I Got a Name

I Got a Name

This article is about the album. For the song, see I Got a Name (song).

I Got a Name

Studio album by Jim Croce

Released
December 1, 1973[1]

Recorded
The Hit Factory, New York City

Genre
Folk rock

Length
30:57

Label
ABC (US)
Vertigo (UK)

Producer
Terry Cashman, Tommy West

Jim Croce chronology

Life & Times
(1973)
I Got a Name
(1973)
Photographs & Memories
(1974)

Singles from I Got a Name

“I Got a Name / “Alabama Rain””
Released: September 1973
“I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song” / “Salon and Saloon”
Released: April 1974
“Workin’ at the Car Wash Blues” / “Thursday”
Released: June 1974

Professional ratings

Review scores

Source
Rating

AllMusic
[2]

Rolling Stone
(favorable)[3]

Robert Christgau
C+[4]

I Got a Name is the fifth and final studio album (and first posthumous release) by American singer-songwriter Jim Croce, released on December 1, 1973.[5] It features the ballad “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song”, which reached number 9 in the US singles chart, and the ballad “Salon and Saloon”, the last song Croce recorded in his lifetime. The song was written by his guitarist Maury Muehleisen and was included on the album as a gift to the writer. The song is noted for its sparse piano only vocal backing. This would be Croce’s final album recorded during his lifetime, as Croce died in a plane crash shortly before the album’s title song was released, leaving wife Ingrid Croce and son Adrian J. Croce. The title track, the theme from the film The Last American Hero, was another posthumous hit for Croce, reaching number 10 in the US singles chart.

Contents

1 Track listing
2 Songwriting
3 “I Got a Name” in film and television
4 Personnel
5 Chart positions

5.1 Weekly charts
5.2 Year-end charts
5.3 Certifications

6 References

Track listing[edit]

No.
Title
Writer(s)
Length

1.
“I Got a Name”
Charles Fox, Norman Gimbel
3:09

2.
“Lover’s Cross”
Jim Croce
3:04

3.
“Five Short Minutes”
Jim Croce
3:29

4.
“Age”
Jim Croce, Ingrid Croce
3:46

5.
“Workin’ at the Car Wash Blues”
Jim Croce
2:32

6.
“I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song”
Jim Croce
2:34

7.
“Salon and Saloon”
Maury Muehleisen
2:31

8.
“Thursday”
Sal Joseph
2:28

9.
“Top Hat Bar and Grille”
Jim Croce
2:47

10.
“Recently”
Jim Croce
2:34

11.
“The Hard Way Every Time”
Jim Croce
2:29

Songwriting[edit]
Croce’s wife Ingrid Croce[6] has an autobiographical cookbook, Thyme In A Bottle, in which she writes interesting anecdotes ab