James Joseph 'Jim' Croce (January 10, 1943 September 20, 1973) was an American singer-songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five studio albums and 11 singles. His singles 'Bad, Bad Leroy Brown' and 'Time in a Bottle' were both number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Croce was born in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 10, 1943, to James Albert and Flora Mary Babucci Croce, and grew up in an Italian American family. 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.' Croce attended Upper Darby High School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. After his graduation in 1960, Croce went to Malvern Preparatory School for one year before deciding to enroll at Villanova University in 1961. During his time as a student, Croce became a member of the Villanova Singers and the Spires.
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