THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………….on December 29th of 1973 Jim Croce‘s “Time in a Bottle” tops the Hot 100, the second of three posthumous hits for the late singer / songwriter. This hit number one 14 weeks after Croce was killed in a plane crash. Croce started touring after he completed I Got A Name. On September 30, 1973 a plane carrying Croce and five other people crashed upon takeoff as he was leaving one college venue to another 70 miles away. No one survived the accident, and among those killed was Maury Muehleisen, who played guitar on Croce’s album. Jim Croce wrote this song the nigh that he found his wife, Ingrid, was pregnant. The couple had been married for 5 years, and Ingrid found out she was pregnant when she went to a fertility specialist. She recalls a mixture of terror and delight in Jim’s reaction when she told him the news. The child was a boy named Adrian, who grew up to become the singer-songwriter A. J. Croce. This was never intended to be a single – it was released on Croce’s first major-label solo LP You Don’t Mess Around With Jimin 1972. The album had already yielded the #8 title track and #17 “Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels).” His second LP, Life And Times, had given Croce his first #1 single, “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.” “Time In A Bottle” became a hit over a year after it was first released when it was used in the ABC made-for-TV movie She Lives, about a woman dying of cancer.”I Got a Name” was released in the wake of Croce’s death. The week that “I Got a Name” hit #10 (November 17, 1973), This was finally released as a single. Six weeks later, it became the third posthumous #1 of the rock era (after “Dock Of The Bay” and “Me And Bobby McGee“). The song was not released as a single in the UK.