Almost Country: Late, Great Jim Croce
In the early 1970’s one of my favorite artist’s was a guy named Jim Croce.
Millions of people are familiar with Jim’s great pop music hits, songs like ‘You Don’t Mess Around With Jim’, ‘I Got A Name’, Time In A Bottle’ and a song that has become his signature song, ‘Bad, Bad LeRoy Brown’.
I think I particularly liked Jim Croce because he was a great songwriter. This was right around the time I also discovered Kris Kristofferson and both these guys were, in my opinion, wonderful songwriters and storytellers.
Jim Croce was tragically killed in a small airplane crash in September 1973. It’s one of those days that I can remember exactly where I was when I heard the news on my car radio. On my way to Austin Vo-Tech in Austin, Minnesota, just pulling out of the Mobile Home Park where I lived.
Give a listen to this video of Jim singing ‘Operator’. It is a great country music style story song. Of course, younger people will wonder what a phone operator is!