The Songs To Represent The Album “I Got A Name” By Jim Croce
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Beautiful and Timeless
“I Got a Name” was Jim Croce’s final album released posthumously – over two months after his death.
Jim Croce’s undoubtedly one of the greatest songwriters of all time. His songs resonate with the listeners and they hit you right in the feels. Besides, Croce didn’t get the credit and recognition he truly deserved while he was still alive. He had a breakthrough prior to his death, sure, but by all accounts, he was criminally underrated. And yet, decades later, his tracks remain staples in classic rock radio stations and being featured in various films and shows.
Jim Croce was an extremely talented musician. It took awhile for him to get his break and just when he decided to retire from the music industry, he passed away in a tragic plane crash. Nevertheless, he left a catalog of timeless tunes. Now here are the five best songs from “I Got A Name.”
5. “Lover’s Cross”
Like most of his classic hits, this one’s pretty simple and basic. But that’s where its beauty lies. Stripped down music like this only highlighted Croce’s talent.
It gives you that nostalgic vibe – taking you back to those simpler times. It’s catchy too.
3. “Workin’ at the Car Wash Blues”
Upbeat and infectious, it’s an easy listen just like his other works. Croce described it as having that “funky street feel.” He also said that it’s “a story about a guy who thinks he thinks he should be ruling the universe somewhere, but he is really working at a car wash”.
2. “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song”
It’s his fifth Top 10 hit. A beautiful and mesmerizing number, he wrote his about his wife after they had a disagreement. He woke up his wife the following morning and sang her this song. If that isn’t the sweetest thing ever.
1. “I Got A Name”
The album’s title track, it’s his first posthumous single – released the day after his death. Interestingly, while he wrote most of his songs, this one was penned by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel. It was featured in films and advertisements. Jim Croce’s son, A.J. recorded it for a Goodyear commercial.