January 1, 2010

JIM CROCE  1/10/43 – 9/20/73

One of my closest friends, Patti Dahlstrom, introduced me to one of her closest friends, Jim Croce and we hit it off immediately. We went to his concerts, TV shows and sometimes we just sat around talking or playing guitar. Although I was more of a publisher at the time, working for Warner Bros. Music…I knew I was in the presence of an extraordinary human being and could learn a great from him about songwriting and life.

The night his plane crashed … Patti and I had started a song that became a tribute to him “Sending my Good Thoughts to You”. Since his passing, whenever I’ve been stuck on a lyric, or need a little help with one of life’s little problems, Jim appears to me and gives me an answer…usually laced with his wry sense of humor!

to hear Patti Dahlstrom sing “Sending My Good Thoughts To You” from her 20th Century album “Your Place or Mine” just click onto http://artiewayne.com/sending.html

From my forthcoming book, “I Did It For A Song”
Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne

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  1. Michelle Says:

    Hi Artie, I knew Patti Dahlstrom. I went to an Art College in Houston several years ago and she was one of my teachers. I haven’t spoken to her in years and she may not even remember me, but I have fond memories of her and I always looked forward to her class. She has a very compassionate heart and I wish good things for her. I find it ironic that I came across your site. 🙂

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