YMMV / Jim Croce

  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • One of the backing vocalists on Croce's albums, Ellie Greenwich, was actually a performer in her own right, as lead vocalist of The Raindrops, which had a top 20 hit with "The Kind of Boy You Can't Forget" in 1963. The group also consisted of Greenwich's husband, Jeff Barry, and the two were also successful songwriters, writing or co-writing such hit songs as "Da Doo Ron Ron", "Then He Kissed Me", "Be My Baby", "Hanky Panky", "Baby, I Love You", "Do Wah Diddy Diddy", "Chapel of Love", "I Wanna Love Him So Bad", "Maybe I Know", "People Say", and "Leader of the Pack."
    • The two men who wrote Croce's hit "I Got a Name", Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox, also wrote "Killing Me Softly with His Song", as well as the theme songs to Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley.
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: Though it's ok because both are by the same artist, "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" and "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" are very similar in narrative.
  • Unreliable Narrator: How some interpret "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues". The premise of the song is that the narrator claims his intelligence is wasted working at the car wash and that he deserves greater success in life, calling himself "a genius" and "an undiscovered Howard Hughes". However, there is nothing in the song to back up his claims, so it's up to the listener's interpretation to decide if he's telling the truth and was just dealt a bad hand in life, or if he just has a massive ego and really isn't as smart as he thinks he is.