A.J. Croce performs Croce Plays Croce, a special night of music featuring a complete set of classics by his late father Jim Croce, some of his own tunes, and songs that influenced both him and his father. The performances promise A.J.’s unique interpretation of Jim’s iconic You Don’t Mess Around With Jim album with a full band and visual presentation of the songs, including indelible hits, “Operator (That’s Not The Way It Feels’),” “Time In A Bottle” and others.
Jim Croce found long-overdue success in 1972 following years of struggling to make a name in the music business. That year he released his debut album, “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim,” which topped the Billboard Album chart for more than a month, spawning the hit singles “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim,” “Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels)” and “Time in a Bottle.” He has achieved unprecedented record sales for a working-class, solo ‘folk’ artist including, The Songwriter’s Hall of Fame induction, surpassing the 50 million mark (worldwide) with his memorable self-penned tunes gracing more than 375 compilations. His music continues to be included in major films, TV shows and commercials including, Apple’s Siri ad, Tarantino’s Django Unchained, the X-Men franchise, Netflix’s Stranger Things and recently in George Clooney’s The Tender Bar.
His son A.J. not only appropriately honors his father’s legacy, but further illuminates the power of the Croce pedigree with an iconic identity all his own.