The European tour of Jim Croce took exactly 23 days to get off the ground. They were 23 very full, hectic, and chaotic days. Days in which the schedule was changed almost by the hour.
Initially 16 countries were approached and seven days prior to the arrival of Jim and party, appearances were being re-arranged, added or deleted.
In the end Jim, Maury, manager Elliot Abbott, and road manager Dennis Rast made a tremendously successful tour taking in a good cross section of Europe and its populous. France, Switzerland, Ireland, England, and Holland were included.
Here is The Itinerary ........
JIM CROCE PROMOTIONAL TOUR
Members of Party
Elliot Abbott, (manager)
Maury Muehleisen (musician)
Dennis Rast (road manager)
Monday, July 16
Depart Kennedy Airport, New York for Paris:
Flight AF 070
Tuesday, July 17
Arrive Paris Airport 7a.m.
Depart Paris Orly for Nice 8:10a.m. on AF 405
Arrive Nice 9:30 a.m.
Driven from Nice to Monte Carlo (as arranged by Patrick Taton)
Phonogram contact: Patrick Taton/Gregoire Colart,
Phonogram, Rue Jenner, Paris
Hotel: Metropole, Avenue de Grande Bretagne,
Wednesday, July 18
Television in Monte Carlo: 2p.m. to 6p.m.
Backing tracks No fee
Thursday, July 19
Depart Nice Airport at 9:30a.m. AF 696
Arrive Zurich Airport 10:20a.m.
Collected from airport by Louis Spillman, Phonogram, Bahnhofstrasse 6, Schlieren,
Tel: 415198 6945
Hotel: Nova Park, Zurich
Radio Interviews: 11a.m. to 12 noon
TV: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Press Conference: 8p.m.
Friday, July 20
Free Day in Zurich
Saturday, July 21
Depart Zurich 5:10p.m. EI 515
Arrive Dublin 7:20p.m.
Collected from airport by representative of Polydor,
49 Middle Abbey Street Dublin,
Hotel: Gresham Hotel,
Phonogram contact: John Woods, General Manager, Polydor, Dublin
Sunday, July 22
Possible evening concert in Dublin
Monday, July 23
Press Conference (mid-day) Lunch/Gresham Hotel, O'Connell Street
Live Radio appearance (early evening)
Tuesday, July 24
Irish television 30 minute special
Live audience: Fee: £50
Wednesday, July 25
Departure Dublin for London at 10:00a.m. EI154
Arrive London at 11:05a.m.
Hotel: Churchhill Hotel
Phonogram Contact: Don Percival/Brian Sheperd/Terry Yasson/Lisa Denton, Phonogram Ltd., Stanhope House, Stanhope Place, London.
Tel: 01 262 7788
Radio Programme: Top Gear and The Strip Show (2:30p.m. to 6:00p.m.)
3 or 4 songs Fee: £40
Thursday, July 26
Press Conference/Lunch time.
Friday, July 27
TV Show: Old Grey Whistle Test: 2 or 3 songs
Saturday, July 28
Appearance at the Cambridge Folk Festival
Driven to Cambridge for arrival at 2:00p.m. as arranged by Brian Shepherd
Appearance: 3:00p.m. to 3:30p.m. approx.
Driven from Cambridge to Heathrow
Departure London 21:45 hrs KL 146
Arriving Amsterdam: 22:40 hrs Collected from airport by Wil Hoebee, Phonogram, Hilversum
Hotel: Pullitzer, Prinsengracht, Amsterdam
Phonogram Contacts: Hans Kroeze, Phonogram,
Amsterdam: Phonogram Hilversum- Pim ter Linde
Sunday, July 29
Radio Programme: Muzikaal Onthaal - 12 noon to 2:00p.m. Fee: Hfl.650
Evening gig: Lido Club, Leidsekade, Amsterdam
(Fee to be discussed)
Monday, July 30
Radio Interviews: Radio Veronica and Radio Nordsee plus Press Interviews
Radio Interviews- 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
Drinks from 4:30p.m. onwards
Jonge Graaf van Buuren, Hilversum
(attended by Press, Radio and Television representatives)
Postcard from Jim, while on tour in Ireland, to Tommy West (Picardo) and his wife Barb. It reads:-
Dear Tom & Barb
Dig it! here we are getting ready to go to London- Mole is here working for some company- "yer amps too loud!!"
Handwritten letters to Jay Lasker of ABC Dunhill Records
Dear Jay & everybody at ABC - Dunhill Records
I really don't know quite where to begin thanking everybody for all the hard work, confidence, and support that went into making "Ole Leroy" the success that it has been. For me - it's kinda hard to explain the feeling of seeing a dream realized. The gold records that Maury and I received are beautiful to look at, but even deeper than that is the sense of group accomplishment all of us share in seeing everyones hard work pay - off in the form of a successful record. We all hope it's the first of many to come. It's near impossible to write to everyone around the country, but please extend our gratitude and deepest "thank - you" to everyone for us. Hope to see eveyone when we come out to tape the next Midnite Special (this time I'll have my flu shot).
Till then - take care and extend our warmest thanks, hello's, and "see - ya - soons" to everybody.
All the best & more
Thanks for letting
me sit in your car.
If you ever get to
Phila. I'll let you
sit in my truck