Sunday, August 7, 2016

Alan Jackson~ "Just As I Am"

Alan Eugene Jackson (born October 17, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter and musician, known for blending traditional honky tonk and mainstream country sounds and penning many of his own hits.

He has recorded 15 studio albums, three Greatest Hits albums, two Christmas albums, two Gospel albums and several compilations.

Jackson has sold over 80 million records worldwide, with more than 50 of his singles having appeared on Billboard's list of the "Top 30 Country Songs".[1]

Of Jackson's entries, 35 were number-one hits, with 50 in the Top 10. He is the recipient of 2 Grammys, 16 CMA Awards, 17 ACM Awards and nominee of multiple other awards.

He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

In August 2014 the Country Music Hall of Fame opened an exhibit celebrating Jackson’s 25 years in the music industry.

It was also announced that he was an artist in residency as well, performing shows on October 8 and 22.[2]

The exhibit highlights the different milestones in his career with memorabilia collected over the years. His 25th Anniversary "Keeping It Country" Tour began January 8, 2015, in Estero, FL.[3]

Alan Jackson

Jackson in April 2010
Background information
Birth name Alan Eugene Jackson
Born October 17, 1958 (age 57)
Origin Newnan, Georgia, USA
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • Vocals
  • acoustic guitar
Years active 1983–present
Associated acts

Early life

Jackson was born to Joseph Eugene "Daddy Gene" Jackson (1927-2000) and Ruth Musick "Mama Ruth" Jackson in Newnan, Georgia, and has four older sisters.

He, his father, mother, and sisters lived in a small home built around his grandfather's old toolshed.[4] Alan Jackson is of English descent.[5][6][7][8][9]

At one point, his bed was in the hallway for lack of room. His mother lives in the home to this day. Jackson sang in church as a child. His first job, at 12, was in a shoe store. He wrote his first song in 1983.

As a youth, Jackson listened primarily to gospel music. Otherwise he was not a major music fan. Then a friend introduced him to the music of Gene Watson, John Anderson, and Hank Williams Jr.

Jackson attended the local Elm Street Elementary and Newnan High School. He started a band after high school.

At the age of 27, Jackson and his wife of six years, Denise, moved from Newnan to Nashville, where he hoped to pursue music full-time.[10]


In Tennessee, Jackson got his first job in The Nashville Network's mailroom.[10] Denise Jackson connected him with Glen Campbell, who helped jumpstart his career.[11] Jackson eventually signed with Arista.[10]

By 1989, he became the first signee to the newly formed Arista Nashville branch of Arista Records.[12]

Arista released Jackson's debut single, "Blue Blooded Woman", in late 1989.

Although the song failed to reach top 40 on Hot Country Songs, he reached number three by early 1990 with "Here in the Real World".[13]

This song served as the title track to his debut album, Here in the Real World, which also included two more top five hits ("Wanted" and "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow") and his first number one, "I'd Love You All Over Again".[13]

Don't Rock the Jukebox was the title of Jackson's second album. Released in 1991, it included four number-one singles: the title track, "Someday", "Dallas" and "Love's Got a Hold on You", and the number three "Midnight in Montgomery".[13]

Jackson also co-wrote several songs on Randy Travis' 1992 album High Lonesome.[12]

A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love), his third album, accounted for the number one hits "She's Got the Rhythm (And I Got the Blues)" (which Travis co-wrote) and "Chattahoochee", plus the top five hits "Tonight I Climbed the Wall", "Mercury Blues" and "(Who Says) You Can't Have It All".

"Chattahoochee" also won him the 1994 Country Music Association (CMA) awards for Single and Song of the Year.

In 1994 Jackson left his management company, Ten Ten Management, which had overseen his career up to that point, and switched to Gary Overton.[14]

His fourth album was titled Who I Am, and it contained four number one hits: a cover of the Eddie Cochran standard "Summertime Blues", followed by "Livin' on Love", "Gone Country" and "I Don't Even Know Your Name". An additional track from the album, a cover of Rodney Crowell's "Song for the Life", made number six. In late 1994, Clay Walker reached number one with "If I Could Make a Living", which Jackson co-wrote.[15] Alan also appeared in the 1996 "When Harry Kept Delores" episode of Home Improvement, singing his hit song "Mercury Blues" about his 1950 Mercury.[16][17]

Mid-late 1990s

The Greatest Hits Collection was released on October 24, 1995.

The disc contained 17 hits, two newly recorded songs ("I'll Try" and "Tall, Tall Trees"), and the song "Home" from Here in the Real World that had never been released as a single.[18]

These first two songs both made number one.

Everything I Love followed in 1996. Its first single was a cover of Tom T. Hall's "Little Bitty", which Jackson took to the top of the charts in late 1996.

The album also included the number one hit "There Goes" and a number two cover of Charly McClain's 1980 single "Who's Cheatin' Who".

The album's fifth single was "A House with No Curtains", which became his first release since 1989 to miss the top 10.[13]

High Mileage was led off by the number four "I'll Go On Loving You".

After it came the album's only number one hit, "Right on the Money", co-written by Phil Vassar.

With Jackson's release of Under the Influence in 1999, he took the double risk on an album of covers of country classics while retaining a traditional sound when a rock- and pop-tinged sound dominated country radio.[19]
When the Country Music Association (CMA) asked George Jones to trim his act to 90 seconds for the 1999 CMA awards, Jones decided to boycott the event.

In solidarity, Jackson interrupted his own song and launched into Jones's song "Choices" and then walked offstage.[20]

Alan was also known for wearing a mullet since 1989. Before then, he had short hair.


Jackson performing in 2002
After country music changed toward pop music in the 2000s, he and George Strait criticized the state of country music in the song "Murder on Music Row".

The song sparked debate in the country music community about whether "traditional" country music was actually dead or not.[21]

Despite the fact that the song was not officially released as a single, it became the highest-charting nonseasonal album cut (not available in any retail single configuration or released as a promotional single to radio during a chart run) to appear on Hot Country Singles & Tracks in the Broadcast Data Systems era, beating the record previously held by Garth Brooks' "Belleau Wood."

The duo were invited to open the 2000 Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMAs) with a performance of the tune.[22]  

Rolling Stone commented on Jackson's style remarking, "If Garth and Shania have raised the bar for country concerts with Kiss-style production and endless costume changes, then Alan Jackson is doing his best to return the bar to a more human level."[23]

After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Jackson released "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" as a tribute to those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The song became a hit single and briefly propelled him into the mainstream spotlight.

At the 2001 CMA Awards, Jackson debuted the song "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning".

The performance was generally considered the highlight of the show, and Jackson's site crashed the next day from server requests.[24]

The song came to Jackson suddenly, and had not been scheduled for any official release, but the live performance began receiving radio airplay and was soon released as a single.

Jackson released a Christmas album, titled Let It Be Christmas, October 22, 2002.[25]

Jeannie Kendall contacted Jackson to do a duet, and he suggested the song "Timeless and True Love". It appeared on her first solo album, released in 2003.[26]

In early 2006, Jackson released his first gospel music album entitled Precious Memories. He put together the album by the request of his mother, who enjoys religious music.

Jackson considered this album a "side project" and nothing too official, but it was treated as such. More than 1.8 million albums were sold.

Only mere months after the release of Precious Memories in 2006, Jackson released his next album Like Red on a Rose, which featured a more adult contemporary/folk sound.

Unlike most of Jackson's albums, this one earned only a Gold Record, and was criticized as out of character by some fans.

Unlike his previous albums, Like Red on a Rose had a different producer and sound.

Alan's main producer for his music, Keith Stegall, was notably absent from this album. Instead, Alison Krauss was hired to produce the album.

She also chose the songs. Despite being labeled as "country music" or "bluegrass", Like Red on a Rose had a mainstream sound to it, upsetting some fans, even making some of them believe that Jackson was abandoning his traditional past and aiming toward a more mainstream jazz/blues sound.

However, for his next album, he went back to his country roots. Good Time was released on March 4, 2008.

The album's first single, "Small Town Southern Man", was released to radio on November 19.
"Country Boy", "Good Time", "Sissy's Song" and the final single from the album, "I Still Like Bologna", were also released as singles.

"Sissy's Song" is dedicated to a longtime friend of the Jackson family (Leslie "Sissy" Fitzgerald) who worked in their house every day. Fitzgerald was killed in a motorcycle accident in mid-2007.


His sixteenth studio album, Freight Train, was released on March 30, 2010. The first single was "It's Just That Way", which debuted at No. 50 in January 2010. "Hard Hat and a Hammer" is the album's second single, released in May 2010.

On November 23, 2010, Jackson released another greatest hits package, entitled 34 Number Ones, which features a cover of the Johnny Cash hit "Ring of Fire", as well as the duet with Zac Brown Band, "As She's Walking Away".

On January 20, 2011, it was announced that Jackson and his record label, Sony, parted ways.[27]

On March 23, 2011, Jackson announced his new deal with Capitol's EMI Records Nashville. It is a joint venture between ACR (Alan's Country Records) and Capitol.

All records will be released and marketed through Capitol's EMI Records Nashville label.[28]

In 2012, Jackson released the album Thirty Miles West. Three singles have been released from the album, "Long Way to Go", "So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore" and "You Go Your Way". None of the singles reached the top 20. A tour in 2013 supported the album.

Jackson released his second gospel album, Precious Memories Volume II, on March 26, 2013.

In 2014, Jackson recorded the opening credits song, "A Million Ways to Die", for the film A Million Ways to Die in the West, co-writing the song with the film's star/writer/director Seth MacFarlane.[29]

In January 2015, Jackson began his 25th anniversary "Keepin' It Country" tour, followed in April with the announcement of his twentieth studio album, Angels and Alcohol, which was released on July 17.[30]

Awards, nominations and induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

In 1989 he was nominated for a total of six Country Music Association awards (CMAs).[11]

He was nominated for four 1994 CMAs, including Entertainer of the Year.[31]

Jackson became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1991; he was inducted by Roy Acuff and Randy Travis.[32][33][34]

Jackson was the most nominated artist at the 29th annual TNN/Music City News Country Awards that was broadcast June 5 from the Grand Ole Opry House.

His six nominations included best entertainer, male artist, vocal collaboration, album, single, and video (two nominations in this category).[35]

At the 2002 CMAs, Jackson set a record for having the most nominations in a single year – ten – many rising from the song "Where Were You".

It also brought his career total up to the second number of most nominations ever, after George Strait.[36] "Where Were You" also was nominated for a Grammy for Song of the Year.

The song was also subsequently parodied in the South Park episode "A Ladder To Heaven".

At the 2003 Academy of Country Music Awards, Jackson won Album of the Year for Drive and Video of the Year for the video to "Drive (For Daddy Gene)."[37]

In 2004, a five-mile (8 km) stretch of Interstate 85 through Jackson's hometown of Newnan was renamed the "Alan Jackson Highway" in the singer's honor.

After learning of the honor, he stated "[Newnan] was a great place to grow up. I'm not sure I'm quite qualified for the main highway. Maybe they should've picked a dirt road or something."[38]

Jackson was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame on October 22, 2001 in Atlanta.[39]
Alan Jackson was selected to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.

Alan Jackson Collection at Cracker Barrel

In 2009, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. started to carry the "Alan Jackson Collection" which included a special release CD available exclusively at Cracker Barrel, cowboy style shirts and T-shirts, baseball caps, home goods (candles, kitchen goods) including an old-fashion wooden rocking chair that has a metal plate of Alan's autograph on the headrest; toys, spices and BBQ sauces/rubs and a replica of his own personal cowboy hat.[40]

Ford Trucks Endorsement

Ford's agency J. Walter Thompson USA in Detroit, in 1992, worked out with Jackson a multimillion-dollar, multi-year contract for his sole endorsement of Ford Trucks.

In his video for "Who's Cheatin' Who" he was behind the wheel of a "Big Foot" Ford F-150 pickup truck, and Ford's five NASCAR vehicles (at the time) were prominently featured.

Additionally, he changed the lyrics "Crazy 'bout a Mercury" of the song "Mercury Blues" to "Crazy 'bout a Ford truck" in a TV ad for the Ford F-series.[41]


Jackson headlined the 1995 Fruit Of The Loom Comfort Tour, a deal worth $40 million.

It began January 20 in New Orleans and ran for a hundred dates.[42]

Alan Jackson's 2004 concert tour launched January 23 in Fort Myers, Florida and was sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts in a deal that included Jackson's endorsement in TV spots.

The tour included more than 50 U.S. dates. Martina McBride was the opening for some of the shows.[43]

In March 2011 he visited Australia to perform for the CMC Rocks The Hunter music festival where he was the headline act for Saturday night.[44]

He came to Springfield, Illinois on November 10, 2012, and performed at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center.

In 2015, Jackson kicked off his 25th Anniversary Keepin' It Country tour.[3] The tour began with a concert in Estero, FL on January 8 at the Germane Arena.

Jon Pardi & Brandy Clark are special guests for most concerts of the tour.

The tour is currently set to wrap with a solo concert in Highland Park, IL at the Ravinia Pavilion on August 31.[45]

Band members

Jackson records his studio albums, in most part, with the backing of some of the members of his live band, the Strayhorns.
  • Monty Allen – acoustic guitar, harmony vocals
  • Scott Coney – acoustic guitar, tic tac bass, banjo
  • Robbie Flint – steel guitar
  • Danny Groah – lead guitar
  • Ryan Joseph – fiddle, mandolin, harmony vocals
  • Bruce Rutherford – drums
  • Joey Schmidt – keyboards
  • Roger Wills – bass guitar


Personal life

Jackson with his family at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in April 2010
Jackson married his high school sweetheart, Denise Jackson, on December 15, 1979.

They are the parents of three daughters: Mattie Denise (born June 19, 1990), Alexandra Jane "Ali" (born August 23, 1993), and Dani Grace (born August 28, 1997).

Although the couple separated for several months in 1998 due to the strains of Jackson's career as well as his infidelity,[46] they have since reconciled.

Their story is referenced in several of Jackson's songs, including "She Likes It Too" and "Remember When," based on his memories, and the fond views of an everlasting love between his wife and him. Denise and their daughters appear in the latter song's video.

Denise Jackson wrote a book that topped The New York Times Best Seller list that covered her life with Jackson, their relationship, separation over his infidelity, and recommitment to each other, and her commitment to Christianity.

The book, titled It's All About Him: Finding the Love of My Life, was published in 2007. In May 2008 she released a Gift Book titled "The Road Home."

Jackson's nephew, Adam Wright, is also a country music singer-songwriter. Adam and his wife, Shannon, perform together as a duo called The Wrights.[47]

The Wrights co-wrote two songs and sang harmony vocals on Jackson's What I Do album.
Jackson is a cousin of Major League Baseball player Brandon Moss.[48]

In June 2009 Jackson listed his 135-acre (0.55 km2) estate just outside Franklin, Tennessee for sale, asking $38 million.

The property sold in late May 2010 for $28 million, one of the highest prices ever for a home sale in the Nashville area.[49]

In 2010, after Alan Jackson moved his estate just outside Franklin, the singer then moved into a home in the same Nashville suburb.

The singer and his wife paid $3.675 million for the estate in June 2010, but less than a year later they listed the home for $3.995 million.[50]

Jackson maintained a close friendship with fellow country singer, George Jones.

Jones has been mentioned in songs such as "Don't Rock the Jukebox" (Jones also appeared in the video which accompanied it) and "Murder on Music Row".

The song "Just Playin' Possum" is dedicated to Jones and talks of how Alan only wants to lie low and play possum, possum referring to George Jones.

Jones can also be seen in the video for "Good Time". In 2008 Jones was a surprise guest at Jackson's "CMT Giants" ceremony, where he thanked Jackson for his friendship.

He's also close friends with George Strait, who sang "Murder On Music Row" with him. Besides his associations with big stars, Alan also maintains his connections to his roots and old friends.[51]

From his early days of playing the guitar with his old high school friend and fellow musician David "Bird" Burgess on the Burgess' family front porch, it was evident Alan was going to be Newnan's rising star.[51]

While "Bird" Burgess has left the country music scene to pursue other avenues, the two have remained friends.[51]

At George Jones' funeral service, on May 2, 2013, Jackson performed one of Jones' classics, "He Stopped Loving Her Today", at the close of the service at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN.


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Jim Croce~ "Time In a Bottle"

James Joseph "Jim" Croce (/ˈkri/; January 10, 1943 – September 20, 1973) was an American folk and popular rock singer of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five studio albums and 11 singles.

His singles "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle" both reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Jim Croce

Jim Croce in 1972, photographed by Ingrid Croce.
Background information
Birth name James Joseph Croce
Born January 10, 1943
South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died September 20, 1973 (aged 30)
Natchitoches, Louisiana, U.S.
Genres Folk, rock, folk rock, soft rock[1]
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals[1]
Years active 1966–1973
Labels Capitol/EMI Records, ABC Records, Saja/Atlantic Records

Early life

Croce was born in South Philadelphia, to James Albert Croce and his wife Flora Mary (Babucci) Croce, both Italian Americans.[2]

Croce took a strong interest in music at a young age. At five, he learned to play his first song on the accordion, "Lady of Spain."[citation needed]

Croce attended Upper Darby High School in Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania.

Graduating in 1960, he studied at Malvern Preparatory School for a year before enrolling at Villanova University, where he majored in psychology and minored in German.[3][4]

He graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1965.

Croce was a member of the Villanova Singers and the Villanova Spires. When the Spires performed off-campus or made recordings, they were known as The Coventry Lads.[5]

Croce was also a student disc jockey at WKVU (which has since become WXVU).[6][7][8]


Early career

Croce did not take music seriously until he studied at Villanova, where he formed bands and performed at fraternity parties, coffee houses, and universities around Philadelphia, playing "anything that the people wanted to hear: blues, rock, a cappella, railroad music ... anything."

Croce's band was chosen for a foreign exchange tour of Africa, the Middle East, and Yugoslavia.

He later said, "We just ate what the people ate, lived in the woods, and played our songs.

Of course they didn't speak English over there but if you mean what you're singing, people understand."

On November 29, 1963 Croce met his future wife Ingrid Jacobson at the Philadelphia Convention Hall during a hootenanny, where he was judging a contest.

Croce released his first album, Facets, in 1966, with 500 copies pressed. The album had been financed with a $500 wedding gift from Croce's parents, who set a condition that the money must be spent to make an album.

They hoped that he would give up music after the album failed, and use his college education to pursue a "respectable" profession.[9]

However, the album proved a success, with every copy sold.


From the mid-1960s to early 1970s, Croce performed with his wife as a duo.

At first, their performances included songs by artists such as Ian and Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot, Joan Baez, and Woody Guthrie, but in time they began writing their own music.

During this time, Croce got his first long-term gig at a suburban bar and steak house in Lima, Pennsylvania, called The Riddle Paddock. His set list covered several genres, including blues, country, rock and roll, and folk.

Croce married his wife Ingrid in 1966, and converted to Judaism, as his wife was Jewish.

He and Ingrid were married in a traditional Jewish ceremony.[10]

He enlisted in the Army National Guard that same year to avoid being drafted and deployed to Vietnam, and served on active duty for four months, leaving for duty a week after his honeymoon.[11]

Croce, who was not good with authority, had to go through basic training twice.[12]

He said he would be prepared if "there's ever a war where we have to defend ourselves with mops".

In 1968, the Croces were encouraged by record producer Tommy West to move to New York City.

The couple spent time in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx and recorded their first album with Capitol Records.

During the next two years, they drove more than 300,000 miles,[13] playing small clubs and concerts on the college concert circuit promoting their album Jim & Ingrid Croce.

Becoming disillusioned by the music business and New York City, they sold all but one guitar to pay the rent and returned to the Pennsylvania countryside, settling in an old farm in Lyndell, where Croce got a job driving trucks and doing construction work to pay the bills while continuing to write songs, often about the characters he would meet at the local bars and truck stops and his experiences at work; these provided the material for such songs as "Big Wheels" and "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues".


They returned to Philadelphia and Croce decided to be "serious" about becoming a productive member of society. "I'd worked construction crews, and I'd been a welder while I was in college. But I'd rather do other things than get burned."

His determination to be "serious" led to a job at a Philadelphia R&B AM radio station, WHAT, where he translated commercials into "soul". "I'd sell airtime to Bronco's Poolroom and then write the spot: "You wanna be cool, and you wanna shoot pool ... dig it."

In 1970, Croce met classically trained pianist-guitarist and singer-songwriter Maury Muehleisen from Trenton, New Jersey, through producer Joe Salviuolo. Salviuolo and Croce had been friends when they studied at Villanova University, and Salviuolo had met Muehleisen when he was teaching at Glassboro State College in New Jersey.

Salviuolo brought Croce and Muehleisen together at the production office of Tommy West and Terry Cashman in New York City.

Croce at first backed Muehleisen on guitar, but gradually their roles reversed, with Muehleisen adding lead guitar to Croce's music.

In 1972, Croce signed a three-record contract with ABC Records, releasing two albums, You Don't Mess Around with Jim and Life and Times.

The singles "You Don't Mess Around with Jim", "Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)", and "Time in a Bottle" (written for his then-unborn son, A. J. Croce[citation needed]) all received airplay.

Croce's biggest single, "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown", reached Number 1 on the American charts in July 1973.

Also that year, the Croces moved to San Diego, California.

Croce began touring the United States with Muehleisen, performing in large coffee houses, on college campuses, and at folk festivals.

However, Croce's financial situation was still bad. The record company had fronted him the money to record his album, and much of what it earned went to pay back the advance.

In February 1973, Croce and Muehleisen traveled to Europe, promoting the album in London, Paris, and Amsterdam, receiving positive reviews. Croce now began appearing on television, including his national debut on American Bandstand[14] on August 12, 1972, The Tonight Show[15] on August 14, 1972, The Dick Cavett Show on September 20/21 1972, The Helen Reddy Show airing July 19, 1973 and the newly launched The Midnight Special, which he co-hosted airing June 15.

From July 16 through August 4, 1973, Croce and Muehleisen returned to London and performed on The Old Grey Whistle Test.

Croce finished recording the album I Got a Name just one week before his death. While on his tours, Croce grew increasingly homesick, and decided to take a break from music and settle with his wife and infant son when his Life and Times tour ended.[16][17]

In a letter to his wife which arrived after his death, Croce told her he had decided to quit music and stick to writing short stories and movie scripts as a career, and withdraw from public life.[3][18]


On Thursday, September 20, 1973, during Croce's Life and Times tour and the day before his ABC single "I Got a Name" was released, Croce, Muehleisen, and five others died when their chartered Beechcraft E18S crashed into a tree, while taking off from the Natchitoches Regional Airport in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Others killed in the crash were pilot Robert N. Elliott, comedian George Stevens, manager and booking agent Kenneth D. Cortose, and road manager Dennis Rast.[19][20]

Croce had just completed a concert at Northwestern State University's Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches and was flying to Sherman, Texas, for a concert at Austin College.

The plane crashed an hour after the concert. Jim Croce was 30 years old.

An investigation showed the plane crashed after clipping a pecan tree at the end of the runway.
The pilot had failed to gain sufficient altitude to clear the tree and had not tried to avoid it, even though it was the only tree in the area.

It was dark, but there was a clear sky, calm winds, and over five miles of visibility with haze. The report from the NTSB[21] named the probable cause as the pilot's failure to see the obstruction because of his physical impairment and the fog reducing his vision.

57-year-old Elliott suffered from severe coronary artery disease and had run three miles to the airport from a motel.

He had an ATP Certificate, 14,290 hours total flight time and 2,190 hours in the Beech 18 type.[21]

A later investigation placed the sole blame on pilot error due to his downwind takeoff into a "black hole"—severe darkness limiting use of visual references.[22]

Jim Croce was buried at Haym Salomon Memorial Park in Frazer, Pennsylvania.[23]


The album I Got a Name was released on December 1, 1973.[24]

The posthumous release included three hits: "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues", "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song", and the title song, which had been used as the theme to the film The Last American Hero which was released two months prior to his death.

The album reached No. 2 and "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song" reached No. 9 on the singles chart.

The song "Time in a Bottle" had been featured over the opening and closing credits and during a scene in which Desi Arnaz Jr. is opening the You Don't Mess Around With Jim album in the ABC made-for-television movie She Lives!, which aired on September 12, 1973.[25]

That appearance had generated significant interest in Croce and his music in the week just prior to the plane crash. That, combined with the news of the death of the singer, sparked a renewed interest in Croce's previous albums.

Consequently, three months later, "Time in a Bottle", originally released on Croce's first album the year before, hit number one on December 29, 1973, the third posthumous chart-topping song of the rock era following Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" and Janis Joplin's recording of "Me and Bobby McGee".

A greatest hits package entitled Photographs & Memories was released in 1974.

Later posthumous releases have included Home Recordings: Americana, The Faces I've Been, Jim Croce: Classic Hits, Down the Highway, and DVD and CD releases of Croce's television performances, Have You Heard: Jim Croce Live.

In 1990, Croce was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[26]

Croces' son Adrian James (born September 28, 1971) is himself a singer-songwriter, musician, and pianist. He owns and operates his own record label, Seedling Records.[27]

On July 3, 2012, Ingrid Croce published a memoir about her husband entitled I Got a Name: The Jim Croce Story.[28]

In 1985, Ingrid Croce opened Croce's Restaurant & Jazz Bar, a project she and Jim had jokingly discussed a decade earlier, in the historic Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego, which she owned and managed until it closed on December 31, 2013.

In December 2013, she opened Croce's Park West on 5th Avenue in the Bankers Hill neighborhood near Balboa Park. She closed this restaurant in January 2016.[29]


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Johnny Tillotson~ "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"

Johnny Tillotson (born April 20, 1939 in Jacksonville, Florida) is an American singer and songwriter.

He enjoyed his greatest success in the early 1960s, when he scored nine top-ten hits on the pop, country and adult contemporary Billboard charts including "Poetry in Motion" and the self-penned "It Keeps Right On a-Hurtin'".

He also sang "Yellow Bird", an adaptation of the Haitian song.

 Johnny Tillotson

Johnny Tillotson 196
Johnny Tillotson, 1965.
Background information
Born April 20, 1939 (age 77)
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Genres country, pop
Occupation(s) singer, songwriter
Years active 1957 - Present
Labels Cadence Records
MGM Records
Website [4], [5]


Johnny is the son of Doris and Jack Tillotson, who owned a small service station on the corner of 6th and Pearl in Jacksonville, and acted as the station's mechanic.

At the age of nine, Johnny was sent to Palatka, Florida,[1] to take care of his grandmother.

He returned to Jacksonville each summer to be with his parents when his brother Dan would go to his grandmother.

Johnny began to perform at local functions as a child, and by the time he was at Palatka Senior High School he had developed a reputation as a talented singer.[2]
Tillotson became a semi-regular on TV-4's McDuff Hayride, hosted by Toby Dowdy, and soon landed his own show on TV-12 WFGA-TV.[3]

In 1957, while Tillotson was studying at the University of Florida, local disc jockey Bob Norris sent a tape of Johnny's singing to the Pet Milk talent contest, and was chosen as one of six National finalists.

This gave Johnny the opportunity to perform in Nashville, Tennessee, on WSM the Grand Ole Opry, which led Lee Rosenberg, a Nashville publisher, to take a tape to Archie Bleyer, owner of the independent Cadence Records.[4]

Bleyer signed Tillotson to a three-year contract, and issued his first single, "Dreamy Eyes" / "Well I'm Your Man" in September 1958.

Both songs were written by Tillotson, and both made the Billboard Hot 100, "Dreamy Eyes" peaking at # 63. After graduating in 1959 with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Communications, Tillotson moved to New York City to pursue his music career.[1][2][5]

From late 1959, a succession of singles - "True True Happiness," "Why Do I Love You So," and a double-sided single covering the R&B hits "Earth Angel" and "Pledging My Love" - all reached the bottom half of the Hot 100.

His biggest success came with his sixth single, the up-tempo "Poetry in Motion", written by Paul Kaufman and Mike Anthony, and recorded in Nashville with session musicians including saxophonist Boots Randolph and pianist Floyd Cramer, Released in September 1960, it went to # 2 on the Hot 100 in the US, and # 1 on the UK Singles Chart in January 1961.

It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.[6]

On Bleyer's advice, Tillotson focused on his recording career, also appearing on television and was featured as a teen idol in magazines.

His follow-up record, "Jimmy's Girl," reached # 25 in the US charts and # 43 in the UK; after that, "Without You" returned him to the US Top Ten but failed to make the UK Singles Chart.[1]

He toured widely with Dick Clark's Cavalcade Of Stars.[4]

Early in 1962, Tillotson recorded a song he wrote, "It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'," inspired by the terminal illness of his father.

It became one of his biggest hits, reaching #3 in the US pop chart, and was the first of his records to make the country music chart where it peaked at #4.

It earned him his first Grammy nomination, for Best Country & Western Recording, and was covered by over 100 performers including Elvis Presley and Billy Joe Royal, whose version was a country hit in 1988.[2]

Tillotson then recorded an album, It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin', on which he covered country standards including Hank Locklin's "Send Me the Pillow You Dream On" and Hank Williams' "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)," which also became hit singles.

He continued to record country-flavored and pop songs in 1963, and "You Can Never Stop Me Loving You" and the follow-up, the Willie Nelson song "Funny How Time Slips Away," both made the Hot 100. He also appeared in the 1963 movie Just for Fun.[1]

With the demise of the Cadence label, he formed a production company and moved to MGM Records, starting with his version of the recent country charted No. 1 song by Ernest Ashworth, "Talk Back Trembling Lips," reached # 7 in January 1964 on Billboard's Hot 100.

He earned his second Grammy nomination for "Heartaches by the Number," nominated for Best Vocal Performance of 1965, which reached No. 4 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.

He also sang the theme song for the 1965 Sally Field television comedy Gidget.

While his fortunes waned with changing musical tastes in the late 1960s, he continued to record before moving to California in 1968. Besides concert and recording he appeared in several films.

He appeared in the 1966 camp comedy The Fat Spy starring Jayne Mansfield, which was featured in the 2004 documentary The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (#46).

He also appeared in Just for Fun, a British music film; the Japanese movie Namida Kun Sayonara, after his number 1 Japanese hit of the same name; and the made-for-TV The Call of the Wild.

In the 1970s, he recorded for the Amos, Buddah, Columbia and United Artists labels.[2]

He appeared in concert, appearing in theaters, at State Fairs and Festivals, and in major hotels in Las Vegas and elsewhere.

In the early 1980s he charted briefly with "Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone" on Reward Records and it was during the 80s that his hits in South East Asia had him appear in Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand on a regular basis with tours in Japan and Hong Kong.

In 1990 he signed with Atlantic records and again charted briefly with "Bim Bam Boom."

In May 1991 his 22-year-old daughter Kelli was killed in a car accident which devastated Johnny as well as his surviving son and family.

Johnny recorded for Charity in 1990s several Christmas songs with Freddy Cannon and Brian Hyland for the Children's Miracle network, produced by Michael Lloyd. "Come On A Sleigh Ride With Me" written by Michael is a new Christmas favorite.

He also recorded with Tommy Roe and Brian Hyland, again for Michael Lloyd for Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer The Movie (1998), "We Can Make It."

Recent times

After a decade long absence in 2010, Tillotson released a single "Not Enough" which was a tribute to the Military, Police, Fire and all uniformed personnel of the United States.

It reached #1 on the indie country chart and the top 25 on the New Music weekly chart, and was a breakout single on the Music Row chart in Nashville.

He continues to write and perform in concert.

On March 23, 2011, Tillotson was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame alongside painter James F. Hutchinson.

This is the highest honor that the State of Florida bestows on an individual citizen. Only 48 others have been so honored to date. Their plaques are on permanent display in the Florida State Capitol.


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The Marmalade - Reflections Of My Life

Marmalade is a Scottish pop rock group from the east end of Glasgow, originally formed in 1961 as the Gaylords, and then later billed as Dean Ford and the Gaylords. In 1966 they changed the group name to The Marmalade.

The most successful period for the band, in terms of UK chart success, was between 1968 and 1972. From the early 1970s, after the original players began to drift away, the band evolved with many further changes and still exists to this day touring the nostalgia circuit.

With the departure of Graham Knight in September 2010, there are now no original Marmalade members remaining in the band.


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Original band – 1968
l/r: Dean Ford, Alan Whitehead, Graham Knight, Junior Campbell and Pat Fairley
Background information
Origin Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Genres Beat music
Pop music
Psychedelic pop
Years active 1966–present
Labels CBS, Decca, London, Target Records, Castle, Sanctuary, Union Square Music

Past members See "Members"


The Gaylords

The Gaylords (named after the notorious post war Chicago Gaylords street gang) were originally formed by Pat Fairley and Billy Johnston in Baillieston, a suburb east of Glasgow, in 1961.

Their initial line-up included Tommy Frew on drums and lead guitarist Pat McGovern, fronted by vocalist Wattie Rodgers.

William Junior Campbell joined on his fourteenth birthday on 31 May 1961 replacing McGovern, and Rodgers was then himself replaced, initially by two new lead vocalists, Billy Reid and Tommy Scott, although Reid soon departed leaving Scott as the sole frontman.

Bill Irving, from local Baillieston group The Cadillacs, then took over from Johnston on bass.

The group began gathering notice and in 1963 Thomas McAleese (who adopted the stage moniker Dean Ford) replaced Scott as lead singer.

They then became known as Dean Ford and The Gaylords. Raymond Duffy, from Glasgow group

The Escorts, then came in on drums after Frew departed.

For a few months, they had an organist, Davey Hunter.

By early 1965, Graham Knight, from the local group The Vampires, had displaced Irving on bass.

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(Pictured; left to right: Bill Irving, Junior Campbell, Dean Ford, Ray Duffy and Pat Fairley (1964))

Becoming popular in Scotland, and under the management of Billy Grainger, in early 1964 they were championed by Scottish music journalist Gordon Reid, which led to them being signed to Columbia (EMI) by Norrie Paramor after auditions at Glasgow's Locarno Ballroom.

They went on to record four singles, including a cover of the 1963 Chubby Checker US hit "Twenty Miles", which was a big seller locally but failed to chart nationally.[1]

The Columbia releases, although uncredited, were all produced by Bob Barratt, EMI staff producer, with Norrie Paramor as executive. Paramor played the celesta on "What's The Matter With Me"; the b-side of "Twenty Miles".

Although the group was well regarded in Scotland and despite being crowned 'Scotland's Top Group', they decided to try for success in the UK as a whole.[1]

In 1965, they played a long stint in Germany at the Storyville in Cologne and also in Duisburg, before moving to London where they changed management and agency representation, as Billy Grainger had decided to remain in Scotland.

Name change and the CBS era

On the recommendation of The Tremeloes, who had seen them in Scotland, The Gaylords were invited to join the London-based agency Starlite Artistes, owned and managed by Peter Walsh.

They then began to build up a club reputation as a tight, close harmony band and in 1966, finding themselves in the middle of the 1960s swinging London scene, they decided to update their image and instrumentation.

On the advice of their new manager, they changed the band name to The Marmalade, eventually dropping "The".[1]

Unusually, they now had two bass players, Graham Knight on 4 string and Pat Fairley on 6 string (Fairley having dropped the standard rhythm guitar normally associated with rock groups of the early 1960s).

With their EMI Columbia contract at an end, Walsh, with the help of John Salter, Walsh's booking agent, was successful in signing the band to CBS Records with producer Mike Smith, who was having great success with The Tremeloes, now their agency stablemates.

But their first few CBS singles also failed to chart in the UK. Drummer Ray Duffy (who later played with Matthews Southern Comfort and Gallagher and Lyle) left in 1966 to return to Scotland to get married just after their first CBS release, "Its All Leading up to Saturday Night".

Former postman Alan Whitehead became their new drummer, debuting on their next single, "Can't Stop Now", which failed to sell despite the group's performing it on a TV play, The Fantasist,[2] written by Alun Owen, for the BBC Two Theatre 625 series.

Their third CBS single, the self penned "I See The Rain", written by Junior Campbell and Dean Ford, was praised by Jimi Hendrix as the 'best cut of 1967'.[1]

It became a chart-topper in the Netherlands the same year. Graham Nash of The Hollies contributed to the session, but it too flopped in the UK, although the track, with its distinct 1960s feel, has since attained a cult following and been resurrected recently by artists such as Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles and Matthew Sweet. (see Under the Covers, Vol. 1)

19 January 1967 proved to be a major turning point in the band's progress when they made their debut at London's Marquee Club where they supported Pink Floyd.[3]

Two weeks later, on 3 February, they supported The Action. After that, they never supported anyone again at the Marquee and on 16 March 1967 they began a long residency which carried through to the autumn of the following year, building a reputation and following,[1] including touring with The Who, Joe Cocker, Traffic, Gene Pitney and The Tremeloes.

This culminated in a summer appearance at the Windsor Jazz and Rock Festival in 1967, directly preceding Jerry Lee Lewis.[4]

CBS, concerned at Marmalade's lack of commercial success, threatened to drop them if they did not have a hit. So after the failure of another self-penned single later that year, "Man in a Shop", they were urged to record more chart-oriented material. They rejected "Everlasting Love", which became a #1 for Love Affair, but later gave in to pressure and recorded "Lovin' Things" written by Artie Schroeck and Jet Loring in 1967 and arranged by Keith Mansfield for Marmalade.

It reached No. 6 in the UK Singles Chart in the summer of 1968.[5] This was covered by The Grass Roots in the US in 1969, using virtually the same arrangement.

Marmalade's debut album, There's A Lot Of It About, featured a mix of some of their singles and cover versions of current popular tunes, and was released in 1968. Marmalade also made a cameo appearance on the big screen in the film Subterfuge [6] that same year.

After a lesser hit with their follow-up single "Wait For Me Mary-Anne" (written by Alan Blaikley and Ken Howard), which made No. 30, they enjoyed their biggest UK success with their cover of The Beatles' "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", which topped the UK chart in January 1969.[1]

As the first Scottish group to ever top that chart,[7] in the week it went to the chart summit, they celebrated by appearing on BBC One's music programme Top of the Pops dressed in kilts.

Their version of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" sold around half a million in the UK, and a million copies globally by April 1969.[4]

This was followed by further success with "Baby Make It Soon" (written by Tony Macaulay), which reached No. 9 in the summer of 1969.[5]

In February 1969 the band appeared on the BBC's flagship program Colour Me Pop, (precursor to The Old Grey Whistle Test) performing a halfhour slot.

They also appeared on the BBC's review of the 1960s music scene, Pop Go The Sixties, performing "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" live on the broadcast on BBC 1 on New Year's Eve 1969.

Decca era

In November 1969 the band was signed to Decca Records by Decca head of A&R, Dick Rowe.

Under an advance deal allowing them to write and produce their own songs, in their very first Decca recording session, they recorded what would become their biggest worldwide hit.[1]

Topping the charts in Europe (also Top 10 in United States and No. 1 in most of South America), "Reflections of My Life", written by Campbell and Ford,[8] featured a backwards guitar solo by Campbell.

"Reflections of My Life" has recorded over two million sales, and the writers were awarded a Special Citation of Achievement in 1998 by BMI in attaining radio broadcast performances in excess of one million in the US alone.[9]

Other UK hits for Decca included "Rainbow" (UK No. 3 and US No. 51) and "My Little One" (UK No. 15).,[1] "Cousin Norman" and "Radancer" (both reaching UK No. 6).

Their manager, Peter Walsh, was a 1960s and 1970s pop entrepreneur whose portfolio also included The Tremeloes, Bay City Rollers, Billy Ocean, The Troggs and Blue Mink.

Their first Decca album, Reflections Of The Marmalade was released in the US as Reflections Of My Life on Decca's London Records subsidiary. Their US singles during this era likewise came out on London.

But their manager, Walsh, turned down an offer to tour the US opening for Three Dog Night, thus blowing an opportunity for further exposure there.[citation needed]

To be fair to Walsh, he did not much care for the fact that Marmalade would have had to pay a substantial dollar premium to do so – a practice common in the US but totally alien to Walsh's traditional UK management and agency style.[citation needed]

After Junior Campbell, who co-wrote most of the group's original material with Ford, left the band in March 1971 for a solo career, and to study orchestration and composition at the Royal College of Music,[10] they began a series of line-up changes, including the loss of drummer Alan Whitehead.[1]

Marmalade recruited guitarist Hugh Nicholson, an ex-member of The Poets,[1] to replace Campbell, and after the first post Campbell release, "Cousin Norman", it was Nicholson who insisted on them sacking Whitehead and recruiting his friend and colleague from The Poets, Dougie Henderson.[citation needed]

This caused Marmalade to suffer adverse publicity from the UK's News of the World after an embittered Whitehead gave them stories of the band's experiences with groupies.[1]

Marmalade released Songs in November 1971, with Nicholson taking over most song compositions, which met with limited success.

However, Nicholson penned two of their last hits, "Cousin Norman" (brass arranged by Junior Campbell) and "Radancer", as well as the lesser hit "Back on the Road", on which he sang lead vocal.[1]

Pat Fairley quit the band circa 1972 to run the group's music publishing company, then Nicholson, who was discouraged over the failure of their Songs album, also left in 1973 to form Blue (not to be confused with a later boy band of the same name – Blue).

Ford, Knight and Henderson carried on with Marmalade. Nicholson was eventually replaced by Mike Japp, a rock guitarist from the Welsh band, Thank You.[1]

The group returned to EMI and released a new single, "Wishing Well". But Knight left during the recording of their next album, Our House Is Rocking (which was delayed until the autumn of 1974), and the group was briefly a trio before Joe Breen (ex-Dream Police) came in on bass.

Refusing to play most of the band's old hit records on stage, the group slowly came to a standstill.


In 1975, Knight linked up with former drummer Alan Whitehead to form 'Vintage Marmalade' with Sandy Newman (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Charlie Smith (guitar).

They were reunited with their old manager, Peter Walsh, to play all the hits on stage and had a full date sheet.[1]

Later in 1975, after Ford and the remaining members called it quits, Knight and Whitehead took over the name Marmalade with the new line-up, fronted by Newman.[1][11]

They signed a deal with Tony Macaulay's Target Records and in 1976, had what turned out to be their final Top 10 hit with the ominously entitled, Macaulay penned song, "Falling Apart at The Seams".

The song also reached the easy listening charts in the U.S. and made the Top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the group's last charting single on the U.S charts.[12] Subsequent singles failed to chart.[1]

One of these was "Talking In Your Sleep", produced by Roger Greenaway and released in January 1978, six months ahead of the Crystal Gayle version of the same song, which became well known worldwide.

Sandy Newman (ex-The Chris McClure Section, 1968–1970) has continued to front Marmalade since 1975, releasing a further eleven singles in the UK (excluding re-releases), seven of which were via Target Records, none of which have charted in the UK or US, and today they continue to tour the nostalgia circuit performing the band's full hit repertoire.

Charlie Smith departed in 1977 to join Nicholson in Blue, and Garth Watt-Roy came in briefly for Marmalade's Only Light On My Horizon Now album, before leaving for the Q-Tips in 1978.

He was replaced by guitarist Ian Withington, who appeared alongside Knight, Newman and new drummer Stu Williamson for the next album Doing It All For You (1979).

Alan Whitehead left the band in 1978 to manage other pop groups and singers, which he does to this day.

He also appeared in the 2010 TV series Take Me Out and ran a lap dancing club.[citation needed]

Subsequent years

Charlie Smith returned in 1980, as the band's drummer this time. Alan Holmes (vocals, guitars, keyboards), a former member of the Bristol-based band Federation, succeeded Withington.

A 1980 US only album, Marmalade, on G&P Records, featured a re-recorded mix of their Decca, EMI and Target material, alongside some Junior Campbell penned tracks.

Another unsuccessful album, Heartbreaker, came out in the UK in 1982 on the Spectra label. Graham Knight remained with the band touring the nostalgia circuit with Newman, Smith and Alan Holmes.

Also in 1982, Glenn Taylor replaced Smith on drums, though Smith returned from 1989 to around 1998, before Taylor took over permanently. Knight remained as sole original member until September 2010.

Dave Dee began appearing as guest singer for Marmalade in 1987 and recorded a single with the band, "Scirocco", in 1989. He continued to make live guest appearances with them until his death in 2009.

In April 2010, drummer Taylor left to join The Fortunes and Knight left in September the same year.

The new players were Damon Sawyer and bassist Mike Steed. In 2011, guitarist and vocalist John James Newman joined, making the band a quintet once again.

2011 also saw the release of Fine Cuts – The Best Of Marmalade on the Salvo label (SALVOMDCD26), a double album containing all of the Marmalade original studio recordings between 1966 and 1972, including their chart hits.

2013 saw the current Marmalade line-up release their first new studio album since 1979.

Entitled Penultimate and released in CD and vinyl formats, it featured six new compositions, together with re-recordings of many Marmalade songs. The album was launched on 4 October 2013 to coincide with the start of a 52-date UK tour.

Dean Ford was one of many lead vocalists contributing to The Alan Parsons Project. His last known work in music was in 1991, by which time he was living in the US.

Having retired from the music industry, he settled in Los Angeles (after a brief spell in New York) and worked as a limo driver. He has recently become active in music again and released a single called "Glasgow Road" with Joe Tansin (ex-Badfinger) in 2012.

Pat Fairley now has his own bar called Scotland Yard, also situated in Los Angeles.

Junior Campbell became a successful solo recording artist, songwriter, television and film composer, record producer and music arranger, and lives in Sussex.


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