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Encyclopedia > Jim Croce
Jim Croce
Background information
Born January 10, 1943(1943-01-10)
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died September 20, 1973 (aged 30)
Genre(s) Rock
Folk
Instrument(s) Piano
Guitar
Harmonica
Vocals
Years active 19601973
Label(s) Capitol
ABC Dunhill

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Early life

Croce was born in South Philadelphia. He graduated from Upper Darby High School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania in 1960 where in 1976, he was the first former student to be added to the Upper Darby High School's Wall of Fame. While attending Villanova University (1965 graduate), Croce was a member of the Villanova Singers and Villanova Spires, a student deejay at WXVU[1], became interested in becoming a professional musician, and met his future wife, Ingrid Jacobson, at a hootenanny at Convention Hall in Philadelphia, where he was a judge for a contest. When they married he converted to Judaism.[2] South Philadelphia district, highlighted on map of Philadelphia County. ... It has been suggested that Upper Darby High Schools Wall of Fame be merged into this article or section. ... Drexel Hill is a census-designated place located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Villanova University is a private university located in Radnor Township, a suburb northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... WXVU, known as Villanova University Radio, is a College Radio station which is broadcast in the Philadelphia area via a 100 watt transmitter that covers an 8-mile radius around the Villanova University campus. ... Hootenanny was originally an old country word for party. The concept of a hootenanny as a gathering for folk singing was created by Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie as a way to raise rent for their Greenwich Village, New York apartment. ... Convention Hall Convention Hall was a convention center in Kansas City, Missouri that hosted the 1900 Democratic National Convention and 1928 Republican National Convention. ... Nickname: Motto: Philadelphia maneto - Let brotherly love endure Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: , Country Commonwealth County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Government  - Mayor John F. Street (D) Area  - City 369. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Early career

During the early 1960s, Croce formed a number of college bands and performed at coffee houses and universities, and later performed with his wife as a duo in the mid-1960s to early 1970s. At first their performances included songs by Ian and Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot, Joan Baez, and Woody Guthrie, but in time they began writing their own music, such as "Age", "Hey Tomorrow", and "Spin Spin Spin", which later led to Croce's hit songs in the early seventies. The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Ian and Sylvia Tyson were a Canadian folk music duo who performed and recorded from the early 1960s through the early 1970s. ... Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr. ... Joan Chandos Baez (born January 9, 1941) is an American folk singer and songwriter known for her highly individual vocal style. ... Woodrow Wilson Guthrie (July 14, 1912–October 3, 1967) was a prolific American songwriter and folk musician. ...


At the same time, Croce got his first long-term gig at a rural bar and steak house in Lima, Pennsylvania, called the Riddle Paddock. There, over the next few years, Croce developed a very engaging rapport with tough audiences and built his musical repertoire to more than 3,000 songs. His set list included every genre from blues to country to rock 'n roll to folk, with tender love songs and traditional bawdy ballads, always introduced with a story and an impish grin. Chophouse redirects here. ... Lima is a census-designated place located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Set List by The Frames was recorded live in Dublin in November 2002. ... Love songs are songs about love, a subset of songs that deal with intimacy. ...


In 1968, Jim and Ingrid Croce were encouraged to move to New York City to record their first album with Capitol Records. For the next two years, they drove more than 300,000 miles playing small clubs and concerts on the college concert circuit promoting their album Jim & Ingrid Croce. Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Jim & Ingrid Croce is an album American singer/songwriter Jim Croce and his wife Ingrid, released in 1969. ...


Then, disillusioned by the music business and New York City, Croce sold all but one guitar to pay the rent, and they returned to the Pennsylvania countryside where Croce got a job driving trucks and doing construction to pay the bills. He called this his "character development period" and spent a lot of his time sitting in the cab of a truck, composing songs about his buddies and the folks he enjoyed meeting at the local bars and truck stops. A truck stop is a commercial facility that provides fuel, parking and usually food and other services to long-haul trucks. ...


Success

In 1970, Croce met classically trained pianist/guitarist, singer-songwriter Maury Muehleisen from Trenton, New Jersey through Joe Salviuolo (aka Sal Joseph). (Sal was best friends with Jim when they attended Villanova University together, and later discovered Maury when he was teaching at Glassboro State College in New Jersey.) Sal, along with Tommy West and Terry Cashman, brought this duo together in the Cashman and West production office in New York City. Initially, Croce backed Muehleisen on guitar at his gigs. But in time, their musical strengths led them each to new heights. Muehleisen's ethereal and inspired guitar leads became the perfect accompaniment to Croce's down-to-earth music. Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Maury Muehleisen (January 14, 1949 - September 20, 1973) was an American-born musician, songwriter, and artist best known for his studio work, live accompaniment, and impact on the music of Jim Croce. ... Location of Trenton inside of Mercer County Coordinates: Country United States State New Jersey County Mercer County Founded circa 1719 Government  - Mayor Douglas H. Palmer Area  - City  8. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq mi (22,608 km²)  - Width 70 miles (110 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 14. ... Friendship is a term used to denote co-operative and supportive behavior between two or more humans. ... Rowan University is a public university located in Glassboro, New Jersey comprising 49 buildings. ... Terry Cashman is a New York City born singer-songwriter best known for his 1981 hit Talkin Baseball. ... A film Production Office is the administrative office responsible for managing a film production. ...

Music sample:
"Time in a Bottle" excerpt
From the album I Got a Name
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In 1972, Croce signed to a three record deal with ABC Records releasing You Don't Mess Around with Jim and Life & Times in the same year. The singles, "You Don't Mess Around with Jim", "Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels)", and "Time In A Bottle" (written for his newborn son, A. J. Croce) helped the former album reach #1 on the charts in 1974. Croce's biggest single "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown", hit number 1 on the U.S. charts in the summer of 1973, selling two million copies. Image File history File links TimeinaBottle. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A recording contract (commonly called a record deal) is a legal agreement between a record label and a recording artist (or group), where the artist makes a record (or series of records) for the label to sell and promote. ... ABC Records started in 1955 as ABC-Paramount Records, the recording arm of American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres. ... You Dont Mess Around with Jim is an album by American singer/songwriter Jim Croce, released in 1972. ... Life and Times is a Canadian television series. ... A.J. Croce (born Adrian James Croce on September 28, 1971 in Bryn Mawr, PA) is an American singer/songwriter. ... Bad, Bad Leroy Brown was a #1 hit in America in 1973 for Jim Croce from his album Life & Times. ...

Sudden death

Croce, 30, and Muehleisen, 24, died in a small commercial plane crash on September 20, 1973, one day before his third ABC album, I Got a Name was to be released. The posthumous release included three hits, "I Got A Name," "Workin' At The Car Wash Blues" and "I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song." I Got a Name is an album by American singer/songwriter Jim Croce, released in 1973. ...


Croce had just completed a concert in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and was flying to Sherman, Texas. The pilot and all passengers (Croce, Muehleisen, and the comic who was the show's warm up act) were killed instantly at 10:45 PM EST on September 20, 1973, less than an hour after the end of their last concert. Upon takeoff, the plane did not gain enough altitude to clear an area of large pecan trees at the end of the runway. The official report from the NTSB[3] hints that the charter pilot, Robert Newton Elliott, who had severe coronary artery disease and had run a portion of the 3 miles to the airport from a motel, may have suffered a heart attack causing him to crash into the trees on a clear runway with excellent visibility. A later investigation placed sole blame for the accident on pilot error. The city of Natchitoches (pronounced , or NAK-uh-tush) is the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, in the U.S. state of Louisiana. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Sherman is a city in Grayson County, Texas, United States. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ...


Croce was laid to rest in the Philadelphia area, even though he had recently relocated to San Diego. Family, friends, and fans were stunned to learn of the premature death of the two musicians.


News of the premature deaths of the duo sparked a massive interest in Jim’s first two albums – “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” and “Life and Times” - as well as the “I Got A Name” single, which was released later that same week. This was followed closely by the release of the album of the same title. Sales soared and resulted in three gold records. A “Greatest Hits” package released in 1974 also proved to be extraordinarily popular. The catalogue became a staple of radio play, turntables, cassettes, and CDs for years, and is still receiving significant airplay in the first decade of the 21st century.


Musical legacy

In 1985, Ingrid Croce opened "Croce's Restaurant & Jazz Bar", located in the historic Gaslamp District in San Diego, California, as a tribute to her late husband. In 1990, Croce was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Since then, they have released Jim Croce Home Recordings, Facets, Jim Croce: Classic Hits, and the first ever DVD of Jim's television performances on "Have You Heard – Jim Croce Live". The most recent release was in January, 2006-- "Have You Heard - Jim Croce Live", the CD. The two also co-produced a PBS special, with archive footage from the Croce family collection, along with excerpts of the DVD Have You Heard – Jim Croce Live. Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... “San Diego” redirects here. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... The Songwriters Hall of Fame is an arm of the National Academy of Popular Music. ... Facets is a self-published album by American singer/songwriter Jim Croce, released in 1966. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... Stock footage, also termed archive footage, library pictures and file footage is film or video footage that is reused in a film. ...


Croce is mentioned as one of the names set to appear in Stephen King's You Know They Got a Hell of a Band, a short story about a town populated by late music legends. Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of over 200 stories including over 50 bestselling horror novels. ... You Know They Got a Hell of a Band is a short story by Stephen King. ... This article is in need of attention. ...


Quotes

His personal motto: "If you dig it, do it. If you really dig it, do it twice."


On his roots: "I never really thought of my neighborhood in South Philly as being a neighborhood, it was more a state of mind. For people who aren't familiar with those kind of places, it's a whole different thing. Like 42nd Street in New York City is a state of mind."


Discography

Photographs & Memories - His Greatest Hits (1974) Facets is a self-published album by American singer/songwriter Jim Croce, released in 1966. ... Jim & Ingrid Croce is an album American singer/songwriter Jim Croce and his wife Ingrid, released in 1969. ... You Dont Mess Around with Jim is an album by American singer/songwriter Jim Croce, released in 1972. ... Life and Times is a Canadian television series. ... I Got a Name is an album by American singer/songwriter Jim Croce, released in 1973. ...

Jim Croce Live: The Final Tour (1989) Down the Highway is an album by American singer/songwriter Jim Croce, released in 1975. ... The Faces Ive Been is a posthumous double album by Jim Croce, released in 1975. ... Time in a Bottle/Jim Croces Greatest Love Songs is a greatest hits re-issue of Jim Croces love songs published by Lifesong Records in 1976. ...

  • The 50th Anniversary Collection (1992)

Home Recordings: Americana (2003)


Classic Hits (2004)


Have You Heard (audio CD) (2006)


References

  1. ^ Villanova Parents' Connection newsletter (Spring 2007)
  2. ^ http://www.adherents.com/largecom/fam_jewish_catholics.html
  3. ^ http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=84416&key=0#

External links

  • Jim Croce Official Website
  • Croce's Restaurant & Jazz Bar
  • Jim Croce Fans Website
  • US NTSB Report on plane crash
  • Upper Darby High School Wall of Fame

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