Jim Croce Dies September 1973
A fixture on early 70’s radio, Jim Croce was an appealing, unpretentious singer-songwriter who only had time to record a few albums before dying tragically in a plane crash in September 1973.
Croce and and six others were killed when their chartered Beechcraft E18S crashed while taking off from the Natchitoches Regional Airport in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He had just completed a concert and was flying to Texas, for a concert at Austin College. The plane crashed an hour after the end of his final concert after clipping a pecan tree at the end of the runway during take-off. A subsequent investigation placed sole blame for the accident on pilot error.
Croce’s career peaked after his death. In December of 1973, the album “I Got a Name” surfaced, but it was “Time in a Bottle,” from 1972’s “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim”, that would become his second number one single. Shortly afterwards, “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song” reached the Top Ten.
Croce was buried at Haym Salomon Memorial Park in Frazer, Pennsylvania.