After a sixteen year fight with leukemia, Goodman died in 1984 at 36. It was way too early to lose one of the good ones.
People were/are always singing his songs. We all know City of New Orleans. David Allan Coe sang You Never Even Call Me By My Name. Long time friend John Prine, whose classic Bruised Orange Goodman produced, sang My Old Man. Banana Republic and It's Midnight and I'm Not Famous recorded by Jimmy Buffet. Don't Get Sand In It recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Bonnie Koloc sang him. Baez sang Goodman. So did the Man in Black.
So it with unabashed glee that I tell you about this new live disc, capturing Steve, circa Summer 1978 in his hometown of Chicago, giving the crowd what they always wanted, which was Steve. Old Smoothies, Grand Canyon Song, Shel Silverstein's hilarious Three Legged Man, the convoluted Men Who Love Women who Love Men, Lincoln Park Pirates, The Auctioneer, I Gotta Hand It To You, Family Tree…all delivered in that familiar, I'm-glad-we're-all-here way he had of making you feel like part of the show. Eighteen tracks in all, including When The Cubs Go Marching In.
Every Goodman fan needs this disc. Even casual ones.
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