Hi! I'm Ingrid Croce and I'd like to tell you how Croce's Restaurant & Jazz Bar began. It was long before my husband, Jim Croce, hit the charts with classics like Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown, Time in a Bottle, and Operator.
Jim was born in South Philadelphia in 1943. We met in 1963 when I was a sophomore in high school and he was a sophomore at Villanova University. My band, The Rumrunners, took first place in a folk-singing contest and Jim was one of the judges. We began singing together, fell in love and were married in 1966.
In 1968, we moved to New York City to pursue a recording contract. In two years time, we drove over 300,000 miles playing small clubs and college concerts to promote our first Capitol album, Jim and Ingrid Croce.