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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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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“Let’s keep Jim Croce’s memory alive… online”

For well over a century, when the story of American popular music took hold, as a result of the commercial success of the musical style of ‘Tin-Pan Alley’, songs have been written about love, love lost, escape and change. And that’s what the songs in our Jim Croce Anthology are all about, but with stories behind every one! Jim Croce [...]

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“Our Original Croce’s Restaurant” from the cookbook “Thyme in a Bottle”

In 1968, Jim and I moved to New York City to record our first album on Capitol Records called “Jim and Ingrid Croce.” To promote sales, we toured the USA and Canada in our ancient V.W., and became truck stop gourmets. We sampled the way-side diners and small town fare, but best of all, we enjoyed the [...]

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In the early 60’s defying a racist teacher at my high school became my quest. Mr. Hall, who taught history, announced that he was the president of the John Birch Society and that he could not give a Jew more than a C grade, an Italian more than a D grade, and if you were [...]

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“Pa” Song for Jim Croce’s Grandfather

For entertainment, besides playing our music, we’d go down to The Italian Club on Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia and watch “Pa,” Jim’s maternal grandfather, Massimo Babbucci, play Bocci with his cronies. We’d dine on the daily pastas while “the regulars” at the club smoked stinky stogies and got into hot-headed conversations. Pa had moved into the Croce family [...]

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“Thyme in a Bottle”, The Cookbook

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 try to figure [...]

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1963 – A story about how Jim Croce and I met!

It was a snowy night two days before Christmas in 1963. I was auditioning with my band “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, [...]

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