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Steve Goodman (July 25, 1948 – September 20, 1984) was an American folk music singer-songwriter from Chicago, Illinois. The writer of “City of New Orleans”, made popular by Arlo Guthrie, Goodman won two Grammy Awards.

The Chicago-born singer-songwriter, was discovered by Kris Kristofferson. He collaborated with close friend John Prine throughout his career. His superb guitar ability (honed at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music) and creative songwriting ability led him to success in the 1970s folk scene. Often funny, sometimes heartbreaking, always unpredictable, Steve Goodman was the consummate performer whether in a small Chicago venue, Austin City Limits, or opening for Steve Martin (and often stealing the show!). Steve is probably best known for his song “City of New Orleans”, which was later covered by Arlo Guthrie among others. He has also been covered by Jimmy Buffett and many others. Steve was the ultimate suffering Chicago Cub fan, writing the songs “Go, Cubs, Go” and the unfortunately very true “A Dying Cub Fans Last Request”.

Steve’s life was cut short in 1984 by leukemia, but fortunately an extensive catalog remains, including the recently released, “Live at the Earl” as well as the DVD “Steve Goodman Live at Austin City Limits and More.”


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  • LarryK12

    kalt sdrawkcab

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    I was looking for city of new orleans did't know how many albums he had made,will now be playing some.

    14 Nov 2012 Reply
  • 52joan

    he left us way too soon On the outside, looking in! RIP and thanks for the music!

    16 May 2011 Reply


    9 Jan 2010 Reply
  • NordicByNature

    I like to think that when I get to heaven Steve Goodman and Harry Caray will be right there to greet me with a couple pints and a cigar.

    8 Nov 2009 Reply
  • melomane

    Just discovered Steve Goodman today. I'm blown away. He just shines - and makes me feel like I'm shining.

    30 Oct 2009 Reply
  • dan_allan

    horrible he doesn't have 1 million plays on here yet :(

    2 Oct 2009 Reply
  • loisolio

    Let's all vote for the other picture which shouldn't be cropped horizontally from the middle of Steve's face like the one we see now.

    24 Jun 2009 Reply
  • KeithJones

    Remember seeing him with John Prine at the Cambridge Folk Festival (in 1973 I think it was) - classic!

    8 Mar 2009 Reply
  • CptL

    Hey Chicago whadda you say The cubs are gonna win today!

    21 Feb 2009 Reply
  • rickkirkman

    Steve is an icon in the songwriter balladeers of his era. I love this man's music. The Dutchman! Steve wasn't the kind to hold his finger in the dam of life. He let it loose and lived it well. Steve and John Prine... what a team!

    15 Jan 2009 Reply
  • JFreak213

    Go Cubs Go!

    1 Oct 2008 Reply
  • loisolio

    It's sad that he has got so little posthumous recognition. Unlike, for example, Nick Drake (516,754, as of September 22, 2008) or Jeff (580,211 listeners) and Tim Buckley (84,861 listeners). Of course we are talking about different genres, but Steve Goodman (4,185 listeners) deserves more recognition. He was such a great lyricist, a composer, a singer, a guitarist and most of all, a performer.

    22 Sep 2008 Reply
  • quixentric

    The soundtrack to almost every road trip my family and I took when I was younger. I like Dying Cub Fan's Last Request over Go Cubs Go, though XD

    15 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Spencerh81

    Go Cubs Go

    20 Apr 2008 Reply
  • quarantedeux

    Do they still play the blues in Chicago when baseball season comes around?

    8 Oct 2007 Reply
  • dherkes

    It was the year to listen to a dying Cub fan's last request one hundred times.

    8 Oct 2007 Reply
  • Titangoober

    THIS IS THE YEAR!!!!!!! GO CUBS GO!!!!!!

    1 Oct 2007 Reply
  • Slaky311

    GO CUBS GO!!!!!!

    18 Sep 2007 Reply
  • loisolio needs desperately some Steve Goodman. He was a god.

    29 May 2007 Reply
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