Fun Rock & Roll Facts, Part II: Jim Croce

jimDid you know…

…that Jim’s famous ‘fro was actually a wig? It’s true! His hair was burned off at age 6 in an unfortunate smelting accident.

…that his hit “I Fell In Love With A Roller Derby Queen” was originally entitled “I Fell In Love With A Whore From Dairy Queen”?

…that he subsisted on nothing but pine needles and guacamole for the last 6 years of his existence? It was a ‘new age’ diet recommended to him by former roommate Arlo Guthrie.

…that for the entire 30 years that he was alive he never once cut his toenails? Look closely at his concert footage and you’ll notice that he always kept his feet wrapped in velvet “Crown Royal” bags.

…that he once swam over 2938 km down the Mississippi River just to retrieve his autographed Jerry Garcia balsa wood hookah?

…that he would only wear blue jeans that contained a unique purple dye found only in a rare form of sea urchin?

…that he once sneaked into Ed McMahon’s house and lived undetected in his closet for a full year?

…that he and 6 others still hold the record to this day for “Most People To Fit Inside A Single Soap Bubble”?

…that his mustache actually housed three generations of trained circus fleas, a Croce tradition passed down by his father, Hercules Croce?

…that before Stanley Kubrick took over, Jim Croce was considered to play Alex, the lead “droog” in A Clockwork Orange?

Tomorrow: Fun Rock And Roll Facts about Steve Perry!