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?


"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).