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Jim Croce was just 30 years old when he died in a plane crash on September 20, 1973. His heartfelt ("I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song"), poignant ("Operator") and often humorous songs ("Bad, Bad Leroy Brown") earned him a legacy as one of the great singer/songwriters of his era.

Croce is survived by his wife Ingrid, who spoke with us a few years ago about Jim's life and songs. She has had a book in the works for a while, and in 2012, it was released as I Got a Name: The Jim Croce Story. The book provides insight into their loving, but often turbulent relationship, chronicles Jim's adventures that often provided inspiration for his songs.

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I think I did pretty good consideringAnn B from Poplarville Mississippi
I sucked with the answers to this fact or fiction. I usually do well with trivia.Alan from Middle River Md
I did pretty goodDebra from Woodbury,nj
Wondering who the original inspiration was for the Rapid Roy song(?)Ckcraven from Raleigh, North Carolina
Both them songs stand out and will stand the test of time.Shane Bynum from Trinity Texas
I am 17 and about two years ago i discovered Don McLean's music, and about one year ago i discovered my love for Croce's music, and i just learned that Jim mentored Croce!Joshua from The Netherlands
Please help us get Jim and Maury inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Please "LIKE" our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Induct-Jim-Croce-Maury-Muehleisen-into-the-Rock-Roll-Hall-of-FameJeff from Greencastle, Pa
I'm 34- and his music strikes a big chord with me... My dad has been a fan for years.Richard from Nsw, Australia
Men have emotions. Jim states that "I have to say I love you in a song.Natalie from Moncure,nc
he got a tatoo on his arm "baby" a nother one one that just says ,"hey'. that rapid roy that stock car boy, he too much to believe.............Tony from The Beach
His music will live forever, Thank GodAllen Purvis from Myrtle Beach
Jim Croce was an incredible story teller. His lyrics touched an emotional cord with me. Many my favorites were not hits but I loved them even more. Salon and Saloon, Lovers Cross, and Hard Way Every Time made me reflective of my own life. He died too young.Charlie from Lincoln Park Mi
Jim Croce Is One of My Favorite Singer Since Mid Seventies. The First Song I ever heard was "Time In A Bottle" As Ending Song of a Film "She Lives!.I thing I did not know that he died in a Plane Crush in 1973. God Bless Him! If anybody has the Film "She Lives"! may realize how matching the Song ('Time In A Bottle") was.Muhammad M Faizi from Bangladesh
2012 and Jim Croce's songs are still as relevant today as they were back then. I've Got A Name is my favorite. Time in a Bottle is simply timeless. Gone too soon.Camille from Toronto, Oh
I remember seeing him in concert at SUNY @ Binghamton (now Binghamton University) when I was sophomore in September of 1973. He was the opening act for Billy Joel. What a great concert. A few days later, he was gone. We all cried when we heard the news. I will never forget the concert or the day I heard the news.Roann from Apalachin, Ny
I remember the day I was riding down a mountain wooded hilly road (a two lane yellow divided interstate, Route 202)headed downward, in my (old type) Ford Mustang car...when the news hit over the radio, that Jim Croce had died in a small airplane crash. I thought of the great loss it was...because...I knew, there would be so many more songs by him...and I was waiting for them! Like so many people...I remember this day so well, just like it was yesterday when I heard this terrible news. I loved all his songs!Danny from Mowah, Nj
Jim Croce was is one of my favorites. I went to the reataurant/club/bar in San Diego.Saul from Knoxville, Tn
i love jims music!Rodney S Metcalf from Baltimore,maryland
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