|Born||July 25, 1948|
|Died||September 20, 1984 (age 36)|
|Genre(s)||Folk, country, rock, pop|
|Label(s)||Buddah, Asylum, Red Pajamas, Oh Boy|
|Associated acts||John Prine, Kenneth C. "Jethro" Burns, Jimmy Buffett, Bonnie Koloc, Steve Martin, Tom Paxton, David Allan Coe|
Steve Goodman (July 25, 1948 – September 20, 1984) was an American folk music singer-songwriter from Chicago, Illinois. Events 285 - Diocletian appoints Maximian as Caesar, co-ruler Year 1948 ( MCMXLVIII) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. The State of Illinois ( roughly ill-i-NOY is a state of the United States of America, the 21st to be admitted to the Union. Events 451 - The Battle of Chalons takes place in North Eastern France. Year 1984 ( MCMLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar) A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Folk music can have a number of different meanings including Traditional music: The original meaning of the term "folk music" was synonymous Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. Rock music is a genre of Popular music often though not necessarily employing Electric guitar, Bass guitar, and Drums. Pop music as a genre features a noticeable rhythmic element catchy melodies and hooks, a mainstream style and conventional structure Singer-songwriter is a term that refers to Performers who write, compose and sing their own material including Lyrics A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making Music. Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with Speech. A guitarist is a Musician who plays the Guitar. Guitarists may perform solo pieces or play with ensembles and bands of a wide variety of genres In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Buddah Records (now known as Buddha Records Asylum Records is an American Record label, owned by Warner Music Group, founded by agent-managers David Geffen and Elliot Roberts in 1971 John Prine (born October 10, 1946, in Maywood Illinois) is a Grammy Award-winning American country / folk Singer-songwriter Kenneth C Burns (born in Conasaga, Tennessee on March 10, 1920 - died in Evanston, Illinois on February 4, James William "Jimmy" Buffett (born December 25 1946) is a Singer, Songwriter, Author, Businessman, and recently Bonnie Koloc (born in Waterloo Iowa) is an American folk singer/songwriter Actress, and Artist who was considered one of the Stephen Glenn Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an Emmy Award -winning American Actor, Comedian, Writer, Thomas Richard Paxton (born October 31, 1937) is a well-known American folk singer and Singer-songwriter who has been writing David Allan Coe (born September 5, 1936 in Akron Ohio) is an American Country music singer who achieved his greatest popularity in the 1970s Events 285 - Diocletian appoints Maximian as Caesar, co-ruler Year 1948 ( MCMXLVIII) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 451 - The Battle of Chalons takes place in North Eastern France. Year 1984 ( MCMLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar) The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Folk music can have a number of different meanings including Traditional music: The original meaning of the term "folk music" was synonymous Singer-songwriter is a term that refers to Performers who write, compose and sing their own material including Lyrics Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. The State of Illinois ( roughly ill-i-NOY is a state of the United States of America, the 21st to be admitted to the Union. The writer of "City of New Orleans", made popular by Arlo Guthrie, Goodman won two Grammy Awards. City of New Orleans is a Folk song written by Steve Goodman, which describes a train ride from Chicago to New Orleans in bittersweet and nostalgic Arlo Davy Guthrie (born July 10 1947 is an American folk singer The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards)—or Grammys —are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Born on Chicago's North Side to a middle-class Jewish family, Goodman began writing and performing songs as a teenager, after his family had moved to the near north suburbs. The American middle class is an ambiguously defined Social class in the United States. PLEASE TAKE NOTE************ He graduated from Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois in 1965. Maine East High School, or Maine East, and officially Maine Township High School East, is a public four-year High school located at the corner of Park Ridge Illinois, is a suburb of 37775 residents Fifteen miles northwest of downtown Chicago it is close to O'Hare Airport, major expressways and rail transportation In 1968 Goodman began performing at the Earl of Old Town in Chicago and attracted a following.  By 1969, after a brief sojourn in New York City's Washington Square, Goodman was a regular performer in Chicago, while attending Lake Forest College. The City of New York See Washington Square Park (disambiguation Washington Square Park is one of the best-known of New York City 's 1700 public Lake Forest College, founded in 1857 is a liberal arts college located in Lake Forest Illinois. During this time Goodman supported himself by singing advertising jingles.
It was also in early 1969 that Goodman was diagnosed with leukemia, the disease that would be present during the entirety of his recording career, until his death in 1984. Leukemia or leukaemia (Greek leukos λευκός, "white" aima αίμα, "blood" is a Cancer of the Blood In September of 1969 he met Nancy Pruter, who was attending college while supporting herself as a waitress. They were married in February, 1970. Though he experienced periods of remission, Goodman never felt that he was living on anything other than borrowed time, and some critics, listeners and friends have said that his music reflects this sentiment. His wife, writing in the liner notes to the posthumous collection No Big Surprise, characterized him this way:
Goodman's songs first appeared on a locally-produced record, Gathering at The Earl of Old Town, in 1971. As a close friend of Earl Pionke, the owner of the folk music bar, Goodman performed at The Earl dozens of times, including customary New Year's Eve concerts. He also remained closely involved with Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, where he had met and mentored his good friend, John Prine. The Old Town School of Folk Music is a Chicago teaching and performing institution that launched the careers of many notable Folk music artists John Prine (born October 10, 1946, in Maywood Illinois) is a Grammy Award-winning American country / folk Singer-songwriter
Later in 1971, Goodman was playing at a Chicago bar called the Quiet Knight as the opening act for Kris Kristofferson. Kristofferson, impressed with Goodman, introduced him to Paul Anka, who brought Goodman to New York to record some demos. Paul Mustapha Abdi Anka, ( Arabic: بول مصطفى عبدي أنكا OC (born 30 July 1941, in Ottawa, Ontario) is a These resulted in Goodman signing a contract with Buddah Records. Buddah Records (now known as Buddha Records
All this time, Goodman had been busy writing many of his most enduring songs, and this avid songwriting would lead to an important break for him. While at the Quiet Knight, Goodman saw Arlo Guthrie, and asked to be allowed to play a song for him. Arlo Davy Guthrie (born July 10 1947 is an American folk singer Guthrie grudgingly agreed, on the condition that Goodman buy him a beer first; Guthrie would listen to Goodman for as long as it took Guthrie to drink the beer. Goodman played "City of New Orleans", (original lyrics) which Guthrie liked enough that he asked to record it. City of New Orleans is a Folk song written by Steve Goodman, which describes a train ride from Chicago to New Orleans in bittersweet and nostalgic Guthrie's version of the song became a hit in 1972, and provided Goodman with enough financial and artistic success to make his music a full-time career. Year 1972 ( MCMLXXII) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The song, about the Illinois Central's City of New Orleans train, would become an American standard, covered by such musicians as Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, and Willie Nelson, whose recording earned Goodman a posthumous Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1985. For the city itself see New Orleans Louisiana. The City of New Orleans is a nightly Passenger train operated by Amtrak Johnny Cash (born J R Cash; February 26 1932 - September 12 2003 was a Grammy Award -winning American country Singer-songwriter. Judith Marjorie Collins (born May 1, 1939 in Seattle, Washington) is an American folk and standards Singer Willie Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American country Singer-songwriter and Actor. The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards)—or Grammys —are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences The Grammy Award for Best Country Song (sometimes known as the Country Songwriter's Award has been awarded since 1965. The 27th Grammy Awards were held February 26, 1985, and were broadcast live on American television A French translation of the song, "Salut Les Amoureux", was recorded by Joe Dassin in 1979. Joseph Ira Dassin was born in New York City to Jewish American Film noir director Jules Dassin and Béatrice Launer According to his wife, the song began as Goodman in his imagination wandered all the way to New Orleans while on a train from Chicago to visit her elderly grandmother in Mattoon, Illinois. Mattoon is a city in Coles County, Illinois, United States. The population was 18291 as of the 2000 census
In 1974, singer David Allan Coe achieved considerable success on the country charts with Goodman's and Prine's "You Never Even Call Me By My Name", a song which good-naturedly spoofed stereotypical country music lyrics. Year 1974 ( MCMLXXIV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. David Allan Coe (born September 5, 1936 in Akron Ohio) is an American Country music singer who achieved his greatest popularity in the 1970s Prine refused to take a songwriter's credit of the song, although Goodman bought Prine a jukebox as a gift from his publishing royalties.
Goodman's success as a recording artist was more limited. Although he was known in folk circles as an excellent and influential songwriter, his albums received more critical than commercial success. Ironically, one of Goodman's biggest hits was a song he didn't write – "The Dutchman", written by Michael Peter Smith. "The Dutchman" is a song written by Michael Peter Smith in 1968. Michael Peter Smith (born 7 September 1941) is a Chicago, US -based singer/songwriter
During the mid- and late-seventies, Goodman became a regular guest on Easter Day on Vin Scelsa’s radio show in New York City. Easter ( Greek: Πάσχα Pascha or Pasxa) is the most important religious feast in the Christian Liturgical year. Vin Scelsa (born Vincent Anthony Scelsa on December 12, 1947 in Bayonne New Jersey) is the host of a Freeform Radio show Scelsa’s personal recordings of these sessions eventually led to an album of selections from these appearances, The Easter Tapes.
In 1977, Goodman performed on the Tom Paxton live album New Songs From the Briarpatch (Vanguard Records), which contained some of Paxton's topical songs of the 1970s, including "Talking Watergate" and "White Bones of Allende", as well as a song dedicated to Mississippi John Hurt entitled "Did You Hear John Hurt?"
Goodman wrote and performed many humorous songs about Chicago, including three about the Chicago Cubs: "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request", "When the Cubs Go Marching In" and "Go, Cubs, Go" (which has frequently been played on Cubs' broadcasts and at Wrigley Field after Cubs wins. Thomas Richard Paxton (born October 31, 1937) is a well-known American folk singer and Singer-songwriter who has been writing "Mississippi" John Smith Hurt ( July 3 1893 or March 8, 1892, Teoc, Carroll County, Mississippi - November The Chicago Cubs are a Professional Baseball franchise based in Chicago, Illinois. ) The Cubs songs grew out of his fanatical devotion to the team, which included many clubhouse and on-field visits with Cub players. Other songs about Chicago included "The Lincoln Park Pirates", about the notorious Lincoln Towing Company, and "Daley's Gone", about Mayor Richard J. Daley. Richard Joseph Daley ( May 15, 1902 – December 20, 1976) served for 21 years as the undisputed Democratic boss of Chicago Another comic highlight is "Vegematic", about a man who falls asleep while watching late-night TV and dreams he ordered many products that he saw on infomercials. Infomercials (or informercials are Television commercials that run for one minute or for as long as a typical Television program He could also write serious songs, most notably "My Old Man", a tribute to Goodman's father, Bud Goodman, a used car salesman and World War II veteran. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including
Goodman won his second Grammy, for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1988 for his album, Unfinished Business. The Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album was first awarded in 1987 The 30th Grammy Awards were held March 2, 1988. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the previous year
On September 20, 1984, Goodman died at University of Washington Hospital in Seattle, Washington, his life finally taken by the leukemia from which he had anointed himself with the tongue-in-cheek nickname “Cool Hand Leuk” (others nicknames included “Chicago Shorty” and “The Little Prince”). See Washington (disambiguation for other uses The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a public research University He was only 36. Eleven days later, the Chicago Cubs played their first post-season game since 1945; Goodman had been asked to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before it; Jimmy Buffett filled in, and dedicated the song to Goodman. Year 1945 ( MCMXLV) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar James William "Jimmy" Buffett (born December 25 1946) is a Singer, Songwriter, Author, Businessman, and recently Echoing a line from "Dying Cub Fan", some of Goodman's ashes were scattered at Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs. Wrigley Field is a Baseball Stadium in Chicago, Illinois, United States that has served as the home ballpark of the Chicago He was survived by his wife and three daughters. 
In 2006, Goodman's daughter, Rosanna, issued My Old Man, an album of a variety of artists covering her father's songs. My Old Man is a 2006 album compiled by Rosanna Goodman in tribute to her father folk singer/writer Steve Goodman.
Interest in Goodman's career had a resurgence in 2007 with the publication of a massive biography by Clay Eals, Steve Goodman: Facing the Music. The same year, the Chicago Cubs began playing Goodman's 1984 song "Go, Cubs, Go" after each home game win. The Chicago Cubs are a Professional Baseball franchise based in Chicago, Illinois. When the Cubs made it to the playoffs, interest in the song and Goodman resulted in several newspaper articles about Goodman. Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn declared October 5, 2007 Steve Goodman Day in Illinois.