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The Late Great Jim Croce Was Really Close To Being Country

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 Modbile 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!

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