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Jimmy Buffett remembers time he hung with Chicago’s folk heroes

BY DAVE HOEKSTRA Staff Reporter / dhoekstra@suntimes.com


Jimmy Buffett put the picture below — assembled from three photos taken at Steve Goodman’s Chicago apartment — on the wall of his new Margaritaville club at Navy Pier. | Rick Diamond~Getty Images


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Like fireflies in a jar, the characters on the cover of Steve Goodman’s “Somebody Else’s Troubles” record were captured in the summer of 1972.

It was always summer when Jimmy Buffett and Goodman got together.

Buffett popularized the Goodman ballads “Banana Republics” and “California Promises,” and the late Chicago singer-songwriter and Buffett co-wrote the Pensacola, Fla.-based “Frank and Lola” and the Key West ballad “Woman Going Crazy on Caroline Street” among others.

On Aug. 7, 1972, Goodman put out a casting call for a cover shoot for his second album. A group of raconteurs and songwriters were instructed to meet at Goodman’s huge apartment at 3759 N. Wayne, not far from Wrigley Field. There would be no last call.

The crew included Buffett (identified as Marvin Gardens on the album cover); Earl Pionke, the larger-than-life owner of the Earl of Old Town folk music club; Goodman’s best friend, John Prine; Fred Holstein, and his brother Ed.

The photographer was P. Michael O’Sullivan.

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That was a good read. Thanks for posting it!!

His history with fellow writers such as Jerry Jeff Walker, John Prine and Steve Goodman goes to show there's much more to Buffett than most people realize.

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