I Got a Name
Ingrid Croce and Jimmy Rock
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I Got a Name: The Jim Croce Story
Ingrid Croce and Jimmy Rock
Da Capo Press
336 pages
July 2012
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Jim Croce was the songwriter with the walrus moustache and the denim outfits. He had written some wonderful songs including hits like "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle," both Number Ones, and was in the prime of his career when a plane crash brought his life to end. He was only 30 years old when he died on September 20, 1973, and for the first time, his tale his told here by his wife, Ingrid.

The author took decades to finally write this inside look at her life with Croce. She describes the early years filled with struggles and mistakes; his rise to fame; and the terrible plane crash.

Most importantly, it is an honest appraisal of her relationship with the artist and the artist himself. How he persevered and pushed ahead with no success until 1972 when the ABC/Dunhill label released his first album, You Don't Mess Around With Jim, and he was thrust into the limelight. You'll learn a lot you didn't know about Croce--his time in the service, his son, his approach to songwriting--and come away with an even greater love for his music and the man himself.

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