Singer, songwriter Steve Goodman
Singer ~ Songwriter

Steve Goodman

July 25, 1948, Chicago, IL ~ September 20, 1984, Seattle, WA

Growing up in what he called “a Midwestern middle-class Jewish family,” Steve Goodman began playing the guitar as a teenager. He was influenced by the folk revival of the early '60s and by country performers such as Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams. After attending college in the mid-'60s, he turned to playing in Chicago clubs by night and writing commercial jingles by day. ~ Allmusic: Steve Goodman ~ retrieved July 23, 2013 © Allmusic

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Seeing Arlo Guthrie in a bar, Goodman asked to be allowed to play a song for him. Guthrie grudgingly agreed on the condition that Goodman buy him a beer first; Goodman played ‘City of New Orleans’ which Guthrie liked enough that he asked for the right to record it. Guthrie's version of the song became a hit in 1972, and provided Goodman with enough financial success to make his music a full-time career. The song would become an American standard, covered by many other musicians including Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, and Willie Nelson. ~ Steve Goodman ~ retrieved April 30, 2014 ©

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