"Oh! Susanna": The Story Behind The Song
One of the bigger surprises from Bridge 2011 weekend was the pairing of Dave Matthews & Neil Young on "Oh! Susanna".
For many, this was a concert highlight. For others, somewhat oddly, it was a concert "lowlight" (Mercury News critic Jim Harrington).
Above is the video for The Big 3's "The Banjo Song (Oh Suzanna!)" from 1963.
The song "Oh Susanna" has a fascinating backstory.
From a comment by SONY:
"Oh! Susanna" is a minstrel song by Stephen Foster (1826-1864). It was published by W. C. Peters & Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1848. The song was introduced by a local quintette at a concert in Andrews' Eagle Ice Cream Saloon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 11, 1847. (wikipedia)
And now here's where it gets a bit bizarre.
There have been a few comments about how Shocking Blue's cult 1970 hit "Venus" seems to have a similar beat and groove as "Oh Susanna".
You be the judge.
Oh those groovy '70's. sigh. They just don't make'm like they used to...
Thanks SONY, Jill, Stringman, & Powderfinger!