10 January 1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 20 September 1973, Natchitoches, Louisiana, USA. Originally a university disc jockey, Croce played in various rock bands before moving to New York in 1967 where he performed in folk clubs. By 1969, he and his wife Ingrid (b. 27 April 1947, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) were signed to Capitol Records for a self-titled collection. The albums failure led to Croces returning to Pennsylvania and taking on work as a truck driver and telephone engineer. Meanwhile, he continued with songwriting and, after sending demo tapes to former college friend and New York record producer Tommy West, Croce secured a new contract with the ABC Records label. Croces second album, 1972s You Dont Mess Around With Jim (he had issued an ultra-rare home recording, Facets, in 1966), provided the artist with a US Top 10 hit with the title-track and, along with Operator (Thats Not The Way It...
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