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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 11:51 AM
Any other fans of this great singer-songwriter out there

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBhgJneyVDA&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kio002YGGUE&feature=related


 
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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 03:51 PM
He died 35 years ago this month. I have a copy of his final show on disc. One might recall reading the liner notes of his Greatest Hits album how he was learning to play the tune "Okie from Muscogee" on his guitar. Well during this show Jim mentions how he was hoping to play it at a show soon. Unfortunately he never got to do it.

 

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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 04:12 PM
Not me.Never liked him at all....

 

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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 04:39 PM
A great folkie. I grew up listening to my parents Jim Croce 8-track and albums. I now own them all on cd. I really enjoy Jim Croce: Live - The Final Tour. I love his take on the "Ball of Kerrymuir" :

Four-and-twenty virgins come down from Inverness,
And when the Ball was over, there were four-and-twenty less,

Singin' balls to your partner, your ass against the wall,
If ya never been had on a Saturday night, ya never been had at all..

There was doin' in the parlor, there was doin' on the stones,
But ya couldn't a hear the music for the wheezin' and the groans,

Singin' balls to your partner, your ass against the wall,
If ya never been had on a Saturday night, ya never been had at all.

The undertaker, he was there, all wrapped up in a shroud,
Swingin' from the chandelier, and peein' on the crowd,

Singin' balls to your partner, your ass against the wall,
If ya never been had on a Saturday night, ya never been had at all.

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The village cripple, he was there, ah he could not do much,
So he lined the ladies against the wall, and he did 'em with his crutch,

Singin' balls to your partner, your ass against the wall,
If ya never been had on a Saturday night, ya never been had at all.

Miss Mary McPherson was standin' way up front,
Some posies in her hand, and a carrot in her **** ,

Singin' balls to your partner, your ass against the wall,
If ya never been had on a Saturday night, ya never been had at all.

The Village postman, he was there, but the poor man had the pox,
He could not do the lassies, so he did the letter box,

Singin' balls to your partner, your ass against the wall,
If ya never been had on a Saturday night, ya never been had at all.

The Village Magician, he was there, he gave us all a laugh,
He pulled his foreskin over his head, and he vanished up his ass,

Singin' balls to your partner, your ass against the wall,
If ya never been had on a Saturday night, ya never been had at all

 

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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 04:55 PM
"Roller Derby Queen" has always been one of my favorite tunes. As a kid had a Muppets version of "Time In a Bottle" on record and loved that tune, though Jim's is a bit better haha. Some of Jim's stuff gets a little too coffee shop-ish for me, but great song writer, nonetheless.

 

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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 05:15 PM
I think Jim Croce was great. I was just checking out some youtubes of him the other night.

 

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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 07:12 PM
My mom loved this guy and after having to endure him on the family stereo for awhile, I eventually realized that he was actually surprise! a damn good songwriting storyteller and a pretty good acoustic guitar player as well.

I remember buying his last studio album I Got A Name for my mom as a Christmas present and being just as eager as she was to hear it.

His life was tragically short but his three original studio albums are all great.

They just came back in print on Rhino Encore records this month for a limited 6 month run.



[Edited on 10/1/2008 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 07:16 PM
The two acoustics on 'Operator' are killer! Some great songs. There was so much talent back then I didn't think that much of him but I sure do now.
 

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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 07:52 PM
Not a HUGE fan but i own his greatest hits. Another gone too soon

 

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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 10:44 PM
Jim Croce was a great talent and a true tragedy.His death was just so dammed senseless. Life is often not fair.

 

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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 10:52 PM
Always liked Jim Croce but couldn't stand "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown". Hated that song. When I got married in 1980, that was a popular song to be played at weddings. I told the band I hired that if they played that song at my wedding they would be fired right there on the spot and I would destroy their gear. Hated the song that much.
 

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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 10:56 PM
My Dad absolutely loved Jim Croce and his music. As a kid I never got it, too bad for me that I never did get it until after my Dad had passed. Now Croce's music makes me feel close to him.
 

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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 10:57 PM
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Always liked Jim Croce but couldn't stand "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown". Hated that song. When I got married in 1980, that was a popular song to be played at weddings. I told the band I hired that if they played that song at my wedding they would be fired right there on the spot and I would destroy their gear. Hated the song that much.


why was that a popular wedding song in 1980?

 

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  posted on 9/30/2008 at 11:11 PM
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My Dad absolutely loved Jim Croce and his music. As a kid I never got it, too bad for me that I never did get it until after my Dad had passed. Now Croce's music makes me feel close to him.


That's Very Cool!

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 06:32 AM
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Always liked Jim Croce but couldn't stand "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown". Hated that song. When I got married in 1980, that was a popular song to be played at weddings. I told the band I hired that if they played that song at my wedding they would be fired right there on the spot and I would destroy their gear. Hated the song that much.


why was that a popular wedding song in 1980?


I have no idea. It seemed like every wedding I attended (and there were many around that time) that song was played every friggin' time. Seniors seemed to love it. Not me.

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 03:18 PM
Croce is my all time favorte singer/songwriter. Just had the most honest delivery and great vocal phrasing. Not enough credit goes to his musical partner Maury Muehleisen. He was responsible for the great solo acoustic fills on songs like Operator. Once he joined Jim, his songs really came to life musically. He was killed with Jim when their plane crashed.
If you love Jim's music, go to amazon and pick up a copy of the DVD "Have you heard Jim Croce Live". Some great pro shot video footage of Jim and Maury doing their thing. One of the best DVD purchases I've ever made.

 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 04:53 PM
I heard Ronnie Van Zant called Skynyrds' plane [yeah the one he crashed and died in] a "Jim Croce special", now theres an irony for ya.
 

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  posted on 10/1/2008 at 05:07 PM
Back in the 1980s heydays of WTBS and WGN, they used to run adds for greatest hits albums by Croce and CCR repeatedly. I fell in love with Jim's music then. I picked up an expanded "Best of" Croce a couple years ago that has the majority of music from his three big albums.

Some of his hits have been turned into good music videos. This one of Time in a Bottle is a bit of tearjerker:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILf-54Smv9M&feature=related

Lots of good stuff on youtube...

 

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  posted on 10/2/2008 at 09:05 AM
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My Dad absolutely loved Jim Croce and his music. As a kid I never got it, too bad for me that I never did get it until after my Dad had passed. Now Croce's music makes me feel close to him.


Same here and I'm 48! Dad was a great acoustic guitar player and pretty hip for his generation, I guess. My wife adores his music. I ought to haul some of it out soon - seems to go well with Autumn.

 

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  posted on 10/2/2008 at 09:25 AM
My wife plays him all the time. He has kind of grown on me I guess.

 

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  posted on 10/2/2008 at 09:36 AM
GOOD STUFF!! I was just thinking about Him the other day lots of good music come from Him.

 

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