Music Plane Crash Victims #5 - Jim Croce
May 1, 2017 9:22pm CST
From a personal standpoint, this has been the most interesting music countdown I've done. @JudyEv gave me the idea, hence my Music Plane Crash Victims series. We are at #5: Jim Croce. Singer/songwriter Jim Croce's music career lasted from 1966 to 1973, when a plane carrying him, musician Mary Muehleisen, comedian George Stevens, manager/booking agent Kenneth D. Cortose, road manager Dennis Rask, and pilot Robert N. Elliott crashed upon takeoff in Natchitoches, Louisiana. All perished in the crash. Croce's plane clipped a pecan tree at the end of the runway (it was the only tree in the vicinity) on a calm, hazy, foggy night (but with a clear sky.) The National Transportation Safety Board ruled pilot's failure to see the obstruction due to his physical ailment (Elliott suffered from coronary artery disease) and fog reducing his vision. A subsequent investigation ruled pilot error. Jim Croce, best-known for his hits "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle" (both of which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100,) released five studio albums and 11 singles during his career. Such is the demand for his music, however, that there are 17 Jim Croce compilations out there, as well as four tribute albums, notably by The Ventures, and Jerry Reed. Croce's final record, I Got a Name, was finished shortly before his death and was released posthumously. With just five albums under his belt, one can only imagine what might have been. Singer/songwriters were all the rage in the 70's, and Croce certainly fit the bill. He is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame for a reason. His songs are timeless, and he remains popular to this day. (Info verified by Wikipedia)
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• Redlands, California
2 May 17
SO sad we lost a great or maybe many great musicians to a pecan tree. I am for tree rights but hope they moved the tree or at least cut the sob down. Other ailments were involved and this just might be the case the next life wanted him more. Great music lost at the hands of mystery fog and a pecan tree. I blame Delta, bad karma and all and not joking.
• Walnut Creek, California
2 May 17
He was pretty good, but not among my favorite singer-songwriters. I was from the South Side of Chicago, and Bad Bad Leroy Brown failed to capture the feel of Chicago's South Side. Time in a Bottle was pretty, though. Interesting subject!