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Today in Music – 1984 – Steve Goodman passes away, and the folk music world still mourns!

Steve GoodmanSo the year of 1984 was not a great one for me, in November or that year My father had an unexpected heart attack and died at the age of 60, Earlier in the year, September 20th to be exact at the age of 36, Steve Goodman one of my favorite folk artists passed away, after losing his battle with leukemia. Steve Goodman gave the folk music world some great songs. Probably the best now is’City of New Orléans” which has been covered by a variety of artist most notably Arlo Guthrie. Here are some details of that sad day in folk music and Chicago history, From Wikipedia:

On September 20, 1984, Goodman died of leukemia at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He had anointed himself with the tongue-in-cheek nickname “Cool Hand Leuk” (other nicknames included “Chicago Shorty” and “The Little Prince”) during his illness. He was 36.


Four days after Goodman’s death, the Chicago Cubs clinched the Eastern Division title in the National League for the first time ever, earning them their first post-season appearance since 1945, three years before Goodman’s birth. Eight days later, on October 2, the Cubs played their first post-season game since the 1945 World Series. Goodman had been asked to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before it; Jimmy Buffett filled in, and dedicated the song to Goodman.

In April 1988, some of Goodman’s ashes were scattered at Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs.[5] He was survived by his wife and three daughters.[6] Full Biography

So this morning, as I was looking at videos to post, I decided that this one was fitting for the day considering the year of his death as it relates to the year that I lost “My Old Man”.