Click on the artist(s) name to check out their "artist Essential"

Carole King
The Kingsmen
The Kinks
More Links



Jim Croce

The untimely plane-crash death has been a recurring tragic theme in rock 'n' roll ever since Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper lost their lives, but few losses have been more poignant than that of singer/songwriter Jim Croce, who was killed just as his career was taking off.

Philadelphia-born Croce first took up music while in college, and for much of his career supported himself and his family with day jobs ranging from teacher to construction worker -- a fact many credit for the warm, down-to-earth quality of his music. His first album, Jim and Ingrid, recorded with his wife, went nowhere, but he eventually was noticed and signed to ABC's Dunhill label. His first album with them, Life and Times, came out in 1973; it launched several hit singles, including "Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)" and his breakthrough hit, "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown." But while touring in support of the album that same year, he and several others perished in a plane crash in Louisiana.

Ironically, Croce has become a much bigger star after his death, with numerous compilations, outtakes and greatest-hits collections continuing to appear and sell well ever since, accompanied by much critical wistfulness about what might have been.

Written by: Mary Eisenhart

http://www.jimcroce.com/

Wolfgang's Vault Information


Advisory Board Login

Login to access chat and Drive Contests
Not a member? Sign up here.

Email Address:  
 
OR
 
Login via
Friday, Jul 25, 2014
5:00pm
Lost & Found
9:00pm
Long One @ 9
The Rolling Stones
10:00pm
Ten @ 10 Replay
Mystery
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014
11:00pm
The Deep End
Sunday, Jul 27, 2014
7:00am
Rock 'n Roll Roots
Featuring the 60s and 70s (3hrs)
8:00pm
Sunday Night Star
Mike Kaczmarczyk of Lynwood (1hrs)
9:00pm
The Classics
80's Blockbusters (2hrs)
Monday, Jul 28, 2014
7:00am
Milestones in Rock
10:00am
Ten @ 10
1986
1:45pm
One 45 @ 1:45
Bad Company
5:00pm
Lost & Found
9:00pm
Long One @ 9
Molly Hatchet