Insomniac Edition: Jim Croce – Time In A Bottle (1973)

James Joseph “Jim” Croce, (January 10, 1943 — September 20, 1973) was an American singer-songwriter. Between 1960 and 1973, Croce released six studio albums and eleven singles. His singles “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” and “Time in a Bottle” were both number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Croce died in a plane crash at the age of 30.

Maury Muehleisen (January 14, 1949 – September 20, 1973) was an American-born musician, songwriter, and artist best known for his studio work, live accompaniment, and impact on the music of Jim Croce. His unassuming style and exquisite guitar skills were a perfect balance to Croce’s seemingly rough-hewn experiences, stage presence, and songwriting style.

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  • Trivia:
    On the day Jim Croce’s plane crashed Billie Jean King, professional female tennis star, won against Bobby Riggs in the much hyped Battle of the Sexes.. The Riggs-King match was played at the Houston Astrodome in Texas on September 20, 1973.
    Croce had just completed a concert at Northwestern State University’s Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches and was flying to Sherman, Texas, for a concert at Austin College, when the plane crashed about an hour after the end of the concert.

    The first time I ever heard of Jim Croce was from a TV film “She Lives!” starring Dezi Arnaz Jr. son of Lucy Ball and Dezi Arnaz. aired on September 12, 1973. It was a forgettable “Love Story” ripoff with a happy ending but the song “Time in a Bottle” was featured. The meaning of the song and his untimely death at the very start of what surely might have been a long career was tragic in every sense of the word.

    • Thanks for sharing! It’s amazing that his music is still so prominent given he lived such a short life and has been gone for much longer than he lived.