Jim Croce fan Jennifer Vanderslice said Thursday she thinks this would be the perfect year for him to be nominated to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
"Jim Croce would have been 70 this year (born on Jan. 10, 1943) and this year is the 40th anniversary of his death (Sept. 20, 1973)," she said.
So she has started an online petition to get him nominated. It reads "Jim Croce (1943 - 1973) was a talented musician and songwriter who was taken from us way too soon. His hit songs, such as 'Time in a Bottle' and 'Bad Bad Leroy Brown' have lived on and withstood the test of time. He is a member of the Songwriters' Hall of Fame and won Favorite Male Artist - Pop / Rock at the 1973 American Music Awards. Jim has four Gold Albums: "You Don’t Mess around with Jim," "Life and Times," "I Got a Name," and "Photographs and Memories."
"Bad Bad Leroy Brown" was also nominated for two Grammy Awards in the Pop Male Vocalist and Record of the Year categories in 1973. His widow, Ingrid, has written a book about his life, "I Got a Name -- The Jim Croce Story."
"I think every adult can look back and remember the first time they heard that someone they admired had died tragically. For me, that was Jim Croce," she explained. "I was nine years old and can still remember sitting in front of the TV, watching the news report of his death. I think the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame needs a wake up call on this one! There are a lot of lesser talents that they've let in ahead of Jim."
"And," she concluded, "you don't mess around with Jim!"
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