Singer, songwriter Jim Croce
Singer ~ Songwriter
birth name: James Joseph Croce

Jim Croce

January 10, 1943, Philadelphia, PA ~ September 20, 1973, Natchitoches, LA

Gentle love songs and humorous character songs are the legacy of Jim Croce, whose tragic death occurred just before the release of what would become a top-selling album. His music, like his stage manner, was accessible and warm - the common man singing of the commonplace in such a way as to make it all new for his audience. According to Time, Croce was “a lean, needling, fun-poking man in work boots and work shirts… He took a mad kind of joy in the commonplace, and tomorrow was always the best of all possible times.” ~ Musicianguide: Jim Croce ~ retrieved September 18, 2013 © Musicianguide

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After four years of grueling tour schedules, Croce grew homesick. Wishing to spend more time with Ingrid and his infant son Adrian James, he planned to take a break after the Life and Times tour was completed. Unfortunately, the tour would never finish; just two months after ‘Bad, Bad Leroy Brown’ topped the charts, Croce's plane crashed in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Croce and the four other passengers (including band member Maury Muehleisen) were killed instantly. Ironically, Jim Croce's career peaked after his death. In December of 1973, the album I Got a Name surfaced, but it was ‘Time in a Bottle,’ from 1972's You Don't Mess Around with Jim which would become his second number one single. Shortly afterwards, ‘I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song’ reached the Top Ten. ~ Allmusic: Jim Croce ~ retrieved September 18, 2013 © Allmusic

Jim Croce ~ Inducted in the 1990 Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

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