Song: “Time In A Bottle” by Jim Croce
Reached #1: December 29, 1973 (his second, 2 weeks)
Previously: Day 203
“Time In A Bottle” wasn’t really supposed to be a single – ABC Records, which released Croce’s album You Don’t Mess Around With Jim in 1972, was done with the album, as Croce had released Life And Times in mid-1973 and was working on I Got A Name as late as mid-September 1973.
Then came the plane crash.
But that wasn’t the only reason “Time In A Bottle” reached #1. At the time, ABC had used the song as the end-credit song for a TV movie, She Lives!. The movie, a tear-jerker featuring Desi Arnaz Jr., aired on September 12, 1973. Croce’s plane went down 8 days later. ABC released “Time In A Bottle” as a single a few weeks later – with the airplay it had already received in the wake of the movie, and Croce’s death, it hit #1 fairly quickly, becoming Croce’s last #1 single.
Of course, the storyline of the song – the wish to be able to live forever, in some way – mixed with the irony of Croce’s death, proved irresistible. And, indeed, in this song, Jim Croce has lived forever…
Tomorrow, the song that would have made a terrific ending for this blog, if the final chart of 1967 had come out one day later…
No other songs reached #1 on December 29.