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358) AJT
I am absolutely blown away by Maury's artistry! One of my favorite DVDs is "Have you heard Jim Croce Live" and seeing Maury's duets with Jim I feel that the chemistry they shared was something so special..The music is timeless and Maury's guitar playing is so ethereal and brilliant! The special sound that Jim and Maury created is so unique that I often wonder how it would have been if that fateful night had not occurred..yet the music still inspires and will be a lasting legacy to the brilliance of this wonderfully gifted artist! I am so pleased that there is such a wonderful site such as this devoted to Maury..Great job!!
Saturday, July 30, 2005 at 09:30 Host:
353) Shawn
I cannot express how Maurys and Jims music makes me feel...It just feels so homegrown.

I think thats why I love them so much. Both of them look like everyday folk, and being 20, its nice to know that at one point in music history good music didnt need sex, videos, digital editing or any of that stuff to make it good.

Sorry if it seems im rambling, but Im just so excited that theres a site devoted to maury.

Would there be a chance I could send somthing to get autographed? I would be extremely thrilled to get an autograph from any member of the Muehleisen family.
Its as close as I'll ever get to Maurys autograph!

Well God bless your entire family and someday we'll all be in heaven listening to maury and Jim jamming away their soulfilled music.

Thanks for making this site!

Monday, July 25, 2005 at 18:36 Host:
352) Mary and Family
Thank you, Brian, for your recognition of Maury's contribution to Jim's success. It means so much to our family to know that people like you take the time to share your thoughts.
Monday, July 25, 2005 at 06:33 Host:
351) Brian
I just want to acknowledge Maury and his incredible talent. I of always seen him as underappreciated for his contribution to Jim's sound and songwriting. For all practical purposes Maury was an equal partner and deserved much more credit than he got.
Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 20:39 Host:
342) Mary Muehleisen
Thank you all for your tolerance of the recent rash of guestbook messages advertising gambling, etc. I am keeping up with deleting them as quickly as possible.

Your kind guestbook messages and e-mails mean more than you can imagine.

With gratitude, peace and love,

Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at 05:55 Host:
291) Janet Woelk
Hi Bob,

Thanks for sharing this page with me. We had a very nice night in Atlanta,(at the Marriott). It is great to know this site is available. I loved this band from their beginning, and I was only like 13. I hope you are doing well and please keep in touch. Sorry it took me so long to sign in, but I did and I really enjoyed meeting you.

Love, Janet

Monday, June 20, 2005 at 00:40 Host:
274) Bob O
I just found this website today...I'm glad I did. Because my older brother was a HUGE Jim Croce fan, Maury's guitar playing was heard constantly in my house! I'm 43 now, and I play guitar (just treated myself to my first Martin acoustic last month!). I played at a party with my band this past Saturday...the first song of our second set was "You Don't Mess Around With Jim." Later in the set, we did "Roller Derby Queen." Both songs had the party guests dancing and singing.

Maury's music will live forever!

Regards...Bob (New York City).

Thursday, June 09, 2005 at 10:51 IP:
273) Betsy
Your website is a beautiful tribute to this amazing talent.
Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 22:51 Host:
271) Jack
Remembering the man behind Jims Music. His guitar with Jims voice is breathtaking.
Monday, June 06, 2005 at 21:57 IP:
266) Franco Fusilli
Quando nell'estate del 1975 rimasi folgorato da You don't mess around with Jim, avevo 16 anni. Il disco era uscito circa 3 anni prima ma in Italia erano ancora in pochi a conoscerlo. Jim e Maury non c'erano già più.
Trovai Gingerbread due anni dopo, nello scantinato di Honest John a Portobello (Londra), la stessa copia che in questo momento gira sul mio piatto e che, trent'anni dopo, ancora mi commuove. Mi emoziono nel pensare a tutti i ricordi che legano la mia vita alla musica di Jim & Maury, mi emoziona parlare con te.
Goodbye and have a nice trip.
Franco Fusilli. Roseto degli Abruzzi (TE) - ITALIA

Friday, May 13, 2005 at 14:39 Host:
265) erik
I didn't know about the PBS special but I was in Circuit City the other day looking for a gift for my mom and saw the Jim Croce dvd. I watched it with her today. I was greatly impressed with how just 2 acoustic guitars can fill a stage... a credit to the players. I also found myself saying, "Who is that guy"?! I am an amateur musician but I have the ability to recognize gifted individuals, that's how I ended up here - I just had to know more. Isn't the internet a great vehicle to educate and inform? Maury could certainly play. Thank you for sharing his life with us.
Saturday, May 07, 2005 at 20:24 IP:
264) Steven
An insparation to all musicians everywhere. One of the reasons i never use a pick when playing was because i was trying to figure out the insane things this man did. Thanx Peace and Love
Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 05:37 Host:
263) David Ross
Maury i can still hear you and your guitar in the breeze and the soft winds..i love and miss you always
Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at 13:38 IP:
262) Dan Gralick
I met Maury in our freshman year of college. We were in the same dorm - both music majors. We jammed together, played some gigs together at the Gold Bug. I have been blessed with a lifetime of making music, and I have to say with all sincerity that Maury was one of the most talented and creative musicicans that I have ever known. I often wonder what amazing things he would have acheived, if only . . .

A lot of folks here have talked about Maury's gentleness, kindness, and quiet nature. Yes, he was all of those things - and honest, and loyal, and remarkably intelligent and creative. But the boy knew how to raise some hell, too! He could party. And we did. And I miss him.

Friday, April 08, 2005 at 14:54 Host:
261) Jude LeBlanc
Maury and Jim created magic together. Though I was only 8 at the time of their unforfortunate passing, I fell in love with the music they helped one another create. I am from Louisiana. These songs by the both of them played in my head over and over until such time I picked up a guitar and tackled them. I've only been able to master Jim's parts but my good friend Jarrod Nix seems to channel Maury when we play these timeless ballads together. I worked very hard to do them justice, for they are these individuals legacy here on earth. I've had people walk in off the street (I play primarily in New Orleans) and just stand mesmerized while listening to these songs. They will walk right up to you at the conclusion and immediately share some vignet of their life that was shared in Maury and Jim's time. I have long given huge credit to this very young man who was a genius for his unmistakable contribution to this catalogue of living songs that I intend to share the rest of my life as a performer with others who would listen. I performed on a show called the Abita Springs Opry March 12th, 2005. Jarrod Nix and I did a tribute to Jim Croce and Maury. Operator and Lovers Cross were my choices that night. The crowds reaction was nothing less than moving. Maury and Jim continue to live on in the hearts and minds of the lovers of their songs. May they always. Bless you for this long over due and wonderful tribute to your brother whom you apparently loved deeply and miss profoundly.
Tuesday, April 05, 2005 at 20:02 IP:
259) Bob Latten
Since the early 60´s I care for music. One of the records that touched me the most was I´ll have to say I love you in a song. Not only the words, but very much for the music in which the guitar of Maury moved me especially. He played right out of his heart.
Of course I knew about Jim´s accident. I

Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 06:59 Host:
258) Connie
Mary, I love the site. Connie
Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 14:43 Host:
257) dlaughlin
Just an addition - I surely am not intending to discredit Jim Croce with my last comment. What an amazing musician Jim was and what a great team those two made. I just didn't want anybody to read this and think I didn't see the greatness in Mr. Croce, that's impossible to miss. I hear his son is quite a performer in his own right. I'm going to pick up a CD of his. Thanks again. DL
Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 14:51 Host:
256) dlaughlin
I just watched the "Have You Heard" DVD. I'm 47 years old and my brother and I spent a lot of time on the piano and guitar singing and playing what I thought were Jim Croce's songs. Although Mr. Croce was an incredible musical genius and songwriter, I just now discovered that Maury was the "Croce" sound. Those guitar lines and riffs that I remember most were all his. Thanks so much for this site. It is with great honor that I add my comment here. May more and more people realize the part Maury had in the greatness of Jim Croce. DL
Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 14:48 Host:
255) Dan Diveglia
I'm 55 and learned playing guitar in 74 and I was so lucky to love Jim Croce's music..He had so many chords in each song and really limbered me up for many songs that I learned..I loved I remember Mary that Maury wrote and sang. Salon and saloon was a very good song..I have the guitar chords but if anyone has the true piano chords for this song I would really appreciate it. Jim and Maury were so great...I guess it's true...Only the good die young..thank you
Sunday, March 20, 2005 at 13:53 Host:
254) rodney smith
i grew up in the late sixties and seventies, but began listening to jim and maury around 1974-75. Their music will always be around. Music will come and go, but generations to come will enjoy jims voice and maurys acoustics.

Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 18:03 IP:
253) Denise Fryburg
I recently watched a Jim Croce special on PBS and I was so taken by the ethereal young musician that accompanied him. I just had to find out more about Maury;obviously, a very special man. The sixties and early seventies were full of young people that left this world much too soon..... I just hope to get to know more and more about Maury through his music, which I hope to easily find.
Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 16:22 Host:
252) Ian Daley
Hi there,

When one thinks of it, it's truly amazing how music can transcend time and touch all corners of the world. I was born in 1979 - Maury & Jim were before my time. Thankfully I came across their music and as an aspiring guitarist/songwriter nothing has inspired me more. I can't imagine how wonderful it must've been to sit in front of Maury while he worked his magic.

He wasn't here long enough, but long enough to touch more people than most could in a lifetime.

Monday, February 14, 2005 at 10:53 Host:
251) Mike Lambert
Many thanks to Don Tandler "The Record Handler" from 101.5 radio in NJ for pointing us to this site.

Maury was a true artist and a perfect sound behind Jims golden voice.

Why do the good ones always go way before their time ?

Monday, February 07, 2005 at 08:20 IP:
250) Bruce Clukay
There aren't words for someone that touches and changes your life.
Thank you for bringing your family stories, all to us.
Just thank you, truly.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005 at 17:41 Host:
Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 13:32 Host:
248) Kris Jackson
I've always had to know who was playing behind the artists I admired, be it Motown or the Beach Boys. I was born in 1971, so I've never known a life without Jim Croce's music, but as I got older, I wondered about the spectral prescence supporting him on stage (I always preferred the 'stripped down' stage versions of Croce's songs to the more lushly arranged studio cuts.) This led me to Maury Muehleisen and "Gingerbread." I met somebody who had a copy and allowed me to borrow it and I was instantly hooked. When will this be availaible again? And is there more? If there is great, if not - that one album is a lifetime's worth of listening.
Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 20:20 Host:
247) Guy Drake
I toured with Maury and Jim on and off for two years during 1972-73 in an opening act. Every night, as soon as we were through with our set, I would find an obscure spot on the edge of the the stage, and I would watch every minute of the two of them playing together. The combination of Jim's rambling, gritty, funny stories, the timelessly great songs, and the fabulous interplay of Maury and Jim's guitars was as powerful as anything I've ever seen in concert in the thirty years since. I thought at the time that I was incredibly lucky to get to see them perform night after night, and, of course, I feel a thousand times more so today.

My partner, Tom Johnson, and I were originally booked for that gig in Natchitoches, but the flight plans changed from a commercial flight to a private plane, and there weren't enough seats for a duo, so a comedian from LA was flown in to cover that gig and the next. Our friend and road manager, Kenny Cortese, was on the plane, too.

Thirty years later I still can hardly think or write about it. Our grief was so great at losing our friends. Maury was an easygoing, down to earth person, like Jim, and not egotistical or arrogant at all, despite the fact that talent blazed from him in a way that made us all look like mere kitchen matches.

One last thought. Jim and Maury's playing on those songs sounds as fresh and up to date today as they ever did. I heard "Operator" on the radio the other day and still thought, just like I did then, "God, what a gorgeous song. What unbelievably beautiful guitar playing."

Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 18:46 Host:
246) Michel Aucoin
Greetings from Nova Scotia. I saw Maury and Jim on PBS and was in complete awe of Maury's talents. I had always been a Jim Croce fan but had never known that Maury was the driving force behind those great tunes.
He was blessed with so much talent and, now I realize from viewing this web site, with having such a wonderful family.

Friday, January 21, 2005 at 11:50 Host:
245) Kyle Wappes
i would just like 2 say"i am a big fan of maury,i love listinging to him and Jim jam out on the Guitars...
Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 07:33 IP:
244) Cindy
I remember the first time I heard Gingerbreadd. It moved me then, it still moves me now. I purchased a copy from Japan a few years ago, and listen to if often. Great Web site.
Monday, January 17, 2005 at 11:08 Host:
242) Scott
I began playing guitar the evening I saw Maury and Jim at Harper College in Palatine IL in 1972. Also that evening they made nationwide tv on "In Concert" on ABC after the late news - I believe that may have been for their first time. I was aware of their music as I was 15 and always tuned into AM radio. You Don't Mess Around With Jim had been played fairly heavily - and I liked it! I had to go see this Jim Croce. Well, we had front row seats. I found myself about 10 ft away from 'the other guy'. I watched and listened to him all night - blown totally away with his tasteful guitar licks. I was hooked on Maury. I practiced to all the Croce music I could for hours on end almost daily, learning the 'Maury' parts. I dissected his work, becoming more intrigued the deeper I got. What I didn't even realize was I became a pretty good player myself - not as good as Maury of course, but the influence was there (and still is). I miss Maury to this day and still hate Sept 20. It's been a long time now, but I still feel that if it hadn't been for Maury - I would be a much much different person today. Music is an extremely important part of my life and always will be. I can't say that it would be today if I hadn't seen 'the other guy' sitting right by me, teaching me the guitar. Thank you for this website.
Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 14:06 Host:
241) Tim Ryan
Maury and my sister Margaret met when they both were members of Saint Mary's Cathedral choir. Maury was Peggy's escort to her senior prom. One night He and I sat in my living room jamming on 2 of my guitars, (he made them sound like I wished I could). Mom yelled down the steps to me, go to bed, he's here to see your sister. I did!
Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 08:45 Host:
240) Ken
The music of jim and maury touched my life as a teen, and even to this day, overwhelms me. It is so tragic that two such beautiful human beings and wonderful musicians were taken so soon. To Maury's and Jim's family and friends, many will never forget what they gave us in their short stay. Bless you all.
Friday, December 17, 2004 at 15:01 Host:
239) Jacqueline R. Gibbs
God bless you and your family and know that one day we that believe in Jesus Christ and Heaven above will see our love ones again someday. And I just recently ordered a DVD with Jim Croce and Maury on it so I'll be looking at them and remembering their wonderful music and harmonies.
Friday, December 17, 2004 at 07:26 IP:
238) Eric Witte
I am looking forward to the publishing of the book.
Tuesday, December 14, 2004 at 13:44 IP:
237) ken sloan
maurys guitar style one of a kind this coming from a fellow guitar player his music lives on
Wednesday, December 01, 2004 at 14:51 Host:
236) Mintu Bora
Maury's music is magic.

It was what music should be.It is soothing.It heals.

It transcends the boundaries of language and time.It has an universal appeal.

Intricate guitar work,words straight from the heart and a refreshing voice.

This tribute comes from someone who came into this world four years after Maury died.Proof that Maury will always live in our hearts.

Love,luck and laughter,

Friday, November 26, 2004 at 15:36 Host:
235) Armand Gagnon
Tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, will mark exactly one week that I first discovered Mary and Sean's wonderfully warm tribute to Maury on this website. So, I hope you don't mind my 2nd signing here, for I have been playing my Jim Croce/Maury Muehleisen CD all this week (Maury's last name was misspelled on this "Time in a Bottle: Jim Croce's Greatest Love Songs" CD,which is why I misspelled Muehleisen in my previous message. At least he was acknowledged on the CD, unlike on the DVD "Have You Heard?". Rather odd considering Maury held the key to Jim's success. So, 30 years of wondering about Maury have left me with many lingering questions, now answered so kindly by Mary. Had Mozart played the guitar, he would have sounded like Maury. Maury is in the unique league of guitar master Lenny Breau (who also died tragically early)and Les Paul. Maury is beyond Eric Clapton, I believe, and made the steel-string acoustic guitar ring like no other ever has, before or since. Thank you, again for this quality, loving website.
Springfield, Oregon

Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at 21:58 Host:
234) Armand Gagnon
I owe my desire to begin guitar to Maury Meuhleisen, literally. I was living in Hollywood, CA on the morning of September 21, 1973 when a sad, fornlorn message, as if from afar, spoke over the radio. When I learned of the aviattion fatality on that foggy autumnal morning, I immediately decided to go buy a guitar, for it was Maury whom I listened to, his orchestral magic, more than Jim Croce's voice. No one has ever duplicated his unique touch. He was beyond Chet Atkins! Thank you Maury, and to your sensitive family members who suffered such a loss beyond compare. I am 54 now and am still playing guitar, thanks to the Magic of Maury!
Thursday, November 18, 2004 at 22:38 Host:
233) Jim LeVier
I've read every message in your guestbook, and I can't imagine finding anything to say that you haven't heard before. And yet, I find myself compelled to pay my respects to you and your family, all of which I'm sure felt an unbelievable loss at Maury's passing. I pray you all have peace of mind knowing that in his passing, he left an undeniable, indelible presence.
Thursday, November 11, 2004 at 21:41 Host:
230) Michael Anthony
Hi Mary
I'm a friend of Joe Salvioulo. Joe was talking about whaqt a musical talent Maury was and how he still misses him to this day.
I hope all is well.
Michael Anthony

Monday, October 25, 2004 at 19:44 Host:
220) Steve Garskof
Hi Mary,

Just want to write a quick note, probably like thousands you've no doubt received over the years. It goes without saying, that the music of Jim Croce had a major influence on my life. At the time, I was a kid, and didn't associate anyone other than the name Jim Croce with the music. As I've grown, however, and have become a musician in my own right, I've come to appreciate and understand that Maury's guitar work absolutely defined and guided the songs, and that Maury and Jim complimented each other, probably more than any other 2 musicians I've ever heard.

Because of my young years, being exposed to the music of Jim Croce and your brother, it shaped my "musical brain", and I've been a guitarist ever since. I still listen to the music, and more than any other instrumental work I've heard, that music moves me.


Thursday, October 07, 2004 at 11:39 Host:
219) ed robinson
I was blown away to find your site mary as I from time to time look for maury on the web. I wrote your folks some 6 years ago,the m&m's told told of how I had looked for year to find maury's album ,and they wrote me back ,as well as yourself. I was a young kid when I first heard maury from my not ex-brother-inlaw. he knew maury and some of the people that went to glassboro state with him. it makes my heart feel so uplifted to have seen this wonder site you have with so much love put together for your brother!
Tuesday, October 05, 2004 at 10:52 Host:
218) jim sherron
forever an inspiration
Monday, September 27, 2004 at 23:24 Host:
216) Ronald Lapuz
I am an avid fan of Maury/Jim and I was grateful that I came upon your site.It really brings back good memories. It's because of him that I learned to play the guitar, although I can never play like him. He was a great guitarist and songwriter. However, I only have one wish and that is to get their DVD concert.I live in the Philippines and I can't find this DVD. I would surely be forever grateful to you if you can send me a copy.Thanks and God bless you.


Sunday, September 26, 2004 at 06:17 IP:
215) Ed Stahl
It's amazing what a search engine can find! My wife Susan and I are sitting here watching and enjoying the PBS Jim Croce special on Philadelphia's channel 12 which shows all of those wonderful performances by Jim and Maury. We were married right before the tragic plane crash. The show peaked my curiosity and sure enough, I came across this site. It makes me remember the first time I really learned of the major contribution that Maury made to these great songs. Maury's brother Robert and I worked together for over a dozen years or so and I still remember the day back in 1983 when I heard one of the songs on the office radio and started to sort of sing along. Bob said to me proudly something along the lines of "that's my big brother playing." I had no idea of the connection and he told me the story. Since then, I always think of Maury when I hear any of the songs. I still have the vinyl albums, so I guess it's about time to get those great songs on CD. Hi Bob!
Saturday, September 25, 2004 at 15:52 Host:
214) Marshall Wenger
What a wonderful surprise to find this website! The two guitars really sound like three. Virtuoso acoustic performances by two very talented young men. To think Maury had only played the guitar 7 years when he died... He could have done "anything" on the guitar given the time. These Dreams still affects me, no matter how many times I listen to it. Maury's talent reached into the next millennium, and will live my heart forever. I'm so glad to hear his whole family has survived the years without anymore losses. One untimely death is too much for any family. He is more loved and recognized thirty-one years after his passing than ever before. God Bless all of you who love their music and it's messages to all of us. We need to return popular music to talents like Jim and Maury. mw
Saturday, September 25, 2004 at 07:49 Host:
213) Kohen
I have been learning Jim Croce songs since I was 13. Now I'm 32 and was SHOCKED to realize (watching the DVD),that I've been learning Maury's genius parts this whole time thinking they were Jim's second tracks!
What an AMAZING musician Maury was.
Credit where credit is DUE!

Friday, September 24, 2004 at 10:22 Host:
211) Jim Haught
I'm really glad to have found this site, and to express what so many others also feel: that Maury was just as responsible for Jim Croce's success as Jim.

Individually they were extremely talented, but incomplete; together they made special music. And as much a fan of Jim's as I was and still am, I knew that Maury's playing style was a perfect complement to Jim's melodies and lyrics.

Anyone who doubts this should listen to some of Jim's early solo work. Good as it is, you can tell that it needs help -- and Maury provided that.

No disrespect to the others on the plane in 1973, but the sadness that I have always felt about the crash was that it took TWO truly special talents from us, just as they became stars. No one else played like that, before or since, and I really miss them both.

I look at the videos of them playing and see the beauty and simplicity of the production: two guys on stools just playing away. Emphasis on the performers and their work, without a bunch of distracting stuff. How much better that was than what we see today!

Their music was compelling -- it made you WANT to listen and pay attention. Even now, if I put on the videos, thinking I can listen while I do something else, I find I just have to watch too.

I'm really looking forward to the book, and I hope the efforts to get Gingerbreadd re-released are successful too.

Thursday, September 23, 2004 at 08:48 Host:
210) Allen
Thanks for this website. I only recently came to realize the tremendous impact of Maury's talent and contributions to Jim Croce's success. Everytime I hear one of Jim's recordings on the radio I will also hear Maury and think of them both. They live on through their music.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004 at 10:06 Host:
205) Mary Muehleisen
Monday, September 20, 2004
Just a "Hello, Hello" and "Thank You" to everyone for visiting this website and sharing your thoughts and feelings. Thirty-one years have passed since the tragic accident that took the lives of Maury and Jim and Ken Cortese and Dennis Rast and George Stevens and Robert Elliott. Remember them all!

Knowing that so many people, those who knew Maury and those who never had the chance to know him, care so much after all these years, means the world to our family. Your sentiments are treasured by all of us - Mom, Dad, Peggy Ann, Mary, Ann, Joe, Tom, Michael and Robert - more than you can imagine.
With peace and love and gratitude,

Monday, September 20, 2004 at 06:16 Host:
204) deb
It is so bittersweet to remember dear Maury. In the early 70's, I spent every spare moment of my days practicing guitar, and trying to recreate some of Maury's riffs. For me, the guitar was always the sweetest sounding instrument and to hear the sound that came out of one in Maury's hands was heaven on earth! His passing hit me hard and still brings tears to my eyes. Last night, I watched the Jim Croce program on PBS and was so happy to be able to see the two of them together. Through my tears, I was transfixed by the strains of Maury's guitar and his voice that so exsquisitely blended with Jim's to create those wonderful songs that have truly stood the test of time all these years later!
Sunday, September 19, 2004 at 19:22 Host:
203) lady lar
Amazing how all the threads of one's life weave, unravel, then wind back together again. As with many here, I started the path to this page by seeing the Croce special on public tv. But as a Glassboro '71 grad, I watched with our different eye. There was the gentle smile and soul of Maury, so at ease in the edge of the limelight. (Yet so very much the core of the songs, I think.)
I am not a true music buff, but I did go to the Goldbug, and knew Maury from our writing prof (his manager). I feel others have shared this, but it is a strong truth- Maury's presence stayed with all who even casually met him. He was quiet, focused, and an intense yet gentle man. I think he truly felt that everyone he met was a person of worth who had a tale to teach him. But because he stayed with us so briefly, we were left alone to rise up to the value he saw in us.
I think Mary and these family members here are doing just that, and superbly! Thank you.
laurie faunce

Saturday, September 18, 2004 at 20:36 Host:
202) ChuckB
I never realized that the talent lost that day in '73 was more than just Jim. After watching the PBS thing and seeing the other half of the talent, my curiosity made me investigate. It increased my sadness, as Maury never got a chance to shine alone as he truly would have. My sympathy goes out to his family, who has at least the satisfaction of knowing that Maury's talents will never be forgotten due to his collaboration with Jim and also maintaining fond menories of him when he was among us.
Saturday, September 18, 2004 at 16:54 Host:
200) Dave Fischer
I just watched the PBS special and was reminded AGAIN how much I enjoy Jim's music and Maury's great contribution to their memorable duet.

It's amazing how much better Maury made Jim...together they were awesome.

Thanks for setting up this great memorial to Maury!

Thursday, September 16, 2004 at 22:53 Host:
198) Robert E. Lee
Absolutely outstanding guitar player....Great musician and he and Croce sure were magic together.
I'm just a cross country coach and long distance runner, who wanted to be a guitar player like Maury.
I saw them play together on TV way, way back...At first, I was not a big fan of he and Jim's music because I was more into the rock scene, but when i saw them play that night....WOW!
For some reason, I still remember the headlines in my little local paper the day after the tragic accident....
He was a great, great guitar player and musician and I thank Mrs. Croce for going on PBS and bringing them back in the public eye again.

He is not forgotten. He was the backbone!

Thursday, September 16, 2004 at 13:15 IP:
196) Craig LaBarge
Mary: Thanks for the clips from Maury's album. I've been a big fan of his playing since I first saw him play with Jim on TV way back when. I never knew his name until years later. I'm glad to finally have a taste of his solo work. The guitar playing is amazing and he had one of the greatest voices in the business. Truly an awesome talent. Thanks again for keeping his memory alive. I look forward to reading your book when it comes out.
Wednesday, September 15, 2004 at 15:54 Host:
192) Tim Taylor
I want to thank you, Mary, for keeping your brother's memory alive. You have done more for your brother and for other people than you can possibly know or measure.
Sunday, September 12, 2004 at 14:37 Host:
191) Tim Taylor
The PBS special allowed me to learn about Maury for the very first time. I have always loved Jim Croce's music, and now I know that Maury helped make that music possible. I am no less an admirer of Jim Croce, but now I am also an admirer of his incomparable musical partner, Maury. Thanks to Ingrid and A.J. Croce for keeping this music alive.
Sunday, September 12, 2004 at 10:49 Host:
190) Mark Bowman, Houston, Tx
I just watched the Jim Croce special on PBS, and and learned at last who was playing with him! I've loved the arrangements and the beautiful guitar accompaniment since I first heard Croce's songs on the radio more than 30 years ago, this was the first time I'd ever seen video tape of Jim and Maury playing together. Their music moves me now even more deeply than it did those many years ago. It's a shame Maury hasn't received the same level of recognition that Jim has. After seeing the tape of their live performances, I feel certain that had they not both been taken so tragically, Maury too would have reached the same heights of fame that Jim only did in death. Thanks for this website and for sharing the memories of Maury with us.
Saturday, September 11, 2004 at 20:37 Host:
189) Darla Cox
Such a beautiful man with such beautiful music... So tragic... he will never be forgotten.
DKC - League City, Texas

Saturday, September 11, 2004 at 19:22 Host:
188) Suzette
I saw the special on PBS. Maury, with the quiet smile and the wonderful talent. Their music was so special and always will be! God bless!
Saturday, September 11, 2004 at 18:19 Host:
186) Ed Colton
This is the most moving tribute sites I have come across. I didn't know Maury, but a few of the musicians I was playing with in the mid-70's had known him at Glassboro, and missed him so much. God bless all.
Wednesday, September 08, 2004 at 16:17 Host:
183) Chris
Years ago, when I first heard Jim Croce's music, I was fascinated by the guitar playing.

I would play the songs over and over again, to hear the "other" guitar player.

I didn't know that the intricate & complicated picking belonged to Maury, until recently, when the Jim Croce DVD came out.

Maury was the inspiration for my wanting to learn how to play the guitar, years ago!

The sound he produced was simply amazing. It still is, and always will be. He was one extremely talented guy.

Today's over-night, cookie-cutter pop stars should listen to Maury's real talent, and take serious notes.

Thanks, Maury -God Bless

Speaking of Maury's music: While browsing on Ebay, I found a CD of Maury's "Gingerbreadd" album, from Japan (item #: 4035510020).

Monday, September 06, 2004 at 23:16 Host:
182) John B.
I was so happy to see the release of the live JC DVD that showcases Maury's talent. Maury and Jim's sound was so pure live that you can play the album along side and the two never miss a harmany or note. Maury's music lives on, he was a gift whose talent burned bright.
Monday, September 06, 2004 at 17:16 IP:
166) Mary
To Piper and all the many other fans interested in Maury's "Gingerbreadd" music:

Capitol Records owns the master for "Gingerbreadd" and I am in the process of trying to get it reissued. Thank you for your patience.

Friday, August 27, 2004 at 14:06 Host:
165) Piper
Does anyone have an idea where i could get maury's cd? will someone sell me a burned copy?
Friday, August 27, 2004 at 12:06 Host:
164) Bill Lochner
I knew Jim Croce featured another guitar player in his songs, but not until I saw the video "Have You Heard" did I realize that the best guitar playing came from Maury, and not Jim. How essential Maury was to the success of Jim Croce cannot be underestimated.
Friday, August 27, 2004 at 11:42 IP:
162) Mary Muehleisen
Thank you to all who have signed the guestbook and sent e-mails and letters. Thought you might like to know that there's a new entry on the "Friends" page. Enjoy!


Wednesday, August 25, 2004 at 13:30 Host:
161) Zan Lopresti (AKA diane chamberlain)
today, i found a box of my old LPs in the basement. musty and mildewy, none worth keeping. except . . . oh wow, tears came to my eyes when i pulled out gingerbread. i remember maury from glassboro state. one of the first and nicest people i met there. i did a search to see if there might have been a CD made of his music. i guess not, huh, mary? a friend will see if he can salvage anything off this musty old LP for me. i listened to the little audio clip of "a song i heard one time" and just about broke down. is it a false memory or did jim croce once back maury up at a glassboro concert? thanks for this site and tribute to your brother, mary.
Sunday, August 22, 2004 at 17:37 Host:
159) Mark
I am a guitar player and I have the Croce cd " The 50th Anniversay Collection". There are many songs on the CD that JC recorded before Maury joined him. The songs are good but they are lacking something. You then hear the songs that JC recorded with Maury backing him up on lead. All of sudden the songs come alive. There was a real chemistry between these two. The acoustic guitar arrangements are some of the best I have ever heard. I have a hard time duplicating the original arrangments when I play these songs. The tabs I found are not all that close to the records. I wonder what other guitarists think.
Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at 17:13 Host:
158) John
I was watching PBS on Jim Croce and really was mesmorized by Maury's playing. It became obvious to me that his guitar was the drive to the duo's music.
Monday, August 16, 2004 at 20:46 Host:
156) Monk
Jim and Maury were simply the best. I am about the same age as the two of them and their music has continued to affect me all through my life. Oh how I wish they had lived, but the memories and the music will live on forever.
Sunday, August 15, 2004 at 13:18 Host:
154) Darryl Myers
I'd only been playing the guitar a few years when Jim Croce came along. However, it wasn't Jim that impressed me. It was the guitar playing and harmonizing of Maury that inspired me. The primary reason I continued to listen for the next few years was to a absorb the soft harmony and fantastic acoustic leads of Maury. Maybe Jim could have made it without him, but I doubt it. I'm glad the internet has made it possible, after all these years, to say thanks for the lessons. I really mean it. Darryl Myers
Thursday, August 12, 2004 at 23:14 Host:
153) Thom
Wednesday I said to my wife "you know what I wish? I wish Jim Croce had lived." She came home Wednesday night with a DVD about Jim and of course Maury was there with him for every song. Jim and Maury were two of the great ones and we miss them.
Thursday, August 12, 2004 at 20:20 Host:
152) Mitch Rodriguez
I'm another PBS watcher and a long-time guitarist. I've been transfixed for the last hour watching Jim and Maury's live tunes and like others, did some surfing to find out more. Maury's tasteful playing is an inspiration and I've got some catch-up listening to do! Thanks for maintaining this site and helping people make a connection to Maury and his music.
Thursday, August 12, 2004 at 18:48 Host:
151) Mrs. S
Long time Jim Croce fans know that Maury was the Best Right Hand Man that a singer/songwriter could have. We loved Maury just as much as Jim, and the day they died was the saddest day in my life. I will never forget either of them! I still play their songs as if I were back in time.
Thursday, August 12, 2004 at 16:49 Host:
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Thursday, August 12, 2004 at 00:10 IP:
149) Scott Eubanks
I don't know where I've been. I just discovered Maury Muehleisen tonight. I just watched a special on PBS about Jim Croce. I saw Maury playing and wanted to know more about him so I went surfing the net. What a talent!
I need to know and hear more.
Thank you for such a wonderful site.
I shall visit often.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004 at 18:03 Host:
148) Jessie O
I loved Jim Croce's music, and from the start I knew the impact that pairing with Maury had on it. When I would watch a tv performance, my eyes would be riveted to the man usually placed to Jim's right and slightly behind him. The day the news announced the plane crash, I was home sick from high school. No one to call and share my grief with. I knew a music reporter at the Bergen Record and when I reached him my first question was, "Was Maury aboard the plane?" No news cast covered who else had died. I had tried to hold out some hope that Maury had not been on the plane. It angered me that the press did not recognize how much a part of Jim's music and success Maury was and that he deserved recognition as well.
Thank you Jim and Maury for many happy hours of music all through the years.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004 at 03:46 Host:
147) Larry
I just saw a PBS special and was mightily impressed by Maury's work. Question: I failed to find a link to this wonderful site at Jim Croce's address. Did I miss something??
Sunday, August 08, 2004 at 09:29 Host:
146) Chris M Naylor
What a wonderful story! Can't wait to read the book.
Saturday, August 07, 2004 at 17:09 Host:
145) Mary Muehleisen
The title of the song you're thinking of, Debbie, would be I HAVE NO TIME. Maury would sing, "If I had the time, I'd be the first to sing you another song ...
The lyrics can be found on this website.

Thanks for the memory.


Thursday, August 05, 2004 at 05:33 Host:
144) David
Maury was a big influence on my playing. I listened to him playing with Jim Croce when I was first learning guitar. He was a great guitarist. I'm glad I got to hear his music.
Wednesday, August 04, 2004 at 19:57 Host:
143) Debbie
Thanks for creating such a wonderful website. I have often thought back on those good old days at Glassboro State College and how great it was to hear Maury sing and play at the Goldbug. There were also times when I was visiting friends - who I can't remember now, It was too many years ago - and he would arrive and the fun and music would begin.
Didn't Maury also have a single? I remember that there was a contest on the college radio station (WGLS I think) and the winner (me) got a single from Maury. Could it have been "If?"
I remember playing it a lot until I got his album. Now I do not have either but I do have fond memories of those "good old days."

Wednesday, August 04, 2004 at 12:20 IP:
142) 网站建设
it is nice
Tuesday, August 03, 2004 at 00:39 IP:
141) Chris in Houston
I have loved the music of Jim and Maury my entire life - as bands and performers wax and wane in terms of popularity, this duo ALWAYS remains in my current stack. I will turn 40 this year and cannot remember a year without the music of these genuine a truly touching songs.
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 at 06:03 Host:
140) Erwin
I was barely a year old when that tragic thing happened in 1973. Growing up, I always hear my eldest brother (or "kuya", that's how Filipinos call their elder brothers) play Jim Croce songs every now and then, and even play and sing "Time in a Bottle" every now and then.

Anyway, that's how I learned of the music. Recently, I bought a copy of Have You Heard, and became curious about the guy always accompanying Jim to his sets. I always thought that the guitar were all Jim's. But there was Maury. He IS really great.

Sunday, July 25, 2004 at 13:50 IP:
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Sunday, July 18, 2004 at 12:45 Host:
137) Patti Dahlstrom
How could one forget the kindness and talent of Maury? I remember one summer night in a NY hotel room when he played a new song for me "Salon and Saloon." What a
beautiful, kind spirit. I think of him still and know he continues to create.

Saturday, July 10, 2004 at 09:56 Host:
136) Mick Hernandez
I was 16 when I heard of the plane crash involving Jim and Maury. I enjoyed the music and couldn't help noticing the guitar player playing with Jim on TV shows and photos. I always thought he looked like John Lennon. His style of playing is as unique as Jim's music and lyrics. It wasn't until later that I learned his name was Maury. My older brother and I learned to play guitar and always tried to imitate his style by watching him play on TV. We were both very upset that he died with Jim that day. My brother died about 16 years ago and every time I hear a Jim Croce song I reminece about how we both admired Maury. Every Christmas on the radio they've been playing "It doesn't have to be that way". The guitar playing of Jim and Maury is beautiful.Listening to that song at Christmas makes it just more enjoyable. Thank you Jim and Maury.
Monday, July 05, 2004 at 20:13 Host:
135) Kayhan Tümerdem
Thanks for this amazing site about the reminiscences of Maury. I'm from Bursa,Turkey. Now I'm 44 years old.
I have always been familiar with Jim's and
Maury's music for years. Their music had
always made me sad. Whenever I listen to any Jim Cross song , I remember my good old days that shared with my friends,lovers and my beloved father in Istanbul. These poignant songs played by
Jim and Maury take me another places.
What a pity they are no longer living.
They'll always be remembered by real music lovers like me. Although they were short-lived but their legacy would last forever. I long to hear them in a concert as an amateur guitarist. Thank
you again for the great music.
Now I want to share some lines of a beautiful poetry written by Cahit Sıtkı who is a most famous Turkish poet.
"Our first love looks hazy, far away,
A memory driven from our heart.
Friends who set out with us on life's way
Took separate paths and strayed apart.
Now our lonliness grows day by day."

Kayhan Tümerdem.
Bursa, TURKEY.

Saturday, July 03, 2004 at 06:55 IP:
134) Gene Arnold
So pleased the PBS special is running highlighting our old friends. Our tribute program to Maury featuring Mary and Ray, a a few tales from behind the scenes will preview shortly at Our site was damaged by a hacker, and we are just now able to post new programs on our "Sounds Of Philly" site, including this great tribute to Maury and Jim.
I always promised to keep their music alive forever, and fortunately, my part in that was not needed, as it is timeless and has a life of it's own. That's what "Gingerbreadd" is all about.
The program should be available within a week.
Thanks for all of your love.
Giant Gene Arnold
(The first to play Gingerbreadd on the air anywhere.)

Wednesday, June 30, 2004 at 06:17 Host:
133) David Wayne Vining
Wonderful site for a wonderful musician. God bless you.
Tuesday, June 29, 2004 at 15:55 Host:
132) jong
nice site
Saturday, June 26, 2004 at 10:29 IP:
131) Rich Kelley
Hi. Thank you for this site. I've alwasys wanted to know a little more about Maury.

I'm a guitar player and a fan of Jim Croce's music for 30 years. I've always been enchanted with the interplay of Maury's and Jim's guitars. I have spent many hours dissecting the guitar parts on those songs, learning to play them, and trying to understand how they work from a musical sense.

I really like Jim's songs. But Maury's parts took the songs to another level. I loved the way he would weave little counter melodies over the song. His parts also brought in harmonic interest because he would play extensions or different chords than Jim creating a single, more complex chord. And he would do this without stepping on the melody of the song.

Maury's playing has been a huge influence on my own.

Mary, thank you again for this site. Your brother sounds like he was a special person. I'm sorry for your loss and you and your family will be in my prayers. Maury touched a lot of people in his 24 years. I know his playing challenged me, and put a smile on my face.

Rich Kelley

Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at 16:54 Host:
130) michael nason
I just picked up the "Have You Heard" DVD and I was very impressed with Maury's playing. I wanted to find out more about him so I googled his name and found your website. Thank you for an excellent introduction. I am so sorry for your loss. Finding out that Maury died in the same plane crash as Jim Croce just makes the crash that more tragic. Who knows what contributions to music we all missed out on by losing the two of them.
Saturday, June 19, 2004 at 11:38 Host:
129) Betsy Riley
I just heard Maury's music on the Channel 11 (Chicago, IL) special with Jim Croce. What a great person to have toured with. I hoped he hadn't been killed in the tragic plane crash to got on the internet and was sad to learn he had, in fact, been killed along with Jim Croce. I'm going to search for that record. Peace
Saturday, June 12, 2004 at 07:51 Host:
128) Mark Teachey
Hi. I'm yet another Croce Fan and only recently became aware of the source of magic behind his sound. I started playing the acoustic guitar back in 1969 when I was 9 and so when Croce's music came out I was instantly reeled in by the awesome guitar pickin'. Great music is timeless and Jim & Maury's music sounds better than ever. God bless you as you continue to honor and remember your brother. Thanks for sharing the photos of your family and the beautiful testimonies.
By the way, I'm one of those who would love to get a copy of "Gingerbread".
Mark Teachey, Wilmington, NC.

Friday, June 11, 2004 at 12:45 Host:
127) John Martin
I watched the PBS documentary on Jim Croce last night and during the show wanted to hear more information on "the man behind Jim". I've always enjoyed Jim Croce's songs and now have much more of an appreciation for the delicate music and harmonies from Maury. Like many listeners, I wish I could hear more of his music. Thanks for the site!
Friday, June 11, 2004 at 07:41 IP:
126) Mary
A friend from Illinois e-mailed me last night to say that he had just seen part of a new PBS Special - The Legacy of Jim Croce. It is not scheduled anywhere in New Jersey yet, but it is scheduled to be shown on many public television stations across the country. Thought you might all want to watch for it in your local TV listings. Our family will wait and watch when it is shown locally.
Peace and Love,

Monday, June 07, 2004 at 19:52 Host:
125) Bobby Cross Jr.
Mary, thanks for letting me know about this site. I have been coming to it since you first told me it would open, but couldn't bring myself to sign the guestbook until now. Kind of hard to deal with, and to put down into words and sound right, knowing Maury's loving friends and family have much to say, and I'm just someone out of the blue you've been a friend to.
Like others I heard Maury's guitar playing right away on Croce's songs and was amazed. It made me want to hide my acoustic. Then I heard "I Remember Mary" and was haunted by the voice and the guitar, and had to learn every lick and word myself (though after all these years I'm more of a writer than a player-but still acoustic). So just like "A Song I Heard", I hunted like crazy until I found Gingerbreadd (though I taught school I had a collectible record store on side) but it took years. Years later I finally put it on CD so I wouldn't wear out the LP which was in great shape(I always sleep with soft music and usually listen to Gingerbreadd. Iput it on at night set to repeat and listen to it as I go to sleep, and many of my dreams will have essences of the songs or titles in them.) I dug for years to try to find out more about Maury, because even though I loved Jim Croce and his music, singing, and writng very much, it was Maury who touched my soul. He drove me to be a better songwriter, player, and singer. He inspired me as no one else ever did. I am thankful that he had parents and siblings to love him and help him be the kind of man he was, that he could be such a person. And most of all Mary, I thank you for lifting my spirit, sharing memories of Maury over the last few years, and picking me up sometimes when I have been down struggling from another heart attack or effects of my illness. It has helped me to get back in the studio myself as my health permits. Your kindness doesn't go unnoticed or forgotten. May this site grow and be seen by all those who have been touched by Maury, including those who have by his music and don't even know it's him. And good luck with the book Mary. Stay in touch, and thanks for being a friend! For the rest of you if anyone wants to email it's just remove the other . and you will have my address (have to avoid getting spammed).

Sunday, June 06, 2004 at 15:28 Host:
124) Mona Marie ( friend of Maury's and Jim
Oh Mary
God bless you for all the love and support you have given your precious brother MAURY. I remember he told me all his sisters and brother's names,and I never forgot yours, and now I finally got to meet you on the phone at last! It is always good to here from you Mary. The Muehleisen family has been in my prayers for over 30 years, and will continue to be, your parents are awesome! God bless all of the Mueleisen's I really was blessed to have known dear Maury while he was in LA. He enjoyed Marie and I driving him around on our side of town, we had a lot of laughs and very special and sweet memories of him sing and playing just to us. He was a great example to people everywhere, thats for sure!
Come visit when you come to California! I'll take you to Universal Studios okay?
Love you sweetie

Sunday, June 06, 2004 at 00:37 Host:
Thursday, June 03, 2004 at 20:36 IP:
122) Cristián García-Huidobro
Greetings from Santiago, Chile from a truly fan of Maury's style to play the 6-string guitar. I'm still learn some finger tips every time I play one of Jim's song with Maury's arrangements.

Thanks for the site, i'm gonna keep it in my little box of wishes and dreams,

Wednesday, June 02, 2004 at 09:02 IP:
119) 重庆
Very nice site! Keep on work!
Friday, May 07, 2004 at 20:41 IP:
118) Bill Starr
I first heard of Maury this week when I stumbled on a couple of Jim Croce music videos on I enjoyed Maury and Jim's music very much when exposed to it on 33 LP by my college roommate in 1975. What a loss.
Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 17:01 Host:
117) piper stark
where do i buy maury's cd? I have been looking for ages... any ideas?
Sunday, April 25, 2004 at 23:11 Host:
116) Paul
The world lost a lot when Maury passed from our lives. My ten year old son was just introduced to Jim amd Maury's music for the first time two months ago. He has been taking guitar lessons for four years and has been listening to the c.d. since I got it, dropping his Strat in favor of my acoustic to practice Maury's style. Damn if he isn't getting it. I am glad I found your site.
Sunday, April 25, 2004 at 22:45 Host:
115) Jeffrey Leeper
I got your e-mail and had to reply right away. It's nice to see Maury getting some credit for his contributions to music. His free-style playing is pretty amazing. It's very hard to play so much and not overpower the song. Maury had a gift that allowed him to play freely and with feeling while enhancing and defining Jim's music. There's no way any other guitarist could have defined Mr. Croce's songs the way Maury did , and the music world was blessed with his talent.
Friday, April 23, 2004 at 17:47 Host:
114) Mary
Our family owns the rights to all of Maury's words and music, but Capitol Records owns the rights to the recordings on the GINGERBREADD LP. Some years ago, EMI/Capitol reissued it in CD form and it sold out quickly through a company in Japan. I have been in touch with Capitol about another reissue and will let everyone know if that happens.
Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at 06:34 Host:
113) Shawn Sutherland
How can one get a copy of Gingerbreadd? I'd be happy with a homemade CDR. Why isn't it available?
Tuesday, April 20, 2004 at 09:45 Host:
112) Joseph Lenahan Jr.
I just found out that Maury was a cousin of mine threw Shelia Lenaghan Sulkowski. My great grandmother was Katie Malone.I always loved there music.
Joe Lenahan Jr.

Sunday, April 18, 2004 at 22:04 Host:
111) Mike H
I play guitar - the embellishments
that Maury added to all those songs have
entranced me for years - I wish I could
have played even a few notes with him!!!
He is one of my inspirations!!

Monday, March 29, 2004 at 15:04 Host:
109) Ron Jorgensen
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Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 17:53 IP:
108) Ken Friess
Maury was , in so many aspects, as big a part of Jim Croce's success as Jim himself. I fondly remember the sight of Maury accomplishing such magic on his guitar as the two of them performed all over TV back in 72-73. This webpage is a loving and a very fitting tribute to a talent who was so much more than just a "sideman".

Good Work!

Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 19:02 Host:
107) mary45
Sunday, March 21, 2004 at 22:03 Host:
106) Kelsey
I would just like to say hi maury you're the best:)
Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at 22:40 Host:
105) Shawn N
Just got the Jim Croce DVD - Maury & Jim were absolutely stunning together and I'm very glad you've put this website up for him. I enjoyed looking at all of it & I hope with time more people will learn of his breathtaking talent.
Thursday, March 11, 2004 at 02:38 Host:
104) Allen Mann
Hi, I recently ran across this site, and I was very happy to find it. I’ve been a fan of Maury Muehleisen for several years now having first heard him on the Jim Croce records and later on his album Gingerbread which I fortunate to find a copy of. I wish he could have recorded more music, but I’m glad to have the opportunity to hear the great music he made. Anyways, thank you for the great website, and I look forward to checking out the book you’re writing.

Best regards,

Allen Mann

Sunday, March 07, 2004 at 10:03 Host:
103) Patrick Chan
Hi Mary:

I am from Hong Kong and I now live in Canada. It was in Hong Kong in the mid 70's that I came across excerpts of Jim Croce's concert on TV. The song was "One Less Set of Footsteps". I was hooked. I liked Croce's songs and I went about looking for his recordings. But I must confess that it was that long hair guy next to Jim that attracted me to Croce's songs. I remember his guitar style. I remember his fingers moving confidently and swifty across the guitar. The sound of his sparkled and gave so much colour to Croce's flowing melodies. I never could find out who the guy was. I did not even know he was killed in the same air crash.
It was couple of days ago that I bought Croce's DVD and it brought back lots of memories and images of many years ago. I could not help but ask myself the same question who that guy was that played the wonderful guitar next to Jim. It was after much search that I found this site. And I must say to you that after many years I am still Maury's fan, and he deserves to be remembered with Croce.


Friday, March 05, 2004 at 22:04 Host:
102) Dan Brady
Hi Mary!
I just called up WDVRFM and mentioned Maury after hearing a Croce song.
They went on and on about him afterwards I was astounded.
The man mentioned he was searching for Maury's solo album, not Gingerbread.
I don't believe Maury did a solo album but I didn't know well enough to contradict him.
He even knew of Gingerbread. And the lady cohost was as enthusiastic.
They talked about he was local boy etc etc...
I fed em a lot of it of course.
Felt you should know.
You did me a great honor visiting me at the Old Mill gig I did.
One very respectful thank you.
Then I sat down after the phone and saw Maury smiling at me from my screen from the front page of the site?
I had a chill.....
TERRIBLE site address, they almost shrieked when I told them the address..
They said that a search at google on the last name..they respelled it would work.
I thought the polish had the awards on horribly spelled last names...yucko..muehliesen?
That a tough one.
Bye bye.
Dan Brady

Friday, March 05, 2004 at 08:23 Host:
101) anonymous
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Friday, March 05, 2004 at 08:16 Host:
100) mugu
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Wednesday, March 03, 2004 at 18:37 IP:
99) Sandra Muehleisen Conrad
I've just found your website. I'm from Trenton, my Brother is Theodore Muehleisen and my Father was Theodore Muehleisen. My Mother was Lillian. I believe that Maury was my cousin. This is a lovely website and very nice stories. Thanks for allowing me to visit. Please drop me a line if you could. thank you.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004 at 17:11 Host:
98) Ray Henderson
Very surprised to find this.....I knew Maury at Glassboro State in 68 and 69. I have a lot of memories of him- those were very intense days to be young. I remember the concert that is pictured with Joe Sav, my Communications Professor at the time, I was there. I think the photo was published in the Glassboro yearbook....funny what we remember. Like the night that I heard about the plane crash on my car radio driving through South Jersey and silently hoping (but knowing otherwise) that Maury wasn't aboard. I once introduced Maury to a girl named Nancy, very blonde and pretty, Maury was smitten but, well...she didn't hang around too long as I recall. Like I said those were intense times to be young. I remember Maury being the first person busted at Glassboro State for a tiny amount of pot and it was so trivial that Maury appeared in the tiny Glassboro Municipal Court with people paying parking fines, and got off with a slap on the wrist. We all shared a (relieved) laugh over it at the Student Center. After that he was a folk hero on campus until the day he left. is never gone when they are remembered fondly by long lost friends. Until we meet again. R.
Tuesday, March 02, 2004 at 12:46 Host:
97) Kristina (Muehleisen) McSalis
Hi Mary!!

This website it fantastic!! You are fantastic!! I can't wait for the book to come out, so that I can find out everything about my cousin Maury. I was only 6 years old when his creative life ended. I can remember that day as a matter of fact. My Mom was so upset... I don't know how many times I actually got to be with Maury, but I do actually remember one specific time. My Mom, Dad, sister Regina, and maybe some of my older brothers were at Uncle Maurice and Aunt Margaret's house in Trenton. I remember Maury played for us. I remember sitting with my Mom, and her reminding me how important it was to sit still, and listen quietly - not always easy for a little kid. But I realized as soon as he sat down to play the piano, that this was an important moment. I can see the snap shot in my head, sitting in the living room of that house full of life, and joy. I like to think that that moment had something to do with why music has always been such a big part of my life - so important to me, ever since I was little. Several family members have written in the guest book that there is definitely a creative spark in this big, lively family of ours. I am so proud to be a part of it! Thank you for being the wonderful, kind, caring cousin you are. You are an amazing soul for doing all of this - to keep Maury's music and messages alive for all of us! I only wish I could have known him while he was here, and that I could see all of this great big family of ours more often!! God bless you always! Love - Your Cousin - Kristina

Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 12:02 Host:
96) David Fielder-Gill
I'm an unashamed Jim Croce "Tragic" and have been ever since I heard "Operator" on the radio. The song was so refreshingly original and different and that difference was undoubtedly due to Maury's inspirational guitar playing.
I'm a songwriter and guitarist and evr since that day I have modelled my guitar style around Maury's style.
Both Jim and Maury created something no one else will ever reproduce. I've been fortunate enough to obtain a copy of "Gingerbreadd" and it is highly apparent that Maury's genius was overlooked. It begs the question what would he (and Jim) be writing today?
Mary, your web tribute to your brother is wonderful. He didn't die in obscurity, hey, I live in Australia and I tell everyone about Maury in the same breath when I talk of can't have one without the other... just listening to their music is proof of that. Long live both Jim and Maury.

Friday, February 20, 2004 at 15:17 Host:
95) David inMassachusetts
What a great tribute to a wonderful songwriter/guitarist and person. I have loved the music of Jim since I was 12 in 1973. It has been only in recent years that I learned who is great guitarist and friend was. I love watching Maury and Jim together on the new live DVD. Maury is an awesome guitarist and his vocals are wonderful as well. I only hope that one day I'll be able to purchase his one and only solo album on CD...Gingerbreadd. Take care and thank you for this site. God bless Maury and Jim.
Dave in Mass.

Saturday, February 07, 2004 at 17:48 Host:
94) Mark Tallon
Very nice tribute to my cousine Maury. We Tallons were a military family and were away from our Trenton roots most of our lives. When we visited Trenton we came to see our Muehleisen family. All of us have treasured memories of those visits, the Muehleisen family and Maury. After reading the messages on this site it appears Maury has touched many souls in his time here on earth. I'm sure we will all see him when our time comes. Cousin Mark.
Sunday, February 01, 2004 at 12:43 Host:
93) Andrew Schneider
I bought the the new dvd of Jim Croce and wondered who the guy was playing with him. Now i know. This is a very nice webpage. I liked the one picture of all the kids at Christmas. Even 30 years later, sorry for your loss.
Friday, January 30, 2004 at 13:54 Host:
92) Vincent
To never be forgotton and to be loved is two blessed and beautiful things.....

Your faith and family love that you have for each other is truly beautiful and definitely from the spirit of God....

Thank you for allowing me the chance of getting to know your brother and all of your family better.....

He is blessed to have you........

I wish more people in the world pursued these things.......

Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 22:05 Host:

Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 14:05 Host:
90) Trish Tallon-Blanchard
I didn't know this site existed until this morning. Ann wrote to me about Robert, I hadn't heard or talked to anyone in a long time and was glad to get news and have an opportunity to wish Robert well. I think I had a crush on him as a child, then found out from all the big courins and siblings that "ick that is NOT ALLOWED!"
I felt complelled to tell Ann something I had never shared with any of your family about a moment where I was the recipient of Mauries humble, beautiful and unforgettable magic. The following is pasted here from my e-mail to Ann:
Please give your love to your family. One of my very fondest memories in life was seeing your brother Maurie lost in his music, playing the piano. I don't know where everyone else was but I was alone at the top of the stairs and he was by himself playing. It was my first memory of being truly moved by artistic expression. There was no line between he and the piano, they were one, it was truly moving and changed the way I looked at things. I don't know if I've ever told your parents that but I would like them to know. I think I was 10 at the most and it is the only memory I have of visiting that year. There is a gene in our family connected to art and he found the genius in it and did something with it. Nuture any sign of art up there in this family, I believe it is a very special gift and sounds like many of us are using it and others are struggling to try.

The site is a touching and loving way to keep Maurie's well spent time alive and well, an example of a life filled with purpose and not a moment wasted. A gift and a reminder we all have something to contribute and it is a choice.

Thank you Ann and Mary for finding a way to share this. Love from a long time ago. I remember better now. Love, Trish

Saturday, January 24, 2004 at 11:47 Host:
89) Trish Tallon-
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Saturday, January 24, 2004 at 11:35 Host:
88) Hadee Branscum
I was just watching a video with Maury and Jim-what a gentle spirit your brother had, not to mention an awesome talent, I was a little down when I put the video and and was truly blessed by him-I miss what he could have been-I know you do also! God Bless you and your family.


Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 18:42 Host:
87) Mary Muehleisen
Hi, All,
Just a little reminder that today would have been Jim's 61st birthday. Maury's 55th birthday would be this coming Wednesday...January 14th. Keep them, as I do, in thoughts and prayers.

And thank you to everyone for visiting and enjoying this website.

Peace and Love,

Saturday, January 10, 2004 at 13:15 Host:
86) Joe Comer
Hey Mary!!! What a great job you have done here. I'm really proud of your efforts to let everybody know who Maury was... not only as a superb musician, but as the sensitive and caring individual he was. Maury always wanted to make things just a little better. He accomplished that in his music.

We that write and perform, are secretly sharing a part of our own heart and our souls... "that" is what makes the songs come to life, and that is what Maury was so good at.... bringing to life a story or a message with his words, his notes and his heart.

It was a lifetime ago, but I miss playing with the guys... but most of all, I miss them as my brothers in life. Life can be very difficult, but we all believed the music made it just a little bit better for everyone - Joe

Friday, January 09, 2004 at 18:53 Host:
85) Mike Coons
After years of storage, I set up the turntable and pulled out my LPs to reminisce. There were a few albums that influenced my appreciation for music during the late 60s and early 70s. Maury's Gingerbreadd was one of those memorable works that has stayed with me over the years. Although I knew of his passing, not much had been available out there and I wanted to learn more about his life. Today, I found your website! Mary, reading through the wonderful comments in your guestbook, most are family and friends. Though I am one who never knew Maury, many have echoed my appreciation for his work...and yours. THANK YOU for putting your heart into this effort. Grace and peace.
Monday, December 29, 2003 at 09:06 Host:
84) Malcolm Sandy
Incredible talent. Thanks for keeping his memory alive.
Sunday, December 28, 2003 at 19:50 Host:
83) Linda Muggli
Dear Mary - I never knew Maury but recently met your father at the RWJHH Cancer institute where he proudly spoke of his family. I have since read and listened to the music on your website and would like to aqcuire a CD if they are available. Maury had a wonderful voice and beautiful guitar playing. Best wishes to you and your family.
Tuesday, December 23, 2003 at 21:24 Host:
82) Rob Francis
I'm sorry for hogging space in the guest book but I can't say enough good things about Maury. I recently bought "have you heard Jim Croce live"? dvd and to see the two of them play together is just plain hypnotizing. Their music has changed my outlook on life forever. I finally found peice within myself. Now that I've discovered Maury I need to find more of his music...I don't know where to look. If any one can help me please feel free to e-mail me.
Thank you Maury,
God bless you.
Rob Francis,
Nova Scotia, Canada

Sunday, December 21, 2003 at 21:50 Host:
81) Rob Francis
I've been listening to Jim croce on the radio for over 25 years. I didn't know until dec.2003 that there was another player with him. That player was Maury. I what an amazing duo. Jim's music wouldn't have been the same without Maury. Maury wouldn't have been the same without Jim. I want to thank the two of them for leaving us with such amazing music. Thank you Jim and Maury....we love you still.
Rob Francis
halifax, Nova Scotia

Thursday, December 11, 2003 at 23:03 Host:
80) Tom W
I have always been impressed with Maury's contributions to Jim Croces songs. I don't think they would have had half the impact they did without those sweet acoustic guitar lines going on in and around the melodies.
Nice site. Nice tribute....

Friday, December 05, 2003 at 11:13 Host:
79) Nancy Hilley
I think I probably first met Maury somewhere on Glassboro's campus. One or both of us probably had a guitar. I was a sophomore, and very sophisticated, while Maury was a mere freshman, young and rather shy. I was at that time an aspiring Folk music artist, and had played in small clubs in and around the south Jersey area. The talent show was coming up, and once I heard Maury play, I convinced him that we should do a duet. We did "A Monday Kind Of Tuesday" originally recorded by Spanky and Our Gang. We got quite a reception. Maury went on to play more venues at the college. I remember some other event where Maury was playing, and he had me come up and do something in a D modal tuning. I can't remember the song. Maury and I were friends. He was a magnificent artist, and I was not the least bit surprised when he showed up at school after a lengthy absence and announced, that he'd been signed to record, and would be playing with Jim Croce. That day in Glassboro's snack bar, the "Co-op", was the last time I saw him. I followed his career with pride, taking every opportunity to boast, "I know him, we played together", to anyone in earshot if one of their songs came on the radio, or on some TV appearances. One morning, a few years later, married and the mother of a small daughter, I went back to sleep in the morning with the radio on next to my bed. I had a dream where I saw Maury walking toward me, ragged and dirty, carrying a suitcase and a guitar case. He was saying to me, "I'm o.k., Tweak (my college nickname), you don't have to worry about me. I'm in a really good place. I'm alright, honest." When I woke up, I thought it was a strange dream. Why would I suddenly dream about Maury? I hadn't even thought about him in a while. I remember feeling a little unsettled by the dream, and went about my buisness. Later in the day, I heard the broadcast. Still today, I have mixed feelings about that dream. My rational mind tells me that my subconscious heard the news and incorporated it into my dream. But, knowing Maury, I think he came to me, so I would not mourn for him. I remember being sad that day, but somehow comforted by the thought that he had thought enough of me to come and tell me it was alright. The grieving came later,for what we had lost. I have no doubt that his talent would have become widely recognized. I'm so glad to see that he has not been forgotten, by his friends, and by those who never met him but through his music. I'm glad I knew him.
Monday, December 01, 2003 at 19:10 Host:
78) Mary
Hi, All -
The song was I HAVE NO TIME. A very appropriate title for most of us at this time of the year.
I was thinking of all of, friends and fans...on Thanksgiving Day. I am so grateful to be in touch with so many who were touched by Maury during and after his life. Thank you all for sharing your memories and kind thoughts and may your lives be filled with many blessings.
Peace and Love,

Monday, December 01, 2003 at 08:14 Host:
77) Dan Brady
I have some "Maury Trivia".

He was talking about the studio work on Gingerbread and he was telling me that the drummer, at one point, played the sticks on the change in his pocket. He was drumming on his pants pocket which was full of change.
Maury thought that was simply wonderful.
Unfortunately I can not remember which song it was.
Gives a whole new meaning to playing for small change, doesn't it?

Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at 09:19 Host:
76) Randy Pletcher
Hello Mary,
Yes, we did know Maury. He joined us and played music at our wedding in Glassboro. We remember him well and cherish those thoughts. While I knew him only briefly, I believe he gave me the gift of a rare mystical experience. I was a guitar player of average skill when I first met Maury. I loved his music and his willingness to share it. But I never played music with him. I was too insecure about my ability, and his own music flowed so easily. I always regretted that, particularly when his death meant that there would not be another chance. But in a way I could not at first explain, my ability with the guitar changed suddenly ... immediately ... after his accident. I could do things I never thought of before, improvising and soloing in ways that I never learned. I believe that Maury was not yet finished with his music, and chose to share this spirit even after he left this world. I sense that he gave some of it to me, and perhaps, to many others. They may not have realized it, but I do. I am a terrible skeptic about many things, but not this. So I think about Maury often, and am continuously grateful of what I see as a very special gift.

Tuesday, November 25, 2003 at 16:15 Host:
75) Jim Lewandowski
I have no idea WHY Maury and Jim Croce aren't everyday, household names.

I play only acoustic guitar because of Maury's influence. Staggering musical skill.


Monday, November 24, 2003 at 11:31 Host:
74) Bob Duerwald
Dear Mary, I want to thank you for setting up this webpage as a tribute to Maury. I never did meet Maury, but I've always felt that I've known him through his music on the album Gingerbreadd. As a college freshman at Lehigh Univ. in 1971, I found a promotional copy of Gingerbreadd at the campus radio station. I played it, and to my surprise, I really loved the music and the lyrics. Maury's music was very catchy and light, with terrific acoustical guitar. It's too bad that the album was so underheard. I used to play Gingerbreadd over and over again at the college, and many of my friends at the dorm and the frat house would ask me "who is that?". When I found out that Maury had joined with Jim Croce, I recognized his acoustical guitar style instantly. I often hear "A Song I Heard" running through my mind. Your brother was a terrific artist. I hope many more can discover Maury's solo album through the internet. Best of luck on your book!
Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at 14:42 Host:
73) Larry Brown
I have always thought that Jim and Maury were the greatest singers that ever lived. My wife-to-be is from Yugoslavia and had never listened to any of their music before or even heard of them and she loves them now too. If I had one wish, it would be to have Jim and Maury back with us. Mary, I really enjoyed reading about your brother. I wish I had know him. Take care.
Monday, November 17, 2003 at 12:17 Host:
72) Colleen Lanigan
Mary - I still cannot believe you are Maury's sister. Jim Croce was my all-time favorite singer growing up! Seems like our gifts from God continue to grow and amaze us all the time. Who would have thunk it? Meeting each other, working together in TOT, and sharing this phenomenal love of music! Truly inspiring! You have done an incredible job here. Kudos!
Saturday, November 15, 2003 at 21:33 Host:
71) Dan Brady
Yeah so change the X to a @ and you can reach me.

So we'd get together and drap ourselves around Louie's living room, candles and incense and pass the guitar around showing off our most recent acquisitions.

Louie was more of a stylist and a vocalist then a guitar player, although he tried. We would say Louie was playing a spastic guitar.
Something in his hand never seemed to "get it". He did good stylizing.
I ain't dissing him.

So during a break, Louie and I were standing in the dining room talking and he says something to the effect that, Did you hear how he introduced that song? He said this is the song that "The song that Louie doesn't like"!!??? Yeah...that was happening....


We were so young.

Maury should be sainted, at least beatified by the pope next time. I mean that. He coulda been a saint or something like that. But dang....
He was stuck on the fact Louie gave him a thumbs down.


Oh anyway geee.....

And of course, all here who were conversent with Maury knows that such a response was uncharacteristic of Maury.

And yes....some of us would be in chairs, but as some other signers here noted, he sat on the floor.
We really did drape ourselves around the room, candle light and perhaps Mickie, Louie's wife would burn an incense stick out in the kitchen so it would just hint in the front room.

And when the sun rose, we'd either go home or someone would do the donut run.

The guitar was never really passed around one to the other. But turns were passed around. We all pretty much preferred our own instruments.

I wrote one song that had an A minor with a F# in the base. That was the one.
And he did some peculiar things with his base line in "A song I heard One Time". That was what it was.
We both said..Hay! What was that you did there!!???

Yeah, and we taught each other the other one's song and then played them after folks drifted back in from their various break pursuits.

Please..remember, he was growing faster then any of us. It became that, Maury would play and there was simply nothing to say. He Just started to grow more every week. I wonder what he was doing to get such growth.Maybe he was ALWAYS expanding like that on the instrument and I/we just came to recognize it because of our weekly gathering.

At least we were able to share for that time.

Of course it was so sad that he was on the threshold of real fame and megabucks when he passed.That mattered to me, when I realized he was gone.

Personally, about our gatherings, I suspect he was doing sheet music stuff, probably transferring all he had learned from his Piano into his guitar work. And then he's spring em on us next meeting.
He was doing things that were simply not evident from the guitar view point. In my opinion. Even "A Song I heard one time" had "movements" in it that just didn't seem to be from the guitar.
I guess this isn't clear, what I'm trying to explain.

Isn't it said the past is gone....


Friday, November 14, 2003 at 09:13 Host:
70) Dan Brady
Yeah so change the X to a @ and you can reach me.

So we'd get together and drap ourselves around Louie's living room, candles and incense and pass the guitar around showing off our most recent acquisitions.

Louie was more of a stylist and a vocalist then a guitar player, although he tried. We would say Louie was playing a spastic guitar.
Something in his hand never seemed to "get it".

So during a break, Louie and I were standing in the dining room talking and he says something to the effect that, Did you hear how he introduced t5hat song? The song that Louie doesn't like!!???


Maury should be sainted, at least beatified by the pope next time. I mean that. He coulda been a saint or something like that. But dang....
He was stuck on the fact Loie gave him a thumbs down.

Oh anyway geee.....

And of course, all here who were conversent with Maury knows that such a response was uncharacteristic of him.

And yes....some of us would be in chairs, but as some other signers here noted, he sat on the floor.
We really did drape ourselves around the room, candle light and perhaps Mickie, Louie's wife would burn an incense stick out in the kitchen so it would just hint in the front room.

And when the sun rose, we'd either go home or someone would do the donut run.

The guitar was never really passed around one to the other. But turns were passed around. We all pretty much preferred our own instruments.

I wrote one that had an A minor with a F# in the base. That was the one.
And he did some peculiar things with his base line in "A song I heard One Time". That was what it was.
We both said..Hay! What was nthat one???

Yeah and we taught each other the other one's song and then played them after folks drifted back in from their various break pursuits.

Please..remember, he was growing faster then any of us. It became that, Maury would play and there was simply nothing to say. He Just started to grow more every week. I wonder what he was doing to get such growth.Maybe he was ALWAYS expanding like that on the instrument and I/we just came to recognize it because of our weekly gathering.

Of course it was so sad that he was on the threshold of real fame and megabucks when he passed.That mattered to me, when I realized he was gone.

Personally I suspect he was doing sheet music stuff, probably transferring all he had learned from his Piano into his guitar work.
He was doing things that were simply not evident from the guitar view point. In my opinion. Even "A Song I heard one time" had "movements" in it that just didn't seem to be from the guitar.
I guess this isn't clear, what I'm trying to explain.

Isn't it said the past is gone....


Friday, November 14, 2003 at 09:05 Host:
69) Dan Brady
If you want to e-mail me put a "T" at the end of my edress.
I signed a guestbook once before and was spammed to death by various web entrpenuers. Yuck.

Maury had a daytime wake downtown at St Mary's. Well, at Murphy's Funeral Pallor right next door.
It was the first time I had ever seen a guitar set up by the coffin.
Seen a whole lot of guitars in their stands, along side of coffins in the years since.

I have been forced to continually deny that I played with Maury and Jim Croce over the years. Last year , I can remember, correcting people who mistakenly believed that I had.
Well, I didn't.

Before Maury met Jim Croce he and I and Walt MacNichol, and Louie Klienerman and.....seems like there were others.....can't remember..
Hay! I'm freaken 57, I'm allowed some errors in memory!
What was I saying?
Oh yeah...

I believe it was either every friday or saturday, every week, or every other week, we would gather and sit through the night taking turns playing songs.

And, ahem, drinking coffee.

One night he and I swapped songs. I had written one and he had one and we took the time to teach each other the song. Then we played, solo, the others song. THAT was interesting.

We really used to prepare for gatherings.musically. Thats what it was all about.

"A Song I heard One Time", and I forget the name of the one I had written. That was the song Maury had that night. Louie didn't like it.
He and Maury got stuck on the fact that Louie didn't like it.

And Maury was really a perfect hippie gentleman. He had all the ideals. That was the only time I ever saw him faulter. Funny.....

During this period Maury made significant advances on the instrument. It was apparent week to week. At one point, the simple facts were that, he was significantly enough better that he began to over shadow the rest of us.

He began going over to Yardville, Croce's place, shortly thereafter instead of making our gatherings.

Of course I had the GingerBread album.

I liked Maury.

I'm still "Travis Picking", as Maury was prone to do, and burn a few CDs here at home. Hustle em off to friends. Last few years I've been playing like I never had before in my life. Playing now more then I ever played. Learning and developing like never before.

I've recognized some of the other guest book signers. Wanted to let them know where I'm at and what I'm doing. I do a solo gig now and then.

I see Lonnie Van Eaton posted.
Was wondering about him recently, and his brother.

So...Maury did good in his life.

Dan Brady.

Friday, November 14, 2003 at 07:43 Host:
68) Carol Hill - Giordano
What a great guy, you were Maury - miss you. Wish we had more time
Thursday, November 06, 2003 at 19:56 Host:
67) Mona
Dear Mary

May God's blessing's forever remain with you and yours.
Although I have not met Mr. & Mrs. Muehleisen, I truly feel they could write a book of their own, on: How to raise a long lasting loving family !

I had the honor on becoming Maury's friend, from California.
And remember all the stories Maury would share with me about his Trenton family. Back then (30 year ago)he spoke of his sister Mary and I knew Maury was close to his sister and all his family.

Maury was a precious and rare gem, a Gentle Genious. Humble yet wise beyond his years. Inspirational as a musican, indeed but his also as a caring human being who was a fine example of what it truly means, to be the best we can be! Maury's words in People I love you, says it all.

Mary, Maury will always inspire me to be the best I can be. I am grateful to have known him and thankful for you Mary also and for all your faithfullness to honesty and this tribute to Maury. I feel the Muehleisen family is a real blessing. You all have my deepest respect. I have so much to be thankful for!

Take Care Mary!

Thursday, November 06, 2003 at 00:05 Host:
66) Charley Adams
Thank you for puting this page up. It is nice to know that I am not alone in remembering him.
Wednesday, November 05, 2003 at 16:13 IP:
65) Nick Cornwell
I was introduced to Maury's music via a little song called "I Remember Mary" that was well-hidden on the Jim Croce collection, The Faces I've Been. I fell in love with that song instantly and had to find out more about the man who was responsible for the vocals. Ever since then, I've looked in new and used record stores and, in recent years, all over the internet to find out if more music and information is available about Maury Muehleisen. So far, obtaining more of his music has been nearly impossible, but at least I can discover more about the man, thanks to this web site.

A Fan Forever,

Thursday, October 30, 2003 at 15:39 IP:
64) Robert Morgan Fisher
As a fairly proficient guitar player, I'm generally unimpressed by technique. It's a means to an end. Maury is the exception -- and probably the reason I'm a fairly proficient guitar player today. His playing set the standard for everything I ever recorded. I don't think it takes anything away from Jim Croce to say that we lost two of the most talented musicians of the 20th Century on that fateful day. I look forward to hearng Maury's music (Maury's "Salon and Saloon" was one of favorite Croce recordings). Thank you for this long overdue Internet tribute to a wonderfully influential talent, taken from his friends, fans and family far too soon.
Friday, October 24, 2003 at 13:13 Host:
63) Mary Glenn
Although I never met Maury, I have been listening to his music for over 30 years, both as a solo artist and as Jim Croce's musical partner. I am so happy that these pages are here so that we all can learn more about this musical genius and his life.Thank you, Mary, for allowing us to do this- you did a wonderful job! I am looking forward to your book!!
Saturday, October 18, 2003 at 17:59 Host:
62) Frank Serokosz
What a fantastic tribute to Maurys memory. All of your hard work and research has been beautifully delivered to all of Maurys friends and family. I look forward to viewing and listening to more of the website on my next visit.
Cousin Frank

Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at 21:11 Host:
61) Ann Muehleisen
When Mary and I went to Natchitoches for the 30th anniversary of Maury's death, we were treated royally by our new friends, Robert, Maynard, Lanie, Mark, Cat, Billy, Lindsay, Sam, Patti, Terrance and Belle. Walking around this beautiful southern town by the Cane River Lake and attending the "inaugural meat pie festival with great music and friendly people was wonderful. We walked through the stores and bought presents for family and friends. Lanie took us to the radio station where we talked with Rodney Harrington (a.k.a. Johnny Earthquake), listened to one of Maury's songs from his Gingerbreadd album and ate meat pie. We met so many nice people and had so much to talk about each night before going to sleep. The most difficult, nostalgic and incredibly moving part of our trip was the time we spent walking around the Natchitoches Regional Airport where Maury and Jim took their flight into heaven. From Prather Colloseum, across the Cane River Lake, to the airport - it was all right there - just a small airport. It held so many answers to questions we've wanted to ask for 30 years. Someday we'll have those answers, but by then it won't matter, because we'll be with Maury. I've learned a lot about love in the past 30 years, and trying to make the most out of the time I have on this earth. I'm sure Maury is sending smiles and blessings to everyone who has written in this guestbook and to all of the people yet to hear about it. It's been such a pleasure to read everyone's thoughts and memories and to see names that I haven't seen for years. I read these messages with smiles and tears, and want you all to know that it's so nice to hear from you. Billy McGlone, you write beautifully. I can't believe I used to want to be a nun. Boy, did that not work out!
Thanks, everyone, for remembering so much and making our lives richer for the memories and the friendships.
Love, Ann

Sunday, October 12, 2003 at 06:48 Host: 
60) Mark Adkins
Hi Mary & Ann
You know I've been tring to send this for a while now. I check on the site almost every day, to learn more about Maury and his friends and family. It's been a wild ride these last two years starting with the making of docmenteryon Maury and Jim's last night in Natchitoches, then coming to New York for the film festival and meeting you and your family, Tommy & Terry. Then winning best music documentery. And then for you and Ann to make the trip to Natchitoches on the 30th. Anniversery ment so much to all of us. It's funny how after 30 years Maury and Jim's Music is still bring people from all walks of life and all around the world together. But after everything that happened (know what I mean) it's not suprising. Give mine and Lanie's to the family and hope to hear form you soon. P.S can't wait to read the book. All our Love
Mark, Lanie, Lindsay and Sam

Friday, October 10, 2003 at 08:36 Host:
59) Rob Christie
Mary, nice talking to you today. This is such a nice tribute to a great musician. Looking forward to hearing it on CD soon.

Your friend,

Rob Christie
Capitol Records

Wednesday, October 08, 2003 at 12:46 IP:
58) Robert Muehleisen
Mary, Just had a chance to review the guest book again and take a trip down memory lane. I can't get over some of the names of the people that have written in.

Billy McGlone from around the corner on Cumberland Ave. His mom sometimes took me and Michael to school in her big green Nova when it was raining or we were late. I'm talkin mid sixties. His email got me thinking about how Mom would get Maury up out of bed early on Sunday mornings sometimes to take Michael and me up the street to church before the rest of the family had to go. He would walk us up there dutifully and it was so nice to be with my big brother on those days. I'm sure he had better things to do at that time. Like sleep longer and create more music.

It is so nice to hear from our friends from The Gathering like Ron and Margaret, Don Parsons, the Brun's and everybody else that was there five years ago that made so many memories come alive for us again. God bless those fantastic and beautiful people.


Tuesday, October 07, 2003 at 19:01 Host:
57) Colleen Halloran
Dear Mrs. N (Mary!) -- what a wonderful site! You have truly done a fabulous job. I will never forget when you would play Maury's music for us when we were little and we would dance around the living room singing songs ike "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown." But remember - we weren't allowed to say a certain word in the chorus of that one so we had to improvise - -("baddest man in the whole 'mmmm' town . . .")

Thank you for teaching me early on about the man behind the voice - it touches my heart whenever I hear his guitar playing on the radio, and it always makes me think of the Muehleisen family and its amazing spirit.

Love always,
Colleen xoxo

Monday, October 06, 2003 at 12:49 Host:
56) Ron & Margaret Gletherow
I was 3,500 miles away in England, back in 1973, when a good friend brought round a copy of "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" for me to listen to. The music on that album, and all the rest I've heard since, changed my life completely. I was hooked and a fan for life, and soon realised it wasn't just Jim, but a close-knit team I was listening to, Maury being the musical genius adding so much to Jim's songs. I later listened to Maury's own "Gingerbreadd" album and was amazed by his talent, and pure emotion in his songwriting.
I owe them so much, not just for the music, but for them being instrumental in me meeting my wife Meg at the gathering in Philadelphia in 1998. I'll never forget that time, nor the lifelong friends I made there, certainly not least of which were Maury's wonderful family.
Congratulations, and thanks Mary for the great job on this web site.

Monday, October 06, 2003 at 11:59 Host:
55) Peggy Ann
Mary, As I sit here reading all the "sweet memories" from family & friends, I have a smile on my lips & tears in my eyes. The tears are mixed with joy & sorrow. We loved & lost Maury but we gained support & friendships world wide because of him, for him.

I wanted to answer the e-mail from Gene C. The song was "I Remember Mary" .

You've done a great job on this website and I'm sure your book will be loved by all. Having heard the first chapters leaves me with the anticipation of it's completion.
This makes me feel like the sun shining on the yellow brick houses across the street after a storm that Maury called "a glow of nostalgia".
Thanks & much love, your sister, Peggy Ann

Sunday, October 05, 2003 at 14:42 Host:
54) Mike DiBenedetto
I was priveleged to have known, played with, traveled with, sung with, laughed and cried with Jim for nearly thirteen years beginning with our firts day as Freshmen at Villanova U. I did not have the same opportuniies with Maury and I FEEL CHEATED!I met Maury only once backstage before a concert in Wildwood,NJ in August of '73 where he and Jim and Maury's friend and others were gathered before the show. Maury greated me as a long lost friend and made me feel like the star that he was. He made me feel very special - probably because he was so special. The beauty of his heart and spirit are self evident in the songs he wrote and sung and in his outstanding musiciandhip. To those who knew Maury well,I say count yourself blessed because in the brief hour I was with him and the countless hours I have listened to the music that he lovingly and experly made, I have been blessed and deeply touched and changed for life. Thanks for that, Maury!
Sunday, October 05, 2003 at 13:23 Host:
53) Giant Gene Arnold
I'm so glad that Mary found us through a visitor to our site who noticed a special picture of Maury and Jim, and contacted Mary, who got in touch with me. I noticed all of the glowing warmth in the messages in this guestbook, and a note from a few other old friends such as Joe Salviola. My fondest memories of Maury and Jim go back to one of my early radio shows where they came in and sat on the floor and played and sang "Gingerbreadd" songs live. We also spent time at a summer home that Joe had rented, and at the time of their fateful deaths, I made a promise to "keep their music alive forever!" I'm very glad that's a promise I didn'thave to keep, as the world kept it for me. I will never forget the sound of the church bells ringing in Trenton on the day of Maury's funeral.
We currently do "The Sounds Of Philly" program educationg and informing people about the great "hit machine" that was our city from the 60's through the 80's, and we are also featured on with our soul-oriented Philly programs. I hope come visit and click to our scrapbook pages to see some of your old Philly favorites.
This is a wonderful tribute to a happy, warm person who enjoyed nothing more than sharing the full and vibrant sounds of his guitar and voice with the world, and still does through the timelessness of classic radio worldwide.
My best to all friends of Maury on the 30th anniversary of that fateful flight.

Friday, October 03, 2003 at 08:39 Host:
52) Ken Wolski
I only knew Maury through some mutual friends in Trenton. So I was a little surprised when he knocked on my door--well, my girlfriend Bea's door, in Bordentown--one Saturday in 1970, I believe. Maury came in with his guitar and we talked. He was pretty excited about touring with Jim and putting out an album. He told me that sometimes he played backup for Jim and sometimes Jim played backup for him. Then he sat down on the floor and he played a song on his guitar and he sang. He was great. Then he played another song, and another, and another. I remember thinking how busy Bea and I had been before Maury came by, but now none of that seemed to matter. His songs were so beautiful. And the sunlight playing off his face and hair made me think what a beautiful person he was. I couldn't believe my luck--Maury just came in and sat down and gave us a private concert. It was a Saturday I never forgot.
Thursday, October 02, 2003 at 20:50 Host:
51) Peter Blight

This is great work. The family recollections and pictures are a revelation. I actually believe it wouldn't matter how much of Maury you managed to squeeze on here, it wouldn't be enough. Like all great performers he left us wanting more.

Well done.


Thursday, October 02, 2003 at 16:32 Host:
50) John Wright
Mary it is wonderful too see a page dedicated solely to Maury, it is long overdue. For his fans who realised his talent and the difference he made to Jim's music, this is a fine tribute. I have always talked of them as a pair because without Maury we may never had had the best of Jim.
I love my copy of Gingerbreadd and the beautiful, gentle songs he wrote.
Thankyou once again for the great tribute.

Wednesday, October 01, 2003 at 16:12 Host:
49) Don Parsons
Hey Mary! - What a wonderful website and tribute to Maury - THE greatest musical genius of all time. I was a sophomore in 1972 at Corinth High School in Corinth, MS when I first heard Jim Croce's "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" and at that point my life and musical preference was changed forever. I was totally captured by Jim and Maury's music and began soaking up every guitar note,chord, and lick I could. While I strained my ears to seperate Jim's part from Maury's I struggled even harder to try and learn his delicate and well-placed parts (later after Quadraphonic 8 track tapes came out it was sooo much easier to seperate the two because I could isolate to some degree Jim's guitar on one speaker and Maury's on the other!!!). I must say that I regret that I never quite could get the hang of his intricate guitar style but to this day I am still in total admiration and respect for his talent. I only regeret that I never had the opportunity to meet him and Jim and jam some with them. Thanks for sharing with us all, you and your beautiful family's memories of Maury and Jim. I will always treasure those precious hours we all met and spent together back in September 1998 in Philadelphia and Trenton at The Gathering. Hope to see you all again someday. May God Bless you and yours always - Don Parsons
Wednesday, October 01, 2003 at 12:33 IP:
48) Zoltan G. Zeisky
Mary Beth, you have created a beautiful website! I am so grateful to Dennis White for sending me the Flash Back article from The Times, since I live in Pennsylvania since 1977. I think of you (and Ray) guys from Cathedral High often, and your wonderful family. But I miss most of all the friendship Maury and I had, especially when we hammed it up at the piano for all the Music Festivals at the War Memorial from high school. I think of him often, especially when I hear the Jim Croce songs on the radio, and our old year books get their turn for viewing in our family. Thanks again for putting together such a memorable web site, and keeping Maury's memory alive for all of us. Fondly, Zoltan
Wednesday, October 01, 2003 at 08:56 Host:
47) Bill McGlone
What a wonderful job Mary. Your efforts in putting together this beautiful tribute to Maury evoked many fond memories of growing up in what was to me the greatest place ever. For many of us who grew up “down by river” we lived at a time when everyone did know each other by name, looked out for one another and we can say we lived at a time when we knew what neighbors, friends and a sense of community were all about. I still recall you and your sisters holding “school” in your backyard during our summer recess and all of us boys making it a point to simply be “boys”. As I reflect here I could go on forever with memories and can’t help but to think that much of Maury’s motivation in his short life came from the times growing up in the city where we may have not had much in a material sense but were rich with friendships and caring about others. My regards to all of the family and again thanks for taking me back in time through the memories of your beloved brother.
Tuesday, September 30, 2003 at 17:37 Host:
46) Grace (Tallon) Johnston
I was only 12 when Maury died. He was my cousin. I don't have many clear memories of him. Our visits to NJ were not frequent, so a lot of those memories are just a blur to me. Maury was 11 or 12 years older than me. What I do remember is this --- he was PATIENT . . . I remember a truly NICE person . . . Most of all I remember seeing him sitting at a piano and playing for us and what a treat it felt like to be a member of that audience. I have his album on tape and listen to it often and always feel a sense of pride (we were cousins, after all!) mingled with an ache in my heart for such a tragic loss. He obviously touched so many lives in such a positive way --- and it seems he still is! What a gift.
Sunday, September 28, 2003 at 21:11 Host:
45) Tim Buckley
My Mother mailed me the Trenton Times story and I read through your entire website this morning. It is a beautiful tribute that I know all of your family and friends must really appreciate! We used to live down the street from you on North Hermitage ( so we probably even waited together for trains to pass on the way home from school). Your Dad gave me my first job, which was in a downtown clothing store. I remember the day he came in and first showed us Maury's new album. He was very proud of it! Please tell him I said "Hello!" -Tim Buckley (Louisville, KY)
Friday, September 26, 2003 at 08:33 Host:
44) Ann
I just got my new computer/internet and this is the first site I visited Mary!

Thursday, September 25, 2003 at 12:43 Host:
43) Edward DePiano
I enjoyed learning about Maury and several times was overcome with emotion.
God bless the entire Muehleisen family.

Wednesday, September 24, 2003 at 17:42 Host:
42) Leslie Foster
I never met Maury, but knew Tom growing up in Trenton-Hermitage, Rutherford, Stuyvesant Aves.............good ole days. My thoughts are with the family. Terrible tragedy. May god bless.
Wednesday, September 24, 2003 at 10:18 Host:
41) William P. Heitman
It was my privilege to have told a small part of Maury's story in my book, "Music's Broken Wings: Fifty Years of Aviation Accidents in the Music Industry."

It is very tragic to have lost the music that he certainly would have produced. Blue skies always Maury.

Monday, September 22, 2003 at 15:08 Host:
40) Lee Suabedissen
I just read the article in the Trenton Times yesterday and went directly to the website. I never met my uncle, but I feel like I knew him from all of the wonderful stories I have heard and read about him.
Monday, September 22, 2003 at 11:38 IP:
39) Kathleen Gafgen (Kathy Jusko)
Thank you for the "whatever happened to" newpaper article. Ann and I were friends&classmates, Maury was in my sister Janet's class.He was always so kind and gentle and the smile...could melt a thousand hearts. I felt I was not just his little sisters friend or my sisters younger sister, I was a special person that he would stop in the hallways of Cathedral to talk to or in the streets as we changed classes.My family has heard at least a millions times as we drive near Hermatiage Ave the stories of my happy memories visiting your home. I cherrish my albumn, it brings a part of a past life back home. Maury lived a good life in so many ways and for that everyone he touched was most fortunate.
Monday, September 22, 2003 at 11:04 IP:
38) Pat DeVaney
Great site. It certainly was great hearing his music clips again. The site certainly is a tribute to his memory.

Monday, September 22, 2003 at 08:50 Host:
37) gene corrado
I had the pleasure of meeting Maury at Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center) in 1973. Jim played a great show and afterwards invited anyone backstage to meet him and his parents. I spoke to Maury because I really enjoyed his guitar playing. He was a wonderful, kind, talented man who was very friendly to my wife and myself. I actually held tickets for a concert that was never to be-Jim was opening for Loggins and Messina in N.Y. I probably still have them somewhere. Every time I hear a Jim Croce song I think of them. At the Lincoln Center concert-Maury did one of his songs that had your name in it. I think it was "I remember Mary" or "I Cant forget Mary"-something like that. Please be comforted in the fact that so many people remember him fondly.

Monday, September 22, 2003 at 07:26 Host:
32) Tom & Debbie Brun
Dear Mary,
This is such a wonderful web site! Thank you for including the photos of Maury and your family. These photographs are such a nice touch as they show a warm and personal side of Maury and your family. Each September 20th I try to sit down and listen quietly to Maury and Jim's music. Today we are thinking of Maury, Jim, you and your family. Maury has been such an inspiration to me. May God bless you and the entire Muehleisen family.

Tom & Debbie Brun

Saturday, September 20, 2003 at 20:50 Host:
31) Carol Strattman
Thank you for helping me to learn about another member of your dear, beloved family.
Saturday, September 20, 2003 at 18:33 Host:
30) Robert Muehleisen
I went to see Maury today at St. Mary's. I still miss him. So many days, like today, I have his songs in my head and heart and wish that I could call him to let him know that I'm thinking about him. I am so happy that you have created this site so that people can show their appreciation for what a talented and beautiful person that Maury was. He will never be forgotten.


Saturday, September 20, 2003 at 16:56 Host:
29) Gail & Jim Pollock
Very nice web site. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today and always. Your parents and brothers are wonderful people!!
Gail & Jim

Saturday, September 20, 2003 at 15:33 Host:
28) Michael Muehleisen
Dear Mary, Great job. Brings back lots of memeries and emotions. Love Michael
Saturday, September 20, 2003 at 09:25 Host:
27) Shandy Glover
Thirty Years Gone: dedicated to Maury & Jim

I would like to say that very few musicians have meant as much to me as Maury Muehleisen and Jim Croce. When I first heard their music, I was hooked. It was then, and is now, so different from anything out there. It had a different sparkle of genius about it. I have always believed that if Jim Croce had never hooked up with Maury, he would have probably released another failed album and would have never gotten the recognition he deserved; it might have ended his career. Jim was a great writer and guitarist but he needed an extra spark to make it all come together. He found that spark in Maury Muehleisen. Like the liner notes of the Jim Croce release, "The Faces I've Been" says: "Maury was the icing that made the cake something really special."

Here's to you guys, Maury & Jim. I know you are making great music for the Angel Band.

Saturday, September 20, 2003 at 05:04 Host:
26) Mary Kay Tallon Spahl
Gently present in our past.
Greatly missed in our present.
So far away but as close as a song.

I remember this cousin of mine as quiet with smiling eyes and a gentle way of being. He was nice to everyone, and what a sense of humor he had!

Mary Beth, the website is wonderful!

Love, hugs and prayers,
Mary Kay

Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 20:04 Host:
25) Nancy Alia
Dearest Mary:

I am so very proud of you and all you have accomplished and will accomplish. I have been on every part of the web site, and it's great! What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul--I wish I could have known him.

I can't wait to read your book--it will be terrific, I know. I'm sure Maury is smiling down on this tribute and on his sweet family. You all have something special, and it is to be treasured and nourished.

God Bless you all. Enjoy this very special time in your life.

I love you.
Your devoted Friend,

Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 19:03 Host:
24) Sarah J Spahl
I remember his name and his picture, several stories from my mother. A vague memory of his records on the wall. Now I can know more. Thanks.
Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 17:52 Host:
23) Mary
Thanks to all of you who have been signing the guestbook and sending
e-mails to remembermaury. It's so nice to hear from you all.

Your thoughts and remembrances are more appreciated than you can know.

I'll be thinking of you all on September 20, 2003 - Thirty Years

"The World Will Know You, Maury"

Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 11:27 Host:
22) Carl Jonathan Muehleisen
Nice website!!! Now that I'm playing guitar more myself, it was interesting to see where certain talents branch to in the family (not saying that I have any talent with the guitar!!! - ask my wife!!!)
Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at 19:26 Host:
21) Philip Alia

The site is wonderful and VERY informative. I look forward to taking the time to go through every page and picture and learn more about your brother. Send our love to Ray and Beth Ann.

Philip, Janine & Nicholas

Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at 07:30 IP: 
20) Carl Muehleisen
Thanks for the memories.


Tuesday, September 16, 2003 at 19:04 Host:
19) Joe Muehleisen
Dear Mary, God, how much I love you and for the tremendous hours of work you have put into this website and the book and managing so many different things connected with Maury and our family. Maury meant the world to me and still does. Yes, I still live close by to the cemetary and still say I LOVE YOU every day as I pass by, on Olden Avenue and then again on Cedar Lane after I make my left hand turn towards home. I know he hears me and all my prayers every day that I pass by. Sometimes, when I really, really need him, I stop in and really talk to him, on a personal basis. It brings me back to September in '73 though, and I start crying again at age 47, remembering the burial and the faces of so many people at one grave. I remember being an alter boy for our church and remembering Maury's funeral and thinking, I've never seen so many cars at one funeral before. I love you Maury and I love you Mary for doing all of this work for him. You are the sunshine for Maury's life, that's why you'll always be around. Hum a few bars :-) I never expected a site like this from you, you did a great job Mary. I meet people from time to time who say that Jim would never have been anything without Maury's spectacular music abilities. These words come from people and conversations over the years and whom I've never seen again, but I'll always remember, like Maury and Jim. Thanks Mary, for the pictures, the music and the memories of Maury's and Jim's, they mean the world to me and so do you and the rest of our great family and friends of Maury's. Love always and forever, your brother, Joe P.S. Thank you Sean for all of the great help you have been to Mary with this GREAT web site. God Bless you.
Tuesday, September 16, 2003 at 16:51 Host:
18) Judy Quintman
What an effort! I didn't know Maury, but I do know Mary and I know the love she has for her brother and her family. This is a wonderful tribute.


Tuesday, September 16, 2003 at 16:36 Host:
17) Janine Pettit
Dear Mary,

I have just read through this beautiful tribute to a dearly loved brother and I am awed by his gift and humility but mostly touched by the family he came from. Surely your mother and father created a beautiful environment for this talent to be nurtured in. I really love the Christmas photo of all the kids in their "church" clothes. It really evokes memories of my own. Thank you for reminding all of us of the really impertant things in life. When I hear a Jim Croce tune in the car I always think of Maury and what he meant to all of you and how his all too short life really mattered.



PS Great job Sean!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2003 at 06:53 Host:
16) Joan Enright
What a beautiful, moving tribute to Maury! Congratulations on launching the website and best of luck with completing your book...I can't wait for the booksigning!
All my best,
PS Can't forget the webmaster...good job, Sean!

Monday, September 15, 2003 at 19:29 Host:
15) Ann Muehleisen
30 years...I just looked through his high school yearbook with a woman he graduated with in 1967. She works with me now, and we had the greatest time looking at all the people he went to high school with in Trenton. Now, I look at this and see more pictures and memories. It's bittersweet.
Mary, I wish you well on your book and thanks for getting the right guy to help you with this web page. It's great!

Monday, September 15, 2003 at 17:02 Host:
14) Joan Coley DeGregory
What a wonderful webpage of loving memories of Maury from his very special sister,other family members, and friends! This brought back so many fond memories of early days spent with the family on Hermitage Ave as a very special friend of Mary.(I think I even had a little crush on Maury at one time too). God bless you and thank you for sharing Maury with all of us.

Monday, September 15, 2003 at 15:34 Host:
13) Beth Ann
Great job mom! All of your hard work paid off. I love the pictures and stories. Now I know much more about the uncle I never knew and about all of the people who loved him. Kudos to you too Sean-- you are an expert!

Beth Ann

Monday, September 15, 2003 at 12:42 Host:
12) Beth Anne Tallon
My memories of Maury and the family are hard to sort at this moment. He was so full of energy and so happy to share every time we visited. I remember Maury, my brother Tom, and I racing one another through the space between the houses.....Maury wearing a plaid shirt, sitting on the front steps sharing tales of fabulous adventures since our last visit....Maury at the new piano in the living room, playing and singing "Hey, Mister Tambouring Man...." so beautiful and playing a song for US! And, after his death, the many times I have driven long lonely roads and Maury's voice and music entwined with that of Jim Croce come from the radio - and it isn't so lonely anymore. Thank you, Mary Beth and "The Maurices", with love, Beth Anne
Monday, September 15, 2003 at 09:35 Host:
11) Bob Mamrak
Thanks, Mary. This is long overdue. I remember hearing Maury for the first time. It was in a little coffee house called the Goldbug in the basement of a church in Glassboro. Croce backed Maury on guitar back then. Sometimes Maury backed Terry Shore. Yes, Maury's guitar was incredible, but let's not forget that voice. I thought he had an echo chamber built into his chest. Quiet and gentle indeed.
Monday, September 15, 2003 at 07:39 IP:
Monday, September 15, 2003 at 07:31 Host:
9) Robert Langpaap
The timeless music created by Maury Muehleisen now has a stage!

And now I realize where Maury received his love for 'life' and 'song.'

It was his heartfelt 'songs' that inspired me to tell a humble story.

Mary thanks for your friendship and kindness.

I never met Maury but time with your family makes me feel like we had.

Peace and Aloha,

Robert Langpaap
'Jim Croce- Last Night in Natchitoches'

Monday, September 15, 2003 at 05:30 Host:
8) Mark Ellman- Sinatra
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and rememberences with us. The 60's were kind of a blurr to me as I'm sure they were to a lot of our musician friends from the time. I remember Maury as a sweet gentle soul. Very soft spoken, but alive with talent. He would come over to my place and we would sing and play guitar. Those are times I enjoyed so much. I will never forget him. Thank you Mary. I look forward, with anticipation, to your book. Good luck,

Monday, September 15, 2003 at 04:47 Host:
7) Ray
Wow. Mare, you did a great job. Maury would be proud. I can't wait till everyone can read your book. Sean, super job on the WEB.
Monday, September 15, 2003 at 04:25 Host:
6) Tim McMullen
Thank you very much for creating such a sweet and loving tribute to Maury. One can't help but feel the deep admiration and affection that he deserved and earned. I can't wait to read your book.

Keep up the great work, Tim

Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 23:24 Host:
Hi Mary: This is Frank Stallone, I also lived on Hermitage Ave. It was 1970 or so, I had just finished playing at a Be- In at Washingtons Crossing. When I got back home to Hermitage Ave with Lon Van Eaton and Jacobs Creek, that is when I met Maury, we sat around playing guitars and he was showing me all these great James Taylor licks. He was very complimentry of my voice and my songs. I remember mostly that he was a very kind person. When I saw him playing with Jim I was so happy for him. I was living 2 doors down on Hermitage with my girlfriend when I woke up to the horrible news. I kept telling her that I knew Maury,I was very upset. I still have his album I thought it was great then and I still do now. It was a great little music scene in Trenton back then, I know it's hard to believe to see it now, but it was really cool. God Bless Mary
Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 23:09 Host:
3) Lon Van Eaton
Thanks Mary... Maury.. the days on Hermitage avenue. He was one of us young poets who hung around and joked about it being Dublin and he was Yeats or Joyce did we know? Frank Stallone was another and old Robin... It is the way to honour and understand those who have traversed the in between. Loves
Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 21:26 Host:
2) Sam Sciarrotta
Beautiful Tribute to a great musician and person. Can't help thinking what beautiful music we could have been listenting to today if Maury had not been taken so young.
God bless you and your wonderful family

Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 21:05 Host:
1) Mary Muehleisen
Sunday, September 14, 2003
Hello, Hello and Welcome!

I have wanted to create a tribute to my brother Maury Muehleisen for quite some time...for his family, his friends, and his the Trenton, New Jersey area and around the world.

September 20, 2003 is just around the corner now and will mark thirty years since Maury left this world for another. My hope is that the music and stories on these pages will bring back happy memories for all of us who loved him so...and touch those who never had the opportunity to know Maury in person.

Thanks for stopping by to visit.... come again soon...

Peace and Love,

Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 20:20 Host:

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