Monday, September 23, 2013

Jim Croce RIP

On September 20, 1973 singer-songwriter Jim Croce died in a plane crash outside Natchitoches, Louisiana. He had been enjoying a year of huge successes: he had two Top Ten hits in 1972 ("You Don't Mess Around With Bill" and "Operator") and then a Number One hit in July 1973, "Bad Bad Leroy Brown." After he finished a concert at Northwestern Louisiana University, he and five other people died in their charted airplane.

He had two posthumous hits, "I Got A Name," and another Number One hit, "Time In A Bottle." Now even more heart-breaking than romantic, it went to the top of the charts in late December 1973.

Here is my favorite Jim Croce song, "Operator." Playing with him is guitarist Maury Muehleisen, who died with him in the airplane accident. Please enjoy these two masters at their best. 

Rest in Peace, Jim Croce

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