Today In Pop Music: September 20 – Jim Croce Killed In Plane Crash


1946 – Michael Oldroyd (Manfred Man’s Earth Band)

1949 – Chuck Panozzo (Styx – bass guitar)

1949 – John Panozzo (Styx – drums)

1959 – Alannah Currie (Thompson Twins – vocals – sax – ‘Hold Me Now’)

1967 – Matthew and Gunnar Nelson (Nelson  – Can’t Live Without Your Love’ – Rick Nelson’s sons)


1968 – Led Zepplin, recording under the name of The Yardbirds, began recording their debut album in London.  The album took only 36 to record at a cost of well under $5,000.

1969 – During a meeting with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, John Lennon announced he was leaving The Beatles.

1970 – Jim Morrison of the Doors was acquitted on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior, but found guilty of indecent exposure during a concert a year and a half earlier.  at his trial in Miami, the judge sentenced him to six months hard labor and a $500 fine.  The sentence was appealed, but Jim was never brought to trial.  He died in Paris on July 3, 1971.

1973 – On his way to perform his second concert of the day, Jim Croce was killed with five others when his chartered plane hit a tree on take off and crached in Natchitoches, Louisiana.  He was just 30 years old.

A few weeks earlier, he had appeared on the short lived Helen Reddy Show.  It wasn’t just about singing the songs with Jim, he had an amazing ability to tell stories between songs, as shown in this clip.


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