Croce died on tour when his plane crashed just after take-off in Natchitoches, LA, on September 20, 1973. "I got up and headed to class and heard it on the radio," he said. Pierce and McDonald continued producing stories about the crash for various outlets for days afterward. 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The debris field gave me an idea of how forceful the crash was.". In 1940, he directed Carole Lombard in Vigil in the Night, and the film has an alternative ending for European audiences in recognition of World War II, which at the time the U.S. had not yet entered. This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. Last week, Pierce retraced the route Elliott must have taken on foot from the Lakeview Motel to the airport that night. Comedian.NATCHITOCHES, La., (UPI) - Investigators Friday said they found marijuana in the wreckage of the plane crash that killed singer JIM CROCE and five other persons, but a sheriff admitted the drug probably was not involved in the accident. The Croce tribute coincides with the Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival, set for Sept. 20-21 on the downtown riverbank. Please enter location or other information that may help the volunteer in fulfilling this request. Family members linked to this person will appear here. Less than an hour after leaving the stage, Croce, Muehleisen, Stevens, agent Kenneth D. Cortose, road manager Dennis Rast and airplane pilot Robert N. Elliott were all dead, killed in a crash after barely lifting off at the Natchitoches Regional Airport. Previously sponsored memorials or famous memorials will not have this option. If you notice a problem with the translation, please send a message to and include a link to the page and details about the problem. He was responsible for such classic films as A Place in the Sun, Shane, The Diary of Anne Frank, Giant and The Greatest Story Ever Told. In 1934 he got his first directing job, the slapstick Kentucky Kernels. — Jim Croce was on the cusp of superstardom in 1973. Year should not be greater than current year. “I consider it an honor to restore the plaque in memory of all who perished,” Gallager said. "I saw the flashing lights everywhere. George Stevens, a filmmaker known as a meticulous craftsman with a brilliant eye for composition and a sensitive touch with actors, is one of the great American filmmakers, ranking with. Thanks for using Find a Grave, if you have any feedback we would love to hear from you. Ken Cortese was working as a booking agent for Croce’s 1973 national tour at the time of his death. For help using the website visit our help page or contact Failed to remove flower. Add to your scrapbook. All photos appear on this tab and here you can update the sort order of photos on memorials you manage. Muehleisen was 24 when he died. Years later, when Croce's widow Ingrid visited Natchitoches and Northwestern, the late Mayor Joe Sampite insisted to Pierce that he meet her. The other victims were found in the plane. You need a Find a Grave account to add things to this site. “Jim was going to be the summer host of ‘The Tonight Show’ but his death came before. Creedence Clearwater Revisited bringing farewell tour to Bossier City, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer James Burton gifts 60 guitars to Caddo Parish school, Woodstock? Fletcher, who had a booming voice and would later become Natchitoches Parish sheriff, was then the broadcaster for Northwestern State football as well as the civil defense director for the parish. Sorry! Bryan Gallager of Alexandria, Ala., a devoted fan of Croce and Muehleisen, donated the plaque that replaces one that once hung in the Sylvan Friedman Student Union, with input from Mary Muehleisen, Maury Muehleisen’s sister. Also killed were GEORGE STEVENS, 36, Inglewood, Calif., a comedian; KENNETH D. CORTOSE, 28, Chicago, CROCE'S manager and booking agent; MAURICE T. MUEHLEISEN, 24, Trenton, N. J., a musician; and DENNIS RAST, 30, Chicago. Please complete the captcha to let us know you are a real person. Make sure that the file is a photo. GREAT NEWS! He also had two brothers, Jack, a cinematographer, and writer Aston Stevens. As a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army, Stevens headed the U.S. Army Signal Corps unit that filmed the Normandy landings and the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp. Stevens has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1701 Vine Street. George Stevens[2] was born in Oakland, California, the son of Landers Stevens and Georgie Cooper, both stage actors. Gallager believes Croce’s music was enriched by his friendship with Muehlseisen, a classically trained pianist and self-taught guitarist. “They made three albums together and were appearing on shows like ‘The Midnight Special’ and ‘The Helen Reddy Show,’” Gallager said. LSUA announces basketball schedule and plans for 2020-21 season,,,_Bad_Leroy_Brown,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival This Weekend, Bonnette Auction Company holding liquidation sale this weekend, Cenla Pride Weekend June 6-8 in Alexandria, Firefighters Take Safety Message to Schools This Week. Dr. C.B. Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. "So I got Sampite out of another meeting and he walks up to Jim Croce's widow and says, 'I just want you to know we cut that damn tree down,'" Pierce said. Your new password must contain one or more uppercase and lowercase letters, and one or more numbers or special characters. Pieces of the airplane were everywhere. There was some on two different ones," said Sheriff SAM JAMES. Share this memorial using social media sites or email. Wilson commented that the purpose of the memorial service, attended by about 150 students, was to honor the entertainers and as an expression of the student’s feelings. He won the Academy Award for Best Director twice, in 1951 for A Place in the Sun and in 1956 for Giant. Crashed into trees at the end of the runway while taking off after not gaining altitude. Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist. The National Transportation Safety Board ruled the crash was caused by pilot error. Three months later, “Time in a Bottle,” originally released on Croce’s first album, hit number one on Dec. 29, 1973, the third posthumous chart-topping song of the rock era following Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” and Janis Joplin’s recording of “Me and Bobby McGee.”. Mary Muehleisen has kept her brother’s memory alive through a website,, and said a memorial is also planned at the Upper Darby, Penn., High School’s Performing Arts Center on Sept. 21 in memory of Croce, one of the school’s most famous graduates. Gallager visited Natchitoches in 2011 and discovered the original plaque had been removed from the Student Union. Ingrid received the letter a week after her husband's death. The others killed were iden tified as Maurice Muehleisen of Trenton, N. J., the only musician who appeared on stage with Mr. Croce; George Stevens of Englewood, Colo., a comedian who appeared be fore Mr. Croce took the stage; Dennis Rast of Chicago, Mr. Croce's manager; Kenneth Dominick Cortese of Chicago, a member of the agency that booked Mr. Croce for the col lege tour, and Robert Newton Elliott of Dallas, the pilot. star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Try again later. McDonald said he and friends had gone to the Waddle-N-Grill after the concert and returned home, where he was greeted by his roommate. Oops, some error occurred while uploading your photo(s). All rights reserved. [7][8] In 1973 he was a member of the jury at the 8th Moscow International Film Festival.[9]. He is a child of the 1970s and a Jim Croce fan who knows most of the lyrics to the singer's most famous songs. Stevens was the father of television and film writer-producer-director George Stevens, Jr., … "CROCE, 30, and his group, had performed a concert Thursday night at Northwestern Louisiana State College, and were leaving for a Friday appearance at Austin College in Sherman, Tex.CROCE'S biggest hits had been "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," "Operator" and "Don't Mess Around With Jim" which earned him a gold album.

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