Ever heard of Jim Croce? Me neither. But on being a rather avid listener to Magic FM at home when there's nothing worth watching on the TV, I've come to hear his voice with a growing regularity.
Magic FM does have a tendency to play the same playlist of songs on what feels like a loop but then I like the songs that come up so I shouldn't really compain.
One of those that pops up keenly and which I've really grown to like is Jim Croce's 'I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song'.
For a keen musical connoisseur, his was a name that had never crossed my path before. Indeed when I first heard the song, it's regularity on the radio station made me think that it may have been a modern release but the sound just didn't sound 'current'. No, it was more of a 70s sound which was always pleasing on my ear.
On investigation, it turned out to be so. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released six 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. Indeed, the former is a hit that I'm well versed with, but through the voice of Frank Sinatra who covered it. I hadn't realised that it was sung originally by Jim Croce.
But it's his 'I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song' which I've taken too. It was actually released posthumously on December 1st 1973 after Croce and 5 others were killed in a commercial plane crash on September 20th. The song reached No.9 in the US Singles Chart.
Here it is...