I Got a Name

I Got a Name is the fifth and final studio album (and first posthumous release) by American singer-songwriter Jim Croce, released on December 1, 1973.[5] It features the ballad "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song", which reached number 9 in the US singles chart, and the ballad "Salon and Saloon", the last song Croce recorded in his lifetime. The song was written by his guitarist Maury Muehleisen and was included on the album as a gift to the writer. The song is noted for its sparse piano-only vocal backing. This would be Croce's final album recorded during his lifetime, as Croce died in a plane crash on September 20, 1973, the day before the album's title song was released, leaving wife Ingrid Croce and son Adrian J. Croce. The title track, the theme from the film The Last American Hero, was another posthumous hit for Croce, reaching number 10 in the US singles chart.

I Got a Name
Jim Croce - I Got a Name.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 1, 1973[1]
RecordedThe Hit Factory, New York City
GenreFolk rock
Length30:57
LabelABC (US)
Vertigo (UK)
ProducerTerry Cashman, Tommy West
Jim Croce chronology
Life & Times
(1973)
I Got a Name
(1973)
Photographs & Memories
(1974)
Singles from I Got a Name
  1. "I Got a Name / "Alabama Rain""
    Released: September 1973
  2. "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song" / "Salon and Saloon"
    Released: April 1974
  3. "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues" / "Thursday"
    Released: June 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[3]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[4]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."I Got a Name"Charles Fox, Norman Gimbel3:09
2."Lover's Cross"Jim Croce3:04
3."Five Short Minutes"Jim Croce3:29
4."Age"Jim Croce, Ingrid Croce3:46
5."Workin' at the Car Wash Blues"Jim Croce2:32
6."I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song"Jim Croce2:34
7."Salon and Saloon"Maury Muehleisen2:31
8."Thursday"Sal Joseph2:28
9."Top Hat Bar and Grille"Jim Croce2:47
10."Recently"Jim Croce2:34
11."The Hard Way Every Time"Jim Croce2:29

PersonnelEdit

  • Jim Croce – guitar, vocals
  • Leroy Brown – vocals
  • Gary Chester – drums
  • George Devens – percussion
  • Steve Gadd – drums
  • Ellie Greenwich – vocals
  • Michael Kamen – synthesizer
  • Joe Macho – bass
  • Rick Marotta – drums
  • Bobby Matos – percussion
  • Terence P. Minogue – strings, vocals
  • Maury Muehleisen – guitar, vocals
  • Henry Gross – lead and rhythm electric guitar on "Five Short Minutes"
  • Marty Nelson – vocals
  • Alan Rolnick – guitar, vocals
  • Tasha Thomas – vocals
  • Tommy West – bass, keyboards, vocals
  • Stu Woods – bass

Production

  • Producers: Terry Cashman, Tommy West
  • Recording Engineer: Bruce Tergesen

Chart positionsEdit

Singles[7]

Year Single Chart Position
1973 "I Got a Name" Adult Contemporary 4
1973 "I Got a Name" Pop Singles 10
1974 "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song" Adult Contemporary 1
1974 "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song" Pop Singles 9
1974 "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song" Country 68
1974 "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues" Adult Contemporary 9
1974 "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues" Pop Singles 32

CertificationsEdit

Country Certifications
United States Gold

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Strong, Martin Charles & John Peel Great Rock Discography
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: C". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 23, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
  5. ^ VH1 Artist Discography entry at http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/croce_jim/373780/album.jhtml
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1974". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. December 28, 1974. Archived from the original on February 3, 2012. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  7. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of No. 1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)