Thursday, January 14, 2010

Something for Thursday

Jim Croce's birthday was the other day -- or, it would have been, had he not died in a plane crash just six days before my second birthday. I discovered Croce about fifteen years ago, and I've loved him ever since. This is my favorite of Croce's many wonderful songs. Here's "Operator".



"You can keep the dime...."

4 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

Your 2nd birthday...you're makin' me feel OLD.

I had three or four Croce LPs. How many pop/rock stars died in plane accidents? John Denver, Otis Redding, 3 Feb 1959...

jason said...

Roger, don't forget Lynyrd Skynyrd -- about half of that band went down in a plane in 1977. And Rick Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughn. And I think Patsy Cline also died in a plane wreck, although she was a country star, of course.

As for Croce, a great artist with so many wonderful songs. He had a knack for melancholy, especially -- I love "Operator," "Time in a Bottle," and "I'll Have to Say I Love You."

SK Waller said...

Have you heard his son, A. J. Croce? He's wonderful!

Call me Paul said...

I loved Jim Croce, too. The songs mentioned so far were great, but I also enjoyed some of his more up-tempo, but light-hearted work. "You don't tug on Superman's cape," and "I fell in love with a roller derby queen, the meanest hunk of woman that anybody's ever seen."