Jim Croce, SHSU and Fate.


Jim Croce, singer, songwriter, construction worker, who had given up music for three years, was on a comeback tour called, “Croce, The Life and Times” in 1973. The tour was set to be concluded with a concert at Sam Houston State on October 3, a concert that was being called the most successful event Sam Houston State had ever put on. On September 20, 1973, 40 years ago today, Croce boarded a plane bound for Austin College in Sherman, Texas after a successful concert at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. Tragically, the plane crashed during takeoff, killing Jim Croce and the five others aboard. Ingrid Croce, widow of the famed artist, published a memoir titled “I Got a Name: The Jim Croce Story” detailing Jim’s life and the events leading up to the crash. This title is available at the Newton-Gresham Library.


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