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Dec 29, 1973: Jim Croce’s Posthumous ‘Time in a Bottle’ Hits #1


“Time In A Bottle” was released posthumously and subsequently became the classic rock performer’s second #1 chart hit on this day in 1973. (Earlier that year, Croce saw his “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” become his first chart topper.)

In his short time as a successful folk-rock singer-songwriter, he displayed a warm and at times lovingly humorous gift for telling stories and conveying emotions with a genuinely populist touch. Combined with his gifts as a performer, it augured a long and winning career.


His break came when he began working with the production team of Terry Cashman and Tommy West, and subsequently signed a deal with ABC Records. Croce’s 1972 debut album You Don’t Mess Around With Jim yielded him a #8 single with its snappy title tune and a #17 hit with the affecting “Operator (That’s Not the Way it Feels). ”

Croce died on tour when his plane crashed just after take-off in Natchitoches, LA. Also killed were his accompanist, Maury Muehleisen, manager/booking agent, road manager, the comedian George Stevens who was Croce’s opening act, and the pilot. In just two years as a national presence, Croce became a beloved artist whose songs still play and resonate with listeners on the radio.

In his all-too-brief career, Croce earned five Top 10 singles. We can only imagine how many more he would have gifted us.

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On 12/29/2022 at 7:57 PM, Hatchertiger said:Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird - 7/2/1977 - Oakland Coliseum Stadium (Official) Is the greatest live performance ever. Sorry Frampton.

Saw them live at The Fox in Atlanta, a good portion if the one more for the road album was recorded there live.

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On 12/29/2022 at 7:57 PM, Hatchertiger said:

He died in an airplane crash leaving Louisiana. Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a crash on their way to Louisiana.

the story goes that Jim was originally scheduled to play there like the previous year or so. something happened that he had to cancel bt promised to make it up.
in the mean time, he hit it big and became a "brand name".
but he still went back and honored the original going rate for his show rather than the new amounts he could have asked.

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On 10/10/2023 at 8:25 PM, Nutriaitch said:

was that even their best live version?

the one at Fox Theater in Atlanta '76 was pretty freaking good.


That was where they made "One More From the Road". Allen Collins & Gary Rossington & Steve Gaines  re-recorded most of their guitar parts from those 3 shows before the double album was released. Allen redid his entire Freebird solo, like Rossington & Gaines.  This was & is a common practice for "Live" Albums.

Oakland '77 was not touched at all  & is considered the best by many LS fans.

Second best might be the Knebworth concert in England '76, opening for the Rolling Stones.

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