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James Joseph (Jim) Croce (South Philadelphia10 January 1943 – Natchitoches20 september 1973) was an American singer-songwriter. He broke through to the general public after his premature death. Jim Croce has released six studio albums and eleven singles. Jim Croce is especially known for melodic, sensitive songs such asI got a name and Time in a bottle.


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Jim Croce was born on January 10, 1943 in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Early on he was involved with music; at the age of five he already played a little accordion.Only later in 1964, when he went to Villanova University, he went to work seriously with music. Around this time he also encounter is his wife, Ingrid Croce.


With his wife joined Jim Croce to 1970, where they played a lot of covers , but also wrote their own songs. Jim and Ingrid moved In 1968 to New York in order to record their first album with Capitol Records. After recording 2 years they have traveled by the United States. They performed in pubs and small clubs, their album Jim & Ingrid Croce, the promote.

After they no longer felt at home in New York and the music industry (later played in the song ' New York's Not My Home '), they left to the countryside of Pennsylvania. Jim took a job here to be able to pay the rent while he continued to write songs. Many of his songs are about people he met, or events he experienced there. Jim has had a series of other jobs, in the army and at the radio, before he would get success.

In 1970 met the pianist/guitarist Maury Muehleisen,Croce, via producer Joe Salviuolo that Croce knew from school. In the beginning Muehleisen, Croce played in the background with with it, but over time this changed. Maury Muehleisen, Croce's now played guitar in the folk music.

Could get a record deal In 1972 Croce at ABC Records. In the same year he released two LPs out there: You Don't Mess Around With Jim and Life & Times. The singles"You Don't Mess Around With Jim", "Operator (that's Not The Way It Feels)" and "Time In A Bottle" (which was written for his not yet born son, a. j. Croce) all three were on the radio. With "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" Croce came on # 1 in the u.s. charts in July 1973.


In 1973, when he finally had success, came Jim Croce (30 years) along with Maury Muehleisen (24 years) to in a plane crash. On 20 september 1973 plunged the plane with Muehleisen, Croce, and 4 other day for his new single "I Got A Name" would come true. Croce had just had a successful action in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and was on his way to Sherman, Texas for his next gig.

According to researchers, the plane is not fast enough, and it hit the only tree on the runway. There are speculations about the pilot, who was ill and perhaps had had a heart attack, but in the final report is the crash attributed to pilot error. Muehleisen, Croce is buried in Pennsylvania, in Trenton.


After Croce ' death came a great attention for his music, which also came through his album "I Got a Name". This album was released on 1 december 1973. There were three hits on: "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues", "I'll Have to Say I love You in a Song" and "I Got a Name".

By the great attention there are compilations and rereleases released, such as "Photographs & Memories", "Jim Croce Home Recordings", "Facets", "Jim Croce: Classic Hits", "Down the Highway" and "Have You Heard – Jim Croce Live".

Ingrid Croce, the wife of Jim, is out of his name a restaurant started in San Diego: Croce's Restaurant & Jazz Bar. Jim and Ingrid's son, Adrian James Croce, is now under the name a. j. Croce a well-known singer-songwriter, like his father.



Album (s) with any charts in the

the Dutch Album Top 100

Date of


Date of




Number Of


Facets 1966 -
Croce 1969 -
You don't mess around with Jim 04-1972 -
Life and times 07-1973 30-08-1975 29 3
I got a name 12-1973 23-08-1975 20 8
Photographs & memories: His greatest hits 10-1974 - Compilation album
Down the highway 1975 - Compilation album
The faces I've been 1975 - Compilation album
Greatest hits 05-1975 - Compilation album
Time in a bottle: Jim Croce's greatest love songs 1977 - Compilation album
Bath, bath Leroy Brown: Jim Croce's greatest character songs 1978 - Compilation album
I got a name 1981 06-06-1981 12 14 Compilation album
Jim Croce live: The final tour 1980 - Live Album
Collection 01-12-1986 - Compilation album
The legendary Jim Croce 06-1978 04-02-1989 38 12 Compilation album
The 50th anniversary collection 22-09-1992 - Compilation album
24 Karat gold in a bottle 15-07-1994 - Compilation album
Words and music 14-09-1999 - Compilation album
The definitive collection: "Time in a bottle" 16-05-2000 - Compilation album
VH1 behind the music: The Jim Croce collection 21-08-2001 - Compilation album
Home recordings: Americana 14-10-2003 - Compilation album
Classic hits 27-01-2004 - Compilation album
The way we used to be: The anthology 13-09-2004 - Compilation album
Have you heard: Jim Croce live 31-01-2006 - Live Album
The very best of Jim Croce 15-01-2007 - Compilation album
The original albums 2012 05-01-2013 65 1 Compilation album


Single (s) with any charts in the

the Dutch Top 40

Date of


Date of




Number Of


You don't mess around with Jim 1972 26-08-1972 tip16 -
Bath, bath Leroy Brown 1973 11-08-1973 27 4 No. 20 in the Single Top 100 / Alarm drive
I'll have to say I love you in a song 1974 08-06-1974 29 6 No. 28 in the Single Top 100
I got a name 1975 30-08-1975 25 3

Radio 2 Top 2000[Edit]Edit

Number (s) with markings

in the Radio 2 Top 2000

' 99 ' 00 ' 01 ' 02 ' 03 ' 04 ' 05 ' 06 ' 07 ' 08 ' 09 ' 10 ' 11 ' 12 ' 13
Bath, bath Leroy Brown 1763 1702 - 673 1859 1963 - - - - - - - - -
I got a name 1404 1066 856 1524 1979 1786 1584 1644 1853 1662 1731 1672 1737 1919 1362
I'll have to say I love you in a song 769 831 892 627 805 802 812 779 1075 815 1013 851 1035 1381 1212
Time in a bottle 557 559 599 682 644 592 578 529 719 598 647 543 622 616 360
You don't mess around with Jim 1933 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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