weird, too. I still haven’t found the reason for the “Nebraska”.

    • rlbaldwin2 says:

      I’ve updated the entry based on some further research. The initial post was from an excellent book by Norman Lebrecht: A Book of Musical Days. But his account appears to be an urban legend. A good reminder for me to always check my sources!

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