It was 40 years ago today (September 20th, 1973) that singer-songwriter Jim Croce died in a plane crash in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Croce had performed that night at Northwestern State University and was scheduled to spend the night in Natchitoches and fly to Dallas the next day, but due to a last minute change of plans, Croce and guitarist Maury Muehleisen left immediately after the show. Their plane crashed shortly after taking off, killing all six passengers on board. Jim Croce was 30-years-old.
OK, I know Jim Croce is more "soft" rock than "classic" rock but he undeniebly holds a major spot in rock and roll history.
In the weeks and months after his death, Croce's album sales soared when "Time In A Bottle" became a posthumous Number One hit.