1943 - 1973
Jim Croce was born in Philadelphia on January 10, 1943. Married Ingrid Jacobsen in 1966 and had a son - Adrian in 1971.
Jim started playing professionally at age 18 when he hosted a folk/blues show at the Villanova University campus radio station. While there, he played in local bands until his graduation.
After school, Jim took up construction to pay the bills which wound up changing his potential as a musician inas he broke his finger with a sledge hammer. Not one to let that stop him, he proceeded in reworking his guitar technique, and moved to New York to pursue his dream.
Successfully performing in area coffee houses and clubs, he was finally noticed and signed to Capitol Records in 1969 and released the unsuccessful "Approaching Day", but had to return to club work and driving trucks .
Things were starting to look up for Jim in 1972 with the release of memorable tunes such as "You Don't mess around with Jim", "Operator" and "Bad Bad Leroy Brown".
On September 20, 1973 Jim, his friend Maury Muehleisen and four others were killed when their Beechcraft D-18 charter plane hit the top of a pecan tree just past the end of the runway after a concert at Northwestern State University in Louisiana.
One of the country's most promising new stars was tragically silenced, but his voice continued to dominate the airwaves.
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