Song: Workin' at the Car Wash Blues (1973)
Artist: Jim Croce
Album: I Got a Name
R.I.P. Jim Croce. 49 years ago today, America lost one of its greatest singer-songwriters just as his career was ascending. After playing a show at Northwestern State University in Louisiana, Croce's charted flight crashed shortly following takeoff, killing him and five others. He was just 30 years old.
The next day, arguably his signature song, "I Got a Name," was released as a single (although it was used a few months before in the movie The Last American Hero).
Croce went on to have three posthumous top 10 hits (including "I've Got a Name"). "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues" peaked at #32 in 1974 and was a top 10 Adult Contemporary hit, peaking at #9.
On Friday, I went to Outlaw Fest, and the Avett Brothers played a beautiful stripped-down cover of "Operator."