Cat's in the Cradle
A few of Croce's hits:
Time in a Bottle
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song
If I had to pick any of their combined songs at 1.01 in a music draft, I'd have to go with Taxi. GREAT tune.
Sadly, both men died very young in horrible accidents.
CHAPIN'S DEATH -- at 39 years of age
CROCE'S DEATH -- at 30 years of age
On July 16, 1981, just after noon, Chapin was driving on the Long Island Expressway, in the left hand fast lane, at about 65 miles an hour. For some reason, either because of engine failure or some physical problem (thought to be a possible heart attack) he put on his emergency flashers near Exit 40 in Jericho, NY. He then slowed to about 15 miles an hour and veered into the center lane nearly colliding with another car. He swerved left, then to the right again, ending up directly in front of a tractor-trailer truck. The truck could not brake in time and rammed the rear of Harry's blue 1975 Volkswagon Rabbit, rupturing the gas tank and causing it to burst into flames.The driver of the truck, and another passer-by were able to get Harry out of the burning car through the window and by cutting the seatbelts, before the car was completely engulfed in flames. He was taken by police helicopter to the hospital where ten doctors tried for 30 minutes to revive him. A spokesman for the Nassau County Medical Center said Chapin had suffered a heart attack and "died of cardiac arrest" but there was no way of knowing whether it occurred before or after the accident. In an interview years after his death, Chapin's daughter said "My dad didn't really sleep, and he ate badly and had a totally insane schedule."
Croce, 30, died in a small commercial plane crash on September 20, 1973, one day before his third ABC album, I Got a name, was to be released. Croce had just completed a concert in Louisiana, and was flying to Sherman, Texas. The pilot and all passengers were killed instantly at 10:45 PM EST on September 20, 1973, less than an hour after the end of their last concert. Upon takeoff, the plane did not gain enough altitude to clear an area of large pecan trees at the end of the runway. The official report from the NTSB hints that the charter pilot, Robert Newton Elliott, who had severe coronary artery disease and had run a portion of the 3 miles to the airport from a motel, may have suffered a heart attack causing him to crash into the trees on a clear runway with excellent visibility. A later investigation placed sole blame for the accident on pilot error.