Deep Cuts from 1971: “City Of New Orleans”- Steve Goodman. The version of “City Of New Orleans” that was the hit single was the cover by Arlo Guthrie which went to #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972. I wasn’t big into music at the time but I can still remember hearing it one night on my transistor radio and loving it. While Arlo Guthrie’s cover is certainly a memorable one- the song was written and first performed by a folk singer-songwriter Steve Goodman. Goodman got the idea for the song while traveling on the Illinois line to visit a friend of his wife’s family. The City of New Orleans is of course a train. Over the years it has been covered by a number of other artists too -most notably Willie Nelson.
Steve Goodman would die way too young- in 1984 of leukemia at the age of 36. Goodman wrote and performed one of my favorite baseball songs- “A Dying Cub Fans Last Request.” Goodman a Chicago native and Cubs fan- had some of his ashes scattered at Wrigley Field.