It was 39 years ago today (September 20th, 1973) that singer-songwriter Jim Croce died in a plane crash in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Croce had performed that night at Northwestern State University and was scheduled to spend the night in Natchitoches and fly to Dallas the next day, but due to a last minute change of plans, Croce and guitarist Maury Muehleisen left immediately after the show. Their plane crashed shortly after taking off, killing all six passengers on board. Jim Croce was 30-years-old.
Croce is best remembered for his early '70s hits such as the Number One "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," "Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels)," "You Don't Mess Around With Jim," "I Got a Name," and "I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song."
In the weeks and months after his death, Croce's album sales soared when "Time In A Bottle" became a posthumous Number One hit. His son A.J. Croce, who was only two years old when his father died, is now a successful jazz musician.
Newly published is I Got A Name: The Jim Croce Story, written by his widow, Ingrid Croce, with her current husband, Jimmy Rock.