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Dead Person of the Day September 20th – Jim Croce

0 Comments 21 September 2011

Wow, a real pleasure today folks. Here at the NOR offices we often times will kick back with a Jim Croce record, from time to time, and get real. Croce was a great storyteller, and ever better song writer and, maybe most importantly, had his finger directly on the pulse of Americana at a time that, by all accounts, was transcendent. Just so we’re all on the same page I’m aware of the excessive use of commas in the previous sentence.

Its good to see The Village Voice get some love on the NOR as well. Today’s DPD comes from Josh Mills

FROM:  The Village Voice (September 27th 1973) ~
By Josh Mills

Last Thursday I called Lenny Beer at Record World magazine. I wanted
him to predict, if possible, what new song would be a hit in six or
seven weeks when my article on song-writing would be in print.

“Jim Croce,” he said right off the bat. “No question about it. Top 10
all the way, he’s about to be a star.”

Less than 12 hours after I talked with Lenny Beer, Jim Croce died.
After a concert at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches,
Louisiana, his small chartered plane hit a tree while taking off. He
was 30.

I first met Jim last May when he played Tully Hall. We had a long talk
that night, and I became curious about how much Jim hid from the
public. He was an entertainer, a musical Damon Runyon full of funny
characters, and he didn’t want to get into his background, working in
hospitals and with emotionally disturbed children. He was more
comfortable with his public role, tough-guy-with-warm-heart, the look
his publicity photos capture so well. But he was much more than that.

During the summer, when Croce’s “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” unexpectedly
made it up to Number One, my roommate Marty, a musician who had been
at Tully Hall with me, said, “It’s great. I don’t especially dig the
song, but just Jim Croce makes the music business a bit more human.” click here to read on

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