Chart Position: 1

  • #24 bestseller for 1974
  • Written by Jim Croce
  • Guitar: Jim Croce and Maury Muehleisen
  • Harpsichord: Tommy West
  • Produced by Terry Cashman and Tommy West
  • Recorded in New York City NY
  • Originally released on LP in 1972
  • This song’s message about how short life is took on new meaning with Jim Croce and Maury Muehleisen’s death in a plane crash in Sept 1973
  • This was the third posthumous #1 of the rock era, following ‘(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay’ (Otis Redding) and ‘Me and Bobby McGee’ (Janis Joplin)
  • Later recorded by Ed Kilbourne (1974), Eddie Kendricks (1975), Lena Horne & Michel Legrand (1975), Roger Whittaker (1978), Jerry Reed (1980), Howard Keel (1988), Glen Campbell (2000), David Young (2000), Mandy Patinkin (2001), David Tolk (2003), Michael Ball (2003), Anna Beaumont (2005), Captain and Tennille (2005), Christine Collister (2006), Fisher and Friends (2008), Chris Foster (2009), Dennis Durant (2010), Chris de Burgh (2011), Rachael MacFarlane (2012), Kai Hoffman (2013) and many others

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