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The Legacy Of Jim Croce

Airs Monday, November 22, 2010 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Jim Croce playing the guitar

Credit: American Public Television

Above: Jim Croce playing the guitar

Croce's Restaurant and Jazz Bar

Croce's Restaurant and Jazz Bar, Downtown’s San Diego’s most popular Gaslamp landmark, is a tribute to singer-songwriter Jim Croce. Croce’s is owned and operated by his widow Ingrid Croce to keep Jim’s memory, hospitality and music alive. Croce's Restaurant & Jazz Bar is on Facebook.

When Jim Croce died in a plane crash at the age of 30, he had been recognized as one of the most promising artists of his era. In a two-year span, he had eight Top-40 singles, two of which were #1 records, and a #1 album.

Three decades later, his songs continue to populate radio station playlists. Jim Croce’s enduring music is revisited in the television special "The Legacy Of Jim Croce." The program features the late singer-songwriter’s performances on television in the early 1970s and includes these classic Croce songs: “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim,” “Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels),” “One Less Set of Foot Steps” and “Bad, Bad LeRoy Brown.” Many of these performances have not been seen in their entirety since their original broadcast. Croce’s widow, Ingrid, and their son A.J., provide commentary filled with intimate anecdotes.

Jim Croce Live: Operator

Live performance video of Jim Croce singing "Operator."

Jim Croce Live: Bad, Bad LeRoy Brown

Jim Croce performs "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," in Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, Los Angeles, August 1973.

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