Beautiful Dreamer

Album: Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster (1864)
Play Video


  • Stephen Foster died of alcoholism and a fall from his bed in New York City in 1864. Shortly thereafter his renamed publishing company, William A. Pond Co., published the last song that he wrote a few days before his death, "Beautiful Dreamer." During his lifetime Foster earned only $15,091.08 in royalties from his sheet music and he died with just 38 cents in his pocket.

Comments: 1

  • Chloe Rowles from TexasI have loved this song since I was 10 years old and heard it in the movie 'Mighty Joe Young', the Terry Moore original version. It was the only melody that would calm down Joe. It has been my favorite ever since, 67 years.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Pam Tillis

Pam TillisSongwriter Interviews

The country sweetheart opines about the demands of touring and talks about writing songs with her famous father.

Jon Anderson

Jon AndersonSongwriter Interviews

Jon Anderson breaks down the Yes classic "Seen All Good People" and talks about his 1000 Hands album, which features Chick Corea, Rick Derringer, Ian Anderson, and many other luminaries.

TV Theme Songs

TV Theme SongsFact or Fiction

Was a Beatles song a TV theme? And who came up with those Fresh Prince and Sopranos songs?


KissFact or Fiction

Kiss is the subject of many outlandish rumors - some of which happen to be true. See if you can spot the fakes.

John Kay of Steppenwolf

John Kay of SteppenwolfSongwriter Interviews

Steppenwolf frontman John Kay talks about "Magic Carpet Ride," "Born To Be Wild," and what he values more than awards and accolades.

Bill Withers

Bill WithersSongwriter Interviews

Soul music legend Bill Withers on how life experience and the company you keep leads to classic songs like "Lean On Me."