Steve Goodman

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Steve Goodman 1983

Steve Goodman (actually Steven Benjamin Goodman , born July 25, 1948 in Chicago , † September 20, 1984 in Seattle ) was an American singer and composer of folk music .

His biggest hit was the song City of New Orleans . Although not in its interpretation from 1971, but sung by the singer Arlo Guthrie , the song reached number 18 in the US charts in 1972. It was then a popular cover song for many well-known musicians and performers. The most famous German interpretation is When will it be summer again? . Ten music albums were released during his lifetime, followed posthumously by two productions and three live recordings of concerts.

Steve Goodman developed leukemia at the age of 20 and died of it in 1984 at the age of 36.



year title Label number Remarks
1970 Gathering at the Earl of Old Town Dunwich 670 Various interpreters u. a. Goodman, Jim Post , Ed Holstein, Fred Holstein , Ginni Clemmens
1971 Steve Goodman Buddah BDS-5096
1972 Somebody Else's Troubles Buddah BDS-5121
1975 Jessie's Jig and Other Favorites Asylum 7E-1037
1976 Words We Can Dance To Asylum 7E-1061
1977 Say It in Private Asylum 7E-1118
1979 High and Outside Asylum 6E-174
1980 Hot spot Asylum 6E-297
1983 Artistic hair Red pajamas RPJ-001 live
1984 Affordable Art Red pajamas RPJ-002
Santa Ana Winds Red pajamas RPJ-003 First posthumous release
1987 Unfinished business Red pajamas RPJ-005 Second posthumous release, Grammy award
1996 The Easter Tapes Red pajamas RPJ-009 18 live cuts from WNEW-FM 1970's broadcasts, liner notes by host Vin Scelsa
2000 Live Wire Red pajamas RPJ-015 Live at Bayou Theater, early 1980s
2006 Live at the Earl of Old Town Red pajamas RPJ-017 Live, August 1978
2013 Don't blame me Red pajamas RPJ-019 Live, April 1, 1973, Chicago


year title Label number Remarks
1976 The Essential Steve Goodman Buddah BDS-5665-2 2 LP compilation, 20 cuts from Steve Goodman and Somebody Else's Troubles
1988 The Best of the Asylum Years, Volume One Red pajamas RPJ-006 Compilation
The Best of the Asylum Years, Volume Two Red pajamas RPJ-007 Compilation
1989 City of New Orleans Pair Records (Buddha) PCD-2-1233 Single CD compilation, 19 cuts from Steve Goodman and Somebody Else's Troubles
The Original Steve Goodman Special Music (Buddha) SCD-4923 Compilation, 8 cuts from Steve Goodman and Somebody Else's Troubles
1994 No Big Surprise - The Steve Goodman Anthology Red pajamas RPJ-008 2 CD compilation (1 studio, 1 live)
2008 The baseball singles Red pajamas RPJ-018 Compilation EP with 4 baseball-themed cuts


year title Label number format Remarks
2003 Steve Goodman: Live From Austin City Limits Red pajamas RPJ-500 VHS, DVD 1977 & 1982 live shows with John Prine and Jethro Burns , plus interviews



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  1. a b The spelling of Buddah Records changed to "Buddha" around this time