On This Day…

Jim Croce Dies in Plane Crash

September 20, 1973

Singer Jim Croce and all five others aboard their aircraft died when they crashed into a tree during takeoff from the airport in Natchitoches, Louisiana. It was the only tree in the area and the crash was blamed on pilot error. They had just completed a concert at Northwestern State University.
He was known for the songs, You Don’t Mess Around With Jim (1972), Bad, Bad Leroy Brown (1973, #1), and Time In A Bottle (1973, #1).