I talked about Jim Croce on Two for Tuesday almost three years ago. As I said then, the Seventies were the era of the singer-songwriter, and Jim was one of the better ones. He placed five songs in the Top Ten during my high school years which spent 21 weeks there, three of which were released after his untimely death in 1973.
He had two #1 hits. The first was everyone’s favorite, “Bad Bad Leroy Brown,” which spent eight weeks in the Top Ten and reached #1 on July 7, 1973. It was a daily feature of “The Wally Phillips Show” on Chicago’s WGN radio; he played it daily for most of the summer.
His other #1 was “Time In A Bottle,” which was released a couple of months after his death in September 1973. It was on 1972’s You Don’t Mess Around With Jim. It spent seven weeks in the Top Ten, reaching #1 on December 15, 1973.
The Blogger’s Best Friend tells us that the plane in which Croce and Maury Muehleisen, Jim’s lead guitar player, and several others clipped a pecan tree at the end of the runway in Nachitoches, Louisiana as it was taking off. Flying conditions were near perfect, and the pilot, Robert N. Elliott, had logged close to 15,000 hours flying the Beechcraft 18. The official cause of the crash was pilot error, as Elliott took off downwind into a “black hole,” where he was unable to pick up on visual references.
Jim Croce, your Two for Tuesday, June 27, 2017.