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    Jim Croce

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    Genre:Classical, Rock
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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Vespers lyrics
    2Five Short Minutes lyrics
    I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song lyrics
    4Old Man River lyrics
    5Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy) lyrics
    6Lover's Cross lyrics
    7Hey Tomorrow lyrics
    8Careful Man lyrics
    9Big Fat Woman lyrics
    10These Dreams lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Facets [2004]
    2Stories & Characters: Best Of [2004]
    3Home Recordings: Americana [2003]
    4Bad Bad Leroy Brown [2008]
    5Complete Collection [2008]
    6Gold In A Bottle [1994]
    7I Got A Name [1994]
    8Singer/songwriter [2002]
    9The Singles [2006]
    10The Original Albums


    Jim Croce was born in early 1943 in a working-class section of Philadelphia in an Italian-American family. While in his teens, he began playing the accordion, and then learning to play an acoustic guitar when he was 18. After a short stint in the U.S. Army, where he supposedly met the character who inspired the song "Bad Bad Leroy Brown," Jim entered Villanova University for a degree in psychology, but he spent a lot of time working with bands, playing music and performing solo.

    Jim worked as a construction worker after graduation, but after an accident he then worked as a teacher in a junior high school in South Philadelphia. In 1966, Jim married his wife Ingrid and the following year they moved to New York City where as a folk duo performed in city nightclubs and coffeehouses and recorded an album entitled "Another Day, Another Town."

    Jim and his wife moved back to Pennsylvania where they bought a farmhouse and their first son, Adrian, was born in 1970 while Jim worked as a truck driver to pay the bills. A year later, one of Jim's former college friends encouraged him to record some of his newer songs and send them to ABC Records where they signed Jim up and his first solo album "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" was released in 1972 and was one of the top 20 sellers in the USA.

    From 1972 to 1973, Jim Croce performed in more than 250 concerts, appeared as a guest on numerous TV programs and released his second album in mid 1973 titled "Life and Times." This album featured his enduring hit, "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown."

    He also recorded his third album, "I've Got a Name" and the title song was used in the soundtrack of "The Last American Hero" starring Jeff Bridges which was released July 23, 1973.

    The song, "Time in a Bottle" from his first solo album, received sudden national sales after being featured in "She Lives" a made for ABC-TV movie which aired on 12 September 1973.

    Eight days later, Jim Croce's career came to a sudden end when he and his musical partner Maury Muehleisen and others boarded a private airplane in Natchitoches, Louisiana to travel to a gig in Texas when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff killing everyone on board.

    His third album includes the songs "I Got a Name," and "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song" which were posthumous hits. In all, Jim Croce had eight top-10 singles and three top-10 albums between 1972 and 1974.

    In the lyrics to the hauntingly wistful "Time in a Bottle", Jim left his own best epitaph as if he was foreseeing his own death: "There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do once you find them."

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