Stephen Collins Foster known as the father of American music, was an American songwriter primarily known for his parlor and minstrel music. Foster wrote over 200 songs many of which are stil popular today.
Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair is a parlor song by Stephen Foster (1826-1864). It was published by Firth, Pond & Co. of New York in 1854. Foster wrote the song with his estranged wife Jane McDowell in mind. The lyrics allude to a permanent separation.