Time In A Bottle
When Jim Croce died at the age of 30 in September 1973 in a plane crash, he was in the midst of his greatest commercial success as a recording artist. In July of that year, he had reached number one for the first time with “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” after hitting the top 10 one year earlier with “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim.” After his death, Croce’s next single, “I Got A Name,” would reach number 10, and then, at the end of the year, he would hit number one a second time, as “Time In A Bottle” grabbed the top spot on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart. Exactly 40 years ago, “Time In A Bottle” was finishing up its two-week run at the top.
Croce would also hit the top 10 one more time, as “I’ll Have To Say I Love You In a Song” peaked at number 9 in April 1974.