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Jim Croce By Ingrid Croce, Public Domain

James Joseph Croce January 10, 1943 – September 20, 1973) was an American folk and rock singer-songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five studio albums and numerous singles.

His first two albums were commercially unsuccessful, failing to chart or produce any hit singles. During this period, Croce took a series of odd jobs to pay bills while he continued to write, record, and perform concerts. After forming a partnership with songwriter and guitarist Maury Muehleisen, his fortunes turned in the early 1970s. His breakthrough came in 1972; his third album You Don’t Mess Around with Jim produced three charting singles, including “Time in a Bottle”, which reached No. 1 after his death. The follow-up album, Life and Times contained the song “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”, which was the only No. 1 hit he had during his lifetime.

On September 20, 1973, the day before the lead single to his fifth album, I Got a Name, was released, Croce, along with five others, was killed in a plane crash, at the height of his popularity. Croce’s music continued to chart throughout the 1970s following his death. His wife, Ingrid Croce, was his early songwriting partner and she continued to write and record after his death, and his son A. J. Croce himself became a singer-songwriter in the 1990s.

Angie of King Ben’s Grandma is a huge Jim Croce fan and has been after his Theme Time Bio for for a good year so without further ado – here we go this post is dedicated to you Angie – hopefully you’ll enjoy my choices.

In truth l didn’t really know much about Jim Croce songs or so l thought. Once l started playing dedications to Angie, l came to realise l knew more of Jim than l ever knew as so many of his songs came back to me from my childhood and l remembered my Mother was a big fan of his work. Here’s my Top Ten.

Top Ten Jim Croce

Speedball Tucker1973
Time in a Bottle1973
Bad Bad Leroy Brown1973
You Don’t Mess Around with Jim1972
New York is Not my Home1972
Photographs and Memories1972
Working at the Car Wash Blues1974
Walkin’ Back to Georgia1972


Best Hits!

So there we go folks – Jim Croce – Fans or Not?

10 thoughts on “Theme Times – Jim Croce

  1. You missed “I Fell In Love With A Roller Derby Queen”😆

    Thank you for this! I think a lot of people would recognize the songs and maybe not know the name. Fun songs, sad songs, poignant songs… he was taken too soon.

  2. I adore his music – such talent ❤️ we don’t see talent like that anymore – not like that! I have all his songs and they are in my rotations ❤️

    My favorites being …
    “I got a name”
    “Time in a Bottle”
    “I’ll have to say I love you in a song”
    “Don’t mess around with Jim”

    And then Bad Bad Leroy Brown ❤️❤️ Lol … I force that one in every single rotation lol … despite my daughters initial distaste… now she also allows that song ❤️😄✌️

    He was brilliant!! Taken way too soon!! Musical genius right there ✌️

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