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Steve Goodman profiled in new book

May 8th, 2007

West Seattle author Clay Eals spent the past four years researching and writing a book called “Steve Goodman: Facing the Music.”

A songwriter and performer in the 1970s and early ’80s, Goodman’s most famous song was “City of New Orleans,” which was made into a hit by Arlo Guthrie. A lyric from the song was the inspiration for the name of the TV program “Good Morning America.”

Goodman also wrote “Banana Republics” and “This Hotel Room” for Jimmy Buffett.

Eals, a North Admiral resident and former editor of the West Seattle Herald, interviewed more than 1,100 people for the book. Among them were a score of musicians including Jackson Browne, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Randy Newman, Pete Seeger, Doc Watson and Loudon Wainwright III.

Goodman opened 200 times for comedian Steve Martin, who wrote that it took only about 30 seconds for Goodman to capture an audience.

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