The Goodman/Buffett Connection
Many of Goodman's recent fans are finding him through the works of other artists. This is especially true when it comes to Parrot Heads, or fans of Jimmy Buffett. Buffett has recorded several of Stevie's songs and not surprisingly these songs have become favorites for Buffett fans. In fact many fans are amazed when they learn that songs such as "Banana Republics" was actually written by Steve Goodman and NOT Jimmy Buffett.
This is short list of song recorded by Jimmy Buffett that Steve Goodman had a hand in.
Shortly after Steve's death, Jimmy Buffett had an opportunity to sing the National Anthem For The Chicago Cubs. Later that Year The Chicago Sun Times ran an article about the occurrence:
Goodman was a huge Cubs fan. Buffett said Goodman knew the Cubs were closing in on their 1984 National League Eastern Division title before he slipped into a coma in a Seattle hospital. He died four days before the Cubs clinched the division. Buffett sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" for his friend in the first game of the divisional playoffs at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won 13-0 on a clear sun-drenched afternoon. "It may be my greatest baseball memory," Buffett said. "I believe his spirit truly was at Wrigley Field that day. It's like Martin Mull wrote in the ('No Big Surprise') book. He was an elf. "I was so serious that I was singing the National Anthem in the shower. You have to know where to start on that song, because if you start too high, you'll get lost down the road. I walk out of my room and I see this guy in the hall with this look on his face, like, 'Who is this wacko, right-wing maniac who gets up in the morning and sings the National Anthem for an hour?' "Stevie Goodman would have loved that story.", said Buffett.
This album is dedicated with fond memories to one of the finest human beings who ever spent time on this planet - STEVE GOODMAN. I regret that his stay was so short. I miss you. JIMMY BUFFETT Home Port Daphne, Alabama Easter Sunday, 1985
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