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UPI Almanac for Thursday, July 25, 2013.
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Chicago folk music figure Earl Pionke dead at 80

CHICAGO, April 27 (UPI) -- Earl Pionke, the owner of the landmark Chicago folk-music club Earl of Old Town, died Friday at the age of 80, a longtime friend said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 25, 2012.
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Friday, July 25, 2008.
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UPI almanac for Wednesday, July 25, 2007.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, July 25, the 206th day of 2006 with 159 to follow.
By United Press International

Crash claims the life of Tom Dundee

CHICAGO, April 20 (UPI) -- Chicago folksinger/songwriter Tom Dundee has died at 59 from injuries he suffered in a motorcycle crash.

Guthrie is riding 'City of New Orleans'

CHICAGO, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Singer Arlo Guthrie is riding the "The City of New Orleans," the train he immortalized in song, to raise funds for musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, July 25, the 206th day of 2005 with 159 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, July 25, the 207th day of 2004 with 159 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Friday, July 25, the 206th day of 2003 with 159 to follow.
By United Press International

Commentary: Wisdom or lack thereof?

CHICAGO, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Few would consider it wise to root for a baseball club that has not won a World Series in nearly a century. But "wisdom" is what some try to find in the sporting loyalties of Chicago Cubs fans, especially University of Notre Dame professor Jim Langford, w
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include jazz legend Jelly Roll Morton in 1885; Mick Rogers of Manfred Mann's Earthband, who was born in 1946 (age 56); Chuck and John Panozzo of Styx in 1949 (age 53); Alannah Currie of the Thompson Twins in 1959 (age 43); and Gunnar and
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly Today in Music package for Sept. 14-20.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

(July 25)
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Steve Goodman (July 25, 1948 – September 20, 1984) was an American folk music singer-songwriter from Chicago, Illinois. The writer of "City of New Orleans", made popular by Arlo Guthrie, Goodman won two Grammy Awards.

Born on Chicago's North Side to a middle-class Jewish family, Goodman began writing and performing songs as a teenager, after his family had moved to the near north suburbs. He graduated from Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois in 1965. In the fall of 1965, He entered the University of Illinois and pledged Sigma Alpha Mu (Sammies) fraternity where he, Ron Banyon, and Steve Hartmann formed a popular rock cover band, "The Juicy Fruits". He left college after one year to pursue his musical career. In the early spring of 1967 Goodman went to New York, staying for a month in a Greenwich Village brownstone across the street from the Cafe Wha? where Goodman performed regularly during his brief stay there. Returning to Chicago he intended to restart his education but he dropped out again to pursue his musical dream full time after discovering the cause of his continuous fatigue was actually leukemia, the disease that would be present during the entirety of his recording career, until his death in 1984. In 1968 Goodman began performing at the Earl of Old Town in Chicago and attracted a following. By 1969, Goodman was a regular performer in Chicago, while attending Lake Forest College. During this time Goodman supported himself by singing advertising jingles.

In September 1969 he met Nancy Pruter, who was attending college while supporting herself as a waitress. They were married in February, 1970. Though he experienced periods of remission, Goodman never felt that he was living on anything other than borrowed time, and some critics, listeners and friends have said that his music reflects this sentiment. His wife Nancy, writing in the liner notes to the posthumous collection No Big Surprise, characterized him this way:

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