As opposed to some of the melancholy mood invoked by some of the other Singer/Songwriters of his generation, Jim Croce’s music was delivered in a more upbeat style. Even when introspective, he still had a “common man” appeal and rather than talk about changing the world, he would sing about just his little section of it. His down to earth quality would have probable helped propel him to superstardom, but his untimely death saw his greatest success occur posthumously. Needless to say, Jim Croce did not record as much as his peers, but what he did produce was impressive. If the Hall looks at the quality of his work for the time he did have on earth, his chances only improve.
The album I Got a Name was released on December 1, 1973. The posthumous release included three hits: "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues", "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song", and the title song, which had been used as the theme to the film The Last American Hero which was released two months prior to his death. The album reached No. 2 and "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song" reached No. 9 on the singles chart. Consequently , three months later, "Time in a Bottle", originally released on Croce's first album the year before, hit number one on December 29, 1973, the third posthumous chart-toppin g song of the rock era following Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" and Janis Joplin's recording of "Me and Bobby McGee".