Goodman’s family sold ‘Go Cubs Go’ just before song took off

In this July 28, 2015 photo, fans at a Wrigley Rooftops’ building down the right-field line outside Wrigley Field watch players during the first inning of a baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs in Chicago. A $575 million transformation started in the offseason after years of meetings, hearings and legal battles with the surrounding rooftop owners who sell unique views into the stadium. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
In this July 28, 2015 photo, fans at a Wrigley Rooftops’ building down the right-field line outside Wrigley Field watch players during the first inning of a baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs in Chicago. A $575 million transformation started in the offseason after years of meetings, hearings and legal battles with the surrounding rooftop owners who sell unique views into the stadium. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

CHICAGO (AP) – Folk singer Steve Goodman’s “Go Cubs Go” about his beloved Chicago Cubs is a hit decades after he died – and months after his relatives sold the rights to his song collection.

That means they shared the joy of hearing fans at Wrigley Field belt out the song during this World Series-winning season, but a lot less money.

Nielsen says the song has climbed to No. 21 in digital sales.

Goodman’s relatives still get the songwriter’s share of royalties for the song he recorded weeks before he died of leukemia in 1984. But they don’t get the larger sum that goes to the owner of the publishing rights.

They’re not complaining, though. Rosanna Goodman tells the Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/2fLUOMA ) the song’s surging popularity is a fitting memorial to her father.

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