periodicals
Guitar Player Magazine (May, 1973)
periodicals If you've followed the career of singer/guitarist/songwriter Jim Croce (CROW-chee), you know about his highly successful ABC album, You Don't Mess Around With Jim (ABCX-756). You also know about his hit single of that name and another "Operator," from the same album. more...

Billboard Magazine (August 18, 1973)
Jim Croce has gotten off his stool and is playing stand-up guitar with the aid of a neck strap. Of course, this has added more dynamic movement to an already energetic act. But what it really means is that Croce has finally gotten over his fears that some drunk in the audience will leap on stage and get him. more...

The Village Voice (September 27th, 1973)
Last Thursday I called Lenny Beer at Record World magazine. I wanted him to predict, if possible, what new song would be a hit in six or seven weeks when my article on song-writing would be in print. "Jim Croce," he said right off the bat. "No question about it. Top 10 all the way—he's about to be a star." more...

Time Magazine (February 11, 1974)
For Pop Singer Jim Croce, the touring life meant mostly one small college campus after another. When he was killed at age 30 last September in Natchitoches, La., he was doing what he had done many times before-taking off at night in a light plane from a small airstrip. more...

People Magazine (March 4, 1974)
Like the twin-engine plane chartered for the late-night hop to his next gig, the career of pop singer Jim Croce had just begun to take off last September. Streaking to the top, his "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" established Croce as the mocking master of blue-collar blues-rock. Fate, however, did not heed the tongue-in-cheek menace of his earlier smash "You Don't Mess Around With Jim." The plane snagged in a treetop at the end of the dim runway outside Natchitoches, La., and sent 30 year old Jim and five others to their deaths. But in the few months since that tragedy Croce's career has undergone a posthumous lift off unmatched in music history. more...

Shreveport (LA) Times (September 22, 1974)
Success Escaped Croce Until Death. The Jim Croce legend lives on. A year and two days ago, on the night of September 20, 1973, a fiery plane crash in Natchitoches killed Croce and five of his entourage. It has only been since his death that Croce has achieved the level of success which somehow escaped him during his lifetime. more...

Rambling With Jim Croce (1973)
Rambling With Jim Croce. Candid questions and answers from an ABC/Dunhill Records promotional kit, 1973. more...

ABC/Dunhill Promotional Kit (1973)
Listening to Jim Croce's second album on ABC/Dunhill, Life And Times, one is immediately struck with the personal portraits that the singer/songwriter has created. "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," "Speedball Tucker" - Croce's cast of characters is as unique as it is prolific. Where does he get his inspiration? They're people I've met, all of them are real people-from the Army, from jobs I've worked, all over," answers Jim. more...

Rolling Stone Article (1974)
Natchitoches, La. – Pop singer-songwriter Jim Croce, 30, was killed September 20th when the single-engine plane in which he and five others were riding hit a tree on takeoff. The other victims in the accident were Croce's second guitarist, Maury Meuhleisen; road manager Morgan Tell; comedian George Stevens, a booking agent, and the pilot. more...




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