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I Got A Name--The Jim Croce Story

By Ingrid Croce and Jimmy Rock

Da Capo Press, A Member of the Perseus Books Group

Hardcover

978-0306821219

*****

 

      Fame is fleeting, but stopping at the pinnacle of one’s career, it becomes devastating. Ingrid Croce and Jimmy Rock bring the inside story of the rise and fall of a promising career in I Got A Name, The Jim Croce Story.

      Jim Croce died on September 20, 1973, at the age of 30. His music lives on and is classic for the era. Songs like "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle" were two of his #1 hits as a singer/songwriter.

      He had the good fortune to have albums hit the charts and rise to gold status. Fans adored him and for the last two years of his life, he was on the road more than at home with his son A. J. Croce and his wife Ingrid. This was a very moving period for the marriage relationship, but one that seemed to hold promise of being able to sustain if only he could get off the road for a while. An airplane crashing into trees ended his life.

      His beginnings were meager at best. Coming from a family that had deep Italian roots in Philadelphia, Jim was the promising star of the family when he attended Villanova University. However, music was his forte. Jim would play at small clubs, colleges, and any place where he could strum his guitar and sing. Friends gathered around him and encouraged his entertaining. A strained relationship developed between him and his father. His father wanted Jim to get a job with gainful employment where he could earn a respectable living. Jim decided to pursue writing and performing his music.

            Ingrid has written a very skillful book which tells the inside scoop about their relationship. How it was difficult to live with him and live without him. During the start of their performing together, Ingrid was a duo singing along with Jim.

          Insight into his managing by a New York entertainment group throws light on how strained the relationship between Jim and Ingrid became. Ingrid could see that his trusting demeanor was putting Jim at a disadvantage. Only when they had a child did he finally get the message that money was important. From that point on, he kept at trying to get more money so that the child and Ingrid would be able to live a decent life.

      I Got A Name, The Jim Croce Story has funny anecdotes that will make readers laugh aloud. Additionally, a tear will come to readers' eyes during some of the emotional scenarios. This is a well written, thought out, and moving story, which is well worth reading.

Clark Isaacs

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