So many songs that are right on in just a couple of albums. Most folks only know "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" or "Time in a Bottle", it's actually a testament that these songs are still in airplay rotation 37 years after the fact.
But people need to be aware of the other gems. It seems every song he did was fully formed, understandable and accessible, so that with every listen you may have a new favorite.
I'm going to sit back and let his songs do the talking. Take it away Jim!
A love song. "Roller Derby Queen":
Them totally depressin', low-down, mind-messin', "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues":
"Operator"...'cause you know Jeffy likes his one sided conversation telephone songs:
Even Leroy Brown knows, "You Don't Mess Around with Jim":
I have always been a fan of character/story songs, and if one starts with a "Chuck Berry guitar lick", all the better! "Rapid Roy":
Aw heck...you know you love it...the ubiquitous "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown":
The car trips of my youth were spent listening to Jim Croce's greatest hits album "Photographs and Memories". I got a bunch of memories now, and the photographic snapshots of Croce's songs help keep 'em in order.