Ingrid Croce Presents I Got a Name: The Jim Croce Story

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On September 20, 1973, legendary singer-songwriter Jim Croce died in a tragic plane crash at the height of his career—he was just 30 years old. Known for his signature handlebar mustache, jean jacket, and humble everyman demeanor, Jim enamored audiences with hit songs like “Bad Bad Leroy Brown” and “Time in a Bottle.” Yet, fans may have known less than they thought about the man behind the mustache. I Got a Name: The Jim Croce Story is a revealing biographical memoir of Jim Croce’s life as told by the woman who knew him best: Ingrid Croce. The pair connected over music, fell madly in love when they were just kids — Ingrid a 16-year-old high school student in Philadelphia and Jim a sophomore at Villanova—and were married just a few years later. The story Ingrid narrates is not always pretty, but it’s honest, personal, and told with love. The biography recounts Jim’s childhood, his college days spent at the Villanova radio station, and his various friendships with the eccentric blue-collared characters who inspired many of his songs. Readers will be moved by Jim’s intimate love letters to Ingrid and charmed by his wry sense of humor as the two struggle to succeed as artists and make ends meet. Jim’s eventual rise to fame came at the cost of a bad contract, endless days on the road, and overbearing exhaustion. His recreational drug use turned dangerous and his occasional affairs with groupies threatened to ruin his marriage. Jim was trying desperately to make things when his life was cut short. Ingrid Croce is an artist, entrepreneur, restaurateur, singer-songwriter, and the author of Thyme in a Bottle, an autobiographical cookbook, The Jim Croce Anthology songbook,The San Diego Restaurant Cookbook, and Photographs and Memories—Recipes from Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar ( She lives in San Diego and is married to her coauthor, Jimmy Rock. Jimmy Rock is a writer, musician, and attorney.