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James Joseph Croce (January 10, 1943 â September 20, 1973), popularly known as Jim Croce, was an American singer-songwriter.
He graduated from Upper Darby High School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania in 1960 where in 1976, he was the first former student to be added to the high school's Wall of Fame. Then, while attending Villanova University ('65 graduate), Croce became interested in becoming a professional musician and met his future wife, Ingrid, at a hootenany at Convention Hall in Philadelphia, where he was a judge for the contest.
During the early sixties, Croce formed a number of college bands and performed at coffee houses and universities, and later with his wife Ingrid as a duo in the mid-sixties to early seventies. At first their performances included songs by Ian and Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot, Joan Baez, and Woody Guthrie, but in time they began writing their own music, such as âAgeâ, âHey Tomorrowâ, and âSpin, Spin Spinâ which later led to Jimâs hit songs in the early seventies.