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Just 30 years old when a plane crash claimed his life, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Jim Croce was on target for the biggest year of his career, having spent that summer and the previous year appearing on late night television shows, at one point being asked to co-host the newly launched Midnight Special in June of 1973. Bringing along accompanist and friend Maury Muehleisen, Jim dazzled the audience at Midnight Special for what was to be the first and only time with a rowdy acoustic set that included “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” and our personal favorite, “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” with an energy that looking back more than 40 years later still makes it nigh impossible to imagine that less than 12 weeks later, Jim would be gone forever.
So great was Jim’s ability to entertain and enthrall any crowd he stood before that the entire audience wasn’t just seated – they actually sat on the floor cross legged like school children, alternately clapping along in time with “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” and staring at Jim and Maury, absolutely amazed at his ability to spin a story that could make you want to laugh, cry, and dance all at once. We’re still just as amazed as ever by Jim’s skill as a musician and entertainer, and after checking this video out, we’re sure you will be too. Enjoy!