June 16, 2013 – 4:47 am

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Final Show - Louisiana 1973 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana; September 20, 1973. Fair to good audience recording.

It’s a short set and the more notable tracks such as Time In A Bottle, I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song, You Don’t Mess Around With Jim or It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way were not performed. But if you are a Jim Croce fan, this is a must-have.

Thanks to Mike who shared this on the net in 2007.

Uploader’s notes:

Here is a REAL Treat for all you Jim Croce Fans… This is THE LAST Show Jim performed before his untimely death in 1973. This is an audience recording and very good for its time. This recording I obtained many years ago thru the art of snail mail, back in the days before torrents were born. I believe this is 2nd generation from the master cassette tape.

The story goes as thus:

This CD contains the final moments of the legendary Jim Croce and his lead guitarist, Maury Muehleisen. Only 15 minutes after this concert ended, they were both killed when their charted plane crashed during take-off from the Natchitoches, LA airport. The four others aboard the aircraft were also killed and the names are unkown to me. Jim and Maury had just given a great show on the campus of Northwestern State Unversity in Natchitoches, Louisiana. They had been well received by almost 2000 fans. This show was taped on a hand-held cassette recorder by two young women in the 3rd row…

[The plane crashed about an hour after the end of the concert… The others killed in the crash were charter pilot Robert N. Elliott, comedian George Stevens, manager and booking agent Kenneth D. Cortose, and road manager Dennis Rast. - wikipedia]

Art from jimcrocefans.com - Thanks!

Here is the final photo of Jim Croce and his guitarist, sitting in the actual plane that night. They took off 15 minutes after this photo was taken. Thanks to Ernie Clark who sent in the picture.

Those interested can download the Remastered Edition of this show, courtesy of Remasters Workshop, here. However, the RMW version cannot be shared lossy.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy) (5.2MB)
Track 02. Workin’ At The Carwash Blues (6.1MB)
Track 03. Operator (6.9MB)
Track 04. Roller Derby Queen (12.9MB)
Track 05. Lover’s Cross (5.4MB)
Track 06. Thursday (3.0MB)
Track 07. Speedball Trucker (10.9MB)
Track 08. I Got A Name (5.9MB)
Track 09. Top Hat Bar And Grill (4.7MB)
Track 10. Bad Bad Leroy Brown (4.3MB)

Note: All the dialogue between songs is present on this recording.

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  1. 29 Responses to “JIM CROCE - FINAL SHOW 1973”

  2. interestingly bklyn steve has just recently posted amsterdam 73 and cleveland 72 (both sbd) items up on his site. its been nearly 40 yrs now since we lost jim. his song time in a bottle was my high school graduation song. i didnt appreciate him while he was here. it took me a few yrs to get him. better late than never. thankfully there are some good recordings out there to remind us what we had in him.

    By darth on Jun 16, 2013

  3. darthkards, this is a good effort at being a nice guy, but we all know it won’t last very long.

    By Dingus on Jun 16, 2013

  4. Thank you very much for sharing this show. Mr. Croce was an amazing songwriter and performer. I’m looking forward to hearing this (although there will probably be many cold chills due to the circumstances that followed).

    By mackdaddyg on Jun 16, 2013

  5. I should add that track seven is actually called Speedball Tucker instead of Trucker.

    By mackdaddyg on Jun 16, 2013

  6. nice post darth.

    please ignore my sociopath brother.We’re trying to get the help he needs…

    By bootlick sarge on Jun 16, 2013

  7. darth, using your “bootlick sarge” identity to give yourself compliments is really pathetic…

    By Innocent Bystander on Jun 16, 2013

  8. I B, it reminds me of this:

    By barth on Jun 16, 2013

  9. sorry all for my pathetic posts-a waste of time me writin’ ‘em and for others who read them

    Happy Father’s Day

    By Innocent Bystander on Jun 16, 2013

  10. And stealing my identity to insult me is even more pathetic. If you have a father, he’s got to be really embarrassed.

    By Innocent Bystander on Jun 16, 2013

  11. it is too bad this final show wasn`t professionally recorded but who knew at the time right? regardless, I Got a Name is a beautiful beautiful song, what a talent.
    I feel like we hardly got to really know Jim Croce and what might have been.

    By sluggo on Jun 16, 2013

  12. I’m sorry Dad.I didn’t mean to embarrass and shame the family.I’ll try to do better.

    By Innocent Bystander on Jun 16, 2013

  13. i dont use any other names. period. i only post using my own name. stop falsely accusing me of things. own up to the things u say. being drunk when u say stuff isnt an excuse. dumbass!

    By darth on Jun 17, 2013

  14. darth it s monday how about a new start .

    By c.darrow'sasst. on Jun 17, 2013

  15. Thanks, BigO!

    By David on Jun 17, 2013

  16. Thank you for the music, BigO,
    and mackdaddyg & sluggo for the words.
    Will keep this one.
    Is it possible to upload these Amsterdam / Cleveland tapes here, please? No, found:
    Will beginn with one of these…

    By Kint on Jun 17, 2013

  17. Excuse me - it should be darth, mackdadday & sluggo. Sorry.

    By Kint on Jun 17, 2013

  18. Steve Goodman fans will want to have a look or listen to these very early recordings. didn`t know where else to post this.


    By sluggo on Jun 22, 2013

  19. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bobby-blue-bland-blues-singer-dead-at-83-20130624?utm_source=dailynewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

    By darth on Jun 25, 2013

  20. RIP Bobby “Blue” Bland, 1930-2013. Peter Guralnick’s remembrance is here: http://tinyurl.com/kvm3gx4

    Bobby’s album “Two Steps From The Blues” is a classic: http://tinyurl.com/pd3yf8v

    Full versions of the songs are on YouTube, the CD is under $10 from Amazon.

    By Dingus on Jun 25, 2013

  21. To BIG O & Ernie Clark. A BIG thanks for this page however a huge mistake about the plane photo and that this was not taken on that night or tour. Trust me and visit FaceBook’s Fans of Jim Croce by upperdarbybill

    By upperdarbybill on Jul 30, 2013

  22. Have to agree with Bill on the photo comment. It was a hot day and there was no need for Jim to be wearing a winter coat. Can’t possibly imagine Jim riding in a convertible with the top down and a winter coat on. Thanks though for the rest of information.

    By Tom on Sep 9, 2013

  23. All I can say is, make your copies now.
    Ingrid is taking these down like crazy.

    If you don’t, you’ll have to wait another 20 years and pay money to hear them again.

    Eventually, the ‘time will be right’ for her to release them like she did her book.

    By Joe on Sep 13, 2013

  24. It was NOT the actual plane that night.
    Come on dude. September in the South?

    For Chrissake, September in the NORTH is hot.

    Thanks for posting the music, but stop guessing otherwise.

    By Joe on Sep 13, 2013

  25. This is not the last photo and what is labeled as the final tour cd is not of the last night in natchitoches recorded.

    By jawbreaker on Dec 5, 2013

  26. I believe Angora CL live venue was Jim’s 1st live boot. I met Jim’s family & friends where I grew up. Many Summer, Fall and early Spring nights I waited for the phone to ring for Hey! Jump in the car, he’s over Emil’s or “Yo! meet us at Dave’s ‘Loggin’s & Messina’ with Jim only they left Dave’s. Monday morning would be those showing their signed 1st copy. Oh shit. Life is full of “I’ll catch him next time” I’m still waiting. Thanks to the Angelucci’s and the Croce’s for their love & trust they have for me.

    By upperdarbybill on Apr 4, 2014

  27. Mackdaddyg, I aquired many Croce song books including a complete (price $9.00) and yea “Speedball’s typo ‘Trucker’ is still in like the ‘re-print 35 years later. (oh and that price? Dinner for 2) And I have to mention my 1st printing had a major mistake and that they duplicated 2 pages on “One Less Set Of Footsteps” (the ultimate ‘Kiss-Off’ song) causing a missing 12 to 16 measures. That also has never been corrected. Oh well.

    By upperdarbybill on Apr 5, 2014

  28. Yes “Jawbreaker” my Croce family fan and no where on that 1989 release does it state the date but the college. A missleading title for sure but to not mention that it was Glassboro State College N.J. where Maury attended just 2 1/2 years earlier was indeed an act of knowledge and respect. You have to listen to learn of this.

    By upperdarbybill on Apr 5, 2014

  29. I found a picture from his last concert at NWSt U. I don’t see where to post a pic on this site though.

    By Allen on Feb 6, 2015

  30. Saw him in Boston, Mass in 1972, at the old Aquarius Theatre w/Poco. Thanks. have a nice day. jimg

    By jimg on Aug 15, 2015

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