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Jim’s Croce’s “State Department Tour”; a letter from Gene!

  When Jim graduated from Villanova University in 1965, he traveled for the State Department as a “musical” cultural liaison. One member of his band wrote to me to explain where, what and how they did it!     Dear Ingrid, Mind you, after 50+ years my memory sometimes struggles with details.  To the best [...]

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I Am Who I Am

Before Jim and I met, I was a “city girl”. I lived across the street from Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square attended Friends Select, Masterman, and Girls High School. I was practicing Gymnastics, wanting to be on the Olympic Team. But when my mother passed away from breast cancer at thirty-six years old, everything changed! My twin [...]

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You Don’t Mess Around with Jim

The night our band won the hootenanny at Convention Hall, there was another judge for the contest, Jim’s friend and later our producer, Tommy Picardo (West).  Jim and Tommy met in 1961 when they were both students at Villanova University in Pennsylvania.  Jim was a freshman on his way to his first Glee Club rehearsal, [...]

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American Music Award 1974

In December, 1974, Dick Clark called me.  I knew Dick Clark from his Philly days on American Bandstand and the fact that my dad had bought his house in Wallingford, PA., where Jim and I had been married. Jim had also played a couple of shows on American Bandstand. And (posthumously, he was one of [...]

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Jim Croce and Jimmy Buffet

After Jim Croce’s first two albums were released, and “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” “Time in a Bottle” and “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” had topped the music charts, Corb Donahue played some of Jim’s music to a young artist named Jimmy Buffet. Jim and Jimmy met first in L.A., then down in Florida and [...]

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You Don’t Mess Around with Jim

Jim’s career was exploding and he was getting a whole lot of recognition, not just in the industry, but in the streets too. Once “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim” reached Number One on the charts, he was a real star, and there was hardly anywhere he could go without someone recognizing his face or his [...]

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I’ve Got a Name

The weekend before Jim Croce left on his final tour, my husband and I made a dinner date. We had just moved to California and we were anxious to be together and explore our new hometown. Unfortunately back then in 1973, the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego reminded us of Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row” [...]

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“Gunga Din” written in 1966 at Jim’s home in Drexel Hill

In 1966, when Jim Croce and I performed regularly at folk clubs, colleges and local bars, Jim had a great ear for dialects and languages. He often told stories to introduce his songs using either an English cockney, Southern drawl, Scottish brogue or Eastern Indian dialect. He would practice new songs daily, never repeating a [...]

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How I met Jim Croce…

It was a snowy night two days before Christmas in 1963 and I was auditioning with “The Rum Runners,” to be a contestant in an upcoming hootenany at WDDS radio station in Philadelphia. Close to the station’s parking lot, our old clunker had gotten stuck in the snow and for fear of being late, I had [...]

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Thyme in a Bottle – a cookbook biography!

Thyme Introduction Hi, I’m Ingrid Croce and Thyme in a Bottle is my life story in a cookbook. It is filled with the recipes, friends, and opportunities I experienced for building a family and a home that magically found itself taking the form of a restaurant. In Thyme in a Bottle, I go back and [...]

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