I Got a Name

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I Got a Name
Jim Croce - I Got a Name.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 1, 1973[1]
RecordedThe Hit Factory, New York City
GenreFolk rock
LabelABC (US)
Vertigo (UK)
ProducerTerry Cashman, Tommy West
Jim Croce chronology
Life & Times
I Got a Name
Photographs & Memories
Singles from I Got a Name
  1. "I Got a Name / "Alabama Rain""
    Released: September 1973
  2. "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song" / "Salon and Saloon"
    Released: April 1974
  3. "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues" / "Thursday"
    Released: June 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[3]
Robert ChristgauC+[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.

Track listing[edit]

1."I Got a Name"Charles Fox, Norman Gimbel3:09
2."Lover's Cross"Jim Croce3:04
3."Five Short Minutes"Jim Croce3:29
4."Age"Jim Croce, Ingrid Croce3:46
5."Workin' at the Car Wash Blues"Jim Croce2:32
6."I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song"Jim Croce2:34
7."Salon and Saloon"Maury Muehleisen2:31
8."Thursday"Sal Joseph2:28
9."Top Hat Bar and Grille"Jim Croce2:47
10."Recently"Jim Croce2:34
11."The Hard Way Every Time"Jim Croce2:29


Croce's wife Ingrid Croce[6] has an autobiographical cookbook, Thyme In A Bottle, in which she writes interesting anecdotes about Jim. What she wrote about "I'll Have To Say 'I Love You' in a Song" is this.

"One weekend, after being on the road for many months, Jim got a chance to come home to relax with his family. We settled in to enjoy our time alone together. Though Jim was expecting company the next day, avoiding confrontation he never told me that we were to be joined by an entire film crew! The next morning, 15 people from Acorn Productions descended upon our house to record a promotional film of Jim Croce at Home on the Farm.
"I prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner for the whole film crew and after the group left, I questioned Jim about our finances. After a year and a half of his working so very hard on the road, we were barely making ends meet, but Jim wouldn't talk about it. He hated questions as much as he hated confrontation, especially about money. He stormed out of our bedroom and went down to the kitchen table to brood. The next morning he woke me gently by singing his new song. 'Every time I tried to tell you the words just came out wrong. So I'll have to say "I love you" in a song.'"


"I Got a Name" in film and television[edit]

Prior to the album's release, the song "I Got a Name" (written by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel) was featured as the theme song to the 1973 film The Last American Hero (also shown on television as Hard Driver). Croce was chosen by Fox and Gimbel to sing the song after hearing Croce sing for the first time on a Croce record they had been playing. Fox thought that Croce's voice was a perfect fit for both the song and the film. Croce agreed to sing the song after hearing Fox play it over the telephone. The version of the song that appears in the film was recorded exclusively for the film. The version on the album is a totally different recording.

In 1976 the song was performed by Lena Horne on The Muppet Show.

In 1987 a version of the song was used in a commercial for Western Air Lines.

In 1997 the song appeared in a scene of the Ang Lee film The Ice Storm.

In 2006 an edited version of "I Got a Name" was the theme song for the film Invincible starring Mark Wahlberg.

In August 2012 a Remax commercial featured Jim Croce singing the song.

In 2012 the song appeared on the soundtrack of the Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained.[8]

The song plays during a scene in the 2017 film Logan during which the character of Laura wanders into a gas station. The song is thematically tied to many of the movie's elements and was also used in a trailer for the film.The song was in the Lego Ninjago Movie in 2017 as well.

In 2018 it appeared in a Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company commercial featuring Dale Earnhardt Jr.



  • Producers: Terry Cashman, Tommy West
  • Recording Engineer: Bruce Tergesen

Chart positions[edit]


Year Single Chart Position
1973 "I Got a Name" Adult Contemporary 4
1973 "I Got a Name" Pop Singles 10
1974 "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song" Adult Contemporary 1
1974 "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song" Pop Singles 9
1974 "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song" Country 68
1974 "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues" Adult Contemporary 9
1974 "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues" Pop Singles 32


Country Certifications
United States Gold


  1. ^ Strong, Martin Charles & John Peel Great Rock Discography
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ Robert Christgau review
  5. ^ VH1 Artist Discography entry at http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/croce_jim/373780/album.jhtml
  6. ^ Ingrid,
  7. ^ Songfacts on "I Have to Say I Love You in a Song", Songfacts.com
  8. ^ Tracklist: "Django Unchained" Soundtrack, Complex.com
  9. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1974". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. 1974-12-28. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
  10. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)