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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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Jim Croce & Jimmy Buffett

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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Lover’s Cross

By early June 1973, “Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown” had sold more than half a million copies, and “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim” had gone gold. Although Jim’s concert price had risen to $10,000 per night, and he was playing constantly to packed houses, Jim was told that the money he was earning was still being [...]

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Taken at "the Croce's Home" in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.

Jim Croce’s State Department Tour!

When Jim graduated from Villanova University in 1965, he traveled for the State Department as a “musical” cultural liaison. Then, on August 28th, 1966, one week after our wedding day, he went away to Fort Jackson, South Carolina with the Army National Guard. We had no money, but his love letters came every day and our passion [...]

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Fifty years ago today, Jim and I were married (August 28th, 1966)

When Jim asked me to marry him, I was a freshman at Rhode Island School of Design. We drove to Cape Cod for our first romantic weekend alone together. And on a windy winter’s night Jim played a melody he had written for me called, “Ingrid”, a forerunner to Time in a Bottle. He placed a diamond engagement [...]

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Cash Box

When we found out we were going to have a baby in 1971, Jim gained a new sense of urgency.  Fearful that this was his last chance to “make it” in the music business, he wrote “Time In a Bottle.”  That same week he composed and recorded “Operator, (That’s not the Way it Feels),  “You [...]

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