Skip to Next Poll »
10
Featured Artist - JIM CROCE
Featured Artist  - JIM CROCE Photo

ALBUMS:
1966 Facets
1968 Jim & Ingrid Croce
1972 You Don't Mess Around with Jim
1973 Life and Times
1973 I Got a Name

Jim Croce - 

In the music industry, arguably the worst tragedy that can befall an artist is to die in his or her prime, when just beginning to break through to the mainstream and reach people on a national or international level. One such artist was Jim Croce, a songwriter with a knack for both upbeat, catchy singles and empathetic, melancholy ballads. Though Croce only recorded a few studio albums before an untimely plane crash, he continues to be remembered posthumously. Croce appealed to fans as a common man, and it was not a gimmick -- he was a father and husband who went through a series of blue-collar jobs. And whether he used dry wit, gentle emotions, or sorrow, Croce sang with a rare form of honesty and power. Few artists have ever been able to pull off such down-to-earth storytelling as convincingly as he did.

James Joseph Croce was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 10, 1943. Raised on ragtime and country, Croce played the accordion as a child and would eventually teach himself the guitar. It wasn't until his freshman year of college that he began to take music seriously, forming several bands over the next few years. After graduation, he continued to play various gigs at local bars and parties, working as both a teacher and construction worker to support himself and his wife, Ingrid. In 1969, the Croces and an old friend from college, Tommy West, moved to New York and record an album. When the Jim and Ingrid record failed to sell, they moved to a farm in Lyndell, Pennsylvania, where Jim juggled several jobs, including singing for radio commercials. Eventually he was noticed and signed by the ABC/Dunhill label and released his second album, You Don't Mess Around with Jim, in 1972. The record spawned three hits: "You Don't Mess Around With Jim," "Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)," and "Time in a Bottle," the latter ultimately shooting all the way to number one on the Billboard charts. Croce quickly followed with Life and Times in early 1973 and gained his first number one hit with "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown."

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. Tragically, 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 bandmember Maury Muehleisen) were killed instantly.

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, that would become his second number one single. Shortly afterwards, "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song" reached the Top Ten. Several albums were released posthumously, most notably the greatest hits collection Photographs & Memories, which became a best-seller. Several other compilations were later issued, such as the 1992 release The 50th Anniversary Collection and the 2000 compilation Time in a Bottle: The Definitive Collection. Listening to the songs Croce recorded, one cannot help but wonder how far his extraordinary talents could have taken him if he would have lived longer. Unfortunately, such a question may only be looked at rhetorically, but Jim Croce continues to live on in the impressive catalog of songs he left behind.

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/jim-croce-mn0000848034/biography
| Closed on 01/12/14 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
12 Fans 
58%a. 10
25%b. 7-9
8%c. 5-6 (Liked 1 or 2 songs)
8%d. 1-4 (No Interest / Never heard of him)
0%e. Not a fan of his music

 &nbp;
TOP COMMENT * * * * * * * * * * * *
#1 | 132 days ago

Like the singing bird and the croaking toad
I've got a name
I've got a name
And I carry it with me like my daddy did
But I'm living the dream that he kept hid
Moving me down the highway
Rolling me down the highway 

heart Does he sing Sylvia's Mother? I like that song too
10   
  
10 Comments | Sorted by Most Recent First | Red = You Disagreed
Vote for your favorite comments. Fans decide the Top Comment (3+ votes) and also hide poor quality comments (4+ votes).
#1 | 132 days ago

Like the singing bird and the croaking toad
I've got a name
I've got a name
And I carry it with me like my daddy did
But I'm living the dream that he kept hid
Moving me down the highway
Rolling me down the highway 

heart Does he sing Sylvia's Mother? I like that song too
10   
#2 | 132 days ago

JenX63 wrote:
Like the singing bird and the croaking toad
I've got a name
I've got a name
And I carry it with me like my daddy did
But I'm living the dream that he kept hid
Moving me down the highway
Rolling me down the highway 

heart Does he sing Sylvia's Mother? I like that song too
I think that was Dr. Hook?
7-9  
#3 | 132 days ago

In terms of Bad Bad Leroy Brown, I agree with Chuck Norris!
7-9  
#4 | 132 days ago

Simply,THE BEST!l
10   
#5 | 129 days ago

Operator, would you help me place this call, there's no one there I really wanted to talk to.
Thank you for your time,you been so much more than kind,you can keep the dime.
Isn't that the way they say it goes.  
 I got him somewhere in my collection. And Otis Redding too.
10   
#6 | 128 days ago

Bought 'Life and Times' on vinyl when it was first released. Not sure if any groove are left on that album. Bought 'You don't mess around with Jim' on 8-track shortly after. Loved the guy's music. Fantastic work on acoustic guitars and his vocals were great. It was a shame and a real tough day when I heard he was killed in a plane crash. He had so much music still left in him.
10   
#7 | 128 days ago

I don't know the difference between him and Jim Crow.
#8 | 109 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
I think that was Dr. Hook?
Nope...Croce all the way.  What a terrible tragedy that he died when he did.  I love most of his music, and wonder what could have been.  I remember being in 5th grade when I heard that he was killed in the plane crash.  I also liked to sing "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" because I could say "damn" without getting yelled at....
10   
#9 | 109 days ago

icfeet wrote:
Nope...Croce all the way.  What a terrible tragedy that he died when he did.  I love most of his music, and wonder what could have been.  I remember being in 5th grade when I heard that he was killed in the plane crash.  I also liked to sing "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" because I could say "damn" without getting yelled at....
Sorry, but it's Dr. Hook that sing's Sylvia's Mother

Song/Video

7-9  
#10 | 107 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
Sorry, but it's Dr. Hook that sing's Sylvia's Mother

Song/Video

Sorry Nick...I didn't read the bottom part....I read the lyrics to "I got a name" and didn't see the question at the bottom....being the music geek that I am, I knew that Sylvia's mother was Dr. Hook and his Medicine Show...
10   

Post a Comment   Already a user? Sign in here
Join FanIQ - It's Free
FanIQ is the ultimate free community for sports fans.
Talk sports with fans from all over - 1,649,417+ Comments
Track your game picks - 38,670,182,382+ Sports Predictions
Prove you know sports - 116,275+ Trivia Questions
Find fans of your teams - 11,453,110+ New Friends
What is your single of the year #4
Asked by huskerdoug2009 | Locker Room, Music | 10 questions asked 12/10/12
120 opinions | 5 comments | Last by SOONERS1980
What is your single of the year #2
Asked by huskerdoug2009 | Locker Room, Music | 10 questions asked 12/10/12
110 opinions | 5 comments | Last by SOONERS1980
What is your single of the year #3
Asked by huskerdoug2009 | Locker Room, Music | 10 questions asked 12/10/12
120 opinions | 5 comments | Last by SOONERS1980
Which song is your favorite
Asked by huskerdoug2009 | Locker Room, Music | 10 questions asked 12/07/12
240 opinions | 9 comments | Last by SOONERS1980
What is your single of the year #1
Asked by huskerdoug2009 | Locker Room, Music | 10 questions asked 12/10/12
110 opinions | 9 comments | Last by SOONERS1980