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Jim Croce: Short Career but a Great Legacy

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Jim Croce was an American songwriter and singer. He was born on January 10th, 1943 and died on September 20th, 1973. His full name was James Joseph Croce but he was known as Jim Croce. He was born in a catholic family but he converted to Judaism to marriage with Ingrid Jacobson. In 1960 he graduated from Upper Darby High School (located in Drexel Hill, PA.) and in 1976 he was the first student introduced in the Wall of Fame of the high school. After the graduation he decided to attend the Villanova University where he became very interested in music.

Jim decided to form a band and play and perform in different coffeehouses with his girlfriend Ingrid. They played songs of Gordon Lightfoot, Joan Baez, Ian and Sylvia and Woody Guthrie. Then he got his first long term concert in a rural steak house in Lima, PA. After that he decided to move to New York in 1968 to start his singer career. However, he tried but he did not reach the expected success and went back to Lyndell, PA.

In Lyndell, Jim met to the guitarist Maury Muehleisen who helped him to become famous. In 1972 Jim signed to ABC Records and released the albums “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” and “Life and Times”. In 1974 these records reached the position number one in the US charts.

Jim died on September 20th, 1973 in a plane crash in Louisiana; one day before the release his third record entitled “I Got a Name”.

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