Jim Croce would have been 71 this past Friday, January 10th...the same age as Paul McCartney, who is still writing and singing. Tragically, the then-30 year old Croce was killed in a plane crash on September 20, 1973.

Between 1966 and 1973, Jim Croce released 5 studio albums, and 11 singles.

So, what do you think the man behind "Operator," "Time In A Bottle," and "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" (among other hits) would be writing and singing about today?

http://youtu.be/Sxvd8NEd_C8

"It Doesn't Have To Be That Way" is one of Croce's overlooked songs...maybe because it is thought of as a Christmas song...although it debuted on the Hot 100 charts (12/29/73), AFTER Christmas (#64/1974).

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