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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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Prejudice

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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A Storybook of Songs: The Jim Croce Anthology

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 [...]

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Jim Croce and Maury Muehleisen – Part 2

After “Gingerbread” failed to get public acclaim, Maury came over to our three room, farmhouse, apartment almost every day.  Our best friend Maury was with my best friend Judy.  And since Maury was “car-less”, Judy would drive him over to our house. Jude and I talked about our garden, my pregnancy, the music and about [...]

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Maury Muehleisen, Our Best Friend

We first met Maury in the Bronx. Joe Salviuolo, his professor, thought he was brilliant. On first take, Maury was just a shy kid. But after I made lunch, Sal encouraged Maury to get his guitar and play for us. And he started to sing “A Song I Heard”. His clear, high voice was magical, [...]

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“I Got a Name” and Quentin Tarantino

I Got a Name unexpectedly gained a new audience in 2013 when it was included in the soundtrack of the Quentin Tarantino”s movie, “Django Unchained” and is clearly a song and a performance that resonates deeply in the director, as he commented: “I always loved the song,which was used in the credits of Last American [...]

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