Music Plane Crash Victims #5 - Jim Croce

@teamfreak16 (41152)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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)
Jim Croce : Photographs & Memories : Classic Hits (2004) Photographs and memories Christmas cards you sent to me All that I have are these To remember you Me...
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• United States
2 May 17
That Time in a Bottle is it Scott. A great immense loss ...RIP Jim. Thanks for this really special reminder of him Scott.
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 May 17
Oh you're welcome. Glad you enjoyed it.
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• United States
2 May 17
@teamfreak16 It kept me company last night in my room where it is quiet and I could hear it better lol
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 May 17
@TiarasOceanView - He wasn't exactly a loud, raucous musician.
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@TRBRocks420 (77405)
• Banks, Oregon
2 May 17
Excellent choice! They don't get any better than Jim Croce.
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 May 17
Nope. He wrote some great songs.
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• Banks, Oregon
2 May 17
@TRBRocks420 right we have listened to him alot i never realized he had sucha short career
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@TRBRocks420 (77405)
• Banks, Oregon
2 May 17
@chrissbergstrom Yes, I love his songs Bad Bad Leroy Brown and, Big Jim plus others, but those were the two I turn up loud.
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• Eugene, Oregon
2 May 17
He is a favorite of mine. We hear a lot of him on Pandora and I always like his voice and writing.
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 May 17
He did have a very pleasant voice.
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@FourWalls (13701)
• United States
2 May 17
He was there on what he said would be his last tour. He was tired of the road. BTW, he was there to make up a date he'd been forced to cancel earlier. Ever watch that Behind the Music on him?
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 May 17
No, I've never seen it. I guess I should have mentioned that he was tired of it all. Forgot to do that.
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@crossbones27 (19581)
• 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.
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 May 17
What a tree is doing at the end of a runway is beyond me. Who thought that was a good idea?
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• Redlands, California
2 May 17
@teamfreak16 I know like plane landing 101. Do not put a tree at the end of the run way.
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 May 17
@crossbones27 - "You know what would look really nice right here? A tree!" "Make it happen."
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@Ronrybs (7299)
• London, England
2 May 17
I never knew that about Jim Croce. At odd moments I would wonder if he'd retired, but I never checked
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 May 17
Yep, a crash that might not have happened had someone just cut down the one tree in the area.
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@Ronrybs (7299)
• London, England
3 May 17
@teamfreak16 Yes, a bit strange it was there, you'd have thought regulations would have removed it for safety
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
3 May 17
@Ronrybs - I bet it's not there anymore!
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• Banks, Oregon
2 May 17
WOW, he really was a great singer i really like his songs, i did not realize he had sucha short career, you are right though only imagine the overall sucess he would have had, had he lived a long life.
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 May 17
Although, as @FourWalls pointed out, that was going to be his final tour. So who knows? Would his albums have continued to sell as well with no supporting tour?
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• Banks, Oregon
2 May 17
@teamfreak16 True you never know i guess but alot of people say it will be there final then come back
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 May 17
@chrissbergstrom - That's true too.
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@JohnRoberts (56771)
• Los Angeles, California
2 May 17
"You Don't Mess Around with Jim." Figured on this one. Saw Croce in 1972 at the Troubador.
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 May 17
Really? Good show? Nice, intimate venue, I take it.
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@JohnRoberts (56771)
• Los Angeles, California
2 May 17
@teamfreak16 The Troub was a small setting. Back then, every act with a hit didn't go directly to arenas. Croce wasn't someone who could fill 17,000 seats and many like him played clubs.
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 May 17
@JohnRoberts - I prefer shows in those types of places, honestly.
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@marguicha (94446)
• Chile
8 May 17
I loved Time in a bottle. I think this is a classic. RIP Jim Croce
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 May 17
It's a timeless classic. It'll still be getting played 50 years from now.
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@marguicha (94446)
• Chile
8 May 17
@teamfreak16 I wholly agree.
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@minx267 (14553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
2 May 17
Time in a Bottle. - my moms Fave.. I love it I have it on 45.
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 May 17
I read that he wrote it for his son.
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@minx267 (14553)
• Hartford, Connecticut
2 May 17
@teamfreak16 yes, I read that too.
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@JolietJake (51149)
• United States
2 May 17
I've got 2 of his studio albums and one posthumous release. (Info verified by my record collection)
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 May 17
I had a greatest hits on vinyl at one time.
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@JolietJake (51149)
• United States
2 May 17
@teamfreak16 I've got 'You Don't Mess Around With Jim', 'Life And Times', and a 2-LP collection 'The Very Best Of'. I used to do 3-4 of his songs at karaoke.
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@FayeHazel (17981)
• United States
3 May 17
That's sad. What talent
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
3 May 17
As far as singer/songwriters go, he was one of the best.
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@TheHorse (65696)
• Pleasant Hill, 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!
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 May 17
I'm doing motorized vehicle deaths next. No idea what's gotten into me.
@JudyEv (123170)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 May 17
Leroy Brown is a real classic - in my humble opinion. I hadn't realised, but should have, that every such plane crash mostly took out more than one talented muso.
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@teamfreak16 (41152)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 May 17
Managers and road managers seemed to be on a lot of these crashed planes.
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