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Sun Sep 20, 2020, 07:34 AM

47 Years Ago Today; Musicians Jim Croce, Maury Muehleisen and 4 others die in plane crash

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Croce


Musician Jim Croce, guitarist Maury Muehleisen on the Helen Reddy Show, 1973

James Joseph Croce (/ˈkroʊtʃi/; 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. He was killed, along with five others, in a plane crash on September 20, 1973, at the height of his popularity.

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.

The day before the lead single to his fifth album, I Got a Name, was released, Croce and Muehleisen were killed. 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.

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Death
On September 20, 1973, during Croce's Life and Times tour and the day before his ABC single "I Got a Name" was released, Croce and all five others on board were killed when their chartered Beechcraft E18S crashed into a tree during takeoff from the Natchitoches Regional Airport in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Croce was 30 years old. Others killed in the crash were pilot Robert N. Elliott, Maury Muehleisen, comedian George Stevens, manager and booking agent Kenneth D. Cortese and road manager Dennis Rast. An hour before the crash, Croce had completed a concert at Northwestern State University's Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches; he was flying to Sherman, Texas for a concert at Austin College.

An investigation showed the twin-engine plane crashed after clipping a pecan tree at the end of the runway. The pilot had failed to gain sufficient altitude to clear the tree and had not tried to avoid it, even though it was the only tree in the area. It was well after sunset, but there was a clear sky, calm winds and over five miles of visibility with haze.

The report from the NTSB named the probable cause as the pilot's failure to see the obstruction due to physical impairment and because fog reduced his vision. The 57-year-old Elliott suffered from severe coronary artery disease and had run three miles to the airport from a motel. He had an ATP Certificate, 14,290 hours total flight time and 2,190 hours in the Beech 18 type airplane. A later investigation placed the sole blame on pilot error due to his downwind takeoff into a "black hole," severe darkness limiting his use of visual references.

Croce was buried at Haym Salomon Memorial Park in Frazer, Pennsylvania.

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Reply 47 Years Ago Today; Musicians Jim Croce, Maury Muehleisen and 4 others die in plane crash (Original post)
Dennis Donovan Sep 20 OP
DonaldsRump Sep 20 #1
no_hypocrisy Sep 20 #2
kentuck Sep 20 #3
no_hypocrisy Sep 20 #4
CaptYossarian Sep 20 #19
no_hypocrisy Sep 20 #20
CaptYossarian Sep 20 #21
Illumination Sep 20 #24
no_hypocrisy Sep 20 #26
bucolic_frolic Sep 20 #5
lamp_shade Sep 20 #6
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Lucinda Sep 20 #17
CrispyQ Sep 20 #18
John1956PA Sep 20 #22
2naSalit Sep 20 #23
Illumination Sep 20 #25

Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 07:55 AM

1. Just a wonderful singer and songwriter

He accomplished so much in such a short time.

RIP Jim, Maury and the others on another day the music died....

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 07:56 AM

2. God, I can't believe it's been 47 years!

The radio stations were endlessly playing "Time In A Bottle" to memorialize him. I grieved for his widow and his young son.



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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 07:57 AM

3. +100

I was just getting ready to post that.

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Response to kentuck (Reply #3)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 08:01 AM

4. I still get choked up about it.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 10:13 AM

19. That was so haunting after his death.

It seemed like a premonition set to music.

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Response to CaptYossarian (Reply #19)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 10:16 AM

20. Don't know if you remember this, but

"Time In A Bottle" was already playing on the radio stations before his death. The song was introduced during the opening credits of an ABC Movie of the Week, She Lives, starring Desi Arnaz Jr. It was about a young man who finds his love, only to discover she has cancer.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #20)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 10:26 AM

21. I don't remember the movie, but yeah, I remember the song being on before his passing.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 10:47 AM

24. Jim Croce's wife is Ingrid Croce. Has owned Croce's Restaurant & Jazz Bar. She also

authored 3 cookbooks. Jim's son, A.J. Croce is a musician & well-known performer...

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Response to Illumination (Reply #24)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 11:10 AM

26. Thank you for this. I've always wondered what happened to them.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 08:04 AM

5. Bigger than old King Kong

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 08:08 AM

6. I had just moved to Chicago the month before. I remember that I couldn't understand why

my car radio kept playing one Croce song after another. Then I heard the news and was heartbroken. I LOVED his music.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 08:16 AM

7. Time in a bottle

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 08:27 AM

8. Rest In Peace Jim

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 08:42 AM

9. Timeless and Ageless

Age:



"I’ve traded love for pennies, sold my soul for less,
Lost my ideals in that long tunnel of time;
I’ve turned inside out and ‘round about and back and then
Found myself right back where I started again."



RIP, Jim. Your music will always be treasured.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 08:51 AM

10. I still play his music occasionally.

I loved his songs, but "Time in a Bottle" the most. I had his album.

Can't believe it's been that long since his death. Can't believe I'm not that young hippie chick any longer either.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 09:25 AM

11. 'I Got a Name' was my personal HS theme song

Jim was otherworldly. He united so many through his music.

RIP Jim


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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 09:27 AM

12. I remember

I was only 12, but loved his music, still do.

Thanks for this thread.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 09:30 AM

13. God, he wasn't even thirty yet...

Time in a Bottle is a favourite song of mine for a melancholy mood.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 09:34 AM

14. Like with John Lennon, I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news

It saddened me very much. What a wonderful talent.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 09:38 AM

15. I just a minute ago reposted an earlier thread about that in Music Appreciation.

I'll add a link to this thread.

Thanks.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 09:43 AM

16. So many great tunes.



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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 09:50 AM

17. ❤️ ✿❧🌿❧✿ ❤️

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 10:10 AM

18. Wow, cosmic!

Yesterday the song "Operator" popped into my head. It's been a long, long time since I've thought of a Jim Croce song. When I saw your thread, I thought, "Oh maybe someone will post the Operator vid," and here it is! I liked "Bad Bad Leroy Brown," too. Thanks for the walk down memory lane!

Jim was taken too soon!

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 10:31 AM

22. When I heard the tragic news on the radio in the delivery van I was driving, I shouted "Oh No!"

In the summer of 1973, pop radio stations amply played "Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown" featuring Jim Croce's strong vocals which instilled in me a portrait of a performer who was humorous, friendly and brilliant. To learn that such a talent was suddenly gone was a shock to my psyche.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 10:38 AM

23. I saw him at

The Balboa Bowl in San Diego about a year before. His wife opened a bistro in San Diego sometime later, not sure if it's still there. I did find one of his son's albums, he's a good songwriter and talented guitar player too.


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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Sep 20, 2020, 10:52 AM

25. Remember when we had operators? That will make some of us feel like fine aged wine...

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