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Jim Croce ’65 Image Discovered In Digital Library


Jim Croce sings to a female student

Jim Croce ’65 sings to a female student

Legendary singer Jim Croce ’65 left his stamp on Villanova and on the music world before his untimely death at age 30. While an undergrad, Croce was a leader of the oldest singing group on campus, The Villanova Singers, who can be heard on campus even now. After graduating, he penned and sang #1 hits, such as “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” and “Time in a Bottle.” He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1990. His music legacy continues, with his songs featured in films and television, including Django Unchained, Logan, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Stranger Things.

On the 55th anniversary of Croce’s debut album Facets, Falvey is sharing a recently discovered image from his senior yearbook, contained in the University’s Digital Library. Here, Croce, seen lounging in a campus tree and wearing loafers and a sweater, strums his guitar as a co-ed listens on.

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  1. Comment by Michael Vechesky — January 10, 2022 @ 10:56 PM

    What a historic photo find. Imagine him and fellow future star songwriter Don Maclean strumming guitars on Mendel field.

  2. Comment by Gerald Franceski — July 20, 2023 @ 8:14 AM

    Jim did live in Alumni Hall. he was a great guy very quiet and very unassuming. I had the opportunity to see his son perform and he was outatanding. It was a shame Jim died so young but his talent lived on.

  3. Comment by Dave Gibbons — November 17, 2023 @ 11:43 PM

    I remember being in his dorm room as he played his guitar and we sang along with him. He was just another regular college kid.
    Dave Gibbons
    Class of ‘65

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