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1273) Susan Kershaw
I always admired Maury’s guitar playing. During and after college, I would go to Jim’s concerts; however, the highlight of those shows would be watching Maury’s expert guitar playing. I remember that Jim seemed to consistently spotlight Maury. Thanks for having this special space.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 01:00
1272) Max Flury
Here is a two hour radio broadcast dedicated to Maury on the Eddie Winters show where Mary shares her memories.

Mary, if you are reading this, have you embedded the video on this site ? I can't see it anywhere.It can be easily done. And yes, I think state of the art remastered vinyl versions are a great idea. Keeping my fingers crossed for you, I hope it happens.

I was a kid when Maury and Jim left this world but I still get a lump in my throat when I hear them or AJ. Timeless, desert island stuff.

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 01:03
1271) Max Flury
The partnership of Jim and Maury was a match made in heaven. That is where they are now. If I ever get there and I don't find them I will leave straightaway and go on a hunger strike in front of the Pearly Gates.
Just kiddin'...of course that is where they are. What separates us from the unseen world is a fence, not a wall.
You can't pass through it but you can wave and say hello. That is what I do everytime I hear them play and sing.

Max in England

Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 21:03
1270) Rusty B
Remembering one of the best, Maury Muehlheisen.
Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 22:35
1269) Doug G
Thank you for sharing. I myself in my 60's still recall the tragic day of the accident. He was a awesome musician.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 15:12
1268) Jan van Duren
Just watching both on a old grey whistle test on youtube. Great players
Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 13:27
1267) Mary Muehleisen
Thank you to everyone who thinks of Maury throughout the year, who thought of Maury today, and who will come to know him and think of him in the future. Maury may not be here physically anymore, but his spirit will live on beyond all of us in the music he left behind. Loving you all,

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 23:10
1266) Mary Muehleisen
Thank you to everyone who thinks of Maury throughout the year, who thought of Maury today, and who will come to know him and think of him in the future. Maury may not be here physically anymore, but his spirit will live on beyond all of us in the music he left behind. Loving you all,

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 23:09
1265) Mary Muehleisen
Thank you to everyone who thinks of Maury throughout the year, who thought of Maury today, and who will come to know him and think of him in the future. Maury may not be here physically anymore, but his spirit will live on beyond all of us in the music he left behind. Loving you all,

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 23:08
1264) Randy Johnson
Best duo ever. Timeless!
Monday, January 14, 2019 at 21:20
1263) Randy Johnson
Best duo ever! Timeless!
Monday, January 14, 2019 at 21:14
1262) KG
Happy Heavenly Birthday, Maury! Missing you, as always.
Many hugs, Mary!

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 18:32
1261) mona~marie🌺
70 years ago a precious baby boy blessed the 🌎.
The priceless memories you gave me
are alive today.
Thank you Maury.

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 17:32
1260) GBrasco
Happy 70th Birthday!
Monday, January 14, 2019 at 13:40
1259) Jeremiah Poope
Happy 70th Birthday, Maury! Thanks for the music and memories. You are an unsung genius and virtuoso. I wasn't even born until three years after you passed but your music, both solo and with Jim Croce, has truly enriched my life. God bless you and may you rest in peace.
Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 23:17
1258) Scott Tittle
Maury would have been 70 tomorrow. How time moves on...He was my inspiration to play guitar when I was young and I still play often today at 61. I sat 20ft away from him at Harper College and was mesmerized by the fluidity of his artistry. I think of him every time I play and always wonder what could have been for him. Thanks Mary, for keeping him here for us. He was truly one of a kind.
Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 10:22
1257) Tom Guendy
Thanks Mary. I drop a line here every ten years or so. I'm 70 now. Still love Maury's genius. Jim & Maury. Timeless. Love.
Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 02:39
1254) Bob
Reading some great Notes left by some of the greatest fans of Maury. The Music of these two, Maury and Jim will be with me till I pass and then I hope to hear more, God Willing.
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 06:08
1253) Jeffrey Ogden
I saw Maury and Jim when they toured with Loggins and Messina in Boston, probably 1973. They were amazing and I became an instant fan. Thanks for keeping the memory alive. I'm a 67 yo guy living in NJ and with my wife raising our 11 yo daughter and play music as well. It's important to miss our loved ones every day.
Monday, October 15, 2018 at 18:11
1252) John
Outstanding talent who lives forever in song. What a great loss.
Wednesday, October 03, 2018 at 22:05
1251) PhilBadelphia
Maury’s story was one I never knew, and his gift of lead and accompanying to Jim Croce was such a combination. The fact that Jims last recorded song salon and saloon played by Tommy West is such a wonderful wonderful story as well.
Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 22:28
Only 24 ..So sad ..Just think how far Jim Croce and him Should have made it ..God must have thought they were too good for earth..Rest in peace Maury ..
Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 20:43
1248) Tim McMullen
My thoughts are with you and yours tonight: thoughts of sad gratitude. So grateful for the beautiful, musical legacy that Maury left both on his own and as part of a great duo, and so deeply saddened that we lost him so soon.
Friday, September 21, 2018 at 02:08
1247) anita salek
a facebook post led me toy tube which led me here, So many years and one day after a tragic anniversary and my birthday, I had Croce cd that had the song I remember Mary on it ...I never forgot it or its tune I just hear it tonight probably first time in 45 years. I wanted to acknowledge Maurys talent here
Friday, September 21, 2018 at 00:21
1246) Don
Thinking of your family today.I miss Maury and Jim as if I had known them personally and had been lifelong friends with them.They will never be forgotten.God bless always.
Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 23:22
1245) Don
Thinking of your family today.I miss Maury and Jim as if I had known them personally and had been lifelong friends with them.They will never be forgotten.God bless always.
Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 23:22
1244) Kevin
Good evening, Mary. I think about Maury every day. I wish I had the chance to meet him, to listen to his stories and hear him play.

Please take comfort in knowing that there are so many, many people in the world just like me who love Maury.

It was perhaps the music that introduced people to Maury initially, but I believe it was his kind and gentle nature that brought people to really want to know him as a human being. This is true for me, and is what brought me here. I feel so sad that you lost your Maury, but please take strength in knowing that future generations will keep his light shining bright, always.

With love,

Kevin - 9/2/75

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 22:22
1240) Mark Owen Niutto
Wishing Jim and Maury were inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. I still miss their songwriting talents. My all time favorite musicians! They have my vote!
Monday, September 10, 2018 at 23:55
1208) Jesse
Maury and Jim's music was the soundtrack of my youth. Figuring out life, girls, school. All with those songs in the background. When I listen to them today, it still touches my soul and I feel my spirit soar. That time in a bottle was magic in a bottle. Thank you for sharing Maury with us. God bless.
Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 22:20
1197) KG
"A Song I Heard" on my playlist and I am thinking of you tonight. As always, your music eases my mind, and I thank you for that gift. Missing you, Maury. Thinking of you, Mary. Many hugs, much love.
Monday, July 02, 2018 at 04:29
1196) John MacLean
Even though I'm up here in rural Nova Scotia I became aware of Maury many years ago. Taking guitar lessons in the early 1970's my teacher went on at great lenght about this sideman to Jim Croce...what an unbelievable guitarist he was and how Jim's songs would not have been as great as they were without Maury's magnificent playing. I took my teacher's words to heart and my admiration for Maury's genius remains with me to this day.
Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 13:10
1194) Casper
Lovely website. Great place to keep the fond memories and hear from all the fans. It also allows someone who has just met Mr. Maury, through his music, to understand him better. Cheers to all.
Monday, June 25, 2018 at 16:33
1193) Victoria Bigelow
I just wanted to say hello. I have always appreciated Maury's great talent. It's hard to come to terms with Maury and Jim's tragic deaths at such young ages even after nearly 45 years. I still listen to their music with love and appreciation. Peace.
Saturday, June 09, 2018 at 22:18
1190) larry real
he was the ultimate un-plugged acoustic lead guitar player before un-plugged fame

I'm sure he played a martin guitar

But I don't see any mention of him at martins guitar museum with jims signature model

Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 16:18
1187) Bad bad
Dam jawbreaker... sorry that you seem to be missing something
Saturday, March 03, 2018 at 05:38
1185) Annette
With thanks for your lovely music.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 18:22
1184) JawBreaker
Their music was sub-par, but druggies like me loved it, rock on dudes.....
Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 22:47
1183) Montana MuleSkinner
I smile for you every day Maury.. You will never be forgotten, and will always be loved and missed by so many
Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 18:20
1182) Mary Muehleisen
Thank you to all who have stopped by this site to reminisce and/or to learn about Maury Muehleisen. Thanks also for your kind remembrances of his birthday. It is always nice to know that there are so many visitors. With gratitude and love to you all! Mary
Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 10:02
1181) Sidney Wells
Something got me thinking about Jim and then Maury today. Then I came across this page online. The first comment I saw said that Maury's birthday was just yesterday. It's funny how that happens. Jim and Maury remind me of so many fond memories from my childhood. I wanted to wish a happy late birthday to Maury. The musicians behind the best voices are seldom recognized for everything they have done for the industry. I still listen to their music and appreciate it every day. Thank you for setting up this page!
Monday, January 15, 2018 at 23:42
1180) Gary Brasco
Happy 68th Birthday Maury!
Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 18:30
1179) Bob White
I love reading about all the fans of Maury Here. The joy of the music they enjoy from Maury, and the sadness of the lost. We all have one thing in common, The love of His music, most of all, I think the shear Humbleness of the Man. I hope someday to meet you my friend, perhaps "Sing You, A Tune" sadly miss by all..
Saturday, January 06, 2018 at 05:58
1174) Tanya Muhleisen
grateful for Maury's presence and music ~ as I'm listening to Gingerbreadd tonight!
Friday, December 01, 2017 at 22:45
1173) dave freeman
Thank you for this great website! As a kid of the 70s, I have always been a fan of Jim and Maury's music. These days I'm grateful to have a weekly piano bar gig where I play at least one of their songs every night :-)
Thursday, November 09, 2017 at 12:55
1171) Steven
I visited Maury's grave today as I was in Trenton on other business. I had to pay my respects. I visited Jim earlier this year. Off all their music, I Got a Name is the one that resonates the most for me on a personal level.
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 21:11
1168) John C
Maury & Jim were coming to my school to play - I was on the stage crew at the time, running sound for the concerts, meeting the artists backstage. -But the sad news came.

I have never forgotten the one concert I missed.

Friday, October 06, 2017 at 22:46
1167) Donna
Loved Jim Croce and Maury Muhlheisen...they made such inspirational music together. I can still remembering the devastation I felt getting the news while in gym class that fateful day...still so grateful to have enjoyed their music even for a fleeting moment in my well...
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 23:28
1166) Donna
Loved Jim Croce and Maury Muhlheisen...they made such inspirational music together. I can still remembering the devastation I felt getting the news while in gym class that fateful day...still so grateful to have enjoyed their music even for a fleeting moment in my well...
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 23:25
1165) Don Parsons
44 years later still missing Maury and Jim....their music is timeless and still touches me the same way it did from the beginning.There will never be another two like them.Thanks guys for sharing your music and giving us a lifetime of great memories.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 23:21
1164) Andy Tobias
Thinking of you today Maury and having a heavy heart. May God be with and love you...Until we all meet again...Rest in the comfort of the Lord!
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 17:23
1163) GBrasco
Thinking of Maury, Jim, their Families, Friends, and Fans today.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 10:30
1159) Jack
RIP Maury... I learned how to play lead guitar by copying a riff played by Maury in a live version of 'You Don't mess Around With Jim' that I recorded off TV about a week after the fateful plane crash.

They were both taken from us much too soon...

Monday, August 14, 2017 at 05:24
1156) KG
"I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song" on the radio and I am thinking of you tonight, Maury. Thanks for touching my heart with your music.

And thank you, Mary, for keeping him with us. Many hugs, much love.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 03:02
1155) Violet
Just discovered Gingerbread recently on a lonely day. Was such a peaceful experience. I am a big fan of Joni Mitchell, Weather Report, Jim Croce, etc, and I have to say, in Maury's short time, he is still listed at the top with the greats. His writing and progressions are effortlessly original, moving, and captivating.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 16:51
1154) MIKE
like others, I've enjoyed, no, I've been moved and transported by the music that Maury made with Jim Croce and now I know his story and will think of and pray for him whenever I indulge in the experience of those precise notes in perfect time that wove together those memorable songs.Thanks for doing his tribute
Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 23:56
1153) Phillip Steger
I've been digging deep into Jim Croce's music and discovered the brilliant guitar work of Maury Muehleisen. I stayed up all night digging though online resources and when I came back the next day, I found my original search in my Google history was "who is the badass guitar player with Jim Croce . . ." I treasure his talent and will not forget him.
Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 04:40
1152) Daniel
Thank you for your music. You are now with God, and I hope one day to meet you.
Friday, April 21, 2017 at 19:53
1151) Philburgh
great music. I can't believe after enjoying Jim's music I discovered the other half - Maury. The children of today have missed a lot. I cherish my Time in a bottle album. Rest in Peace Gentlemen.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 13:00
1150) Davey
Great music that kids these day don't even notice, ha ha, their loss...pass that over here dude............
Friday, March 03, 2017 at 21:53
1148) Pesky Hill
I was there at Prather Coliseum for Jim and Maury's last concert on the campus of Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA. I'm not a music critic but the concert was fabulous. People leaving the coliseum that night were so happy. Those emotions changed the next morning when they learned of the plane crash. So sad when such talented people die at such early ages.
Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 16:57
1147) beppe
volevo lasciare un ricordo per Maury.
Da quando sono ragazzo l'ho sempre ammirato per la sua bravura,
Beppe - Italia

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 14:03
1146) Winston
Happy B'day Maury. Your gift of music and your legacy remain. What an incredible talent; what a terrible loss. So young. You are still missed.
Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 07:59
1145) Tim McMullen
Hi, Mary. In honor of Jim Croce's birthday, I offer this song that was inspired by the playing and songwriting of Maury and Jim.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 16:14
1144) Scott Duell
Thank you for sharing Maury's life and times through this site. The music that he and Jim made together will live on forever. As a singer songwriter myself, I am constantly amazed at the simplicity and power of Maury's playing.
Tuesday, January 03, 2017 at 20:58
1143) Dave Sweet
When I'd heard about the plane crash, I was 13 and I knew that meant the ending of something great. I bought two Croce albums and when I read the liner notes I realized that his lead guitarist's stamp was all over it. Maury was unlike anyone else except for those who followed his style, or tried to. God rest his soul. He's someone I want to meet in the "next round."
Tuesday, January 03, 2017 at 11:05
1142) Rick Labell
Last night I watched Jim Croce perform on YouTube. I noticed the talented guitarist who accompanied him and wondered who this gifted person was. Wikipedia answered that for me and now I can put a name to this accomplished musician. Thanks Maury!
Monday, December 19, 2016 at 13:46
1140) ken schaffler
i always loved maury's playing. I'm thinking of buying one of the MM martins just because it would make me feel good.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 11:08
1139) Lmd
Hello, What are the lyrics to "People I Loe You"? Is there a recording?
Than you.

Friday, November 11, 2016 at 13:22
1136) brian mcallister
It was just recently I discovered Maury Muehleisen , in "THE JIM CROCE story ",
written by Ingrid Croce / Jimmy Rock .
When I started playing their Music , it
became evident who the genius was , behind the sound .
> Finger style guitar player .

Wednesday, October 05, 2016 at 22:05
1135) Joe Marshall
You have brought much joy to me and my family. Peace!
Friday, September 30, 2016 at 12:26
1131) Bob White
Always a gift to come here and read the notes, from the hearts of so many fans. We lost a wonderful friend so many years ago. I am so glad Maury and his family will be in my Heart for ever,
Friday, September 23, 2016 at 12:59
1130) Bill Lewis
For years I've seen Maury sitting beside Jim Croce in numerous videos, but I've only recently taken the time to learn more about Maury. What I've found so far is simply amazing. He achieved so much in such a short period of time. I've been listening to Free To Love You, over and over, for the last three days. I already miss all the great music Maury never had the opportunity to make, and I know he would've made the world a better place to be.
Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 04:56
1129) Susan McLaughlin
My heartfelt condolences to your family on this anniversary. It seems hard to believe that it is 43 years. He truly lives on in his music. People share your loss, I hope that gives you some comfort.
Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 03:43
1128) Danny
It's another year gone by one more of all of time leads right back to this time!!
I'm tipping my H@ off too!! I cannot even feel how I would begin to say
How much those songs since b4 1974 the other song to #1 in late 73 time in a bottle the song's are rested in my mind as it goes by jewels of sound mesching music into the greatest you have ever heard,, I cannot explain the feeling that I feel when I listen to them!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 22:47
1127) Jawbrraker
Tonight is a sad night to reflect back on the past. Jim and Maury left us to go into eternity. While here on earth I could never forget them or the stories that have been shared. Their lives and careers are something to enjoy and share with others. What they have given me personally, no one can take away.thanks to everyone who remembers not only this day but everyday everything about them.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 21:26
1126) Jawbrraker
Tonight is a sad night to reflect back on the past. Jim and Maury left us to go into eternity. While here on earth I could never forget them or the stories that have been shared. Their lives and careers are something to enjoy and share with others. What they have given me personally, no one can take away.thanks to everyone who remembers not only this day but everyday everything about them.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 21:00
1123) Heath Chesney
I miss Maury...his music hypnotized me in a beautiful way.
Wednesday, September 07, 2016 at 08:32
1122) Lalo de Pilar
I first heard Maury and Jim when I was a boy. They were refreshing to me musically when I heard Time In A Bottle and then Operator. I was influenced by Maury and Jim to the point of taking time from Flamenco and touring to go into the studio and attempt to compose, play, and even sing as they did. Sadly, time ran out and it was back to work. I still have the recordings I made of my songs influence by these two great musicians. Although Flamenco is my first love, I wanted to be as these two giants and compose my own Time In A Bottle. Thank you, Maury and Jim. I have had you with me since I heard of your passing. Love always, Lalo de Pilar
Tuesday, September 06, 2016 at 03:04
1121) Lalo de Pilar
I first heard Maury and Jim when I was a boy. They were refreshing to me musically when I heard Time In A Bottle and then Operator. I was influenced by Maury and Jim to the point of taking time from Flamenco and touring to go into the studio and attempt to compose, play, and even sing as they did. Sadly, time ran out and it was back to work. I still have the recordings I made of my songs influence by these two great musicians. Although Flamenco is my first love, I wanted to be as these two giants and compose my own Time In A Bottle. Thank you, Maury and Jim. I have had you with me since I heard of your passing. Love always, Lalo de Pilar
Tuesday, September 06, 2016 at 03:03
1111) Rob
I play and study classical guitar; I'm an academic, not professional. I've always been drawn to Jim Croce music and had thought it was Jim's songs that drew me. And while that is true, I've come to realise that deeper still was the beautiful accompaniment, provided by Maury, that enriched the Croce sound. I didnt know until today, the day I finally found out his name, that Maury also died in that plane.
Saturday, August 06, 2016 at 02:35
1109) Deborah Harris-Council
A college alumni and I started talking about folks who crossed our lives when we attended Glassboro State College. Maury's name came up and we talked about him being taken from us so young but how he left behind a legacy. Took me back to the first time I met him when my college roommate, Nancy introduced us. He had such a beautiful spirit and a smile that would light-up a room. I just would like to thank your family for unselfishly sharing him with us
Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 15:03
1101) Essex
My pops was a serviceman and avid guitarist who exposed me to a variety of music from all over the world. The music that my father kept coming back to was Jim and Maury's. I still remember hearing the guitars and thinking there were a half dozen musicians. Decades later, I found out there were only two buddies jamming, my appreciation of the complexity and skill Maury's musicianship with Jim's songwriting continues to grow.
Monday, May 30, 2016 at 11:00
1100) Mike Gaffney
Marty was a star to me the first time I heard/saw him play with Jim. I've always touted Marty as the completion of Jim Croce's message in every song. So happy to find this site to read how he touched so many. Thanks.
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10:24
1098) Pete Gummere
What a pleasure it was to find this page and the tributes to one of my real friends from childhood.

I remember hearing about his death. I was in graduate school. I felt numb. What a tragedy.

Such an incredible talent! Such genuine love he had for others people!

The remarks on "Remembering Maury" are authentic and consistent with who Maury really was.

More than 40 years later, I still think of him, some of the laughs we shared. And I still marvel at his phenomenal musical talent.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 21:42
1097) Nancy Vail
We were watching Jim croce songs tonight and everyone asked about the band mate ...maury....I am so sorry he left us at such a young age . They contributed so much to our culture and lives.
Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 03:43
1096) Janet Murphy
Thinking of you and Jim Croce today, listening to your music.
Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 07:11
1095) TopBrass
I never understood how we lost Maury and Jim. They were coming into their own with a future far beyond bright. I thought Red was to Gordon as Maury was to Jim. Their incredible guitar styling lifted the music to an other-worldly level. I and all my friends back then were sure the very best was yet to come. Thank you for this fine web site.
Friday, May 06, 2016 at 10:44
1094) Jawbrraker
Still remembering everyday and foever.matchless still today.may we remember all the men who lost their lives and those who are still feeling the pain of Jim and Maurys passing together and each one individually.they have endured and shared them with us.may we share them with others.God bless everyone who lost their family.
Share those who perished. Their stories and musical careers will touch every emotion you know you have. Remember?

Thursday, May 05, 2016 at 00:38
1090) Nick
Your brother was such a big part of Jim Croce's sound and a huge talent. I wish there was more about him we could read or learn about his life, you ought to write a book. Ingrid Croce always said about what very little money they saw even though Jim was getting so big when they died. Did Maury's estate ever get compensated afterwards in any way? Who kept the money from the million sellers Jim and Maury created?
Friday, April 15, 2016 at 15:52
1081) Carter Vair
Beautiful website, I'm glad such a thing was put together so people from all over the world could come to remember Maury Muehleisen. A great musician and a great man. May he rest in peace....
Sunday, April 03, 2016 at 18:27
1080) Dave Goebel
I grew up a Jim Croce fan and through his music became aware of Maury's tremendous talent. He is missed and appreciated.
Sunday, April 03, 2016 at 11:40
1076) Aries
Such an amazing guitar player just like Jim. Currently listening to Jim Croce music and im watching this video

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 07:02
1074) Morton
Loved these two together, and the world lost more than one genius that day. If I could go back in time on a one chance mission, I would choose that day and I would change the world! I would not let them try to load 6 people AND all that equipment on to that tiny plane. I would offer to take them in another plane instead. Split up the load. That plane was overloaded and that pilot should never have allowed it off the ground.
Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 10:11
1071) anonymous
I did not 4 get about your song i have worked on it and once i can get more studio time it will be done!!
Friday, March 11, 2016 at 03:19
1070) anonymous
Hey Mary how are you doing i hope it's going we'll and i'm sure quite a few our wondering too, your kindfulness and caring have gone hand in hand, just thought i'd stop by, have a good day!!( Mary
Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 04:48
1069) Andrew
Maury and Jim had an amazing, timeless sound that I have always enjoyed and will for the rest of my life. Had they lived, I can only imagine the wealth of music we would have now. I really do wish I could have met Maury and Jim, shared a beer and a few laughs at life's foibles. Thanks for keeping his memory alive!
Thursday, March 03, 2016 at 15:37
1063) bob
I will never forget!
Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 19:37
1062) Nick Vagni
your brother was so great. He and Jim put out so much good music in only 2 years together. It seems they had a very special chemistry that fed off each other like Lennon/McCartney. But Maury was more like George Harrison. He made Jim so much better. Had they lived they would have owned the 70's and beyond.
Wow He was so Good!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 23:12
1061) Linda Johnson
Thank you so much for this site and for keeping Maury's music alive all these years ! I loved watching him and Jim play and sing together on TV as a kid and all the records got me through so much in this life, good times and bad times.There will always be a place for these guys in my heart. It still hurts after all this time to think how we lost them much too soon.God bless you, Mary
Friday, January 22, 2016 at 01:14
1060) James Goulden
I remember when Jim Croce died when I was a kid, but it wasn't until I started playing guitar that I realized the importance of the second guitar that was Maury's in the sound I became so familiar with. Very sad that this life was cut short, but very impressive and inspiration that this great artist had only played guitar for 7 years.
Monday, January 18, 2016 at 21:45
1059) mona-marie corral
Happy Birthday to you Maury!
Its hard to believe its been 43 years since we spoke to each other, because your spirit still lives so strongly within my heart!
Happiest of birthdays ever is what I know you deserve.

Love Always

From California

Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 18:11
1058) Danny
A 67th birthday for a great guitar player 50 yrs ago he started that new adventure from a master pianist to a master guitarist,, a short transition as smooth on the instrument (guitar) even more than a seasoned vet., only 3yrs into playing and doing more than of anyone i know could!! then his 4th year every thing changed with his self motivating self. From playing @ home and small venues to playing sold out concerts within a year!! Happy Birthday "Maury the Master"... immensely missed for your contribution. Genius Guitarist... more in a moment Than others in a lifetime...
Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 17:50
1057) Don Parsons
Happy Birthday Maury!We all miss you and Jim!You were a musical genius and I took a lot of guitar lessons from you and Jim without you guys even knowing it!I as as guitarist,songwriter, and singer was immensely influenced by the both of you!Miss you both dearly.Happy Birthday in Rock and Roll Heaven!
Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 16:39
1056) Gary Brasco
Happy Birthday Maury! Your music lives on! THANKS!
Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 12:33
1054) Tim
I am in my 60s and have loved their music for decades, but only fairly recently did I focus on Maury's role in all of it. Maury and Jim left us all a great gift. Thanks for maintaining this site.
Monday, December 14, 2015 at 08:16
1053) David
There was simply no one else like Jim Croce. His voice and his songs will never be outdated. As long as the world will be singing White Christmas, they will be singing Time in a Bottle. How wonderful it must be for Maury's family to know that Croce's success and sound was brought to life by their relative. Maury was a great influence on my music and life. Has there ever been better guitar accompaniment than Maury's work on Time in a Bottle? I can think of none.
Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 12:11
1052) Daniel Gunter
Listening to some Jim and Maury again tonight. Maury's guitar work always amazes me. He always found the emotional heart of the song and unobtrusively, but brilliantly, supported it.

What a terrible loss.

Monday, December 07, 2015 at 22:50
1051) danny g.
Remembering and thinking how great their songs .. were... are still... magic was out there,, that's all you would here on the radio,, time in a bottle,, the moving and grooving songs truck songs the beautiful noted songs unimaginable until they were done!! they'd come together like a falling star that never stopped falling now there goes one!! And another as i listened to this!!
Monday, December 07, 2015 at 00:01
1050) danny g.
Remembering and thinking how great their songs .. were... are still... magic was out there,, that's all you would here on the radio,, time in a bottle,, the moving and grooving songs truck songs the beautiful noted songs unimaginable until they were done!! they'd come together like a falling star that never stopped falling now there goes one!! And another as i listened to this 33...
Sunday, December 06, 2015 at 23:57
1049) danny g.
Listening to the vinyl poped out that 33 great sounding memories~~~of some of those GREATEST tunes and so much love surrounding that inner circle of Jim Croce & Maury Muelhisen so many memories just like in that 33 you guy's were all a part of it and it's that love of one another, that has made it so great those tunes the places we go to see this!! "The best in the life of Maury & Jim" it's way to short not to-- and it's great to see!!thank to all the families and friends, from east to west and all over this great country the very best!!...
Sunday, December 06, 2015 at 23:44
1044) anonymous
Thanks for all the great times in life that jim & maury had given i hope one day thier light will shine in Cleveland in the hofame they were a superior duo..... forever that ride rides and the songs play it would be the icing on the cake of two artists that are so close by chance that magic was met those songs were made there time on earth taken so soon but still deserving off thier attributes in Cleveland and on that wall where those two should be !! Thank you for your time!! Thank you for your song!!
Wednesday, December 02, 2015 at 15:04
1042) Carter Vair
I have always been a fan of Maury, he is my hero, I do wish he were still alive today so he could of made more beautiful in piece Maury...
Tuesday, December 01, 2015 at 22:50
1037) Roxie Fulgham
I wrote a paper about Maury for my bus driver, Bob. :-)
Monday, November 30, 2015 at 20:50
1036) Gabby West
I wrote an article for my bus driver Bob and learned some interesting things about Maury.
Monday, November 30, 2015 at 20:28
1035) Bella West
I wrote a short article about maury and gave it to my bus driver, Bob.
Monday, November 30, 2015 at 18:18
1034) Shelby Atkinson
I wrote an article by hand about maury and gave it to my bus driver.
Monday, November 30, 2015 at 14:52
1033) Shelby Atkinson
I wrote an article by hand about maury and gave it to my bus driver.
Monday, November 30, 2015 at 14:50
1027) genius
I think Maury would have made many great songs he had that special tone, that feel of artistcal ability is only given to only a few, he laughed and that nature of his love, living in that reality, of his ownself told a story from within his soul...
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 23:05
1026) Cliff Holmerson
I was just shy of 15 when we lost Jim and Maury, working at my home town radio station. I was also a young guitar player who was blown away by Maury's playing then and I still am today. Even in the last few months I have rediscovered several of their songs for myself again. Some I am now playing, but I will always wish I could play like Maury. He had a magic in him that thankfully he shared with the world.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 15:26
1025) danny g.
Maury must of been a happy guy he seemed like you could not help but like him.. his creations to the mind thoughtful and devoted like what went into his songs.. a great tone phenomenal... a vision inside a naturally... God given talent...
it's even hard to master of the best players he made it so easy bc it was (Him) i can only imagine the younger days with Maury and then going from piano to guitar at a later age.. way later than most.. and creating that tone phenomenal... person genius very cool stories... and Croce by his side... what a story for the tv screen... i mean they were so far ahead Now's the time...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 05:45
1024) Mitchell Cooksey
Their songs will live forever in the hearts of those of us that grew up listening to these great musicians.
Friday, November 06, 2015 at 22:16
1023) Peter U. Trinidad
I was 19 years old when Jim Croce and Maury died and remember clearly that day and upon hearing the news I cried in private.
You are right when you say that the world has yet to see another prodigy and talent like Maury. I have not seen anyone since he died with not just talent but soul. On just listening to his guitar playing on the song Operator with Jim Croce you can hear his heart and soul being poured into that guitar. He was a great and wonderful human being. I wish I could have met him and learned something on my guitar. 100 years will go by until we see another Maury. May he be meek and gentle like our Maury which we had the pleasure and honor of listening to.
Music today is just dead with no meaning or feeling being poured out by these "modern electronic gizmo musicians".
Rest in peace Maury and know that we miss you TREMENDOUSLY, TREMENDOUSLY!

We all love ya.

* Let me know where I can purchase any of Maury's music, please.

Peter Trinidad

Friday, October 23, 2015 at 11:22
1022) danny g.
A very good site for the world that of us who knew of Maury and of us who did not know of Maury,, and those of us that wondered who was that amazing guitarist other than Jim,, the two geniuses of their time,, the way it came to be the extraordinary concert venues with overwhelming success and climbing to the top rung,, or of any mountain or anything you could imagine ,, just two of the greatest songwriter's there ever was!! There are many great stories from the friends the families from great artists Tommy West and the guys from Jersey (i never heard of so many great artists in one spot of the whole country Amaszing!!(Mary who wrote this terrific website and been the anchor behind it all your brother is honored WOW that's a 10-4!! All the great people that have been a part of it. Really great stuff i could go on,, but like Tommy West once said of Maury,, you felt more in a moment,, than others would in a lifetime... one of the most powerful lines ever written for anybody!!
, "Maury"

Friday, October 23, 2015 at 02:01
1021) Tony G
I Remember Buying Jim Croce's album photograph and memories in 1974.The Music was fantastic...but I didn't know who was playing those wonderful I was reading about jim croce..and listing to Have You Heard? Jim Croce Live (2003) and Noticed the Guitarist..who was making those wonderful was Maury Muehleisen...Thank You Maury...I didn't even know he had also passed on that tragic day...I Miss the duo very much...thanks for the Memories..Maury and Jim.

Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 16:36
1020) danny g.
To the finest guitarist this side of the Continent to a great songwriter as well, a super cool guy doing what he loved to do, i can only imagine and i do, thank you for your time... OPERATOR thank you thank you!!! You were so much more than kind!!! Bless your hearts!!! Maury M. & Jim C.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 00:12
1019) Jackie Tannehill
Maury Jim and Tommy West.... One as important as the other in the success of Jim Croces Fame..
Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 11:12
1017) Mona-Marie
Maury's sweet unique image and music remain in my heart where he touched me. Maury was more than a musical genius, he was generous in making many smile, and genuine in his spirit.

A rare man with a beautiful soul and a loving heart. Eager in his walk in life to give his beautiful gift of heart felt lyrics with a celestial melody that could sooth anyone to a peaceful state of mind.

Maury I've missed you and I'm sure you are creating celestial music with our creator!
You wrote, "People I love You" and although 42 years ago,you were taken from us, I still feel your love and no doubt numerous hearts are still touched by you, because you truly loved did love all of us! I learned the most from you by the way you treated me. I was blessed to spend time with you a amazing man of your caliber.
A exceptional gentle humble caring genius! One of a kind, one of the best!

Take care Maury!

Forever grateful to you and yours!:)


Saturday, October 03, 2015 at 22:35
1014) Mary Smith Morton
Maury's music is some of the most beautiful I have ever heard. My mother was a classically trained pianist and at an early age we were all music lovers and appreciators. Maury's music stands alone. I am so sorry we lost him...but so glad I finally (at 59) found him. Thank you for this site dear Mary. I think his CD's will make the finest of gifts. Much love.
Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 15:05
1013) Charles Caruso
I was in 10th grade when Jim, Maury and the others died. I will never forget that day. I will cherish their music and memories as long as I live. God bless their respective families. Sincerely, Charles P. Caruso, Augusta, Ga
Monday, September 21, 2015 at 21:19
1012) KG
42 years gone, but never forgotten - thinking of you today. Good night, Maury. Good job, Mary.
Monday, September 21, 2015 at 02:25
1011) andy fish
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Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 12:17
1010) danny
This day hits the hearts of millions! Where time stands still for the older or younger whom pay tribute to two memorialized artists Jim. & Maury.
Who contributed in the songs they wrote that touch down to all of us each & everytime one is played. Thank You Mary. ( for this site and all the great memories you given us! By creating this site for Maury over & over throughout & through in the years of Maury's life. Mary it was the greatest gift that could have ever been to give back!
For your great contributions in respect of Maury.& Jim.and to everyone that died on that fateful day on this day 9\20\1973 Rip... And thank you Mary...

Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 07:41
1009) Martin Koop
Mary,I wanted to express how much Maury's music has meant to me from even before I knew he existed. When I was first learning to play guitar I would play Jim Croce records over and over as a kid, trying to deconstruct the fingerpicking and I could never get it - I could only capture a passing version of what I heard. I developed my own flatpicking style to simulate what my ears were deciphering from the vinyl. Many many many years later it occurred to me that I could go online to start deciphering those old tunes and maybe I would be able to see Jim's fingers and try to learn them again. What I found instead - much to my surprise - was a captivating and contemplative fingerpicking soul beside him who I later discovered was your brother. All those years I had been listening to Maury's fingers. I'm grateful to him for the gift he gave me and grateful to you for keeping his memory alive here.
Monday, September 14, 2015 at 19:09
1008) KG
Hi Mary,
Listening to "I Remember Mary" and thinking of you today. All of Maury's music was great, but that particular song is the one that usually brings tears to my eyes and wonder how much we all missed out on, on so many levels.
This is the first time I've posted, but I've visited often, and I have to say that you have done a wonderful job with this site. Thanks for giving folks a place to come and remember, and for sharing with us the gift that was Maury.

Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 18:17
Maury gave me many hours of musical excellence. thank you Maury and may god bless your mortal soul.
Saturday, September 05, 2015 at 23:10
1002) Benoit
Wonderfull site. Thanks for bringing Maury back to our memories.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 05:55
997) Danny
when we are driving playing working running loving crying thinking about a masterful song created in such magical time in our lives its a wonder a beautiful wonder thank you thank you,, the good vibrations to the touch of icredible mucicians harmonizing between them the great phrasing to the melody & hooks or melody & the hook to the phrasing of some of the GREATEST songs ever made! OMG we just listen to any one of there songs.
Friday, August 07, 2015 at 07:31
996) W
Maury was an amazing and incredibly under appreciated musician. Incredible groove and monster chops. Gone far too soon, but thankfully his art lives on.
Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 08:52
993) jeff badell
MM was a bada$$ guitar player. RIP.....
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 23:00
992) Brian L. Adamson
This is a wonderful tribute site. I cannot begin to express how influential Maury's playing is to me. He was a large part of influencing me to learn the guitar and to sharpen my timing skills. I am taken to other places when listening to him play. The music of today's times is poor in comparison to what he crafted. He has the voice of an angel and the perfect compliment to JC. I guess God needed a duo to play in His mansion of many rooms. RIP and thanks for allowing us to post our tributes.
Thursday, July 09, 2015 at 07:40
991) juan
I always loved everything about the recorded music of jim croce and I always loved the way maury complimented the proceedings. then I found out he was from Hamilton,nj. i'm from nearby ewing with relatives in Hamilton. all the best.
Wednesday, July 08, 2015 at 15:18
989) Phil
Maury certainly had chops. Playing in an era when being a lead guitarist meant being an ELECTRIC lead guitarist, Maury distinguished himself as a lead ACOUSTIC player. Can you think of another? I can't. Thanks for the site, Mary.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015 at 18:52
988) Wayne Muller
Been a fan of Maury's for many. many years. His own music and musical contributions with Jim Croce has inspired me as well as countless others through his honest and beautiful music with which he has gifted us. For those who do not know him and his music, I hope this site will let them know of a talent that was taken from us all too soon.
Friday, June 26, 2015 at 05:16

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 11:27
984) Floyd Boesch
Jim & Maury. Awesome musicians. You're music will live forever. Love you guys, R.I.P.
Monday, June 08, 2015 at 15:05
975) Dave Lillis
The story of Maury and Jim is uplifting and tragically sad at the same time,
Maurys guitar playing elevates Jims songs in a way that makes you want to play them over and over again. When listening to them, I often find myself thinking he could not have gotton that guitar arrangement any more perfect.
It's so sad to think what could have been if that crash hadn't happened,

Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 04:29
972) Tom
Saw him w/Jim in Hampton, VA the month before they died. They opened for Loggins and Messina. On the Midnight Special TV show tribute to Jim Croce, Jim Messina and Kenny Loggins actually did a tribute to Maury, talking about his prowess as a guitarist, and said that he knew all the great old country songs, and they would sit up all night in the hotels playing songs with him.
Thursday, May 07, 2015 at 13:47
971) Richard Smit
Thank you Maury, For your wonderful music. You will never be forgotten.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 08:25
970) Alfredo Alex G. General
I love the way Maury did all of the lead guitar in Jim Croce's song. They carried Jim's song to different heights. Wonderful tunes!!!
Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 15:53
969) Danny
A couple lines of a song I've written for Maury's sister Mary.

Well she's got the wisdom,, she finds the time,, her heart is in the right place,, as she walks the line.step by step and up against all odds...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 01:17
968) jawbreaker424
This site is so beautiful. The words from everyone just leave so many's wonderful to know so many loved the music and lives of both Jim and Maury.each had such amazing talents from God.the music they made together can only have happened by his design.wonderful put together to create a sound that will only be heard because they were put together.sure, we know who introduced them and even though it's bittersweet were thankful.If your looking for anyone to come along and speak to your heart like they're music does,it's just not going to happen.the bond is unexplanable but then again,many know that bond. The music makes everything about them shine brightly in our hearts.
Monday, April 13, 2015 at 12:06
967) Becky
The guitars on "operator" have got to be one of the best ever created. Like out of Heaven. They are no doubt playing duets still today in the very best venue that could be. Such a tragic loss of persons and talent. I can only imagine what could have been. True magic and beauty. God Bless.
Two perfect angels.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 at 13:55
966) Danny
Thinking back on what they were thinking,, where that day began, then the next to incredible sounds,, formatted magical lyrics,, tones of being of themselves just perfect harmony,, created and done,, mam o man the way they rolled...
Friday, April 03, 2015 at 00:29
965) Lisa Frank
The world is a lonelier and sadder place without Maury and Jim.
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 14:10
964) Lisa Frank
The world is a lonelier and sadder place without Maury and Jim.
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 14:10
963) Chip Sheean

Just discovered Maury’s magic and this site is a wonderful reminder of what an amazing person he was and what beauty he brought into the world. I have always been a big JC fan, but - now understand that Maury was an integral reason why. A thousand thanks you’s and wishing you much peace, love and joy,


San Rafael, CA

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 01:05
962) Danny
Happy St Patty's Day
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 23:21
961) Dave

In November of 2009 I wrote:
I never fail to find peace, comfort, and humor in Maury and Jim's music. I was raised in the seventies and mom and dad always had there albums "on the stack" on the turntable. Thirty years later my children are within earshot of their cd's. Know that someday they too will retreat to that peace and comfort captured in their music."

Last summer while on vacation in the Florida Keys our 12 year old daughter (a student of voice, piano, and actress in regional musical theater) joined the resort entertainer on stage for a song. Scrolling through his play list she settled on one they both knew. A meeting of the minds like this can be tough for a 12 year old singer and an adult guitar player. She picked and sang, "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song" while he played. Maury, Jim, and you were in our thoughts that night and now in that memory. Thought you should know.....

Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 16:12
960) Ron
I have grown to appreciate Jim and your brother Maury a lot in the past year. I have been a poet for almost 30 years, and I love the lyrics they wrote. And even more, You can feel every song deep inside. They would not be the same songs without your brother and his beautiful harmonies.
Its nice to read your family's comments. You are all so proud of him still, and with good reason. And you can feel the love too. Thanks for this page.

Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 15:47
959) David Denning
i have laways admired Maury's work with jim.
i recently met Maury's Brother Tom and his wife Mary.
Very Nice people, no suprise to me.
They Showed me No.3 Produced Commemorative
Maury Muehleisen Martin Guitar. GREAT.
the world must never forget the Mastery of Maury and Jim, two fine people and fine musicians.

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 11:39
958) Jill Ducsai
If there is/was any guitarist that I would love to emulate, Maury is the one. His choices were perfect, his playing enviously clean, and the final result was, what can I say, historic.
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 09:44
957) neil pasquale
miss you and jim greatt talent rip
Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 09:55
956) Cliff Bergeron
Thank you for the Music.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 11:18
953) Danny
I heard your song one time,, a dozen times ago,, man you opened up my mind,, just to see what I could see,, there's a part that run's my life and run's through me,, it's like people's shadow's,, in a sun shined street,, where your smiles they stayed in each and everyone you'd meet,, one time I heard this song a dozen times ago...thanks Maury thank you for the song,, and Happy Birthday Maury...
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 23:56
952) Mary Kay Tallon spahl
Thinking of Maury on his birthday.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 14:22
951) jawbreaker
Today we celebrate maurys life on what would be his 66th birthday.many years have past since maury left us behind. His influence goes much deeper than just his musical career.the young man touched the hearts of all that knew him, many who knew him from his music and the very many who never knew him but have learned so much about him from his legacy and the stories shared by those close to him. The world will never see the likes of maury muehleisen and jim croce.somehow we have been touched by their lives, very many people, in many different ways.we
were given so much and still enjoy their music,
enjoy knowing who they were, love sharing their
stories and enjoy knowing the very fiber of jims
music was maurys guitar.have we forgotten? Do we remember? When someone touches you in a way that words could never explain than you will always remember, as we always will. We love and miss you maury and jim! Many prayers and thank yous to the muehleisens and always know maurys memories have never faded.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 09:21
950) V. Austin
I was 14 the year they passed. I loved to try to play their songs as a novice guitarist and Jim's lyrics fit my life. Now I have a deeper appreciation for the young man who help shape that sound with his effortless, serene playing! And his lyrics I just read on this site shed a deeper light on his spirit, and an eerie hint in them that he knew his time was short...Thanks for sharing this tribute to a young troubadour taken before his prime! RIP Maury...
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 22:23
949) Don Parsons
Mary...I listened to your interview that you did with Eddie Winters on 1-12-15.It was so compelling and you were so graceful and humble in sharing your memories of Maury's life with everyone.I never get tired of listening and learning all that I can about Maury's and Jim Croce's "life and times".Thank you for your time and efforts in keeping their music and memory alive!God bless you and yours always.Thx,Don Parsons
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 14:01
948) David Cooper
I started playing music professionally in 1972 and one of the first songs I ever performed was "Operator." I still perform it now, 40 years later. Jim and Maury were one of the most important influences on my own career - I even got billed once as "The Jim Croce of the Northwest" (I didn't request that, by the way - I just did a lot of their music and it was some promoter's idea of good marketing). I always loved Maury's guitar work, the way it flowed so smoothly through the songs, never overbearing, always tasty and a perfect fit. I can't think of anyone who could've made Jim's music so amazing, and I'm thankful we lived in this world at the same time. Even though I never met him, I always felt like we could have been friends if the world had evolved a bit differently. Thank you for this website and all the lovely memories.
Monday, January 12, 2015 at 01:53
947) Danny
Jim happy birthday my man. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you. Gave us song created and sung. Stories on & on they roll. James you are #1 gave us one less set of footsteps. Gave us time in a bottle. Your the greatest songwriter under the sun. Time and time again yeah Jim you gave us that one too! Happy Birthday. With all your good time storytelling songs & heart felt love...
Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 12:28
946) Danny
1973 I can still feel that moment in time two great artist die in plane crash! That year 9 month's of greatness laid upon us!1973 ,, just starting out in 1970 the two of them and completing their journey in 73 what talent to be gifted 2 #1s platinum albums!Even 1974 with I got a name! After they were gone. Simply AMAZING!! Still AMAZING TOO!!2015...HAPPY NEW year HAPPY BIRTHDAY GOD BLESS
Monday, January 05, 2015 at 10:16
945) Danny
Xmas rolls upon us , the husstle and bustle, the great music plays and we sing even if we cannot, there is a place, it's called love, cherished and forever setting the mood in all of our hearts, time and time again, we move to the outer edge, it's that special part of who we are, although I did not know Maury personally, I have grown to know him and all the wonderful magically gifted songs he gave us. Merry Xmas Mary & Muehleisen Family and a blessed new year too.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 06:47
942) good time man
41 years has somehow passed since the two best musicians ever left for eternity,the world lost out on so much with their passing, anyone who was inolved in any way wirh them, personally, professionally, or being familiar with their music felt cheated and somehow robbed by their can we as humans understand?we cannot! Through our trials, heartaches and struggles in life, their music has brought us joy, comfort and anguish.because of their short time on earth, we have the music, photographs and memories of two very special family, friends, collleagues and just ordinary people we all hace been touched by different ways because of their lives.still todat everything about them is lodged deep within our hearts, maury, jim your spirits live within our souls, never to be forgotten, not a day passes your memories and spirits have ever even faded, I truely love everything that made you guys special,to forgetwill never happen, may we all left behind treasure everything you gave us.remember.
Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 13:09
941) Fred K
I've been a big fan of Maury's for over four decades and didn't even realize it. I didn't even know his name until yesterday.

For some reason, the song "One Less Set of Footsteps" popped into my mind recently. I wanted to learn to play it and so I found the chords and watched some live performance videos--and this elevated my appreciation of Maury's work from the subconscious to the conscious level.

I now realize how essential Maury was to Jim's work. "One Less Set of a Footsteps" is not the same without Maury, especially the intro and the bridge.

To Mary and others close to Maury: as someone who lost a teenage sister in 1972, I understand that the pain of losing a loved one, especially one so young, always stays with us. I hope you find some measure of comfort knowing that Maury continues to entertain people to this day and that that he continues to gain new fans.

Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 21:35
940) Jeff Lescher
Wow! I always wondered who was playing the wonderous guitar parts on Jim Croce's songs and who was singing the background vocals. I'm glad I met Maury today. What a blessing he is for the world!
Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 15:19
HI Mary and others,
I'm just an English Knob who used to sing a couple of Jim Croce folk songs in the early 1970s when I was in the RAF in Berlin, Germany.
I hadn't even heard of Maury until I recently did some research on Jim.
There's no question in my mind that Maury MADE Jim - his guitar skills and close part harmony were unique.
I think "Operator" is the most beautiful song I've ever heard.
Crack on Mary,
Kind regards,

Saturday, December 06, 2014 at 10:28
938) Matt Pahl
Thank you very much for all the wonderful, timeless, unforgettable music you made - all of it recorded before I was born. RIP Maury and Jim.


Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 12:26
937) Patrick
Maury - your music inspired me from a very young age, working on model planes in my room and listening to the magic you created. I'm so thankful to have found this site. The beauty you brought into this world is missed. Bless you and your family and thanks for sharing your gifts with so many.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 21:32
936) anonymous
I've been thinking about it all I always come to this site when I do I'm feeling a little lonely it gives me some relief and some knowledge and some friendship I will always see again From something i may have never knew. Thanks.PS hope everyone is doing good.
Monday, November 17, 2014 at 04:23
935) Nick Dewton
I still listen to these guys, thanks.
Saturday, November 08, 2014 at 20:20
933) Elton Juan
Thanks Bart Arton.
Saturday, November 01, 2014 at 22:11
932) Scrot
Saturday, November 01, 2014 at 22:06
931) Dick Newton
Thank you Art Barton.
Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 00:45
930) anonymous
Kindness to the best. Quietness to the rest.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 03:51
929) Arthur (Art) Barton
I am so glad to find this site, because I have been keeping my Maury story kind of to myself and my immediate family for 43 years. It was the winter of 1971, maybe February, and I was 20 and I had just moved to NYC to study journalism at New York University. The big city and the tough professional training were a bit more intense than I had expected, but it was exciting. I was living in the One Fifth Avenue Hotel, which was partly an NYU student housing "dorm,", as well as a hotel. And I was a working band bass player and guitarist as well, though I had to leave my college band to venture to NYC for the journalism training. I was coming through the lobby to my room, maybe at 9 in the evening, when for some reason I noticed the young guy, about my age, with the similar long hair with the guitar case sitting there, of course that was Maury, and somehow we started talking. And we really got into it.
Maury seemed really interested in hearing what I had to say about my stay in New York, and I told him how intense I found it, but how exciting, and how as a small-town kid, I was a bit overwhelmed, but how I was also having the time of my life hearing, meeting and even talking to top musicians like Muddy Waters and Kris Kristofferson in the small Village clubs. Then Maury talked about his new album, and the whole communal concept behind his GingerBreadd idea. As he described it, his eyes really wide open, it was a utopian ideal based on spending his time among all the great people he knew back home, family and friends, and like-minded utopians. I will never forget the gleam in his eyes when he described it, and how while the album he had just released had turned out pretty good, it couldn't capture his whole feeling of what community meant to him.
Now that season was, for all intent and purposes, still what we call the 60's, though some of that feeling and was coming to an end. And I had met other communal thinkers, but they all seemed to proselytize to some degree, and thus I had become a little wary of such ideas. But Maury was so incredibly clean and gentle in his communication that I really got the feeling of what he was talking about. I could literally feel the love he had for his friends, family and humanity.
We went on talking in that lobby for something like four whole hours, and I think I told him more about what I was really feeling inside than I had told anyone I had ever met to that point in my life. And to him, that just seemed the natural thing to do, he was one of the least judgmental persons I have ever met, and I only have had that experience with a small handful of people in this blessedly long life so far.
Then he gradually told me that Cashman and West, who I had heard of, since they were recording artists on their own, had produced the album he had just made, and how he was the headliner playing in one of the big clubs in the Village, I think it was the Bottom Line ( I truly forget the name, but it was the biggest club in the Village, holding about 400 people). It was all very matter of fact, not a big deal. And he told me how his producers had introduced him to this great veteran musician from Philadelphia who was backing him up and doing harmonies with him, and would I please meet up with him before dinner the next day, so I could meet his partner, and would I please come to their gig after dinner?
Even in those days, people just didn’t do that kind of invitation for strangers, especially struggling students, but at that point we had talked for a long time, and to me he really seemed like a friend.
So we met up later the next afternoon as planned, I think I called him room, and he marched me up to his partner’s hotel room where I met his partner Jim. And when Maury told Jim of my musical and journalism quests, and he also encouraged Jim to play some of his new songs for me. And then Jim sat on the bed and played two songs for me. I truly wish I could remember the songs, but I thought they were pretty good, albeit a little spare for my tastes at the time. One was something like Operator, though maybe it wasn’t that, and the other sounded like Don’t Mess around with Jim, I think it was that. And Jim, who seemed much older than us, was quiet and reserved, but I told him I appreciated the private concert. Then a dinner offer came from Maury, and they took me to an excellent Italian restaurant right off Washington Square, southwest corner, which I had walked by a bunch of times already on my way to the Gaslight club, but never could have afforded to dine at. I was just this struggling barely 20 year old college kid eating bad meals at the student cafeteria across the park.
After dinner, they left without me to prep for their big gig, but not before Maury had given me a copy of Gingerbreadd, which he inscribed for me, and he gave me the address to write to with his agent’s number in New Jersey, to call someday, but told me to wait a few weeks, maybe a couple of months, since they would be touring. Later I walked over to the club to catch the gig, and though I didn’t think the gig was truly great at the time- I think he and Jim were just getting used to each other- I also remember that Maury was doing some things on acoustic guitar that I had never heard before, his playing was fast and fluid and it rocked, though the material was more like country-folk. He was busy after the gig, and I don’t think we spoke more than a few words. And sometime on the way home I lost the agent’s phone number.
I guess I was too lacking in confidence in those days, and I never did try to contact him via his label, lacking the phone number. But I wondered what had happened to Maury, since to my knowledge he had not become a noted star with his albums. There was no internet and no way to find out that I knew of.
Shift to the summer of 1973: I was living miserably with my parents after my first journalism job didn’t work out so well in the midwest. I turned on the TV, where they announced that Jim Croce, the new big star, would be appearing live in concert. I stayed tune in. Now to my amazement, the Jim Croce they announced who I had never seen before, not owning his albums yet, clearly was that Jim, the quiet older partner of Maury’s, whose last name I had never remembered. I remember shouting to my father “that’s Jim, a guy I met in NY with my friend Maury.” Then, a few seconds later, they turned the camera to Maury, who was singing those great harmonies and driving the acoustic lead, and I yelled “and that’s Maury”. I couldn’t have been more stunned. I think my father was pleasantly surprised, since he knew their songs too, and they were now big stars playing a big show. I committed to find out about the next time they were playing within 100 miles of my home, and somehow contact Maury again. But then they both died around two months later. Who knew?
In the year that followed, I bought all the Jim Croce albums, and pretty much wore them out listening to and learning from Maury’s innovative leads. I still play guitar and bass all the time in local bands in the San Francisco area, where I have lived since 1976. Maury is one of my major influences. But until today, it never occurred to me that there would be a site where I could share my story of him. What a great guy, what a terrific human he was.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 04:18
928) Brian M.
Thursday, October 09, 2014 at 15:49
927) Danny
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Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 22:30
926) Danny
Happy Birthday to A.J. Croce,, quite a talent he is! Time in a bottle,, Thank You!!One of the Greatest song's ever written.
Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 21:52
925) Easy D
We smoked lots of happiness listening to these guys, they never failed us.
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 20:52
924) "G" Genius
Dig that & #1's are so good B/C they don't fade so easy and then another WOW/ I am not sure i think everyone they did was a hit song though.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 04:27
923) Glenn Hydock - Southington CT
Just to add its amazing what Maury brought to Jim's music and its all too often that people might have forgotten or not appreciated the quiet long haired guy who was picking some amazing licks to some immortal songs of life. So much talent for such a young man. Not taking away from Jim C, but Maury's contributions to Jim's songs and songwriting can not be denied or diminished by time. God Bless you and your family Mary
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 14:30
922) Glenn Hydock - Southington CT
To Maury and family. I just want to thank you for sharing with all of us fans who loved and listend to Maury. I was only months old when Jim and Maury and the others were taken from us, but thanks to older brothers I grew up listening to the magical music Maury and Jim made together. Its hard to imagine how young he was and how amazing he was with a guitar or piano. We miss you guys-- save a place in heaven for us.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 14:20
921) George Muehleisen
Dear Mary,
What a "Twilight Zone" occurrence that had us meet purely by accident in Wildwood, NJ on Sept 20, 2014, at a pastry bakery.
We discovered we may be "cousins" in a long line of German folks who were in the wheat growing, milling, baking trades. There has got to be a connection!
Love, George

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 00:16
920) danny
September 20th 1973
A tune i kept for a moment in time,,
Maury & Jim,,
When.time (stood-still)l Lyrics for two of a kind...

Blue skies in the distance ,, night lights on the porch with the statue of liberty - holding a burning torch,,,
the sun will shine tomorrow ,, the moon will fill the night,, will be reaching for the stars ,, and everything gonna be alright.

Can't resist your voice ,, when it's in our presence,, sounds so good ,, you know it's like were in heaven
Can't resist your guitar ,,, when they are in our presence,, they sound so good,, you know it's like were in heaven,,


talking about the east,, talking about the west,, talking with your friends & family back home ,, don't you know,, " you are the best ".... don't you know,, you are the best!!

RIP,, Loved & Missed forever... Jim & Maury
PS Mary ,, Thank-you. You have opened the minds of many,, so many,, with your site,, to places & times with the greatest there is ,, To Give.

Monday, September 22, 2014 at 02:51
919) Rebecca Tsang
Thinking of Maury and Jim on this special day. Thank you for the great music!
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 15:20
918) jim carpenter
Such talent telling great American stories with with guitar solos all through. Never over played rifs, sweetly balanced. Never be equalled.:(
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 00:08
917) Mary Muehleisen
September 20, 2014
Forty-one years since that fateful date in 1973 when we lost Maury and Jim.
Thank you so much to all who still come here to visit and learn more about Maury.
Peace and Love,
Mary Muehleisen

Friday, September 19, 2014 at 16:41
916) D Jones
Wow. I just discovered this website. I'm SO glad to know that there are others who STILL admire the work done by Maury. My God (said prayerfully), can it really be 40 years that Jim and Maury have been gone? As another song said, "If there's a rock'n'roll heaven, you know they got a hell of a band."

Blessings still to Maury's family and friends who must miss him terribly.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 13:26
915) danny
the timing was the greatest in the world that could be,, when they had met & what they've done,, it goes on like the Sun & Moon and shined like the North Star and it still shines too..

then their lives came to an unforget-able end it was like the music died all over again... from that winter dance in 59. a complete tragic,, ,, but your music goes on in all of our minds and that is pure magic...

Thank -you for the memories Jim & Maury,, thank you for your songs,, that touched so many people,, in so many ways,, i can't say... xxxx

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 05:28
914) Jim Powers
Oh if a man tried to take his time on Earth. And prove before he died what one mans life could be worth. I wonder what would happen to this world.- Harry Chapin.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 22:28
913) Danny
there is a man i never knew
he wrote songs about me & you

a graceful guitar
stroke of genius
he played chords
you have not seen yet

His time was well spent
helping out stranger's
with there time

and there is a special place
for that kind
it's a place

that's so hard to find.
Written; for Maury
by; Danny

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 00:11
912) Danny G.
You know i can't resist your guitar, when it's in my presence, it Sounds so good You know it's like i'm in heaven

RIP Maury...
one of the greats!

Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 23:54
911) Lazy D
That guitar touched me in a way I can't explain bro.
Friday, August 15, 2014 at 22:59
909) William Charlier
People sometimes ask me who is my favorite X - or who was the greatest X of all time, with X being some category of musician - singer, songwriter, drummer, bass player.... When the subject comes around to guitarists, I invariably say Maury Muehleisen. Sadly, more often than not I get blank stares or "who?" And I explain who Maury was, and whip out my Jim Croce tunes on my MP3 player to show them. Maury was an amazing talent, and the work he did with Jim has, for my money, never been replicated. They both died way too young.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 at 13:08
908) Danielson
yeah funny thing about that song - ALABAMA RAIN - when i think about it now it was 15 years ago when i read that song off the paper Jim wrote it on - what beauty there lied in front of me - what immense - divine writing of thee in- comparable Big Bad Jim - i mean i was looking through those words he crossed out on that paper he penned it on - lines of pure greatness - trying to see what else he - might have said. t-y Jim! PS - what would have happened - if they lived - even for one more year - i know it is after the fact - and i think to a heck of a lot of #1's God Rest their souls of God giving greatest!!
Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 10:44
907) Danny
Lazy days in mid - July / taken us back to kids / doing what-ever you want in the Alabama rain.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 08:59
904) Thomas Stone
Hi Mary,if you ever make it back to Nova Scotia I have that Jim Croce poster for your book...and I will buy you a homegrown lobster dinner!
Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 15:47
903) Brett Gambino
It's amazing how talented and musically mature Maury was at such a young age. The left side of his brain was working overtime. What an incredible artist!
Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 19:16
902) Anonymous
For a very good example of what a good family should be Happy 4th Muehleisen's!!!!! Let true color's show as they have alway's flown, greatest of families we look up to & live on with. ( color's of love to, and color's of the Red, White , and Blue ) Muehleisen's we salute you.
God Bless & so deserving too...

Friday, July 04, 2014 at 05:43
901) Chris Teague
BTW... When you type into the Google search "who played guitar wi", it automatically finishes "with Jim Croce".
Thursday, July 03, 2014 at 05:30
900) Chris Teague
Your brother was the best. I am so sorry the world and you lost him so quickly and so young. No one made a guitar sparkle so brightly like he could.
Thursday, July 03, 2014 at 05:25
892) Bob McK
Just wanted to wish the best to the Muehleisen family. Went to BSS & Cathedral with Joe and Tom. I still remember meeting Tom at the bus stop and getting the news way back when. Always proud of things he accomplished coming from our neighborhood. God Bless to all.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 20:48
890) Chet Hingle
Maury, you are truly one talented man who left us way too early.
Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 02:11
889) Jawbreaker424
Still remembering, still admiring and never forgetting
Friday, June 20, 2014 at 09:04
888) "G" Genius
When your strong but you don't say, there is a kindness that gets in the way, from your heart & soul, to your journey's path, living a great way and what's wrong with that, not to much i do believe and so it seems, it's what it is to me.

love that line (and you felt more in a moment,
than others in a lifetime do)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 03:39
887) Andy, Kari and Kate Abeyta
Just sitting here in our Utah home on Father's Day 2014 listening to Jim and Maury picking a few tunes.
I'm just loving the way Maury played guitar and still in awe of how truly intelligent his choice of chords and riffs were.
His music is timeless and his guitar work is inspirational and admirable.

Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 12:18
886) Jim St. James
Sometimes words get in the way. Thank you Mary and God Bess.
Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 02:09
881) Jawbreaker
As long as I live the music, the memories, the love and even the sorrow will remain lodged deep within me.theres really nothing I could ever put into words about all the different emotions I have felt for decades of Maury and Jim.i find myself thankful, sorrowful, mournful, and joyful all wrapped up in me.just exactly where they were headed is a mystery now. What they left us is not. It's love, beauty, respect and a version of music that we find new sounds in years and years later.not only their music but the men they were. Kind, compassionate, humble and full of love. They were riding the clouds, fulfilling so many dreams and reaching so many goals. They were enjoying it all never really understanding the huge impacts they would be making on generation after generation.did they ever realize just how unique and how true, powerful and great they were? I doubt it because they just were truely living what they loved.
For many years the mysteries of Jim and Maury's life and music was truely untold. I personally thank the friends and family members who have been kind enough to share the stories of these truely remarkable men. Most of all a huge warm thank-you to Mary muehleisen and her family. Because of the great love between her brother and her with Jim included, she has warmly shared her memories in time.gave us more than we could have ever hoped to know into the personal journeys of her life with and without Maury.maury and Jim's careers and a tribute page that shows so much love and beauty. I come here often,post sometimes but mostly just to feel the love of everyone and the impact Maury and Jim's life had and still has on countless individuals. The bond is unexplainable, still have never figured it out but I know it's placed square in my heart and has been for all these years.some reasons I understand why and many other reasons I do not. I just know they will remain in my heart and I cannot or will not ever forget them or the precious labor of love from you mrs Mary and all those who have been touched by everything about Maury and Jim. Sending all my love, good thoughts and thanks for all I feel and have felt for all these years. They are never forgotten and you have contributed greatly to increase that love. We always remember!!

Saturday, June 07, 2014 at 04:07
880) Mary Muehleisen
Dear Anonymous,
Thank you for your thoughtfulness. You are so kind to take the time to share your thoughts and words.
Once again, my heart has been touched.

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 14:37
878) anonymous
a song written for Maury's sister Mary/it is so easy to do the hard thing is what avenue too choose, you think it would be easy there is so many great things to write about/ there's the love she has shown so much of and not only for a great brother & artist Maury of coarse, but for you and you and a thousand more.(lets go songwriter's)
that's what kind of song it would be/now with that in mind/ lets write a song/ or a couple/ or a dozen/ there is an awful lot of you out there and i know she touched your hearts/ lets see & hear a great song for Mary!!

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 01:24
877) anonymous
When you got no where to go ~~~ but you got some thing to show ~~~ you let it grow.

when the rains come and the chimes sing you may have found a place you may have never known.

it's a special place ~~~~ and it's your own

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 04:25
876) anonymous
trying her best to do what she believe's
took it so far - and there is more that she see's
never give up it's in her life of dreams.

~~~a greatness of good is what we all can see~~~

taken on your life long love
we've seen your trials rise up & above
the greatest contribution ~~ of a greatest love!!

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 04:10
872) Steve Kirk
Just found this site with the help of a friend. I always loved Maury's guitar playing, and have combed record shops looking for a used copy of Gingerbreadd.
No longer though, I just ordered the CD here.
Jim and Maury were a big part of my "coming of age" music.
I very much look forward to hearing the album, and the music I have not heard in decades.


Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 21:59
870) dannyg
When i heard bad leroy brown the last time they were alive it was a half hour later they died, i just realized Tommy West producer songwriter,, an amazing guy - even played piano live with those guy's,, he influenced the intro when Leroy starts out, bam pa bam pa bam pa,, with the great intro,, to a great song. Thank You - TOMMY and for all you have done,, a giant of a man!!
Thursday, May 01, 2014 at 19:45
868) Kelly Arnold
I was only 14 when Jim Croce $ Maury Muehleison died. I remember all his songs and used to walk down the railroad track singing them. There are still SXM radio stations that play his music. They bring back so many memories. Thanks for the music! Sorry for your family's loss.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 14:37
865) Raynor Kolarik
Watching an old Kenny Rogers show video. I had been touched many times by Jim Croce's songs, but this was the first time I saw Maury playing with him. I watched in awe as he seamlessly wove his playing into the songs and felt a tug at my heart. All these years I had rued one life cut short, when clearly I should have been remembering both. Maury blessed us with his talent.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 04:33
862) Tony Cuttone
Thank you for maintaining this page, so that more people can learn, and appreciate, who Maury was, as well as what he did.
I just obtained a copy of Gingerbreadd. Having been introduced to him through the extraordinary music of Jim Croce, I just had to hear what Maury had to say. What a beautiful album! His signature guitar sound, teamed with heartfelt lyrics and passionate vocals, make me wish we'd had the opportunity to hear what more he would have given us.
So sorry for your loss those many years ago, God bless you and your family.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at 19:10
861) dannyg
Taken the weight off of my shoulder's,, trying to move a little easier that's all.

I'm gonna make that move you know b-4 ,, the rain it starts to fall.

Bless are loved one's!! Mary thank you for being an amazing person!!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at 07:53
860) Susan Edrington
Beautiful voice and Maury and Jim will never be forgotten. Their music lives on.....
Friday, March 28, 2014 at 00:40
859) Mike Griffith
I have loved Jim Croce since high school in 1972. I wanted to play the guitar like him...then I heard Maury's beautiful guitar licks! How much they added to Jim's songs and made them so much more beautiful. I have the DVD of Jim and Maury live...what a treasure. It was obvious that they loved the music and each other. Maury will always be one of my all-time favorite guitarists. I wish I had the chance to meet him. Peace and blessings to his family and the Croce's too. Love the music...thank you Maury!!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 11:52
858) John
All the Great music will never be forgotten..You were a musical inspiration to me and I thank you.
You live in our hearts and ears..

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 19:06
855) Phil Sanson
Great music damn near 45 years after the fact. Is it still possible to purchase a copy of the "Gingerbreadd" CD? Also, Croce had an early album entitled "The Faces I've Been" with Maury doing a rendition of "I Remember Mary"........Is there any way to obtain a copy of that CD if it exists? Thank God for YouTube which enables us to remember a person like Maury.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 13:52
852) Peter Hadeed
Maury Muehleisen will always be the epitome of acoustic orchestral excellence on the guitar in my heart. He truly was a major influence on the progression of my technical abilities for over forty years.
My teenage son, who now plays guitar, has the same profound respect for the musical contribution that was paved by Maury. His music has further honed the love and bond between a father and son.
I thank you dearly for this.

Monday, March 10, 2014 at 20:58
850) Jeff Britton
I'm so glad Jim and Maury made the music they did. They've touched millions of people with their art.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 13:16
849) dannyg
Looking back, to a wonderful time, when the song's were spinning on the 45's,the lp's or the 33's , a great time for those great song's,

The juke box,, was playing in every city,, a time of dancing,, maybe one for those romancing,, any which way it may have been,, it's what it alway's was,, in the way of LOVE.

I see the greatness,, in the past,, the warm feeling's that made them last,, all the good,, great song's,
Platinum as a matter of fact.
God bless these boy's who gave us that!

Missed Forever...
( but the greatest of all is, LOVED...
Maury Muehleisen, Jim Croce, you guy's brought it too!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 15:50
848) Joe
Beautifully organic music of my youth, such a tragic loss.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 00:42
847) Chris
So many years later, your music still makes me weep. Joyous, sad and timeless. Your beautiful music reflects your beautiful soul. Thank you
Monday, February 10, 2014 at 20:42
846) Lisa
I was just doing some Youtube surfing and came across some amazing Croce/Muehleisen videos.
I'm such a fan of their work together. Maury's delicate vocals and beautiful, sensitive playing were the perfect complement for Croce's music. His artistry touches my soul. He lives on through his music and these beautiful, timeless performances that were thankfully captured on film.
May the Muehleisen family know that Maury's soul and spirit continue to touch so many lives - including mind.

Sunday, February 09, 2014 at 19:20
844) Bob Mamrak
Found out recently that Joe Salviolo (aka Sal Joseph, Sal Starbuck), has died. He was a friend (and I think, manager at one time) to both Maury and Jim. I'll miss him.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 at 12:07
843) Steve Briese
Have listened to Jim Croce for years, never knew this web site existed. Nice to see it still up
Sunday, February 02, 2014 at 12:37
841) Bill Aaron
When the days get tough and I need some time to unwind and get things back into perspective, I listen to Maury and Jim. Amazingly life gets better again.

Thanks Maury & Jim

Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 12:16
840) dannyg
it's great here we go,another great song, lyric, music, thinking what a mix,so distinct, one as good as the other,do you like song" that's how so many get along' some can not even sleep without the radio on,
then these song's come on, touchngbases, and heading home see you all next time when you guy's are heading down the pike playing another great song...

just yesterday morning i didn't know you were gone

Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 08:17
839) Michael Friedman
"The light burns twice as bright for half as long."
Bon anniversaire.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 20:13
838) Danny G.
Gonna pick up my guitar & play it for them,, Happy birthday to Maury,, Happy birthday to Jim,, it's been such a longtime,, it feel's like yesterday,, all the song's that we've heard,, each & every single play,, you boy's had the magic in you,, raining down from New jersey,, raining down from PA,,

Missed,, and alway's remembered,, Maury & Jim

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:18
837) Joe Q.
Well said Brian! Thinking of and thankful for Maury on this day in particular. What I have been wondering and perhaps Mary can answer this best.....In retrospect, of course, we all know that Maury was integral to the Croce sound. And without Maury the world would never have heard of Jim Croce. What I wonder: was Maury aware of this? Did people tell him as much at the time? I would hope so and it would be a shame if they hadn't.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11:56
836) jawbreaker
Remembering maury everyday, but if its possible to remember him even more, its on this day his 65th birthday.the memories take us back in time and forward to this day and forever in our lives.we cannot express our sorrow enough that you are not with us but then again you still are.How does such a short live have an impact for so long on so many.The answers I have not found, though I keep searching. Thanks for it all. we remember and continue to be thankful for your gifts to us.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:55
834) Danny
Maury,, taken down his dreams,, making up for what he lost,, never found his real dream,, to much & to much of a cost,, he could play a life song,, just b-4 the day song or just b-4 a night song,, anytime he'd play,, it was the right song,,i can see the sparkle as he played out on the limb,,, reaching for another hit song,, i can see that in every part of him,, there goes that magic in his finger tips,, magic in the pause,, every word & note for note,,it's just the part,, in everyday or night song,, anytime he'd play & every time,, for the song's he wrote,,Played his heart out,, the life line to each & every song,, And Maury now we know who you are,, we just want to hear you play Maury,, We Just Want To Hear You Play,, Play Some more,, Maury
Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 20:51
833) Danny
Mary ,, round & round & round we go,, where we stop nobody know's,, in life there is only 2 places,, home & not home,, and round & round & round we go,, I love to go here,, because it feel's so much like home,, THANKS FOR THIS SITE,, A DESERVING BLESSED YOU!!
Great read! Good-time! very cool,, it's like a journey of friends,, and even on the darkest night,, the brightest stars will shine,, and the journey starts again!!

Thursday, January 09, 2014 at 03:12
831) susan fatica
remembering jim croche and his amazing music…his dear friend and fellow guitarist was so always present and also amazing… still loving both of them after all these years… Don't have this kind of talent now….
Thursday, January 09, 2014 at 00:29
830) leighd
Hi. Both Maury and Jim left us gifts to cherish and I have over so many years. Thank you.
Monday, January 06, 2014 at 22:53
829) leighd
Both Maury and Jim left gifts for us to cherish and I do. They will never be forgotten.
Monday, January 06, 2014 at 22:46
826) Jack Miller
I became a big Jim Croce fan the first time I heard him on the radio. You can't be a fan of Jim's without being a fan of Maury's. They went together like a peanut butter & jelly sandwich.
They were great. I don't know why the good have to die so young. Sometimes I think God says you've done enough good in the world come and be with me.

Thursday, January 02, 2014 at 22:39
825) Danny G
it was back in 1973,, when we last saw them alive,, playing in & out of city after city,, there song's came in a way,, of purity sweet sounds,, and great words,, "Never to be matched again",, it goes deep down inside,, and fills our soul's,, and our heart's,, The greatest song's ever written:

Happy Birthday's To America's Native Son's,,
Musical Master's,, Words man of the world,,
put it together & you get,, Jim & Maury,,
Happy Birthday's 2 You,, happy b/day 2 you,, ( 2 of the ),,
"Greatest All Time Artist Ever",,

Happy New Year's to Everyone/Everywhere,,

Wednesday, January 01, 2014 at 16:52
824) Larry A Douglas
Hello! I wrote to you a few years ago and thought I would stop by again. I am 56 now and was, and am, a fan of your brother. I have guitars, a dobro, mandolin, pianos, a banjo, and a uke in my hallway. I mention that because it was your brother, and some others, that made me want to play. I just watched a recorded version of Jim, Maury and I piano player singing "I Got A Name." Anyway, God bless you, I hope all is well. A lot of people still remember him! Larry
Friday, December 27, 2013 at 00:07
823) Ralph from Jersey
I have never thought of Jim Croce without thinking of Maury. I will never forget that sad day of their passing, and will always revel in the beautiful ballads that he and Jim produced. God Bless and Merry Christmas.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 15:15
822) Johnny Paycheck
In between the lines and shots I would listen to these dudes,most mornings I would wake and play their records to soothe the heartaches.
Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 19:59
821) Al
Maury and Jim are a team that will go on forever. I'm sure they are watching over us all.
Friday, December 13, 2013 at 03:24
819) Donny Forino
Maury and Jim's music will live forever. They made a great team. They both are very missed !
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 at 08:58
817) smylee1
Maury's music still sooths me to a peaceful state of mind a simpler time when all was pure and innocent. A true gentleman a real person with a loving heart and spiritual soul. May you rest in peace and continue playing and singing your angelic songs I heard! I miss you Maury. Until we meet again.

Friday, November 22, 2013 at 23:13
816) Jimbo
Just stopped in to say hello.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 14:27
815) Jawbreaker
Many years have past, many have known the life stories of Maury and Jim and their music for a long time. Others not so long and many will come to know later in time.despite how long it's been since people have come to know them, everyone agrees their music and lives are a timeless treasure left for us to enjoy and marvel at for the rest of our lives.many know the name Jim Croce, while it seems that Maury's name comes to the forefront of the music after really learning what their musical journey was about.maurys talent, unselfishness and love for music and to make those who stopped and listened smile and enjoy was his ambition. He most certainally is still doing that to this day and beyond.His song is heard! Recently we celebrated their lives with a 40 year gathering since they left us.I am very much honored to have been able to much love and respect was given to all who attended. Our feeling went from sad,to happy,to great memories and the whole experience was something so special word cannot do it justice. So many worked so hard to make this happen and the joy to express our memories and love somehow eased our pain.many great stories,many great times remembered,sad times,and stories shared of what they mean to us and how our lives have changed forever because of Maury and Jim. a special thanks to mrs Mary muehleisen and get husband mr ray for sharing the special stories of Maury's life and music.their love has never faded and because of them and that love so many have been able to see into Maury's life, personality and music. To meet them is an honor. I shall never forget and cherish that time forever.their love can be seen and felt from the moment you meet them.together we remember all who perished that night.we remember everyone's family and their loss. We keep you in our prayers.we thank you for your love for your brother and know because of that love his name, life and music will be known forever. We always remember forever and together!
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 01:08
814) Matt
I am on your web site because I just received the current edition of Rider and your story was in the magazine. It was very well written and caught my interest being a guitar player myself. I had the pleasure of seeing Maury and Jim warm-up for Loggins and Messina at Carnegie Hall in NYC in 1973 and they played so well that evening and I remember them being well received by the audience. I thought they were so talented. Thanks to the Rider publication for pushing me to your web site. I will be a frequent visitor.
Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 06:49
813) Marge Teilhaber
Hi Mary,
I was a big fan of Jim Croce and of course remember when he so tragically died. I don't know Maury, though, so I guess I'm not such a fan. Just learned about him in the Rider magazine. I'm Rider class of '70, too, but don't know you. I was in Delta Zeta and am still friendly with many of my sorority sisters.

I'm also a huge fan of Cashman & West but never heard that wonderful tribute to your brother. I just listened on your site and it's trerific I'm going to buy it. I had the great pleasure to meet Dennis (Terry Cashman) several times in the '90s and '00s and it was a huge thrill. I only had 2 of their albums so Maury passed me by.

Your brother sounds like such a wonderful guy. I'm so sorry for that awful tragedy that took his and everyone's valuable and wonderful lives. Man, life can suck bigtime. That was just so unfair.

Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 20:33
811) Jawbreaker
Thanks for the gifts you left behind Maury.They are too many to list.we are happy because we are free to love you.Your songs are heard, your smile remembered, your unselfishness admired,your story is being shared, and you never are far from our thoughts and our hearts. We will continue to miss everything about you and always remember forever! We cherish everything about you.
Friday, October 18, 2013 at 21:50
809) Danny G.
Hey Mare, just got done posting with Rolling Stone, with the nomination's for this years rock & roll HOF, i left the MSG how Jim & Maury, should be nominated, hopefully 2015 I said, alway's the best, Mare, Danny
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 16:26
808) Lee
We all loved Jim & Maury for the music that understood us. I am so happy to find so many fans who remember the music of Jim Croce & Maury Muehleisen 40 years later. Their music remains fresh in 2013.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 13:19
807) Neil MacDonald
Hi Mary

as promised have dropped back into your amazing site, hope alls well. Remembering daily............

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 07:22
806) Jimbo
Glad I could stop by and say hello. You have a very well put together website. Just goes to show that hard work and dedication to a project does eventually pay off. Good job!
Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 08:34
805) Sharon Lynch Slattery
I can't thank you enough for the opportunity of "The Gathering" and for meeting such wonderful friends and family.
For our meeting on Monday in Chesterfield all I can say is that you made a meaningful impression on those you met and Maury's picture holds a place of honor. I'm hoping your relationship will grow. God bless you ,

Friday, October 04, 2013 at 18:20
803) jawbreaker
To remember maury and jim everyday of my life comes so easy.To tell everyone I know about their lives and music comes easy also.I am still blown away by how they captured my heart as a kid and I still feel the grips they have on my heart.This past weekend we celebrated everything about them with a 40 year gathering in of meeting everyone there was more than I could ever put in words.IM so thankful to have met everyone there.It made me realize even more how special they still are and will always be.They were surrounded by so many great they couldnt help but have that love overflow into everythjng about them.The truth was reaffirmed by all who personally knew them, that they were just great guys to know and emotions went all over as we celebrated their lives.I was very happy to be a part of the those who were able to attend.happy to meet everyone and hear the music that grabbed a hold of me long ago.I thought of how good it was back then and how things were much simpler.Then I thought of the passing of our friends and how suddenly things changed.The sorrow of so many people inclucing myself.then I reflected on the great treasures they shared with us.The great people who surrounded them and I know they would want us to continue down our road of life and be happy and thankful.I personally.want to thank everyone,those who worked behind the scenes to make the gathering possible,to those who sang, those who told stories, and simply everyone who came to share their love for the two greatest acoustic guitar players ever.To their family members who treated us with the utmost respect and kindness.simply know that we will love them with you and we will always remember! Thanks maury and jim we shall always remember how special you are!
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 19:52
802) Danny G.
From then until tomorrow, and some....
The tribute of just saturday wow, great, and 40 years seems like yesterday, figure that one out,
something this special takes on, new meaning of something old, can be something new!!

keep on keeping on everybody/you've got to take it,
to the limit one more time...

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 10:36
801) George and Sheila Gletherow
Back in Canada now, but what a great show and a wonderful weekend. What a pleasure to have met you all and listen to the music and family stories. Best wishes for Mary and Steves new books, looking forward to them. George
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 09:14
800) dr jack klein
never new ANY of this story. not really much of the jim croce story. give thanks to "mixed bag" on wfuv in ny.

So much great entertainment. I'm indebted.


Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 20:01
798) Rebecca Tsang
Thank you for the wonderful music!
Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 16:04
797) Peggy Muehleisen Stahlin
It is still difficult to believe this happened and it still feels like yesterday. I am thankful that our brother is now a "sweet memory" for so many fans.
Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 13:59
795) Beth Avery
I saw Maury play in Philadelphia. I still remember the night. He was wonderful and the songs brought tears to my eyes. It's been many years but I haven't forgotten him and how he touched me with his music.
Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 11:25
794) Danny G
i listened to each & every song , a magical journey, but thats just how they got along, they played for there love of each other, a gift that was gifted to the world, , a gift that was gifted to a girl, hello darling have i said i love you lately , it seems i never see you to much like i did b-4, when we use to sit around and play songs for you each & every one and there was always one more. hello darling have i said i love you lately, it seems i never see you to much like i did b-4 ,,, RIP......Jim & Maury

Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 08:40
793) Phyllis Zimmerman
Thinking of you and your family today, Mary, on this 40th anniversary of Maury's passing.
Friday, September 20, 2013 at 23:11
792) Rocky
40 years already. Nobody could ever doubt this great music standing the test of time. Thanks for the memories.
Friday, September 20, 2013 at 15:27
791) Kathy
40 years later and I still get teary eyed~still have that crush on Maury, too!
He was so incredibly talented and got so much feeling out of the guitar. Still listening to the music all these years later...

Friday, September 20, 2013 at 14:02
790) Mary Kay Tallon Spahl
Comings and goings, beginnings and endings, hellos and good-byes, births and deaths--these are the brackets that frame each whole life and each segment of time within a life. On this day I am remembering the space between some of those brackets in Maury's life where he created such beautiful music and I'm remembering the day my parents called to say that Maury, my cousin, had died in a plane crash. It was a good-buy that came much too soon but he left behind such sweet music for us to enjoy and to remember him by.
Friday, September 20, 2013 at 13:46
789) Sunday
It's been 40 years ago since Jim and Maury gone away. They will live forever deep in our hearts and souls. Their music is always such a beautiful gift.
Friday, September 20, 2013 at 03:31
786) Tom Reed
Although he is gone, I can hear Maury play ...'Cause the music he made still echoes today!
Friday, September 20, 2013 at 01:35
785) Charles Caruso
I will always cherish the music of Jim and Maury. I wish they were still with us and I wish the best to their friends and family as the 40th anniversary of their passing approaches.
Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 23:31
784) Jim
I ran across a You Tube video of "Operator" a few weeks ago, and was reminded again of the incredible gifts of both Maury and Jim Croce. Truly beautiful on many levels. Then, on Tuesday, I was praying in a Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, and that video entered my mind again. I'm unsure why, but now I learn that the anniversary of their passing is this week. Perhaps both men are looking down upon us, smiling.
Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 08:44
783) Mary Muehleisen
September 20, 2013 will be the 40th anniversary of the day that Maury Muehleisen died in a plane crash with Jim Croce, George Stevens, Ken Cortese, Dennis Rast and Robert Elliott.
On Saturday, September 21, 2013, there will be a Tribute to Jim Croce event at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center in Drexel Hill, PA starting at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will help create a scholarship in Jim's name.
Any help in getting the word out is much appreciated. Visit
Peace and Love,

Sunday, September 08, 2013 at 12:21
782) Ron T.
Maury was one of the best musicians I had ever seen. It was a pleasure watching and listening to him.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 at 23:21
781) Gene Rodgers
Hi Mary - I don't know if you heard about this.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013 at 19:11
780) Norman Craig
Back in 1976, I was student teaching at Upper Darby HS under Paul Motta. It was the students and me in those core classes that came up with the concept of the Upper Darby Hall and Wall of Fame. We inducted Jim Croce as the first member posthumously. I have corresponded with Mary over the years. I have found so much more about Maury through this website. For me their music will last forever. What a great, great talent. Just think what might have been if they both had lived.
Sunday, September 01, 2013 at 22:00
779) Nelson Muntz
Still listening to these guys every day and never get sick of it. Ha Ha........
Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 21:39
778) Nelson Muntz
Still listening to these guys every day and never get sick of it. Ha Ha........
Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 21:38
777) Scott D.
I grew up with Jim Croce and Maury Muehleisen's music. My dad played it all the time in the early 70's like everyone else. You couldn't help like the honesty and sincerity of their music. Wanted to read more about Maury and found this page. How cool is it that decades later we are still remembering Maury (and Jim). God Bless them both.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 15:54
776) Mike
When Jim Croce became known publicly, I was one of the amateur guitarists that loved his style and music. I quickly learned his songs. Little did I know who this guy backing him up was. Now I have read about Maury, and it brings a tear to my eye to think of the tragedy of losing them both, along with the others in the accident. I am only a few years younger than him and learned classical piano, like Maury, before teaching myself guitar. I have now been playing about 49 years. It seems Maury was a great kid who just loved the music and was blessed with a tremendous talent. Jim Croce's songs wouldn't have been what they were without Maury's playing and backup singing. What a loss. I am so sorry for his family and friends. Peace.
Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 00:30
775) Nicolaas
What a wonderfull CD Gingerbread.
Monday, August 12, 2013 at 11:46
774) Bob White
Always come here to read about other fans of Maury, and to just take a deep breath and ask my self why? We may someday find the answer, or why they were taken, but, till then, keep them both in yur hearts and yur music, . see ya soon my friends.... See ya Soon....
Wednesday, August 07, 2013 at 05:49
773) alan38501
So glad to find this page and be able to share this great talent with everyone else. Thank you Maury for everything.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 21:56
772) Denise Fryburg
Love to hear Maury's wonderful music.
Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 20:03
771) Bob
Thanks for the information.
Friday, July 26, 2013 at 07:51
770) Beverly Dueker
Maury was a magnificent master guitarist with only a select few that could match this gifted man.
Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 21:21
769) jawbreaker
I love coming to this site and reading the posts from so many people who Maury touched during his 24 year journey on earth and nearly 40 years later too. I am excited to hear of the 40 year gathering in honor of Maury and Jim in Philadelphia.justly due, we all wish there was even more we could do and wish everyday they were here entertaining many family members,so many friends,and so many fans still have great moments in time to reflect on.we will always wish there could have been more but are thankful for what we have of we remember Maury and jim may we also remember the men and their families that were with them that tragic many of us will never be the same because we knew them,their music,their lives,or the stories or all of the above.The world was better while they were passing through.Their stories will never end because we will always remember!
Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 03:19
768) DANNY G
dearest Mare, & family, hi so sorry i have not been on the site as of late,always in my mind though, i was talking to a friend the other day and we got to talking about the rock & roll hall of fame, and i did end it, because i have been to Cleveland so many times, but when they opened the doors i vowed i would not go until Croce & his one man band Maury of coarse would be in there!!, i have kept that promise, and that would be so well deserved, i don't know how that all works but i would like to make a suggestion, for it to.God Bless , write to you soon, from our last time, we talked, thanks again, danny
Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 07:37
767) JS Tee - Penang , Malaysia
Rest in peace. enjoy your music with Jim.
Friday, July 12, 2013 at 05:15
766) Francesco Marchionni (Italy)
Thank you for lovely grace and good ideas put on playng your guitar.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 at 12:18
765) jawbreaker
Maury,the longer you've been gone the more gifts we find from you.always remembering everything about you.
Sunday, July 07, 2013 at 00:05
764) Dennis Reilly
I play for my own amusement,your music was breathtaking. Rest in peace.
Thursday, July 04, 2013 at 00:11
763) Lou
Maury's guitar playing has been a huge influence on me. I'm in my 40s, I've played guitar all my life, it seems. I started listening to Jim and Maury probably when I was 11 or 12. I think there's probably no single guitarist who was a greater influence on me than Maury. I *still* learn from his playing. Fantastic stuff. I'm glad to have found this site. Warmest regards to Maury's family.
Monday, July 01, 2013 at 21:23
762) Kirk Morrison
Maury and Jim have influenced my style as a guitar player. I remember the crash and it still breaks my heart that they left us so young. I often wonder what Maury Muehleisen would have done, if he had been with us longer, he was a true musical genius on the guitar.
Friday, June 14, 2013 at 15:24
761) Sean Heaney
I learned a lot of my guitar playing style from listening to Maury. From the first note I heard him play in the early 70's, I was a fan. For that and his music I am very grateful. RTE - the Irish TV station has a black and white concert of Jim and Maury playing in Dublin. Fantastic. A legend.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 11:04
760) Robert Hamblin
I am a huge fan, and have been since my first Croce album. I would play it for hours and hours, I was in middle school. I LOVE guitar music, and would listen very closely to try and figure out Maury's lines - guitar and vocal. What a phenonmenal talent. What a nice tribute as well with this website, what a wonderful family. The pictures are touching. I also came from a large family and am a decent songwriter, so I have these many things in common with Maury. His music is just as good today. Thank you for the great stories and memories, too!
Monday, June 10, 2013 at 17:59
759) Mark Shelton
Hey, Maury. We really miss you down here in Texas. My best friend and I spent many, many hours listening over and over to your music. You're such an incredible part of our lives, and gave (and still give) us so much pleasure. Your family sounds remarkable. Until we see you, Godspeed.
Monday, June 10, 2013 at 11:54
758) Evel Knievel
I would listen to their music after every jump to calm my nerves, and the whiskey didn't hurt either, thanks boys................
Saturday, June 08, 2013 at 22:23
757) R Romano
Mr. Muehleisen,

Your talents were appreciated by Mr Croce and all of those who knew how much of an influence you had on his songs that we love and know. I'm sure that if you and Jim hadn't been taken from us your skills would have been recognized and the music that you both would have written would have been glorious.

Saturday, June 08, 2013 at 21:57
756) Tom W
I'm in a Trenton area cover band and we play “Don't mess around with Jim” as tribute to Maury every chance we get. Our local legend!

Godspeed Maury!!!


Friday, May 31, 2013 at 18:37
755) Mike Parker
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Friday, May 31, 2013 at 12:20
754) Mike Parker
Thanks for this website. Maury and I were friends and fellow guitar players in college in NJ. I was an art major and if I remember, he was a music major. I do remember that he had received grief from some of his professors in the music program because he didn't play the piano with all his fingers. He didn't like to use his pinky. Truth be told, he played better than many in the program, regardless of his proclivities. I backed him many times on my 63 Gibson 12-string (which I still have). He was all that you have written on this site. A humble, gentle spirit and a hell of guitar player. After retiring from my teaching career, I picked up my guitars again, but haven't been able to do any JC/MM covers. I'm working up to doing a cover, with Maury's parts, but ... well, I'll get there. Peace to all who knew these fine artists.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 15:32
753) Tom England
My cousin Don and I began to really like Jim Croce singing on TV. We stayed up late to watch the "Midnight Special" nearly falling asleep during the show. When Jim came on, we hopped to attention and sang along with the lyrics or at least we faked the songs we didn't know.

We were 13 years old then and asked each other who the guy with Jim is? We noticed he sang in a higher voice adding to the depth of the voices (we had no clue about things like that then.) and he played the more intricate guitar of the two.

A short time later (in kid time),we heard on the news that Jim and his friends all died in a plane crash. Both of us looked at each other and began to bawl as if it were our own family.

We asked my Aunt for the name of the man who was with Jim. She told us to shut up so she can hear the news. It wasn't until a week or so later that we learned his name was Maury.

Their music will always transcend time as two 13 year old can attest. The Lord has the best duo Heaven will ever hear.

God bless them all and I am honored to have been able to leave this little story of my childhood.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 16:04
752) jawbreaker
Maury and jim are never far in my heart and my thoughts.I often ask how and why maury and jim made such an impression on me.How does one become so emotionally involved as a nine or ten year old kid? Now almost Forty years since their death feelings havent faded but have grown only wish now is to know more about them and to keep enjoying what they left behind.Though decades have passed their music still holds meaning,the sounds cannot be duplicted and their memories will never be tarnished.I am proud to share with anyone about the lives and music of the acoustic kings and musical musical heroes whom I miss everyday.I dont know how or why ive been touched by them more than alot of other musical talents but I have.Its their music, their lives,their stories and their abilities to relate to people through their music,their kindness, and their geniune humility.its knowing even through what most have said was the end I am certain many things about them shine brighter as time keeps moving remember is easy to forget is impossible.
Monday, May 06, 2013 at 02:31
751) Lori
i truly appreciated the Maury site-so talented-so young, only 24-so tragic!
Maury was a young and rare talent. He was a man of good character, kind, soft-spoken, generous, humble-He was not seeking control, fame, or riches-he wasn't out to prove anything or to be someone-he already was someone-someone of the 'light'--he performed for the love of the music-it made him feel good-he liked that the music made others feel good-his music makes me feel good-back then and even now-i saw him in michigan when the Croce group performed in port huron at the college i attended-20 yrs ago-I remember Maury-he is unforgettable! He lived a simple life-He lived his life in the 'light' and not in the lime light seeking fortune and fame either--Maury lived in the the light of the good=the light of the Lord.
Sunday, May 05, 2013 at 17:26

Monday, May 06, 2013 at 01:27
749) Dan
I remember watching Jim Croce on TV and ending up totally focused on the guy playing guitar with Jim. My first thought after hearing about the crash was that I hoped that guy playing with Jim was OK. Such was not to be, but many years later, I was just now motivated to look up who the heck that guy was. Thanks for the site, and the memories!
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 15:40
748) Dale. Williams
After all these one only has to listen to Gingerbreadd to remember that music was and contiues to be what touches our soul as beings on the Earth. What a wonderful musician who received far too little acknowledgement during his brief but wonderful career.
Monday, April 29, 2013 at 11:00
747) Mary Beth
I wanted to stop by and say hello.I am listening to "A Song I Heard" right now. It's so serene and beautiful. Maury's voice still brings joy,and always will.
Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 21:49
745) Sharon Lynch Slattery
I consider it a privilege to have met Maury when he was just starting out. A beautiful person in every way and so VERY talented. He and Jim were a perfect mix. They made such beautiful music together.
God bless them both.

Sunday, April 07, 2013 at 15:06
744) David B
Maury's music was really never given a chance to shine as it really should have! Truely an amazing talent! I love Jim and Maury's music. I have never heard any combination of duo guitars ever come close to the balance and sync. like these two. I am from Jim's old' neighborhood in PA. We have been blessed with the music they left behind, doing what they love, for generations to come. They will forever be sorely missed.
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 22:40
742) Ruben
there is not a day in my life that I don't get a drop from my eye when I listen to maury and jim flowing with the sounds of music especialy new York's not my home because I was born there its not the bad thoughts I was a street musician I went through down and out times then I left before something would go wrong and it did I had a break down and survived Peace

Wednesday, April 03, 2013 at 22:21
741) jawbreaker
How can any words really put the feelings into a perfect understanding of the genuine love I feel for both maury and jim?How can two people you personally never met make someone always yearn for more? Forty plus years later,why is everyday still a struggle to find a closing
that makes sense? Doesn't someone special in life always stay close to you even when they are gone?
These questions are why I continue to always remember and be thankful for all their gifts.

Monday, April 01, 2013 at 23:55
740) Bill Branch
I am old guy, as Maury and Jim would be today. I loved Jim Croce's music; one night he and Maury were on TV playing "Operator" I am quite certain, and I realized what I liked besides Jim's voice were the back-up singing and the lead guitar, namely, Maury. What a great talent. I knew what a great loss when I heard of the plane crash. Our generation lost many: Duane Allman, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, etc., you know then all. Maury and Jim would have been as revered as The Eagles (but not as greedy and ruthless as Henley and Frey): flawless vocals, guitar work beyond reproach.
All we can do is love what they gave us and be grateful for it.

Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 20:49
739) Richard Simmons
What a great artist he was and what a shame it all ended so fast, he was only getting better and just imagine what he would have accomplished if given the time. Later man............
Friday, March 29, 2013 at 21:00
738) Allen Uhler
There are very few days in my life that I have not heard a Croce / Muehleisen in my head, and the emotions that surface are deep and true. I'm a product of the 70's college era, and will carry the music with me as long as I am able. Best to you, did it....
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 16:09
737) anonymous
This guestbook is a testimony of everyone's love for maury.It is living proof that the music is still real and means so much to us all.we celebrate his life with our love and wonderful memories.We are so thankful for a sisters love for her brother.To share his life, love and memories
is a gift from you mary.I consider it an honor to always remember!thank you always.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 04:15
736) John Lewis
Thanks,Even though I was only 7 when you left..Im 45 now and for the past 10 years have been learning guitar with your music as my inspiration..Jim had the name but you were the sound!!
Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 18:56
735) bob white
everyday, I think of my trip.
everyday, I think of your kindness
everyday.... Peace...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 07:05
734) Jim Russell
Hi Mary..Long time no write. I've been a "world-traveler" Anyway, setting here at work, listening to the copy of Gingerbreadd, I got from you. I listen to it 3 or 4 times a month...Of course, I love Before The Ever Since. Both copies are of course autographed by you, which means the world to me. Again, thanks for this page, and your long distance friendship. Also, is your book out yet?
So sorry to hear about your mom. I signed the guest book.
Thanks again.
Jim Russell
Pompano Beach, Florida

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 07:45
733) Danny G
Mary--the best of the best-- and I'm not using that term loosely! when someone does what you have done, without thinking of yourself never! it says something more than you could imagine, you go to the outer limits of the sky & back again, that's you when you think of some one that would walk on hot coals for there love of someone else that is you. when they give all of themselves they can and then they even give more, that is a great person and we are all so grateful for that. thanks again!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 20:35
732) Richard Hodge
I always wondered who played the beautiful guitar intro on Operator and could always see Maury sitting behind Jim but never knew his name. One of the best musicians to ever pick up an instrument. God Bless you Mary for helping us remember just how special Maury was.
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 17:47
731) Jon Holcombe
I distinctly remember the sunny Friday morning when I heard about Maury and Jim's plane crash, and like many fans became even more interested in hearing their music."Salon and Saloon" moved me as a 19 year old, and over the years was always my favorite Jim Croce song. It was only recently that i read the story behind the song and discovered that it was written by Maury. I work as a graphic designer all day in front of my computer, and "Salon and Saloon" has been on my "playlist" for years. Lovely song, melody and words, and truly a gift to the young lady it was about.. and the rest of us. RIP Maury and thanks.
Friday, March 01, 2013 at 16:57
730) Steven Markey
I recently purchased the DVD "Have You Heard:Jim Croce Live. I watched it over two days and I was so impressed with the musicianship betwee Maury and Jim. I was a big fan of John Denver,James Taylor,and the group America. I am a HUGE fan of Jim Croce,and I thought the DVD was great! I was 19 in 1973 and I was deeply saddened when I heard the news about Jim Croce's death. I now know more about Maury,and I feel sad about his passing. But,please watch the DVD,and appreciate the man for his abilities,kindness,and his freindship with Mr.Croce.
Friday, February 15, 2013 at 12:58
728) Armand A Gagnon
HI Mary,
How is your book coming along? I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of it. And how are you, Ray, and your family faring with the latest storm hitting the East Coast? Thanks for the wonderful website in keeping the memory of Maury alive!

Saturday, February 09, 2013 at 16:29
725) Nancy L.
I have listened to Maury's guitar work on Jim Croce's albums over and over again, each time impressed by the fluid grace he adds to each piece. He was a gifted musician whose contribution and influence will be felt by generations to come. So sad that he had to leave us so soon.
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 at 02:16
724) Lucy Hallis
My older brother was a fan of Jim Croce and played his music over and over again. The song Operator is the one that he liked the most. I remember that my brother got to stay up late and watch one of the late shows where bands often performed. One time he saw Jim Croce perform. He remembered that there was another guitar player who was with Jim (he didn't know his name).

Fast forward to 1995 when they had Jim Croce on a VH1 special. My brother and I were watching the show. He asked me if I'd ever seen Maury perform in another band or perform on stage after the tragedy. He had often wondered if Maury was on the plane. I said I had never seen him after that.

A local radio station told of his death and mentioned that a couple of others also died. I felt bad about it.

The songs that were song seem to be very personal. Even though I didn't know Jim Croce or Maury Muehleisen personally, it was almost like one did thru their music.

I was 11 years old when Jim Croce and Maury Muehleisen died. I remember people talking about it at school.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 at 20:20
723) Jawbreaker
I listened for 40 plus years. I've learned about the man Maury was and his impact on many people.I am still saddened he's gone but I will always tell whoever I can about him and continue to love the gifts he gave so unselfishly to so many.I continue to always remember!
Tuesday, February 05, 2013 at 00:56
722) John Flocci
How can you say all the words about the impact someone has on your life? My earlier childhood and teenage years were full of many trials and, like so many, music was my only escape. The first time I heard Maury and Jim's music I felt an immediate connection to the great emotions and artistry that was contained in each note and phrase. Not having much money, I only had a few albums of my own. In listening a thousand times to the one Jim Croce album I had, I understood that it was the dance of the words and the guitar which made those songs resonant with me and all who really listened. Like many have said here, there is no doubt that Maury would have come into his own as an artist if the accident wouldn't have happened.

Thank you for sharing the pictures and the stories about Maury. It seems Maury was blessed to have so many wonderful siblings and that he did indeed have a rich life in the time God gave him.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 15:11
721) Ron Rozewski
Gene Riggs son Bruce is currently having a show of his work at Immaculata College.
I sort of remember going to a Croce concert there with Melvin Goldfield and was trying to verify if indeed he had played there. That is how I ran across this site. I knew Jim a lot better than Maury mostly because he was the quiet one. I do remember him as being a lot more than just "a nice" guy". A kinder gentler person I have yet to know.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 16:21
720) Greg
Like so many others that have signed this guestbook, I only recently (today!) became aware of Maury. I also was unaware that there was anyone but Jim on his songs. I can now count myself as Proudy Enlightened. I started out today by hearing a Jim Croce song, wondering about his son, learning about A.J., then progressing on to learn about Jim's widow Ingred. THAT, in turn, led me to Jim's website and finally on to the sotry behind Maury. And I am now very proud to state that I have spent 3 hours at work (Best 3 hours I've spent here in months!) learning about Maury, his gifts, his humanity, and his wonderful, loving family. I want to offer my sincere, heartfelt condolances to your entire family on Maury's passing. As the letters on this site from friends and family have said, the world was cheated out of not only an amazingly gifted singer, sonwriter and musician, but even more so, of a wonderfull human being. In today's world of so much sadness, violence, heartache, gread, and just plain lack of caring for others, and their struggles & pains, I just can't help but feel that the world would be just a little better place had Maury lived to fulfill his potential - not only as a musician, but as the gentle, kind human being so many have said he already was. He wasn't here long, but I hope it brings some small solace to your family that he very apparently touched so many people, and he was a son, brother, friend and man that you all could be so, so proud of. Peace be to you all. G-
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 15:25
719) Rich
My thoughts are almost identical to Mark's immediately below. I've just learned more about Maury in the last few days that compels me to discover further. What a tremendous talent. Thanks for this site.
Friday, January 25, 2013 at 23:44
718) Mark
I was watching a Youtube video of Operator. I read a comment mentioning Maury, and thought, that must be the guy behind Jim Croce. A little Google-ing and here I am, learning about him for the first. Congratulations on keeping up this site so he and his music will be discovered and remembered. I will now check out his music further.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 19:05
717) jeff

Thanks for filling this world with your tallent. You and Jim are missed.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 00:12
716) Mary Muehleisen
Thank you for remembering Maury on his birthdate. The kind words extended here are appreciated more than any of you can know.
My wish today is for each of you to have Happy Birthdays from now until forever.
With gratitude, and Peace and Love,

Monday, January 14, 2013 at 23:50
715) Shanna
I have been a Jim Croce fan as long as I have been alive. Tragically, the plane crash that took Jim and Maury from this world happened when I was but a year and a half old. As an adult, I became curious about Jim's guitarist . . . and I have been stunned and amazed by his amazing talent. I feel a sadness in the pit of my soul for not having been given a chance to know Maury as Maury. As much as I love and adore Jim . . . I feel like Maury would have come into his own if only he had lived. I feel like Jim truly appreciated and respected Maury's amazing talent . . . I feel like the world has been permanently deprived of the talent of two amazing musicians. I want to wish Maury a happy 64th birthday! As a Catholic Christian, I pray that I see him in Heaven and I pray that my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is cradling him in His arms today. God bless Maury, his family, and Jim Croce. Thanks be to God for his amazing talent!
Monday, January 14, 2013 at 20:46
714) jawbreaker
Today,i celebrate the memories,music and life of a man who would be 64 years old today.Many years have past since he left us but who can forget a life that changed not only my life but many others.There isnt a day that goes by that your music and everything about your life isnt a part of me.I wish we could celebrate this day with you here but even without your physical presence your spirit and everything about you will always remain.we love and miss you maury and we keep remembering everyday!
Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10:40
713) Gary Brasco
Maury; Happy Birthday and Thanks!
Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10:39
712) Lester Huang
Here's remembering Maury on his birthday.
Monday, January 14, 2013 at 01:21
711) Will Smith
Merry Christmas Maury. Miss your licks.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 10:56
710) christopher rosier
i think maury plays the most beautiful music on the guitar. i love his music.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 02:27
709) Musician
Thank you for making this page to share with the world about this amazing musician.
Sunday, December 09, 2012 at 12:55
707) Ben
Jim Croce did a great Christmas song called "It Doesn't Have To Be That Way". I'v had it for years and listen to it every holiday season. It got me to thinking about all of the wonderful guitar playing on this song, and Croce's other songs. I never realized that he had Maury. What a gift . . . for Croce, and for all of us. As great as Jim Croce's music is, it wouldn't have been nearly as great without Maury's guitar playing, and his harmonies. I'm so glad I found this site so I can appreciate his artistry. Thanks.
Friday, December 07, 2012 at 19:53
706) Rod Thomson
Just finished watching some YouTube videos of Jim playing "Operator" (one of my all time favorite songs) and noticed the guy right behind him playing that wonderful guitar part that always blows my mind. I wondered if he was also on the plane that took Jim away from us and sadly learned he was. I felt it necessary to find out more about person and found your website. What a nice and simple site. Thanks to your site, Maury is still with us in a way and will always be. I will never meet him, but, in a way, I feel like the stories from family and friends have let me get to know him. What a wonderful person. Thank you.
Saturday, December 01, 2012 at 19:02
705) Dan Weiss
Thank you, Mary, for the kind note that you sent with "Gingerbreadd," a wonderful remembrance of Maury. My memory of getting to see the artistry of Maury and Jim together coming up on its 40th anniversary -- the date was Dec, 12, 1972 at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston. Here are ny notes from that memorable night:

POCO/JIM CROCE - 12/12/72, Aquarius, now Orpheum Theatre, Boston - Usually Poco’s the knockout...But I remember Jim and Maury Muehleisen, his lead guitar player, bathed in a muted spotlight singing wonderful songs and telling funny stories. They played acoustic guitars with no pick-ups, only guitar mics...magical.

Friday, November 30, 2012 at 18:42
704) SIG
I'm 26 years old, been a fan of the music for as long as i can remember but now looking at this site and getting to know the man behind the music.... simply amazing
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 14:50
703) jawbreaker424
The positive and beautiful things of maury and jim will never be forgotten or changed in spite of negative things told in any fairytale story.All we have to do is look around,listen and remember and we know the truth of their lives are still bringing great things to many countless people.Just the number of years since their passing and the following of the masses is a statement of the influence and gifts they brought to us all.whether we are family, friends fans or just someone who has become familiar with their stories,we all know the great difference in our lives because of their time here. most of us will always wonder what more could have been,but we still are very thankful for what we can still hold on to!The truth is stated "the world was almost beautiful while you were passing through".We still all need maury and jim and that makes us hold on tighter to the things we still have left from them.Their presence here on planet earth are still felt and we all knowTthey will be a part of each day of the rest of our time here.their gifts keep coming and coming.Thanks for it all maury and jim!How could we ever forget? we will always remember everything about you!
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 11:07
702) Joe
Hi Everyone. Well I just finished reading Ingrid's book. Overall I would say that its intention was to be honest, but frankly she recounts conversations between people that have to be composites. No one knows what Jim and Maury would have said to each other on stage. Did they EVER check into the hotel? Doug Nichols is driving them around starting at 2:30 PM; and Jim asked that they stay out a while longer since he wasn't due at the auditorium until soundcheck. For an 8:00 PM show presumably sound check is at 6:00 PM. I also did not like the fact that Gingerbreadd was mispelled throughout. Or that she referred to Don Mclean's song as 'Starry Starry Night'. It just doesn't strike me as a book that basically exisited since 1990 as she says. I would think a manuscript that has been around that long with so many eyes on it would be damn near flawless in detail, at the on the obvious details. Anyway, thank you for this site Mary.
Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 11:55
701) anonymous
The music and lives of Jim and Maury have touched the very souls of countless people.I believe their stories countinue to grow and i believe no musicians continue to touch the new generations more since their departing.Many people have passed down the gifts of jim and maury to their kids and grandchildren.Their simple love of music and geniune hearts becomes more evident as time passes.If only we could save time in a bottle we could have more time with them.though their physical presence has passed their music and memories burn brightly everyday in our lives.Thanks for all you keep giving andall you changed for the will always be a rich part of lifes journey. I remember!!!!
Monday, November 19, 2012 at 16:13
700) david
I think ur music is awesome
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 23:03
699) Gary llewellyn
Just wanted to say I am enjoying watching the videos of Maury and Jim playing those wonderful songs. Seems like he was a very nice man. And he was truly gifted as a musician.
Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 13:30
698) Steve Hitchcock
Hello all from Steve in the Bay Area Northern Calif. I have been a fan of Maury since 1971 first through Jim and Cashman and West music. I can remember seeing Jim and Maury's concerts from time to time on the television and the lost documentary that I have been trying to find that was aired in 1973 on many FM stations across the US. THe program was called "The Life and Times of Jim Croce" I'm sure it's still in some archive at a radio station somewhere. The host was Brother John. It aired here in the Bay Area on K101. I might try to contact the owner of that station at the time James Gabbert. I had recorded some of it on cassette but it has long been lost through the years. I have always hoped to find it for Mary. I am still looking. For those that are fans of Maury's music there is a song on the Loggins and Messina album "Mother Lode" where Maury co wrote a song with Kenny Loggins titled "Fever Dream" It's a beautiful song with a somewhat apocalyptic theme. I am not sure how much of the song is Maury's contribution. On the LP credit is given to Maury Muehleisen. I still listen to Gingerbreadd and have it on my iphone. I had looked for years to find Gingerbreadd on LP and never could find it out here in Calif. I managed to get a Japanese release CD on Capitol Records some years before Mary was able to get the rights to re issue. It was like 40 dollars at the time, but it was worth it to have. Maury's music from Gingerbreadd was also featured on the lost FM radio documentary. I know that someday it's going to surface. Thanks for keeping the memories of Maury and Jim alive and the very special music that lives on today in the hearts of those that have discovered it. Steve
Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:36
697) Phyllis Zimmerman
Thank you for having those wonderful audio clips from "Gingerbreadd" on this site. Maury sang like an angel.
Friday, October 19, 2012 at 23:13
694) Theodore Nugent
I'm a closet listener of this man's great talent, rock on brotha...........
Friday, October 12, 2012 at 23:41
693) jawbreaker
The music and memories will last and never be forgotten as long as im here on this earth.maury will always be in my heart and mind and always will be a part of who i am.I keep remembering!!!!!
Monday, October 08, 2012 at 11:54
692) John Roussin
After all these years. I still remember the only time I met and listened to Maury. It was the 60's and Maury was playing in the basement of a small church in Glassboro. I was just a high school kid yet that night has stuck with me all these years. I know he is still playing somewhere. God Bless.
Sunday, October 07, 2012 at 12:10
I am so glad that I finally have the opportunity to say how much I enjoyed Maury's music. I only ever heard him play with Jim, but seeing him on those summer shows, gave me a deep appreciation. He seemed like a very humble man. I also remember the exact moment, in a diner with friends and listening to the piped in radio station, when it was announced about the plane crash. I couldn't have been more stunned and saddened. I will never forget.
Saturday, October 06, 2012 at 23:03
690) Charlie Manson
I just want to say thanks Maury, for all the great times that I have listening to you.
Friday, October 05, 2012 at 23:51
688) Tom Frances
Thank you for this wonderful tribute to Maury. My father introduced me to his music and I look forward to sharing with my son as well.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 at 23:19
687) pb1418
Had never heard of Maury until tonight. Not only did I hear OF him, I heard and say HIM. Yes, It was on YOuTube, and I was impressed. Had always like Jim Croce's music, the sad and funny, and now I saw and heard Maury. Hurrah for YouTube. Without it I would never have had an incling of Maury. Now, 'he's "my guy"' ~ ; ) Have read this whole site and am happy to have seen and heard him. It's just too bad we had only 24 years of him, but his genius, along with Jim's, shall last. I thank your parents for Maury's presence on this earth during 'my time' (ALTHOUGH I'm approaching 80 ~ ; ))) Keep his name and talent alive ~ ; ) And thanks.
Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 05:31
686) jawbreaker
thank you for your sunshine songs,thank you for you the way i love you maury!!! hope to see you soon!!!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 13:27
685) Dave O'Brien
I loved their music together, but Maury really doesn't get enough credit for his genius both with and without Jim. God Bless and prayers to him and his family. I've been thinking about him and Jim all week.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 17:59
684) DANNY G
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 01:03
683) Rebecca Tsang
No matter how many years, your music still lingers in our hearts.

This is a note from Hong Kong.

Friday, September 21, 2012 at 05:01
682) Mark Lavey
I was driving to work this morning when the local radio station began playing Time In A Bottle...halfway through the song they mentioned about the anniversary of Jim's death. My emotions immediately turned to sadness and I began reminiscing of my youth. Unfortunately, I do not remember the day Maury and Jim were taken, as I was only 8 years old. But I started playing guitar at the age of 10 and "discovered" their music through my parents. When I had learned they were tragically killed, I immediately felt a closeness to them, and at the age of 10, created quite an emotional bond with me. I learned every song from their "Greatest Hits" album and still play those songs today in front of many people when I put an acoustic set together. I just wanted to stop by and say that Maury and Jim's music will live on for generations to come. Please know that they continue to touch many lives! They have certainly touched mine and the family and friends around me.

God Bless you and know that we're thinking of you all today.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 23:04
681) Mary Muehleisen
Here we are again on yet another anniversary of September 20, 1973 - thirty-nine years ago today.

Thank you for all the kind thoughts on this special day and on all the days of the year.

With a heart full of gratitude, I wish you Peace and Love,


Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 22:29
680) Mary Beth Asenjo
Hugs,thoughts,and prayers. ♥
They say there's no time in Heaven,so 39 years have not gone by for Maury and Jim. They're sitting on a cloud and strumming that guitar with a smile.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 21:13
679) jawbreaker
The two finest musicians,singers,friends and family members left us on this date so long ago.through their music and personal lifes we were left with special gifts we can never repay.The testimony is not only in their music but the great memories that has survived for many years and is still going strong.words thought and expressed will never explain the magnitude of what they did and the men they were.we can only be thankful to them and all involved to help us know more about their stories. their light is still shining brightly and burning in the hearts of all that love them.we cannot forget and will always remember them.their story remains always!!!!!
Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 21:11
678) Sunday
A day to remember two great musicians and better men. Jim and Maury's music always will be with me. I keep them in my heart and in my soul. Thanks for all the happiness you both give me.

I send you my best regards Mary.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 17:33
Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 16:14
676) Gary Brasco
Thinking of you.....and Thanks for sharing your talents.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 11:42
675) Kathy
I cannot believe that it's been 39 years since that horrible night. I had the biggest crush on Maury as a teen and, God knows, still do.

Thanks, Mary, for keeping Maury's music out there. He was amazing.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 11:11
674) Cris Garcia-Huidobro
39 years ago... thank you Maury & Jim for every chord and every word that you gave us. Always on my mind and my heart.

PS: peace & love dear Mary!

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 09:30
673) craig.dudley33
I remember playing Maury's first lp on WILS in Lansing and later Jim's first single on WEAM. Great memories.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 15:54
672) bob white
.I will only reflect on the positive of these men.through the music and personally, the world became a little brighter and better.i will always remember!!!

From Jawbreaker. as we all should only reflect on the positive of these two men. Theyve given us so much in their music. thank you Jawbreaker for these words.. to remind us all. Life is not what you take when you leave this world its what you leave behind.

Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 05:26

Sunday, September 09, 2012 at 06:03
669) Bob White
I come to this sight a lot.
I tear up quite a bit
when I come to this spot
but, I know I cant quit

I play everyday, like Yesterday
Your Music is in my Heart
God Bless You Mary, and Maruy and all the fans of this Page. never forget. the Music, Maury and Jim gave to us.
on the other hand. There.s no way you can.....

Sunday, September 02, 2012 at 08:48
668) Terry Northern
I listened to Jim Croce all throughout his career. I didnt realize that Maury was his back up as back in those days you usually just heard them on the radio. Later, with the internet I learned more about Jim AND Maury. Maury WAS the Jim Croce sound. Wow, what a talent he had!! Thanks Maury, R.I.P. my friend. Terry
Saturday, September 01, 2012 at 16:02
667) mary jane kuklinski brown
I am a seamstress and specialize in bridal gown alterations and i play jim croce music when the brides come over ! they all ask "who is that ?" and i happy to hqve these two gentleman in my home
Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 20:28
666) Israel Tekhelet
G-d bless you where ever you are Maury
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 01:09
my friend bob white is a fan and i did this for him
Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 22:48
664) Melva
Through PBS, I am fortunate to know Maury through his music. Gone but certainly never forgotten...
Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 21:47
663) Charles Caruso
I have loved Jim and Maury's music since I was in High school in the early 1970's. I will continue to cherish their memories.
Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 16:25
662) jawbreaker
we do remember!!!!
Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 15:32
661) Alan Schmidt
On August 15, 1973, I saw Maury and Jim open for Loggins & Messina at the Mississippi River Festival in Edwardsville, Il. The two of them and their acoustic guitars matched the musical output of the 8-piece headliners; they were simply amazing, and all these years later the memory of that night is still strong. I play their music all the time, and I always will.
Monday, August 13, 2012 at 17:07
660) vaughn
I purchased a signed copy of ingrid croce's I got a name. it does a wonderful job of describing Maurys mature and humble personality and on more than one occasion pays compliments to his wonderful understanding demeanor and his god given talent. evertime there is an advancement in sound reproduction both maury and jims work is dream is to play guitar half as well as maury he is my acoustic hero!
Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 16:13
659) Mike
Have You Heard Jim Croce Live, was my first experience of actually seeing what Maury looked like. Easy to know what an ethical and person of integrity he was.
Musically it's hard to define where Maury ends or Jim begins, or vice versa. In the larger scheme of things it's that melding of musical minds that produced greatness.
Maury's guitar is the signature to Jim's gift of melody, though one of my very favourite songs is Salon and Saloon. Who knows, since Maury was only twenty-four, what may have followed. Maybe a George Harrison like emergence into the spotlight.
But what was remains timeless and crystal clear. Artistry of the very highest quality. A renewed enjoyment however many times one listens.
Thank you to Mary for introducing Maury the person; the anecdotes, the photos. For making the experience of listening an even more interesting pleasure.
I hope Maury's guitar becomes popular,
if I was a young guitar player I'd find that a truely inspiring instrument to play. Sadly, my musical education began and ended with Bert Weedon's legendary guitar tutor 'Play In A Day'. Not Bert's fault, but the chords to 'Teenager In Love' few in number became my comfort zone.
Thank you once again, I will return to it was a wonderful experience on a New Zealand, Saturday morning.

Friday, August 10, 2012 at 21:13
657) jawbreaker424
i have been a follower of maury and jim 40 plus years.each day and each year i love them more.i know in my heart these guys had a bond and friendship that made everyone around them smile.i also know from jims standpoint everyone, including him knew the music became perfect when he asked his friend to join him in his music. i will remember maury as a great solo artist,his albumn gingerbreadd is fantastic.we would have alot more today if he was with us!It is very important to me to always remember the great things both acomplished.I also give maury the credit for the albumns success he made with jim.anyone who has listened knows the difference along with the much much bigger success of jims albumns, only for one big reason maury!many know.many have learned and many more will come to know this truth.i will only reflect on the positive of these men.through the music and personally, the world became a little brighter and better.i will always remember!!!
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 at 10:40
656) Jeannie
You did a great job on this website. I bet Maury would have been proud. Thanks to the information you posted here I learned a lot about the man that shaped the music that changed the world. I am glad I got to be part of that - even if only a tiny listener of 5 years old. Those songs stayed with me and will until the I die. That alone should speak volumes of what MUSIC and TALENT put together can create - timeless classics that will always be enjoyed & cherished for all time, reaching out in the universe and touching the souls it manages to reach! THANK YOU@@@ ;))
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 15:56
655) Terri
Music is a way to our souls and you really made it in without music is life without air....
Monday, July 30, 2012 at 08:13
654) Phyllis Zimmerman
Visiting to show my support to the maintainers of this website. Keep up the good work! I love Maury's work and will always keep the flame of his and Jim's music alive in my heart.
Monday, July 30, 2012 at 08:12
653) BOB
Stopping by to read the emails of the fans of Maury. breaks my heart everyday. but, I keep his music in my heart, my memories in my soul. and my gift, You gave in My life.
Monday, July 30, 2012 at 08:08
652) Ann
Just read Ingrid's book about Jim. It was nice to see pictures of Maury. His allergies were notorious! My first plane ride was with Jim, Maury and Judy. The moon was huge. Maury loved being able to take me up in that plane. It was the closest thing to being home at that time, to be with Judy and me.
Boy, Dad was so handsome, wasn't he? I was so glad he was in one of the pictures in Ingrid's book.

Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 19:46
651) jawbreaker424
each day that passes the memories mean more.the music is greater and my heart is a little more empty.maury will live on, etched in our minds,sweetness to our ears and left with a is bittersweet to know maury and realize how much he accomplished but left us hungering for much more.rememberimg maury comes each,each and every day i think of him.he was a true one of a kind.i will always remember!!!
Friday, July 27, 2012 at 11:09
650) Michael
Just watching an old internet video of Jim on stage singing Operator along with your brother Maury, it brought back memories. May they rest in peace, their music and talent are missed.


Friday, July 27, 2012 at 03:37
649) DANNY
I am A NO.1 fan of the man, I am so glad that he is being right here in company that he always been. god bless you all what a beautiful family of friends.
Monday, July 23, 2012 at 07:27
648) DANNY
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Monday, July 23, 2012 at 07:24
647) Stu
I just wanted to say that I am aware of how integral murray was to jim Croce's music and that he too tragically perished in that plane crash
Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 10:53
646) Rhoel Bautista
I love the way Maury play the guitar, it's the soul behind Jim's music...I remember their music during my early years (elementary days)since then the music embedded in my heart, now I'm working here in the Mid East as an architect, still with me the music of Jim and Maury....
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 15:00
645) Dennis J Stoner
Listen to Maury and Jim all the time , wish I could play guitar as good as he could . Although I never met him I think he was a beautiful person God Bless.
Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 20:09
644) Carol
Wonderful to see Maury & Jim tonight on PBS. How lucky to have the musical legacy Maury left his family and friends.

Austin, Tx

Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 23:59
643) Mark
I saw Maury and Jim at a club in Boston in the early 70's when I was just a freshman in college and they had yet to achieve fame. It wasn't a packed house by any measure, but there was a decently-sized crowd. But because of the venue's size, it was easy to talk to them after their set. Just nice, decent down-to-earth guys seemingly only a few years older than me.
A couple of years passed and I found myself working as a backstage security redshirt at Boston area concert halls and at the Cape Cod Coliseum's rock concerts in the summer of 1973. I had seen them all --- the Beatles in 1964 as a 10-year old; the Stones in 1972 --- but I was more excited about seeing Jim and Maury perform once again, this time at the Cape Cod Coliseum, and heading backstage security, for their upcoming ... October 1973 concert.

I'm 58 and I still weep for their families and for what we lost as a generation, in being denied their brilliance.

Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 10:55
642) Babybel
Every time I hear a Croce song, I can picture Maury sitting just behind him, propelling the song down the track. Maury wasn't just good, he was SUPERIOR. A vastly-underrated guitarist /musician! How sad he was taken at 24, but he packed a lot into those years. Thanks SO much to his wonderful family for sharing him through this website. I really miss him, but I smile every time I see/hear him play. Must be a gas on Guitar Night in heaven - Maury, Danny Gatton, Terry Kath and Stevie Ray jammin' their hearts out!
Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 16:43
640) Bob White
Thank you all you have done Mary.
Thank you for the love of your brother
Thank you for the love of all his fans
Thnak you. for keepin your faith in the Fans. of Maury and Jim, Your faith in the Lord.
Thank you Mary for Being my Friend. and for being Mary......
Bob And Kathy White...
July 7th will be a day I will never forget. for as long a I live. Thank you for that gift... in my life..

July 11th 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 06:11
638) Dan
I was a teenager when I first heard Maury's riffs on Jim's songs. Maury's playing is inspiring and completes Jim's songs.
Monday, July 02, 2012 at 15:11
637) Rienzie
I love his music, and I can see why Jim made him his rock, because in his quiet way, he was pure talent and strength somebody could lean on, who'd never let you down. You may have left us physically but your legacy lives on... God bless
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 11:06
636) jawbreaker
thanks to mary and the family for sharing maury with us.the world and the public know him as a musician but over the past 40 years iam struck by maury the man,the friend,family member and the humble,compassionate person he was to all who ever met say he only scratched the surface of the music and the lives he touched on a personal basis with everyone he encountered is a injustice.this year marks the 39th years since he left us.from the human standpoint its a tragid but through gods glory of even his passing there is blessings all have experienced!from the last phone calls,the last time spent enjoying each other.the videos and music that we can still hear and see maury.the greatest memories and the love we all have for him.thank you maury for all the many things you enriched all with.thank you lord for the cherished treasures you have made us realize even in such a life we feel left us way too soon!
Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 10:44
635) Joăo Pedro
love you!
Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 19:45
634) Chris
Watching Maury play and listening to his work continues to be the reason I pick up my guitar to this day. It's amazing the sound he could pull out of his guitar with a minimum of movement.
Monday, June 11, 2012 at 13:28
Jim and Maurys music has been with me all my life and i still listen to it frequently. It seems I hear a little something new everytime. I have passed this music on to my children and I'm sure they pass it on to theirs.
Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 11:13
632) frank morris
The boys and I couldn't wait to listen to them every sunday night, thanks guys.
Friday, June 08, 2012 at 22:58
630) Michael Spivey
As teanager I loved to listen to Jim, and must admit that lead guitar was a big part of the attraction. Not till tonight did I know who that great musician was. I love listing to THEM still.
Saturday, June 02, 2012 at 20:21
629) John Laucher
Rest in Peace! Thank you Maury and Jim.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 17:03
628) Scott Downs
I've enjoyed Jim and Maury's music for years - most of my life in fact. As I was listening tonight I became curious to learn more about Maury and discovered this website. What a fine tribute to a truly gifted musician. My best wishes to his family on this Memorial Day 2012.
Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 23:24
627) Mary H
I was reminiscing this weekend about Maury's talents with an older family friend- who happened to comment that Maury was the "talent" that rocketed J.Croce. I got to share that Maury had come to upstate NJ in October '71 to play at my sister-in-laws wedding. He was just a good friend, nice guy. After the rehearsal, the small group of us stayed up ALL NIGHT while Maury just played and sang endlessly. What an incredible night! (Better than the wedding)
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 22:28
626) Kelvin Butcher
Maury was an incredible musician with a completely unique sound. No-one played such sweet sounding guitar, and after all this time has passed I think we can safely say we'll never see his like again. His and Jim's music isn't just time in a bottle, its lightning in a bottle.
Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 07:09
625) marcio luiz david
He and Jim were just as a bright light
Wish you peace.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 23:05
624) jeff clester
I can't describe what the music always did to me, I was just drawn to it.

Time in a Bottle was played at our wedding in 74 and we're still together. Wish Maury and Jim still were.

Friday, May 04, 2012 at 22:56
623) Wladziu Valentino
We would just listen to Jim and Maury for hours and the music was just spectacular, what a dynamic duo.


Friday, May 04, 2012 at 21:57
Jim and Maury had a synergy that makes them my favorite duo - forever...words cannot do their music justice. Just listen.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 16:36
621) Huckleberry Finn
We love listening to him play the six string, thanks Maury..............
Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 21:53
620) Tin Carbone
I love listening to his music, a great way to relax from a busy day at work
Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 20:41
619) Karl
The sweetest guitar playing on earth!! What a genius! I can't hear the lick from "I got a name" enough. What a GOOD human being.RIP
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 16:36
618) chip wilkins in sanford florida
Remember the music when I was around 10 years old. I'm now 52 years old and still listen to it and play guitar to it. Special music and people and think of them often though I never knew them
Monday, April 16, 2012 at 16:02
617) Spiderpig
been listening to him today... still amazing...
Monday, April 16, 2012 at 05:10
616) Patrick Frank Perry
Like so many others I instantly liked the sound I was hearing back when Jim was hitting the big time. Then I saw concert footage and was blown away and amazed at Jim & Maury's guitar playing talents. They had just arrived at the top of the music scene when tragedy took them away. I was traveling the world in the U.S. Airforce back then and being inspired by Jim & Maury I took up learning to play guitar. All these years later I still play my guitars almost every day. For me it's always been a fun and enjoyable hobby. I'd been wondering when someone would make Maury's albums available and finally got a tip leading me to this tribute site. Maury & Jim are in my thoughts every time I pick up my guitars. Maury & Jim thanks for the inspiration.
Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 14:55
615) Clayton Adams
I make a living now days as a singer/songwriter and see so many musicians in so many different types of venues. Huge festivals to small acoustic shows....there is not one that I have ever spoken with when asked about my influences that do not give humble, child-like reverence to Maury & Jim. I still try to play "Operator" every once in awhile in my acoustic shows but can just never seem to get the smooth passion they had. Nevertheless...I always get applause and more requests as folks tell me time and time again, I should play nothing but thier music cause it fits me. It certainly does. God Bless Maury & Jim. I was born the year they passed but mom made sure I knew their music...its why I play today. Thank you for this site.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 09:39
614) Tony
It's been a few years since I found this site, and from time to time I like too check in. The outpouring of support and all the kinds words is a nice thing to see. I listen to Maury's album as ofthen as possible and it always brings a smile. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.......
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 15:59
613) cipriano franco
Eternamente "I Remember Mary and Jim"
Friday, April 06, 2012 at 17:34
612) Scott Asbjornsen
The day that the music really died.
Friday, April 06, 2012 at 10:11
611) davism
beloved music and lovely memories. wish there had been so much more.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 at 15:00
610) Leon Krug
I was jamming with friends this weekend and was thinking of Jim and Maury while playing Alabama Rain. What a great song.
Monday, March 26, 2012 at 14:42
609) Kevin
Can someone kindly tell me how to pronounce "Muehleisen" so that I can speak confidently when discussing one of my favorite guitarists?

Let me just also say that while I was 5 years old the time of the tragedy, and didn't know any of the music until years later...Jim and Maury have become my favorite music act, and it is nothing short of catastrophic that we are all deprived of the brilliant music that will never be. Thank goodness we have the body of work that we do, music is much richer thanks to these 2. Finally, thanks for the great informative site!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 00:00
608) Scott Asbjornsen
Through a series of events, I found myself rediscovering "I got a Name", and am very moved by the song. As I watched videos of Jim and Maury on stage, it was obvious that there is a special bond between two people that only our Creator could forge. I would have loved to meet them, as they were so special.
Friday, March 16, 2012 at 18:33
607) David K.
Mary -

Thank you so much for sending me Gingerbreadd and the signed card - but more so for establishing this website and working to get Gingerbreadd reissued. I am not an "insider," I didn't know Maury or Jim, and was never fortunate enough to see them in concert. But I've been a fan of Jim & Maury's music for over 35 years, and was especially drawn to that magical lead guitar accompaniment that seemed like the perfect counterpoint to Jim's voice and songs. As a huge fan of Gordon Lightfoot, I think of how Red Shea and later, Terry Clements lent something similar to Lightfoot's songs back in the day.

I never knew much about Maury, his background and musical training, until I encountered your website. And after reading all the wonderful stories and taking in the photographs, I feel almost as if I knew him. Mary, you have painted Maury's canvas for (and by) those who knew and loved him, as well as for those like me who love his music and the kind of person I've learned he was. For that we are ALL very fortunate, and I am ever grateful.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 22:53
606) Jon Fitzpatrick
Was always a big fan of the Maury, Jim music combo. Recently I stumbled upon some of Maury's songs from his Gingerbreadd album. I always knew Maury was a wonderful musician but never realized how deep his talent ran. It is a privilege to discover Maury's wonderful music. Thanks for the songs Maury!
Monday, March 05, 2012 at 13:59
605) Monika
The best of all what I have visited, so happy to see your webs. Enjoy with us on
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 08:23
604) DOUG
Master of music.. All these years listening to this talent in jim's songs I knew Maury set the tone of the lyrics by the way he played.. the world is blessed to have had him here..
Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 22:46
603) Wade
I was just starting high school in 1972 and planned to get serious with my guitar playing. I heard Maury's accompaniment on Jim's recordings and was blown away. Their music and guitar playing made a lasting impression on me that still delights me to this day. I quit band and traded in my tenor sax so that I could get an Ovation guitar, because I saw Maury and Jim playing them on tv. I still have that Ovation guitar, but can't hold a candle to Maury's playing. :^) The years have passed, but I haven't forgotten the feelings of awe and inspiration that I felt when watching and hearing Maury play. I listen to, and play along with Maury and Jim's music often, smiling and enjoying the music and the memories. The feelings of awe and inspiration that I get now are just as strong as they were those many years ago.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 19:19
602) sebastion2112
Thank you for your music Maury
Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 12:01
601) Robert Plant
All I can say is wow, wish I knew him.
Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 23:01
600) jennine
having just read the beautiful tributes from maury's family makes him more alive in person as well as in his music thank you
Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 09:16
599) Thomas Fish
I just recovered Maury and Jim's original LP's onto digital and the quality of their work is just fantastic. My 19 year old son is also a guitarist and a huge Maury fan, and we play the songs together. The legend lives on and moves to a new generations.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 04:57
598) jim huculak
He has such a smooth voice and what a great guitar player. God Bless him.
Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 23:54
597) Jeff
What a great talent. I love his songs.
Thursday, February 09, 2012 at 15:18
596) Ruth
Love your music. Your talent has been missed. Proud to know you were a Trentonian too
Monday, February 06, 2012 at 11:05
595) rob garrett
Thank you so much for this absolutely wonderful place you have made here. I can pour over & savor all the never before known details of Mr. Maury's life, his loving family,
& the ethereal sounds that flowed from his hands. Blows me away just how good he was. And, he started out on the piano!!! Wow!! Maury was sooo one of a kind. The perfect lead, The master of the perfect back-up & his super-natural style of the blend.

Monday, January 23, 2012 at 04:49
594) Paulo Haroldo Ribeiro
I have a LP called "Jim Croce Songs nş 2", apparently issued only here in Brazil, that contains a song called I Remember Mary. It's a beautiful song sang by Maury and I never knew who was it's songwriter (written as M. Muehleisen) until now. I tried to find that song in other recordings as cd's or dvd's but I never find it. I have it in mp3 if someone wants it.
Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 12:14
593) Billy Epright a.k.a. upperdarbybill
Ya know, in those days I would miss their "Midnight Special" or "The Tonight Show" appearances even a local concert venue in Wildwood N.J.. We always thought "Hey, we got all the time in the world". So this is normal that I be late here to say birthday wishes to Maury M. Being that Maury & Jim's born dates were 4 days apart I often wonder if the party started on the 10th and continue to the 14th. Wow! Such wonderful, talented and educated "wild and crazy guys". It hurts to miss them. One of life's unsettling events that I can not close and except. I have so reached out to my Lord and asked to be released of this pain but this seems to work like an aspirin to a headache and that it requires ongoing treatment. So I ask of my Lord Jesus Christ please continue the blessing of all the families of the men that your father summoned to his kingdom.
Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 02:19
592) Tom Brun
Oh, I Like that Bryan, "Remember Maury Everyday!!!!" Happy Birthday Maury!
Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 17:53
591) bryan gallagher
remember maury everyday!!!!
Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 13:11
590) bryan gallagher
today i struggle to say the words, on this day maurys birthday.maurys playing still blows me away after all these years.everyone that knew him only have had kind words to express about him and their feelings about maury.i know his family misses and cherishes him.the song i heard that means so much to me is maurys!his music goes down in history and has stood more than the test of time.i miss maury and think of him daily as the man who made jim croce rise to the top. thanks maury we love and miss you!
Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 13:06
589) michael van pelt
happy birthday maury from a fellow bss alumni. those songs hooked me and i was only 13. it wasn't until later that i discovered that underlying those lyrcs was some very special guitar work.
Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 12:09
588) Gary Brasco
Happy Birthday Maury!
Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 11:18
587) James Page
I listen to him quite often and must admit that he was very talented indeed.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 21:30
586) Don Parsons
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM!!! You and Maury were and still are the greatest ever!!!!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 02:10
585) Stepan
I will be listening to Maury throughout the day today. May God Bless the Muelheisen family today. Thanks again Mary. Peace and Love. Just wanted to send my respects to the Russia, St. Petersburg.
Friday, January 06, 2012 at 16:53
584) Joe Aldworth
Thank you for keeping Maury alive in our hearts.
I have been doing the same thing for my brothers, who also both died young, but who also wrote some beautiful songs. I can remember my brother Jimmy teaching me the lead to "One less set of footsteps", which is still difficult now, 32 years after my brother's death. Maury was an inspiration to Jimmy, because his lead took concentration, and poise, to stand there and play it, and also sing back-up, like Maury seemed to do effortlessly.
God bless you, Joe Aldworth

Tuesday, January 03, 2012 at 06:16
583) Jenny
Happy memories from Australia where I spent many hours playing their music, and my brothers tried endlessly to learn the guitar riffs. "Operator" is the best song and I'm so glad to discover this website and find out about Maury. XX
Monday, January 02, 2012 at 01:25
582) Bill Murphy
I was a huge fan of Jim Croce. While watching the PBS special tonight, I like many others wondered, "who is the other guy?" Thanks to the Internet, now we know.

Maury & Jim died on my 8th birthday, also the same day as the Billie Jean King-Bobby Riggs tennis match.

I sincerely believe that Jim & Maury would've become huge stars had the accident not occured. You can hear many people today try to emulate their sound & songwriting, none come close.

This a wonderful site, God bless Maury, Jim & their families. Their songs will last forever, just waiting for each new generation to discover them.

Sunday, January 01, 2012 at 21:55
581) Corey Michael Baker
Still emulating Maury's licks after all of these years. His music tied him to my generation just as musicians like myself tie it to the next generation ( infinitum)
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 17:12
580) barbara riley
Maury and my x husband Dan Gralick played together before they played with JIm. Maury played at our wedding in 1971 He was the most gentle soul. I still have Gingerbread on 33 am thinking about him now as the anniversary 12/30/71 approaches
Monday, December 26, 2011 at 18:23
579) bob

I have a new tune about Jim and Maruy I wrote, a few weeks ago. called
Keep the Dime,, Jim and Maury influence me like no other....

Sunday, December 25, 2011 at 06:32
578) Kevin McDermott
Jim and Maury were my influence in the late 60's to learn to play the guitar. It was more than magic between them and I am convinced that the music they created together will stand the test of time. All of their music has touched me on a very deep level and every song rests in a high place in my heart.
Thursday, December 08, 2011 at 21:01
577) Ed Sargent
Music is the one thing that takes us back to our youth and makes us feel young again thanks to all who touched us like Jim and Maury. Though gone from us in body a spirit lives on in every song note and lyric that they created and play thanks
Sunday, December 04, 2011 at 00:39
575) Todd Gang - AKA "Tobaj"
I first started singing and playing solo guitar at age 16 (now I'm 50) - still doing it. I tend to do more Latin Jazz now, "Gringo Flamenco", straight ahead jazz, big band jazz - lots of things, but my first real love has always been doing the solo guitar stuff - James Taylor, Kenny Loggins, and of course, Jim Croce.

I couldn't tell you how many times I sang "Time in a Bottle" in clubs where I was too young to actually stay there and talk to the people - bartender always made me leave on my breaks.

But I was a true Jim Croce fan. Even though he had died, his music lived on for us "troubadours" .

Tonight I was "fliping" through YouTube, looking at old Jim Croce videos, and there he was AGAIN - that same guy that always played with Jim Croce - the guy adding all those perfectly timed, perfectly blended harmonies - the guy who added all the tasty little guitar riffs - with the voice of an angel.

So tonight, after all these years, I just wondered - who was THAT guy? I had a feeling he died in the same plane crash, so I just googled "Who was that guy who always accompanied Jim Croce?" ... and it led me to this website.

I found Maury - so many years after he left us. I listened to some of his music - and immediately, YUP, that's the guy - that's the voice.

As good as they were together, you wonder why they weren't just billed as a duo, ie: Loggins & Messina, etc.. .

How nice to see his family and friends have kept his music alive - and his memory alive. Mr. Croce would have never gone as far and been as popular if Maury hadn't been right there next to him.

Watching them perform, you see how Maury is tuned into Jim's every breath - the perfect harmony singer. I know from many years of doing this - and being pretty good at it - the nuance it really takes to back someone up perfectly.

Maury was perfect at it - and obviously a great talent in his own right.

I may have to try to learn some of his tunes.

Bless his family and his memory,

Todd Gang
AKA: Tobaj

Monday, November 14, 2011 at 02:50
574) charles caruso
I was beginning my sophomore year in High School when Jim, Maury and the others died. I still love Jim and Maury's music and will until the day I die. God bless the surviving family and thank you for this opportunity to express my feelings.
Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 16:35
573) Rick Ruff
I am a 65 year old guy who has been trying to play guitar for 40 years. I finally today decided to look up who was playing with Croce on I've got a Name since it has always been the best guitar I have ever heard. So pleased to finally know this genius is so appreciated. Maury Muehlelsen! Wow.
Friday, November 11, 2011 at 21:24
570) Bob
Got a tattoo today of a spider one like Jim had on his arm in the book
Life and Times, my first one, thanks Jim, thanks Maury for all the music you gave to me,,

thank yu Mary for your kind words. it makes my day to hear from someone who knew Maury, and now I do. it is a small world.

Saturday, November 05, 2011 at 17:02
569) BOB
stopin by to say hi to all the friends of Maury and to say Hi to Mary. I hope your doing well. just to let you know, you and your family are in my heart and my daily thoughts..
Thursday, November 03, 2011 at 12:39
568) Frank Wintrow
Maury was an amazing guitarist, as a guitar player myself, I am amazed at the magic that came out of his fingers!!!
Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 15:21
567) Bruce Smith
It was a great gift to come across the website. My heart still goes out to the family,all these many years later. I remember receiving the devastating news back in '73 and how it impacted my own life as a teenager at the time. The music remains top of my favourites, and the appreciation for who Maury was as a person has deepened all the more because of the website. Many thanks to Mary for this labour of love.
Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 01:24
566) InQ
I have admired Maury's genius for a very long time. He was the Hendrix of the acoustic. Although I play electric most of the time, it is Maury I turn to for inspiration.
Monday, October 24, 2011 at 19:02
562) Mark
To the family of Maury: I know it may seem like Jim took all the glory, but true fans of Croce know, there was no doubting the essence of Maury. He was there, he was a voice that could not be tamed. As a kid I always knew knew there was someone else there with Jim when my parents played 'Time in a Bottle' or another of of Jim's tunes. As an adult, I became even more a fan of the music behind the lyrics, and know that Maury was there. I can't think of a worse tragedy than what happened to Jim and Maury. I wanted you to know that in 2011, someone is still missing Jim and Maury. They have been a part of my life, and even more so know in 2011 as I struggle to survive in this bad economy. Thank you for everything.
Friday, October 14, 2011 at 04:56
561) Geno
I saw Maury and Jim twice in the last year of their lives. A concert at Immaculata College and at the hall on the Wildwood Boardwalk in August 1973. Two great concerts! I miss their music and the music they would have made.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 17:35
560) nghia
great great great musician. so talented
played from the heart

Saturday, October 08, 2011 at 06:50
557) Tod Mainzer
I had ALWAYS been in awe of the adept playing of Maury on Jim`s albums. His double-stop aproach to lead guitar accompaniment was beyond compare! It`s amazing to consider how in so relatively short a time he had attained such a proficiency as that. I relish their performances that are so well presented on Youtube. I look forward to oneday hearing Mauty`s solo album that is likely everything his fans say it is.
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 at 12:46
556) bob white
" I Remember" a song for Mary and all the Mehleisen's
Jim and Maury have been in my life for years. I had the chance to email Mary and was touch by her friendlyness and down to earth personnality. she made me feel so connected to this family, . thank you. enjoy it, it makes me sad to listen to my own song.. !! ,, inmage that. its one of my best.. I feel. put a 1000 people in a room, play a Croce tune, and every one will relate to it.. I hope this does the same..
please go to my youtube sight , hope you enjoy the song Mary,, God Bless you and all your family...

Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 12:48
555) William (Billy) Epright
Hi Mar, it's been a while since we've talked. I did have something to share for the 38th,,, {what do you call it? Anniversary? Some how this word doesn't fit or look right in print. Oh well.} but now I read the passing of Mrs Muehleisen and want to express my sincere condolences. About 25 years ago Bob Croce made a cassette recording of Gingerbreadd as well as some 'sittin' around' gatherings at Lyndell and I set up a mesh of these treasures and went way back to almost the beginning of this guestbook while listening. Whoa! So, to all that visit Maury's Guestbook and site, put on the GINGERBREADD album.. sorry, CD and go for a ride. Bring Kleenex. If you don't have Maury's Gingerbread GET IT!! I see 'JAWBREAKER' has visited. He didn't mention that he made the N.W.S.U pilgrimage. He is a true fan.
Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 20:57
554) jawbreaker424
mrs mary my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
God and family are the most important things in this life and the older we get the sweeter both are. jim and maurys music have touched my life so much, my words cannot express and do justice in their memory!wish i could truly find the words to tell you what they still mean to me today.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 07:33
553) Sunday
Mary, I'am very sorry about your Mom passing notice. Still I remember your words about how your Mom had enjoyed my email you read her talking about how Maury's music came into my life.
Rest in Peace. They are both beside him now.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 04:46
552) Mary Muehleisen
Only minutes now to the exact time when Maury and Jim left us on September 20, 1973. My heart is filled with so much kindness sent from all over the world to this site for me and my family to share. Thank you, everyone, for your sweet thoughts.
This year is a bit different for us with the passing of our dear Mom only a month ago. Maury now has both of our parents with him.
May your lives be blessed with much happiness and love,

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 22:42
551) Mary Kay Tallon Spahl
Maury, it hardly seems possible that so much time as passed since THAT day. Barb's 21st birthday and the day of your leaving this place, this life, brought together joy and sorrow--it still does. This year you have your Mom with you and I just know you're singing.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 22:38
550) Sunday
Hi Mary, it's been a lot of time since last post here. This is to remind this 38th anniversaire since Jim and Maury left this world through passing into glory. It's been one year since a met their precious music. Believe me: that made a stamp in my soul. I have cried, laughed, been very happy, sung with the beauty they left between us. Some changes have been in my personal life, their music aid me to carry the pain and the ilusion for my upcoming life. God bless them, and you Mary.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 18:12
549) Mary Beth Asenjo
Thoughts and prayers on this painful day. ♥ Maury is singing with the angels.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 18:05
548) Bill Brabham
Hello, dear Mary ("Mare"), I would not dare let this day pass without wishing contunued blessings and peace upon you and all the rest of Maury's family. His music will live within us until we joyfully join his concert in Heaven. Peace and Love to you all, Bill
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 16:36
547) Don Parsons

I just wanted to drop you a note to say that I am thinking of you and your family today on this 38th anniversary of Maury & Jim. My thoughts and prayers are with you all and I pray for God's continued peace and blessings on you and the family.

I am still one of their biggest fans and their music never grows old to me.I have spent some time last night and today listening to their music and watching videos remembering them and the incredible legacy they left us.

God bless always,

Don Parsons

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 15:24
546) Rocky
It has become a tradition to remember Maury and Jim today by listening to their great music and reading the remembrances here on this site. Thank you Mary for all the info you have provided us all and helping Maury’s legacy to grow.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 09:43
545) Rebecca Tsang
Maury's music was wonderful. He was gifted. RIP.

A note from Hong Kong.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 09:06
544) Cris García
Dear Jim & Maury, thank you so much for everything you have teach me thru the years... always with me, you've got a name! Un abrazo enorme desde Santiago de Chile, Cris.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 08:44
543) Gary Brasco
Gone but never, ever forgotten. Listen to the music and smile.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 08:05
542) Michael Brown
RIP Maury and Jim. I cry everytime I hear "Operator".

I only wish I could have had the opportunity to see you guys perform live.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 03:42
541) Michael Brown
RIP Maury and Jim. I cry everytime I hear "Operator".

I only wish I could have had the opportunity to see you guys perform live.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 03:41
540) Rickey Blankenship
Tomorrow is the anniversary of that terrible day in 1973 when we lost you and Jim. The world still hasn't recovered, but if there is a rock and roll heaven, you know they got a hell of a band. We miss you.... Rick
Monday, September 19, 2011 at 14:31
539) Nancy Smith
Thinking of you all today (already 9/20 here in Australia).
Monday, September 19, 2011 at 10:19
538) Dude Walker
Just listened to "I Got a Name" and had to look up who was playing the solo.... Thanks again Maury.......
Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 23:14
537) S
Never realized how much that voice helped create such an amazing overall feeling - I'm sure M and C are singing it up...
Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 04:21
536) Vince Gianino
Just like to say how much I enjoyed Maury's excelent guitar work with Jim Croce. What an inspiration he was.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 17:28
535) Qehn
It's been 38 years, and I still miss those guys, Jim and Maury.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 17:23
534) Martin Kaszak
After all these years Maury's guitar work (and don't forget his great supporting vocals) continue to inspire me. Playing in a duo , it is hard sometimes for muscians to leave the right amount of space between lines when accompanying. Maury did it just right, but his two albums also show what a great soloist he was to.His music will continue to inspire forever.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 12:24
533) Dude Walker
Damn that boy could play a mean guitar. Thanks Maury.
Friday, September 09, 2011 at 23:42
527) Jim Russell, Sr.
Hi Mary....Hope all is well.....Been awhile...Was just listening to the 2 cd's I bought from you...Still fresh and clear....Thanks for keeping the "fire" burning....
Thursday, September 01, 2011 at 21:41
523) Clay Hackett
Maury was an amazing musician. My appreciation for his work is growing every single day. Though he and Jim passed 6 years before I was born, I have a deep connection to both of their music. (And always will) Brings a tear to my eyes every time I watch the live performances!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 16:22
522) Michael K Love
Maury and Jims music has been the most inspirational music in my lifetime. I am a musician also. I dont listen to their music,I feel it. Not everyone understands that.It is a travesty that they are not still here. There is no telling what they could have achieved had they more time.Heaven is a better place with them in the choir.
Monday, August 22, 2011 at 20:16
513) Eddie
I've never heard a more "gifted" guitarist than Maury.He is the reason I started playing myself. After 30 plus years of playing, I STILL can't duplicate his riffs'. What an AMAZING talent.He truly brought "life" to Jim's songs. Thank you Maury, And may God Bless You!!!!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 04:51
512) bob white
I have been listening and try to play jim.s and Maurys musics for years listing to jims recording. after all the years and all the years of trying to play,I never stop learning from them I just brought Maurys, Before the Ever Since and am so inpressed with the songs. and Maury. this has open a whole new world to me, thank you Jim, thank you Maury, and a special thanks to you Mary for making this possible and keeping the music alive and fresh to the new fans and more inportant the old ones.. thank you

Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 20:39
511) remi nilsen
Thanks fore great music Maury. About 5 years ago I came over the song "Bad bad Leroy Brown" on a cd my father got at the supermarked. The cd was a collection of different songs witch sold 1 million singels. I went to youtube after I´ve heard it fore a year over and over again. I heard all the other songs, and was "in love" whit this duo. So sad to find out that this musical talents was not anymore alive. But fore me they are true the music. Beautyfull music that you can´t get tired of. The music to day has nothing compared to this 2 guys. Thank you :)

Best regards from Norway.

Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 03:01
507) bob white
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 at 19:59
504) Tony Massa
I became a fan of Maury's when I first heard his licks while accompanying Jim Croce. To me, the music they made together is inseparable; and Maury's guitar-work unmistakable. In the mid seventies I had the pleasure of singing lead and playing guitar in an acoustic trio called "Home Free". We mostly played in wine and cheese cafes on Long Island. I recall a special evening at "Slaggers" in St. James, Long Island when the music was "...just right". My friend Myles played Maury's leads and sang harmony; I sang lead and played Jim's rhythms and finger picking; and backup and harmonies were sang by, my then girlfriend, Madonna. That evening was magic. Maury and Jim.....thanks for the memories; thanks for the music. Until we meet again.
Monday, June 13, 2011 at 12:26
501) Ned Ktchel
I met Jim and Ingrid when they began playing at the Riddle Paddock, an iconic steak and beer pub new Media, PA. I waited tables, tended bar and cooked.I put away more than a few shots and beers with Jim and swapped war stories about our time in the military. Jim was a solid entertainer with great songs and stories. I never met Maury, but I admired him from a distance. Maury had a huge impact on Jim's later success. In fact, it was the great merging of these two gifted men that bought us a torrent of rich music and songs that are still relevant today. Thank you Maury for your gift to those of us who loved Jim and the music he brought to the world. I am sorry you left us so soon. You brought great joy to millions. The joy continues to this day. You are dearly missed.
Saturday, June 04, 2011 at 20:11
500) Jlovett
Monday, May 30, 2011 at 16:42
499) Robert and Debra Shirey
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Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 15:34
498) Janet G
Thank you Mary and family. I loved Jim Croce and Maury. I could watch old videos of these two playing for hours. Both seemed so real and so nice. If you have to wonder what their music would have been like if they were here today. Miss them both very much.
Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 06:51
497) Ron Thomas
What can I say that hasn't been said before and better?
One thing: I never knew Maury or saw him play. But his music struck a chord in my heart and those bell-like sounds still ring in my heart.

Friday, May 20, 2011 at 11:01
496) randy z
happened on this nice site in memory of maury. like the late terry clements guitarwork made gordon lightfoots music come alive, maury's did the same for jim croce.

it was GOOD WORK. randy z

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 14:51
495) jawbreaker
for many years ihave been a fan of jim croce.iam ashamed to say it took me awhile to know the young man maury,ive had every albumn,8track,cassette or cd i could get my hands on.after years of listening i really begin to notice the difference in his music from his first early music.the difference i discovered, one word maury!this man, as far as im concerned put croce on his road to success!quietly maury sit and not only changed jims music but put his career on hold because jims career was taking off.theres no doubt whatsoever,maury would have a great career with his playing ability and also his writing and singing. thisis evident not only in jims music but maurys solo albumn!i would love everyone to buy his cds they are wonderfully written,played and sung! thanks maury for your beautiful contribution and unselfishness to jim and the great gifts you left us!the second string songman in my book is number one! thank-you!
Friday, May 13, 2011 at 10:39
493) bob white
Maury is the unsung hero in Jims music, those of us who know with out Maury there would be no Jim



Saturday, May 07, 2011 at 06:03
491) Dennis
Just wanted to say I loved his music and he was the strength behind Croce's music. Great guy!
Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 14:48
490) ferplederp
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Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 13:46
488) William (Billy) Epright
I check in now and then to view the comments. Though not in physical form, these two average poets seem to remain more alive than (I'm gonna say Elvis. Yes Elvis. The King.) anyone could ever imagine thanks to this wonderful technology of the internet and what it holds. It's not hard to become interested in these guys when someone hears them perform on U-Tube and then enquires about them. A box of tissues is all they really need to embark on the Jim Croce and Maury Muehleisen journey.
Monday, April 25, 2011 at 23:25
485) Mark
Thank you for the music, Maury. RIP.

A fan from Hong Kong

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 01:37
484) evi
Just a lovely tribute page to Jim's "other musical half". They passed away 3 months shy of my wedding and my husband and I continue to play their albums/cds to this day. We raised 3 kids to their tunes and to this day I smile when I think of my 3 year old trying to sing rapid roy... Blessings to Maury's lovely family. Thanks for sharing him with us...
Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 02:58
483) Ramon
In 1973 I graduated from high school. Living in deep south Texas we rarely ever got any of the popular bands, we were considered the to Mexico. Much to my surprise I heard that Jim Croce was coming to S Texas, Brownsville! For us, that was big news. I made my plans to go see him and eagerly expected his arrival.

I absolutely enjoyed Jim's music, lyrics and the guitar work. Unknown to me was the contribution of Maury. When I heard about the airplane crash I was saddened as many were. Here was a man who pulled of the music trifecta, compose, play and sing.

I bought a songbook of Jim Croce's songs, which I still have. This name kept popping up, Maury something. It was then that I realized what contribution he had made to Jim Croce's music. I recently found this site. I was listening to a song collection that I have and Salon and Saloon played. Now I know the story behind that song.

Thanks for work on website and keeping Maury's music alive. I wish I could have seen him and Jim at Brownsville, that is one memory I would indeed treasured.

Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 00:16
482) Triumph Sprint 1050
Simply beautiful, simply wonderful, but there is nothing simple about the technical ability. Whilst obvious to all that ability always enhances never detracts from the music, a skill many today would do well to emulate. It provides a window to the mans personality. I can imagine Maury Jim and SRV and others having a ball playing together. A quick note of respect from St Helens Merseyside England. God bless
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 19:02
481) Jim Van
I saw Maury with Jim Croce at the Main Point coffee house some time in the early 1970's--I think they were playing their final contracted gig there. On stage they talked about Maury's album Gingerbreadd and I've been looking for it off and on ever since. Nice to know he is so well remembered. He blew me and my first wife away.
Friday, April 08, 2011 at 10:12
477) Kim Parigoris
I heard Jim's "I got a Name" on Pandora today and it just made me view one of his performances on Youtube and saw Maury playing with him..Brought me here- I just really really miss Jim Croce and his music, and now Maury too- was not aware that he was killed in that crash too. Hopefully they are making some beautiful music together in Heaven!
Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 09:21
476) Kimberly Ess
I was raised in a music loving family, where a radio was playing ALL the time. I remember riding in the car with my mom and singing "Operator." She sang Jim's part and I sang harmony. I was five, the windows were down and the breeze was whipping my hair into my eyes and my mom and I laughed. When I had grown up and was going out on auditions, I was invariably complimented on my ear for harmony; I always remembered that car ride, and thanked Jim. It wasn't until a few months ago that I realized that the beautiful voice that helped me to develop my own gift was not a nameless session musician, but one amazing Maury Muehleisen. Thanks, Maury!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 15:18
473) Graham Smith
Late last night I saw on PBS the Jim Croce Legacy special and although I had been a fan since the '70s I had never really seen much footage of his performances. I was mesmerized by the performance sequences. I knew Jim perished in the plane crash and was so saddened to learn that his musical partner had also been taken. I never knew that until today. There are tears in my eyes as I write this. So sad. The two of them made such effortlessly beautiful music together. So long Troubadours. Rest in Peace.
Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 15:50
472) Doug Walsh
God Bless Maury and Jim and all the other guys! I remember seeing them with Jim's band on The Midnight Special and loved them! My parents and whole family listened to Jim Croce. Whenever I hear his music, it reminds me of 1970-74. It was a large part of the soundtrack of my life back then. We had almost all of the albums and 8- tracks (remember THOSE!? :-) ). I clearly remember the news of September 20, 1973. What a sad day for the world. My sister cried and we were all so sad. The Midnight Special did a tribute to Jim right after. Those guys were way too GOOD for this world. God wanted them in a Better Place. I sure miss them, as we all do. God bless you too Mary. You are doing a wonderful thing here with this site!
Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 05:28
470) bernie narido
a quiet person....but maury's guitar playing to jim croce's music was loud enough for the world to hear!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 14:51
469) murrey hall
Love the guitar playing. Can see he was/is a humble man
Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 16:44
467) John LaBrecque
I have followed the music since the 1960's living in Boston...I relised early on that the distinctive sound of Jim Croce was that of the guitar talent of Maury ,but until now had not heard any of his original music...I met Ingrid Croce years ago in San Diego,at their restraunt....I have lived all over the world,now in Subic Bay,Philippines,I play and sing all the Jim/Maury songs,even the lesser known...and my favorite guitar is my Guild 212XL..I am considered a copy of Jims singing voice,though not professional,I say this because evrywhere I go I sing these songs,no matter what the venue,EVERYBODY remembers,loves and cherishes the sounds and music of these two great amazes me how far reaching their music has gone.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 19:51
466) Pascal Marzella
I have enjoyed Jim and Maury's music for years. The music they left behind is a tremendous gift that keeps giving. Although I have appreciated his musicianship,until recently, Maury has always been "that other anonymous guy that accompanied Jim Croce". Thank you for bringing Maury's talented work to the forefront. Albeit to a lesser extent, I share your loss.
Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 22:45
465) Sunday
Saturday night on Europe. Time to gather dinner table. My 12 yo. daughter and I have the turn to do it. Meanwhile the job I hear she is singing in a soft voice "Mister Bainbridge is an executive eclectic ...". Well, maybe another generation includes Maury's music on their lives. I listen surprised and funny. Thanks Maury for your legacy. You're always beloved.
Saturday, March 05, 2011 at 18:46
464) Mary Beth Asenjo
I am listening to 'A Song I Heard' right now...and it's taking me 'sailing anyplace I'd love to be.'
What a clear,kind,soulful voice Maury had...still touching us after all this time:-)

Monday, February 28, 2011 at 20:49
463) Mick McArdle
I'm 54 and have loved Jim Croce since my teen years. I was aware of his being killed in a plane crash but had no idea that Maury, his lead guitarist, was also killed. I have been watching some videos on YouTube, while working in Amman, Jordan, and delved deeper into Maury's life to find this site. You must all still miss a beautiful talent but, at least, his music lives on forever. Thanks.
Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 08:34
462) Peter Buwalda
Maury has been one of my favorite lead guitarists since I was a kid. I did not really even know much about him until I got a jim croce dvd about five years ago when I realized: that maury was the one playing all those amazing guitar licks in the jim croce songs i loved.
Friday, February 25, 2011 at 19:57
461) Philip Allan
My daughter recently introduced me to the musical videos on Youtube and that was how I discovered Maury. For most of my life I had been enjoying his music through his playing and singing with Jim Croce, but for some reason he was not prominantly identified. To me, Jim and Maury are musical superstars, combining their playing and singing and enhancing the lives of all who get to hear them. I won't lament the music that they may have made but celebrate the music they created and shared with us.
Thank you for this site as a tribute to a very talented musician who was clearly loved as a brother, a man and as a musician. Whenever I hear one of Jim's songs I think of Maury's wonderful guitar playing that forms an integral part of the music and will spread the word of his contributions.

Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 14:31
460) Beatrix Vollin
I was 13 when Jim and Maury lost their lives. I had three of Jim's albums. The future was so bright, and the possibilities seemed endless. I was so young. I thought the music would never die. The songs would keep coming. Life would be beautiful! When I heard the news, the afternoon after the crash, I was thunderstruck. It was, a lesson in life, learned, and lived, over and over, through the years. Life can turn on a dime. And it does.
I look back, and it's hard to believe Maury was only 11 years older than me. Actually, closer to 10. Now, i am 50. I can see, too clearly, what he could have given. What we lost.
At the time, he was a grown man to me. But, of course, he was just a very young man. A man, with a gift. With amazing talent. With a story to tell. The only thing, he didn't have, was time.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 16:11
459) Jose Elmer B. Francisco
maury, your music will remain in my heart brought soul to jim's sad you have to leave early...carry on..
Monday, February 21, 2011 at 13:01
458) William ( Billy ) Epright
Just like their hits, the fans keep comming. Oh how I continue to miss their blazing talent and so often ponder what was to come. I pray that there is a 'Rockin' Roll Heaven' cause I got a front row seat.
Monday, February 21, 2011 at 12:48
457) Paul Crighton
I live just north of Toronto Canada, and grew up listening to Jim Croce and loving his music. Only years later would I learn the name of the great guitarist that accompanied Jim. I recently bought a 12 string guitar and try to play one or two of the songs they wrote. I'm very gratefull to include Maury's music in the cherished soundtrack of my life.
Monday, February 21, 2011 at 10:09
456) Dave Bock
Just wanted to say how much Jim and Maury's music has meant to my wife and I over the years. The world lost an untold amount of great unwritten songs that day in 1973. Just wanted you to know they weren't fogotten.
Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 22:14
455) tony k
a short poem i wrote

"To Two heroes i never met.." by Tony k.

Make no mistake my friend, thou thou time may dullith the blade that cuts youre very soul

It allways inflicks a deep pain that never lets go

For when the darkness falls, and our makers angels call

Its then, that all men are created equal.

For no messure of love of music,children or wife

will ever again inject the spark of light, of life

For September 20th of 73 will forever be

the day the heavens fill with real song.

I wished for many years, over many thousands of tears

that so many things had ended different

i wished jim had found his magic bottle and maury his song.

I wished the ride to never end

to only continue on and on again.

For there music forever fills my soul

And as i hear it, a little of the pain gos

For now we are left only with "the ever since"

I see Maury loved Mary, Jim life, his son his wife

I see two friend who departed on a never ending journy

only to find there selves paying to crouds filled with angels

and other heroes who departed before there time.

I bet they accended to the heavens on guitars of gold

harmonizing to "Ive got a name"

And to the friends i never met, i say yes you do, yes you do.

Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 19:42
454) Rick Gore
I was and am a huge Jim Croce fan. Even though I recognize his talent as a singer and songwriter, his true genius was in choosing Maury as his guitarist. It was clear to me the first time I ever saw a clip of them playing together that "that hippie" playing the guitar was responsible for the "Croce Sound". I eventually figured out the hippies real name and I relish the rare clips of his guitar playing. I am not surprised that this site is getting input to this day.
Friday, February 18, 2011 at 11:05
453) clayton russell
I'd just like to say that Maury's guitar playing changed my life. I have never heard ANYONE play guitar like he does. The lead to Roller Derby Queen that starts in during the second verse... huh?!!...what?!!!...are you serious?!!!! Speedball Tucker... a 12 string guitar. You're not even supposed to be able to do that with a 6 string. Tears are the only words I have to describe Maury's playing...and that's it.
Friday, February 18, 2011 at 03:47
452) Ron
"timeless music"; the very best working together. you could tell they were good friends...this is the way music should be and it doesn't get any better. thank you.
Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 14:50
451) Scott Randall
Always inspiring me to play harder and better!
Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 18:40
450) Maeve
Thank you to Jim and Maury for the wonderful music, after 30 years I'm still enjoying it... Rest in Peace both of you talented men...
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 at 10:26
449) Judith A. Aparri
God speed Maury & Jim!
Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 13:11
448) don stone
What a wonderful tribute. I have been "learning" music for almost 50 years,I will be 63 in april 2011. everytime I hear "operator" I marvel at the beauty and simplicity of the guitar. The beauty that was within Maury flowed from his fingertips. What more can I say but thank you for sharing yourself with us.- Thank You.
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 at 17:11
447) Darryl
No matter what music I listen to I always come back to Jim and Maury.My heart and soul thank you.
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 at 06:30
446) Tom
For almost 40 years now, Jim and Maury have been my favorite musicians. Their music still touchs my soul.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011 at 09:35
445) Dave Teska
So ironic that I would find this site near the time of Maurys birthday. Such an amazing talent. Hope more people discover or rediscover his brilliance!!!!
Monday, January 31, 2011 at 00:56
444) Tony
Hi Mary, Just finished lissening to Maury's CD again. It always brings a smile to my face......Incredible talent lost way to soon...
Friday, January 28, 2011 at 14:08
443) Sunday
I'm hearing WNTI radio program, I just heard "Salon and Saloon" Maury's version... No words to describe how lovely song in Maury's voice and guitar chord progressions. Beautiful voice, clear, melodic and expressive vibrato.
Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 19:28
441) Mary Muehleisen
Interview tonight from 7 - 8 p.m Eastern time on 91.9 FM WNTI - - Host, Carol Bernotas - Six Degrees with Carol.
Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 14:39
438) Peggy
We always remember our brother on his birthday and everyday. Thanks to all who share your "sweet memories" and new experiences of Maury's music & talent with us.
Friday, January 14, 2011 at 22:18
437) Steven Kirtley
Sitting in North East England listening to "Before The Ever Since" thinking of the amazing talent that still had so much to give when cruelly taken away. God bless Mary and your family.
Friday, January 14, 2011 at 18:14
436) Sundady
On Maury's 62nd Aniversary I remember him with emotion, listening his and their music. Always a beatiful thouthg about you far away from USA.
Friday, January 14, 2011 at 15:03
435) Rocky
Happy Birthday
Friday, January 14, 2011 at 15:01
434) Mary Muehleisen
Memories of Maury fill the day.
Loved and missed forever!

Friday, January 14, 2011 at 11:40
433) Mary Beth Asenjo
Happy Birthday in Rock-n-Roll Heaven,Maury!
Friday, January 14, 2011 at 08:30
432) Gary Brasco
To all of Maury Muehleisen's family, friends, and fans; let's celebrate his birthday by listening to the music that lives in our hearts and minds forever.
Friday, January 14, 2011 at 08:21
431) Ken
To Maury's family. I am a music teacher, age 52. I contacted Croce's on the anniversary of Jim Croce's 68th birthday. I told them, and I will tell Maury's family, that I shared how my love of music was shaped by these two beautiful men and wonderful musicians. BOTH MEN are very sadly missed.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 20:56
430) Mario
alert('We Love You Maury!');
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 20:21
429) mario
Have you seen louigi?
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 20:19
428) Melissa Taylor
I saw Maury and Jim perform at the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh in 1973, when they were touring with Loggins and Messina. It was a memorable night for me for many reasons and it still makes me smile when I think of their beautiful music
Friday, January 07, 2011 at 00:30
427) Tim McMullen
Mary—It was great to hear your voice and your stories on the radio (internet) tonight. Thanks for the heads-up. We spent two very enjoyable hours listening to New Jersey radio while staying in Palm Springs, California for New Year's Day. Wishing you and all your family, friends, and site visitors a very Happy New Year!
Tim McMullen

Saturday, January 01, 2011 at 23:12
426) Roger
I felt compelled today to revisit the incredible music that Maury brought to us and, once doing so, wonder what beautiful music he could have brought us. RIP.
Saturday, January 01, 2011 at 21:26
425) Chula
Maury's guitar playing is as beautiful today as it was when he made it so many years ago. Great talent like his will always stand the test of time.
Saturday, January 01, 2011 at 20:23
424) Mary Muehleisen
Saturday, January 1, 2011, WPRB 103.3 FM Princeton University Radio Station - DJ Scott Einhorn will be doing a show from 8 p.m. to midnight. The 9-11 p.m. segment will be in commemoration of the November 1970 release of Maury Muehleisen's "Gingerbreadd" LP. I will be the in-studio guest. Scott and I will talk about the release of the LP and play songs from Maury's album and also talk about Maury's contribution to Jim Croce's career as Jim's lead guitarist on the studio recordings and all his road performances.

Happy New Year 2011!!!

Saturday, January 01, 2011 at 15:45
423) Richie Hopkinson
I'd always been a peripheral devotee of Jim Croce.

I was gradually introduced to his (and Maury's) incredible music via the likes of Time In A Bottle, amongst others, and while it didn't fit into my heavy rock persona, it was always a huge influence.

As we all mature, we come to realise what amazing stuff we've missed..... fortunately I caught most of Jim & Maury's work, and I assume most of you here have already.

So spread the word my friends; and thank you Maury, for your musical talent, your soothing nature and most of all, for the legacy you left behind.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 12:40
422) Michael Moore
The haunting notes played with authority followed in harmony and love are reflected in the love so achingly portrayed and preserved in your tribute to your brother. My heart is shattered just as completely as that day in 1973 when part of me died as well. The empty never does fill up. Go forth and go on. That is all that can be done.
Friday, December 24, 2010 at 02:18
420) William (Billy) Epright
Hi everyone visiting this hartfelt site. If you visit & read all of Maury's site and purchase his music and then go on a Jim Croce tour I believe you'll take a wonderful journey filled with music, happiness and a sadness that hits the heart with an impact that it requires the large size Kleenex. After reading this page anything I could say would be uterly redundant. Thank you Mare and all that made this site possible.
Monday, December 20, 2010 at 21:30
419) lennon_08518
I had the honor & previledge of meeting Mary Muehleisen at the Record Collector store in Bordentown earlier this month. A nicer lady I have not met. Thank you Mary for your kind words & keeping the memory of Maury alive.
Monday, December 20, 2010 at 20:30
I stumbled upon Maury & Jim's combined genius at the age of 14 in the form of a scabby cassette in a junk shop in 1980's South Africa. Although I have travelled most of my life since and led a fairly exciting existence thus far, I've still never really felt that I've got to where I want to be or am meant to be. I am currently working in the Middle East or perhaps more truthfully, trying to work my way out of the Middle East but I just wanted to iterate the far reaching impact that music and fine people like Maury can have in this life. I have learnt a lot more about him today, even that we share a birthday, albeit 22 years apart. Stories like that of Maury and Jim are truly inspirational and although tinged by the sadness of it's brevity it is a union of such timelessness that almost 40 years on, a 20 year old colleague of mine remarked upon it's devastating coolness.
That's legend, that's legacy.
One can only remember with fondness and lament the fact we only got to sip from the cocktail that was Maury & Jim. Oh to have had the bottle!
I will be 40 next month an am currently writing my first song to get were I want to be. Inspired by Maury.

Monday, December 20, 2010 at 11:23
417) Alan Land
Maury influenced how I layer second guitar parts over my songs. I heard him and Jim rise through the charts while I was in college, and they, along with Simon and Garfunkel, became the "roots" of how I sing and play - even today.
Friday, December 17, 2010 at 18:48
416) Steve Dlugosz
I was listening to a Jim Croce song and remembered how great the guitar work by Maury was I found this site and just want to say thanks for his music
Friday, December 10, 2010 at 23:44
415) Greywolf
I was just listening to Gingerbreadd again - A Song I Heard is one of my very favorite songs of all time - and it's comforting to hear someone who feels to me like a kindred spirit. Thanks for this website, and for making it possible for me to buy a copy of Gingerbreadd some time ago.
Thursday, December 09, 2010 at 02:48
413) Lee E. Fowler
Thanks Maury for the spirit and the unique guitar accompaniment you brought to Jim's songs. I remember watching the 2 of you as a kid. I now play Time in a Bottle and Operator, I will always remember the both of you together, making joyous music. God bless you and Jim and your memory lives on.
Monday, December 06, 2010 at 01:39
408) Tom
Music is within us all. Few muster the courage to express it: we’re so self-conscious and so very vulnerable.

Jim and Maury let it fly. It’s not technique that counts, its fearlessness. They were wonderful musicians.

Thanks, Mary, for this site. Maury makes me smile every time I hear him.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 02:11
407) Jim
I still remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard of the plane crash that September day, but did not know the stories or relationships of the others who were lost that day.

I have come to discover that I've lived in ignorance for a long time, having known of and been impacted by the music of Jim Croce, but blind to the talent that helped make him what he was.

Tonight I happened to see a video of Jim on YouTube, and, not knowing who the gentleman was singing with him, did a little poking around to find out who it was. There I found "The Story of Maury." Quite impressive, and your family pride shines like sunlight.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 01:19
406) ron_shelf
I’ve been visiting your blog for a while now and I always find a gem in your new posts. Thanks for sharing.
Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 03:21
405) Scott Harrison
Thank you for this wonderful tribute to an amazing talent...
Friday, November 19, 2010 at 05:31
404) Michael Gosch
I love the music from Maury and Jim.

Greetings from North Germany.

Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 15:40
403) Bob William Goy
As the years have passed seamlessly into decades, I’ve often wondered why it is that I continue to experience such joy and pleasure from the words and music of Maury and Jim. The fun songs, the touching ballads and the decent people that they were so positively influenced my adolescence. The songs have withstood the test of time, their guitar work still as fresh and unique as it was almost 40 years ago. I’ve heard the songs a thousand times, yet I still hang on Maury’s every lick. We can’t help but think of what might have been, yet we should be so grateful that they dropped by and touched our lives, and will continue to do so for our lifetimes, and generations to come.

Ottawa, Canada

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 09:31
402) Tim McMullen
Dear Mary,

It is rather amazing to think that Maury's "music's haunted me" now for forty years (and that's not counting the later work that he did with Jim). What an amazing legacy.

Love, Tim

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 01:59
401) Mary Muehleisen
Forty years ago today, BILLBOARD announced the Capitol Records release of the "Gingerbreadd" LP by Maury Muehleisen.
Thank you to all who have been kind enough to take a listen and learn more about Maury and his music.
Always grateful,

Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 22:10
400) Drew
Thanks to youtube I was able to experience again the magic of these two wonderful musicians. Awesome.
Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 17:21
399) Leon Krug
Maury's gifted guitar playing made Jim Croce's songs so very memorable. What a talent to share with the world. May he be eternally playing and singing with the angels in Heaven.
Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 16:47
398) Ray Quinn
Although I was vaguely familiar with Jim Croce's music and songs, I had not really taken very much interest until I caught a tv programme recently on his life and music. This stuff is brilliant. And then, to my great satisfaction I saw and heard Maury's gifted guitar playing and now I can't get enough of this terrific music. All the best from Ireland, Ray.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010 at 07:00
397) Mary Beth Asenjo
Thinking of Maury today and listening to his amazing voice and guitar...♥
Thursday, November 04, 2010 at 21:22
396) Byron
I was nearly 14 when Maury and Jim were taken away from us. From then until this day Jim and Maury will forever be my favorite singer/song writers.

Thanks to Mary and Ingrid for keeping up the respective Web pages.

Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 11:57
395) Tony Wade
I have been speechless about their talent for almost 40 years...I am still speechless.
Thank you Mary...

Friday, October 29, 2010 at 06:43
394) Rickey Blankenship
Hey Mary, just watched a documentary on the two greatest singer songwriters of all time on KET, no commercial interuption's, it was great. Those two were destined to play music together and should go down in history as the very best that America has to offer.
Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 22:01
393) Ben Kitchens
I have always been a big fan of Jim Croce and Maury Muehleisen. Jim was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist and with the brilliant licks that Maury came up with it was masterful.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 00:42
392) Peter
Just had a reuninon last weekend with a bunch of friends I spent a year together with in LA 30 years ago. Two of the guys were in LA to study guitar play (thinking at the time they'd be rock stars...) and of course the guitars came out now as well. To my suprise they did not start with the usual Stairways to heaven or something but instead played 'Maury' style and I just had to google him. Thanks and God bless!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 18:37
391) Piter
Really good job ;) nice website ;))
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 11:21
390) Steven Kirtley
Greetings from England. Just watched a great documentary about Maury and Jim and as the tears well up in my eyes, felt I needed to express my deepest respect for their talent, humility and musical legacy that will live with us for ever. God bless you Mary for giving us this forum to keep the memory of Maury burning strong.
Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 19:34
388) Jeff Helmer
One of the most underrated guitar pickers in the world. What an inspiration!
Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 20:17
387) joe Kelly
Being a lead guitarist, I was instantly drawn to Maury's style and I'm sure there is something of Maury's in my playing. He is still inspirational to this day.
Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 16:37
386) pp
Maury and jim you will never be forgotten
Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 10:59
385) Dawn Bakko
Maury you are missed and loved!
Saturday, October 09, 2010 at 15:09
384) warren
this is just the best musican that i have heard next to leona boyd . sorry i am canadian
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 at 16:55
383) Steve Talia
Hi Mary,
I don't know how you managed to find my blog post concerning Jim and Maury. I find it amazing that you managed to do so. I just want to reiterate to you that it was an honor that you read it and that it meant something to you. I will very likely mention Jim and Maury again in context of some kind of music or personal discussion of mine down the line in future posts. They never stray too far away from my mind.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 02:36
382) Marc Ellis
Thanks so much for this site. I admire him so much. His playing is what lifted Croce's compositions into the higher plane.

Without Maury, Croce might have just been another busker. Maury is what made their sound immortal.

Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 11:39
381) Joe
Shameful. That I let 9/20 pass without repeating how special Jim & Maury were. I was 11 years old when they passed. I learned of it from my grade school teacher who informed the class on the morning of the 21st with a look of resignation that I will never forget. My older brother loved Jim Croce; and I - wanting to imitate my older brother of course - also listened to Jim and Maury. How fortunate I was, to stumble onto their talents for such childish reasons. Their music has always been with me, and always will.
Friday, September 24, 2010 at 00:17
380) Tim McMullen
It's been such a longtime, yet in some ways it seems like only yesterday. My thoughts are with you and your family as well as with Maury and Jim. It is remarkable that after 40 years Maury's songs still echo repeatedly through my musical mind. Many thanks for perpetuating Maury's dream.
Your friend, Tim

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 23:29
379) Mark Lavoie
Heaven really dose have a," Hell of a Band!" My thoughts are with you on this day.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 13:05
378) Cristián García-Huidobro
Dear Mary, yesterday I traveled almost 300 miles and on the road Jim & Maury were my guardian angels... I said a little pray for them and my thoughts flew to Trenton, NJ and your lovely family. A big hug from Santiago de Chile, Cris.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 08:55
377) Mary Muehleisen
10:45 p.m. Exactly 37 years ago since Maury has been gone from us. We miss him still.
Thanks so much for all the kind thoughts at this anniversary time.
Peace and Love,
Mary and Family

Monday, September 20, 2010 at 22:43
376) Peggy
Still missed 37 years later. Very proud of our brother and glad to know that his music is appreciated around the world and remembered on this day.
Monday, September 20, 2010 at 19:26
375) Rickey Blankenship
Hey Mary, i put something on facebook for Jim and Maury today. If you are on facebook click on me and add as a friend. Thanks, love Rick

37 years ago !

Monday, September 20, 2010 at 18:55
374) Vito Gricco
I would just like to let you know how much i appreciated Maurys and Jims music. I was only 10 when they passed away so suddenly and that today is the day of their passing.They will live in my heart forever and also in my children's heart's Thank you Jim and Maury'
Monday, September 20, 2010 at 18:23
373) Sunday
Since a couple of months ago I had never hear anything of Jim and Maury. Their music came to me by a TV spot, was "Time in a bottle", I got impressed.
During this time I learned, listened and watched all of their music and performances I could. I realised I was in front of two exceptional persons. Their music touch my heart and say me very special things.
Every time I hear Jim and Maury's music can't avoid to cry. Never thought I could find such musicians whom move me to reflect about life essence.
Thank you for being on the world, for giving so much, for making people happy listening your true message.
My best wishes to Maury and Jim's families, from Seville, Spain.

Monday, September 20, 2010 at 17:24
372) Daniel
Another Sept. 20th is here. I was 9 years old. My sister had just given me a Croce LP for my birthday a month earlier. In April of '73 I lost a close friend on the playground basketball court. He was only 9 as well, but had an undiagnosed heart problem and collapsed at recess. Then on July 20th one of my heroes(Bruce Lee) died. Then came Sept. 20th. Today I will, as I always do each year, play the videos and music and say a prayer for Jim & Maury & the 4 others that died in the plane crash. Maury & Jim are the reason I asked for a guitar on my 13th birthday and have been playing ever since. I'm 46 now and I still can't play like Maury. I guess some folks just can't be copied. Bless you & your family Mary.
Monday, September 20, 2010 at 15:48
371) Gary Brasco
Today I will listening to the music and thinking about Jim, Maury, Dennis, Ken, George, and Robert.....not that does not happen everyday when the music comes alive on the radio.
Monday, September 20, 2010 at 10:42
370) Bill Brabham
I will be listening to Maury throughout the day today. May God Bless the Muelheisen family today. Thanks again Mary. Peace and Love.
Monday, September 20, 2010 at 10:17
369) Rocky
I woke early today and listened to Gingerbreadd and some of Maury and Jim’s fine works. Excellent guitar work for sure. Because of all your dedication and devotion on this site and countless others that I found on the web it almost feels as if I lost a friend. Maury's music will forever live between my ears and in my heart.
Monday, September 20, 2010 at 08:00
368) Wes
I was recently watching a Public Television pledge drive on a Bemidji,MN. tv station and they were pushing Jim Croce material. I was wondering who the man was playing guitar with Jim so I had to start looking on the computer and because of wikipedia I came across this web site.The photo's of Maury and the rest of his family really touched my heart.I could see that he came from a really loving and nurturing home provided by 2 wonderful parents. I'm so sorry that such a talented man died so young and the terrible pain and shock his family experienced when he died but thankful his work lives on in his recordings. God Bless you all!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 22:22
367) Mel Ponton
I have always been a major fan and admirerer of Jim Croce, but it is only recently that I have come to appreciate the enormity of Maury's contribution to Jim's music. I have recently acquired Pete Hutlinger's instructional DVDs of Jim's music and I marvel at the beauty and intricacy of Maury's guitar arrangements. I can only envy his skill and hope that I am able to learn to reproduce those arrangements myself. At my level of ability, it require a considerable amoutn of time and effort on my part. But, if I am successful, I will be very proud to have done so.
Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 11:03
366) Amy Salmon
I just discovered Maury, after reading about his/Jim Croce's death. (I was born in '62 and my parents listened to a lot of Jim's music.) I have a son who is a year older than Maury was at the time he died, and I'm just so sorry both men were taken right as their lives were taking off.
Your brother Joey's letter left on Maury's grave made me cry. :( I'm so sorry for your loss. I have 8 children myself, and we're a pretty close group. I can't imagine the pain you all must have gone through in losing Maury so young. He was very gifted.
God bless your family.

Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 11:31
365) BHD
I bought the CD from your site, but I wish there was a way to get it up on Amazon or iTunes. I just think more people should get the chance to get this wonderful music. I had "I Remember Mary" on album 30 years ago, and it's always been one of my very favorite songs -- even though I lost the album 20 years ago. It's always stayed with me. Wonderful music, and a great legacy.
Friday, September 10, 2010 at 13:58
364) Daniel
Salon & Saloon - great tune. Can't find it on youtube. Brutal disappointment!
Sunday, September 05, 2010 at 20:58
363) laura
Jim Croce has been my favorite singer since I first heard him on the radio all those years ago. After all these years it is still their music that I listen to most often, still the music that reaches my soul. Thank you for continuing to keep up this website. I have just been watching all those old videos on Youtube. Jim & Maury still cant be beat, alone - they each were great, but one without the other was missing something. I am ordering Maury's cd to go along with all my croce cd's
Sunday, September 05, 2010 at 11:04
362) Rickey Blankenship
Hey Mary, September rolls around awfull fast these days, the older you get the faster time goes. It still, after all these years takes me back to that day i was alone in a field in Alabama when the news came over the radio about Jim and Maury. I know we have to go on with our lives but i like to think that remembering them like this somehow brings them along with us, i know they will never leave my heart. I thought they were the greatest and still do. All you have to do is listen to what we have today and you know that they were special, that not everybody could do what they did together. It was a special time in my life and a special time in the history of music. I hope you are well and happy, do you have any plans for September 20th ? Would love to come visit someday, Love Rickey
Sunday, September 05, 2010 at 10:06
361) Mark Lavoie
Today for some unknown reason I woke up with the song, Photographs & Memories playing in my head all day long.An I cried for Jim & Maury.
Thursday, September 02, 2010 at 00:41
360) Gary Price
I loved the sound that Maury and Jim created from the start and I still listen to the great callaboration and creativity that they produced. They were a big influence in my songs that I write and record even today. I,also, play a Martin D-35, which I purchased in 1973 and I must say that with every note played on it I recall the sound that Maury and Jim created and shared with us on their Martin's. RIP Maury and Jim and thanks again for all the great memories and sound............GP
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 06:51
359) Neil MacDonald
very moving,an excellent tribute, keep that candle burning........the songs will last forever....Im away for a wee cry....God Bless...xoxo
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 04:20
358) John
I never knew who the phenomenal guitarist playing with Jim was, prior to an internet search. It blows my mind that he picked up the guitar at 17, created some of the most beautiful music known to man, and died far, FAR too soon at the age of 24. I had no idea he died in the crash. Such a tragedy, yet there's solace knowing that, long after we've all passed, generations to come will listen and admire his music.
Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 23:55
I often think about the muisc left on the table by jim and maury. How many songs would have been written that never were. We were so lucky to have them both.
Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 23:45
356) Stephen Muehleisen
Thank you for doing this. I knew Maury died with Jim Croce and that was about all. Thank you for letting me know Maury better. It's a bummer knowing that I'll not be able to meet him. He'd of been cool guy to know.
Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 10:07
Im speechless
Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 16:54
354) Mel White
My husband, Don, is a close friend of Maury's sister Ann, and I've loved the Croce albums on my own since forever. I wish I would have been around when Jim and Maury were making music together. I have been working on a song about Maury called "The Lace" -- can't get the chords right but I'll keep working on it. Can you even imagine the jamfest in Heaven? I know Maury is doing some tasteful guitar lace and I can almost hear it if I try.
Monday, August 23, 2010 at 17:59
353) Patrick Flynn
I've always been very curious about Maury Muehleisen because I had vaguely heard about his very important role in Jim Croce's musical development. Thank you for filling in some of these details, and the extras of his own career, family, friends, and love is such a treat! I'm looking forward to getting a hold of a copy of his Gingerbreadd album.
Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 19:16
352) Alessandro Talamona
thank you!


Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 12:01
351) Mary Muehleisen
Thanks for posting about Phil Petillo. It truly is sad news.

I have been in touch with him for several years and spent some time with Phil and David in their workshop two years ago, talking about Maury and Jim. What a true pleasure it was to see and experience firsthand their incredible talent and devotion to the luthier craft.

Phil was a quiet, kind, gentle, brilliant man. His family, friends, clients, and the world will surely miss him.

Mary Muehleisen

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 12:51
350) Mary Muehleisen
There is a story about Maury in the September issue of Inside Jersey.
Inside Jersey is a magazine published by The Star Ledger in New Jersey. There is a North Jersey issue and a South Jersey issue, which I believe simply have different regional ads. Both of these issues have the exact same article and photo setup.

The magazines have not hit the stands yet, but the online version is available on page 90/91.

As luck would have it, the guitar that was designed to honor Maury was ready just after the article was written by Tom Wilk, but before the photo shoot by Jerry McCrea.

The instruments in the photo are of the C. F. Martin & Co. D-35 Maury Muehleisen Commemorative Custom Edition guitars, designed and built at the Martin Guitar Factory in Nazareth, PA.

Jon Garon of My Favorite Guitars in Naples, Florida, is the dealer and more information about the guitars can be found on his site -

Wishing everyone ~
Peace and Love,

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 12:32
349) Matt Jaworski
My apologies - a correction to the prior post, Phillip Petillo passed away on Friday, August 13, 2010, not Friday, August 14th, 2010 - I just learned about the corrected information.
Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 16:48
348) Matt Jaworski
From announcements across the internet, I am sad to have to report that master luthier, Phillip Petillo, passed away suddenly last night, Friday, August 14, 2010, at the age of 64.

For those who are not familiar with Phillip Petillo, he was the instrumental genius who worked on and built guitars not only for Maury Muehleisen, Jim Croce, and Tommy West, but Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen - to name a small few. Petillo was responsible for working on and tuning many different instruments for Maury; he is also responsible for the work and sound of the Gibson Dove that Jim Croce played on all three of his studio albums.

David Petillo, Phil's talented son, has been working with his father in the Petillo Guitars shop in Ocean, NJ for years now; Phil was always proud of David's work, as he has done an incredible job in furthering the Petillo family name.

Please keep the Petillo family in your thoughts during this difficult time.

Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 23:10
347) Richard Holden
I used to listen to the music riding the school bus between Vandenburg AFB and Vandenburg Village back in the 70's. Good then and still great music today. They are both missed. RIP
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 22:42
346) Jackie Martin
Being a player, I can't help but listen to the guitar work before I ever hear lyric's so in a sense I recognized Maury before I did Jim and loved them both. I'm a team player and they set the standard for being a Team! There's defense against music.
Monday, August 09, 2010 at 15:25
345) Carl
I had the privilege of seeing Maury and Jim open for Loggins and Messina in Carnegie Hall. I've listened to Jim and Maury's songs many times since then and never fail to marvel at how much it sounds like one man with four hands, their sound is just so connected ,and Maury always had just the right notes for every song. May you have peace.
Thursday, August 05, 2010 at 14:44
344) John Reagan
As a young guitar player I looked up to Maury, he was truly my greatest inspiration
Monday, August 02, 2010 at 14:15
343) Michael
Hi there! You have a great site. Best regards!
Monday, August 02, 2010 at 14:14
342) Red David
I have listened to ,and loved the craftsmanship of Jim Croce's songs. But they would have never flown without the accompaniment of Maury Muehleisen. Jim was blessed to have him to play, and as a friend. I am a Singer/Songwriter/Musician myself based in Nashville. I'd give all I have to have a partner, and friend like Maury to make my songs fly. He was the BEST in my book. R.I.P. Maury.
Friday, July 30, 2010 at 12:29
341) Brent Clarke
I only started listening to Jim Croce about 6 months ago. It didnt take long to come across "A Long Time Ago" and "Operator". Everytime I hear these songs I can't help but think of the freedom you feel driving down a lonely country road. I am only 22 and was turned onto the music by my parents who suggested I learn "Time In A Bottle" on guitar. I did...but can't seem to do it any justice like they did. I just about break down and cry everytime I hear these songs because they are just so amazing...and yet...they go largely unnoticed to today's listening audience.

I love you Maury and you too Jim!

Monday, July 19, 2010 at 02:02
340) Tom
Thank you, Mary for letting us know more about your wonderful brother and his music. He will always be more than just "the guy who played guitar with Jim Croce" Again, Thank you. And thankk You,Maury for your music
Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 16:54
339) Richard
Having heard of the recent release of the Ltd Ed Martin D-35MM guitar, I am almost compelled to purchase one. Virtually not knowing anything about Maury until this came about, although I knew something was going on behind Jim Croce's songs...the definitive lead guitar work of Maury! Also, reading into Maury's past, I also learned he has the same B-day as mine, Jan. 14. I just wanted to say: he was taken way too soon & your music lives on...
Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 12:33
338) Bobby Evers
I cant imagine writing a song that Jim and Maury hasnt been a part of. They are so important to me. Long live Maury and Jim
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 02:33
337) Paul
Mary, Beautiful.... I've been playing Jim's and Maury's music for years. They have brought great joy to my life...
Sunday, July 11, 2010 at 22:13
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 at 18:16
335) Mary Muehleisen
Thank you, Gord, for sharing your memories and observations - and for your recognition of Maury's great talent and contribution to Jim Croce's success.
It's sad that Maury's dreams of doing "HIS things," as you say, were never realized; but it is my honor to provide this website as a way of introducing the world to Maury. I'm glad that you and so many others take the time to get to know Maury.
Thank you for your kind words.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010 at 00:15
333) gord kolle
When I met my first girlfriend in June, 1973, she was a huge Jim Croce fan. Now, 37 years later, whenever I think about her I click onto a Croce song and the memory takes me back. But I didn't realize that Jim Croce had another guitar player with him until I saw a You tube vid. This guitar payer, the guy who picked out the leads and added the scores that truly MADE Croce's music, was Maury!. So since I am also a guitar player I jave watched all the vids of maury and am just blown away by his talented fingers. listening to his tunes on the website, I know that Maury was no second fiddle; that had he lived he would've split from Jim and gone on to other musical things, HIS things. And those things woulda rocked the world. And so now I've got a deeper respect for croce tunes and when I hear them now, I see in my mind;s eye an image of Maury, the lead player who made Jim's tunes possible.
Monday, July 05, 2010 at 21:04
332) anonymous
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Monday, July 05, 2010 at 20:54
331) Will. G
Just wanted to say that Maury's guitar playing has been very inspirational to me as a player myself. So even though I never met the man, he has definately given me something to strive for. Thanks Maury!
Sunday, July 04, 2010 at 23:46
330) Jason Caccamise
I write this listening to Jim Croce's Greatest Hits that being said I've come to know Maury's guitar playing as of today. I enjoy a variety of music and listening to the guitar playing of Maury I have realized that the world lost an extremely talented musician, the music Maury and Jim have produced will live forever. Sometimes life is unfair and takes us way too soon, but also life produces such quality people that the glow of these individuals will Shine on and on!
Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 12:17
329) John M.
I was always a big fan of Jim Croce. His music was, just great! I'm also a big fan of you tube, and after watching the many videos of Jim and Maury, I'm like wow! They made it look easy. And when musicians make it look easy, then you know they are talented. I once took my Mother to a Jerry Garcia Band concert, his bassist, John Kahn, one of his strings broke, Jerry quickly covered a Peter Paul and Mary tune alone,with his band watching in aw, he made it look easy, because he had the talent, like Jim and Maury did with their tunes, atleast there together now. It is nice to have a sister post a tribute site to her talented brother. Peace, R.I.P Maury, Jim, and Jerry too! John
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 23:43
328) Richard
Maury wrote a great song with Kenny Loggins years ago that made it on to L&M's "Mother Lode" album, among his other accomplishments...That's how I first heard of him.

It's nice to find this memorial for him. Best wishes to his friends and familyl.

Friday, June 11, 2010 at 13:47
327) Bob Mooney
I've been a Croce fan since early 1973. I've heard every song 1000 times. I never tire of it. Maury was the icing on the cake. He was the Jim Croce sound. Unique to this day. They were both great talents.
Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 20:20
326) Steve Pennell
The world was robbed when we lost Maury and Jim. One of my earliest memories in life is hearing Time In A Bottle and wanting to cry. I was a very young kid at that time and that song was so haunting yet beautiful, it stirred emotions inside me that I did not understand until I was much older and became a musician and songwriter myself. In a sense, if Maury had never decided to write songs and be a musician, I probably never would have either. If I could only thank him for the inspiration.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at 22:26
325) Bob Lindbeck
Dear Mary Hello,hope all is well!I and my singer Harold Slagle performed a medley of Jim Croce songs at Allen Park bandstand,Jamestown, last Saturday, and we dedicated the show to you,and to keep Jim and Maury in our thoughts.Iam playing Maury's leads while Harold does Jim's parts and all in all ,it turned out to be a magical event.Take care hun and thank you again for the sentiments!
Sunday, June 06, 2010 at 15:05
324) Ray Turnbull
Isnt it funny after sll these years one would feel the love these guys brought to those looking for it.
Musucians have something to offer thats impossible to describe with only words.I feel we would have been friends had we ever met,and i would loved to have told him personally how much we loved him.God Bless you and your families...Thanks for the music

Saturday, June 05, 2010 at 21:56
323) Rickey Blankenship
From the first time I heard a jim Croce song i immediatly ran out and bought an album, and quickly noticed the guy in the background, Maury. They were destined to play together, I can't think of one without the other. God let us have them for a while and I am so greatful, if we could all just save Time In A Bottle......
Monday, May 31, 2010 at 11:39
322) colin west
just seen a sky art's programme about jim croce, nice to think several thousand others were watching, maybe hearing the music for the first time.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 15:07
321) AllenEmmons
Just trying to piece together some of my long lost album collection and just loved gingerbread
Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 16:04
320) Craig C.
Hello there. I've been a fan of Jim & Maury since I was a preschooler, around the time of their death. I was fortunate enough to hear some more obscure Jim Croce tracks that included some of his dialogues (the stories he told in concert, but captured in a studio). There was one song that backed up Jim's dialogue about the Chinese that I believed was attributed to Maury and Gingerbreadd. I've been waiting nearly forty years to track that song down and own it in its entirety. Unfortunately, it is not among the 11 tracks included in the 35-second samples here on this website. I also have forgotten the precise name, but do vaguely recall the word "Mind" being in the title (perhaps 'Edges of your Mind' or 'Corners of your Mind'??) I have a cassette transfer from LP of the dialogue that I can digitize and forward via email, if no one can recall the actual name and actual place it was published. I REALLY want the entire song.
Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 14:23
319) Arron-Jack Sanderson
I am from a small place in England called Windsor Great Park. It is beautiful. I grew up in a little village and dreamt of going to university in London and i did. In 2001 i went to Grenwich university where a strange guy at a party played "Rapid Roy" I instantly fell in love with the music of Jim and Maury! Being a gutarist who tried hard! It blew me away! Years later i have returned to my little village where i work looking after trees. I see so much beauty around me here and i think of Jim and Maury and those great times in London all the time! I'm 31 now and i reckon i'll still be listening in another 30 years!!! Thanks alot Arron
Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 17:46
318) Alison Brezina
I've loved Jim Croce's music since I was 9 years old in 1972. I have never stopped listening to it and am now 46. I always wondered who the guitarist was because he was so good and different from the rest of the music at the time. Great to see the pictures now and visualize the man playing it.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 23:18
317) mark Penchoff
In some strange reality, I consider myself a guitar player...until I listen to Maury that is. The man's gift and talent are to intense for words. The music that he and Jim produced was truly a wonderful thing. Imagine if they were both still with us?? Thanks for the music Maury!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 07:58
316) Scott Menne'
As much as I love Jim's songs I cannot imagine them without the sound of Maury. It took the combination of his playing along with Jim's lyric's to make the stuff that is embedded in my bones every time I hear their music.

God Bless

Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 01:14
313) Peter Marsh
Well Mary , Like many others I never much of your brother and now ive looked furhter Into Jims Life I finall got to know the other voice and guitar that helped Jim become the singer song writer he was before their untimly death. I have just been watching Jim Croce Live and seeing Maury for the first time. I didn't realise how talented he really was. it amazing how many great artists Die way too young and Maury was no exception just another graet life lost. Thankyou again for this website.
Monday, April 26, 2010 at 10:42
312) Tony
Hello Again Mary, I recieved the CD today. Thank you for the fast shipping and the enclosed note. I looked for this Album for years and could never find it. I look forward to listening to it. Tony
Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 11:57
311) Rickey Blankenship
Hi Mary, Just letting you know i'm still livin and every time i pick up my guitar a Jim Croce song is played. Want to come visit so bad but don't know when we will ever get to. One day i'm gonna get on that Harley and say to my wife, we are going to see Mary, and Maury and Jim. Lots of love to you Mary !
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 11:52
310) Tony
Hello Mary, I just recently discovered this site and I am pleased to see it. I met your brother back in the early 70's in PA. I was living in NJ and I was dating a girl from Point Pleasant. Her mother and father where divorced and her father lived in PA. One weekend we took a trip to see her father and it turns out he was Jims neighbor. He was living in an old farm house type duplex. The home where Jims picture was taken in the small gazebo in the back yard. Jim was out of town but If I remember correctly we took a ride over to Maury's house. Being a fan of Jim and your brother it was a thrill getting to meet him. Keep the site going and it's nice to see the re-release of his music will be ordering. Pease and Love
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 06:55
309) Bob Lindbeck
Iam a professional guitarist and Ovation player as well and upon learning more about this artist iam deeply saddened at his loss along with Jim Croce's.Since my dad passed away from cancer,the songs "I Got A Name" and"Time In a Bottle" are constantly on my mind and watching Maury and Jim perform on Youtube is very soothing and relaxing to my sensitive state of mind.Maury's personality and mine are very much the same and i know how it feels to get up there and spread joy to people without having to be Elvis!Maury you are in my thoughts and prayers god bless!
Friday, March 26, 2010 at 15:38
308) Hans
Finally after many many years i bought Maury's CD Gingerbreadd

A song i heard and Free to love you are my favorite songs on the album

thanks Maury for your wonderful music
He was a great inspiration for Jim, both so talented musicians

grt Hans
The Netherlands

Friday, March 19, 2010 at 17:58
307) Alfonso Quinones
Listen to Maury and Jim since I was 13 in Mexico and still enjoy his talent , they blended so well.
Im still trying to play like them 37 years later

Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 00:51
306) David Glover
I attended Northwestern La State University long after the concert and always knew that Jim and Maury performed their last concert there. In college I would look out in the area of the accident and think "This is where the world lost but heaven gained musical angels.
Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 19:50
305) Jay Howlett
Great meeting you at Folk Alliance and talking about Maury and Jim at the Circle Star Theatre with Woody Allen.
Monday, March 08, 2010 at 20:11
304) Jim Russell, Sr.
Thank you Mary...For this great site. You are the best..I will continue to spread the word, to help people remember. Love ya.
Jim Russell, Sr.
Orlando, Florida.

Thursday, March 04, 2010 at 17:33
303) Denise
You and Jim Had the best music. I'm sad that you both left too soon. You're family is beautiful and seem so close. I was born in 79, so I wasn't born when you died,but you left a leagacy of great music. See you someday in heaven with Jesus!
Wednesday, March 03, 2010 at 18:26
302) Jim Russell, Sr
Just stopped by to visit my old friends. Just listened to both of Maury's cds. Thanks to Mary, they are alive, and avalable. If you don't have them, GET THEM!! You will be very pleased. It will carry you away to a happier time.
Thanks again. Jim Russell, Sr
Orlando, Florida.
3-2-10, 12:46pm.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010 at 12:46
299) CK
Maury and Jim had such a great interplay as musicians. It greatly influenced my work as half of a duo as well. Hard to believe those tunes were actually on the radio--it was a different time. This site is a very good one. Thanks for all of the information.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 18:32
298) Patrick J. Williams
Last year my brother Carlyle turned me on to the Pete Huttlinger DVD of learning to play Jim Croce's music--and while I knew about "that great guitar guy" who accompanied Jim, I learned so much more from Pete's DVD. Now Pete is one seriously good musician, and he says there's never been another like Maury. I'm just so happy to know I can come close to the licks those guys put together: a lot of their music is absolutely classic forever. Thank God for both of them and their families that allowed them the time to create the memories they made.
Monday, February 22, 2010 at 20:30
297) Jay Haverluk
As a young guitar player I looked up to Maury, he was truly my greatest inspiration
Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 09:22
296) Mary Muehleisen
February 2010 Exciting News -
Many of you know that Maury played two Martin guitars, a D-18 and a D-35, when recording and performing with Jim Croce. One of my dreams has been to honor Maury with a commemorative guitar, and that dream is now coming true.

It is my pleasure to announce that My Favorite Guitars, an authorized C.F. Martin & Co. dealer, is going to offer a Maury Muehleisen Custom Martin D-35. This guitar will conform to the Martin standard series D-35, with a few special touches in tribute to Maury - a 1 & 3/4 low profile neck, a special interior label designed by Dick Boak, a premium Italian Alpine Spruce top, and an East Indian Rosewood back with a Solid Quilted Mahogany Wedge as a nod to the mahogany in Maury's D-18.

These will not be a Limited Edition, but will be built as long as there are orders, much like Martin's Custom Artist Edition guitars.

For more information, please e-mail me or contact Jon Garon at

Peace and Love,

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 00:29
295) Rolf Theodor
Thank you!
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 at 14:55
294) Mark
I've always been a huge fan of Jim Croce's music, but I also always knew I was listening to some extraordinary guitar that was the work of more than one man. For the first time tonight I am learning about Maury and I am glad to finally be able to completely credit that great music. One can only wonder what we were deprived of since
1973. Anyway, glad to make your belated acquaintance, Maury, and thank
you, and God bless.

Sunday, February 07, 2010 at 20:58
293) Tom
I have listened to Maury and Jim's last show from 9.20.73 and they were great right to the end.

Many thanks for the great music. You are so missed.

Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 22:12
292) Al Fabrizio
Just finished watching some old videos of you and Jim Croce. Thanks Maury and Jim for such great music. Wish y'all could have hung around a while longer.
Friday, January 29, 2010 at 13:47
291) tony kuykendall
Just lostened to A song i heard and i t is still in my head great peice of music. I now know where jim got alot of his style from not hard to see how jims music changed after maury together they were heroes on the hearts of many. there songs still give me butterflys. i wish i had known maury. but i beleave they now play for god and i cant wait to get there to see what new songs theyve written. there to be good
Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 18:25
290) Kevin Taylor
I'll have to say that I have always been a big fan of Jim Croce, While growing up I never realized that he wasn't the one playing the guitar. As I got older and the internet came around, I pulled up a video and saw Maury. What a great talent. With out his music ability the group would have been nothing. I really appreciate this website. It brings a person alot closer to the music to know that the artist is human. Its to bad that his life was cut so short, but his music touched so many hearts. Thank you for bringing all of this to my attention. You should be very proud of Maury and I also look forward to perhaps meeting him after my life is over on this earth. Thanks again
Monday, January 25, 2010 at 06:07
289) Doug Nadvornick
Hi. We'll be doing a one-hour radio program about the music of Jim Croce and Maury Muehleisen this coming Saturday (1/30, 10 pm PST) on KPBX Spokane Public Radio (Spokane, WA). You can listen online if you're a night owl.

I've always loved Maury's work as Jim's right-hand guitarist. We'll be playing some of Jim's work before he and Maury hit it big (some of my favorite of their catalogue), in addition to the songs that topped the charts.

Monday, January 25, 2010 at 00:01
288) John Mercer
I cant get say enough about how much Maury has inspired my guitar playing style. God bless to his family and friends.
Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 15:35
287) Charlie Frey
I played Maury's Martin (D-18?) awhile ago. It was a mighty experience to hold that instrument.
Still had a set list taped to the top.
First song was "Operator".
Amazing to hear this stuff on the radio and know I held the very instrument that made that music!
Thanks to Mary for keeping the memory alive!

Friday, January 22, 2010 at 23:33
286) Frankie Yih;
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 19:07
285) Tim McMullen
Thank you, Mary, for keeping Maury's memory so vibrantly alive. The music that he and Jim made will clearly live on in the hearts and minds for many generations, but your efforts give immediate access to the deeper story.

Happy Birthday, Maury...

Happy New Year, Mary,

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 20:32
284) Averil
Happy Birthday Maury (one day late)
I spent yesterday listening to Gingerbreadd.
Very calming and peaceful music.
Long gone, but not forgotten.

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 05:59
283) Vincent Dawes
RIP your music will live on forever.
Friday, January 15, 2010 at 00:54
282) Gary Brasco
Happy Birthday are always with us....
Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 21:44
281) Mary Muehleisen
Thank you to all who visit here, especially today, with your good thoughts of Maury on what would be his 61st birthday. The kindness that you all show in remembering Maury is more appreciated than you could ever imagine.
Peace and Love,

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 16:56
280) Rocky
A birthday remembrance:

Time helps us in dealing with distress.
And a smile can hide the tears.
Your memory and music are timeless.
I think of you with each song I hear.

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 14:52
279) Mary Beth
Happy Birthday,Maury!You'd be 61 today and you're in our hearts still,and always.

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 09:22
278) Scott Taylor
It is because of Maury and Jim along with other writers of the time that I became a songwritter & guitarist. Today is Jim's birthday as I learned from his son A.J. Croce's FaceBook page. I never knew Maury by name, but he has always been one of the most impressive players I've seen and heard. It was also cool to see that we both come from New Jersey!
Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 17:24
277) Jo Corsino
Way back then 'til now, I always love listening to Jim Croce's songs. I even tried to play it on acoustic guitar, to no avail. I only learned recently that there was Maury behind every masterpiece. Thanks for bringing your music into this world for us, our sons, and for generations to come.

peace and love.


Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 16:25
276) dennis valencia
amazing from the philippines
i love them both croce and maury a perfect combination..until now thier music still lingers in my ears...thanks for the music..

Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 13:53
275) Marie K
I went to Glassboro State College from Sept.1966 to June 1968 [left when I got married.] I had the pleasure of knowing Maury during the '67-'68 schoolyear. Along with Maury and 2 other friends I traveled to Philly where he turned us on to "up and coming" bands at little obscure places. Then we'd run up the steps of the art museum and soak in more culture and talent. He was a sweet and charming boy back then, and I was crushed when I got word that he was gone. Our mutual traveling companions were Tom C. [a history major] and a guy we called "Fish" [a music major] whose real name I don't remember. I was thrilled to find this site. Thanks for the memories!
Monday, December 28, 2009 at 09:54
274) Jay Hauswald
I remember watching Jim Croce on the program "The Midnight Special" so may times,I never new what Jim's guitarist name was,now I know it .I always thought
that Maury and Jim blended so seamlessly
together it was and still is incredible
to listen to them.I am a vocalist,so I always noticed also how Maury always watched Jim so intently so that his vocal harmonies were perfectly timed ,perfectly pitched and never overpowering Jim's.He was definitely a special person and extremely talented musician.I am sure he is going to be singing in the choirs of angels in heaven.I love to sing also and I hope I will also be singing along with Maury and all of my other musical heroes ther too.I know you have missed him for so long Mary,but you will be with him again when Jesus comes again.God Bless You.

Monday, December 21, 2009 at 03:28
273) Kenny Graves
I was barely in Elementary school when Maury was called home. I appreciate that many have noticed what an extraordinary person this was that walked among us. His talents still impress.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 15:28
272) Dwight Richardson
I believe the first time I saw Maury and Jim together was on the "Tonight Show" in August of '72. They did "Operator" and I was blown away. What talents. What great chemistry. I have forgotten much over the last 37 years. But, I still remember that night.
Friday, December 11, 2009 at 00:00
271) Steve
Back in 1978, while in college, I met a girl who introduced me to Maury's music; and for many years I could not take a road trip without having Maury sing to my soul. I would travel between Hopewell Junction, NJ to Rochester, NY and as I was going through the finger lake's area of NY it was always an experience to play the songs of Gingerbreadd. I was filled with tears, emotions ranged from longing for that perfect love to enjoying what life I already had. It has been almost 25 years since I thought or listened to Maury's music, but as life would have it I just recently became reacquainted with that special girl from 1978 and was reminded of Maury's songs. It will be so good to receive the CD and to again share these wonderful songs with my refound friend. Mary, thank you for keeping your love for your brother alive…
Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 00:27
270) John Koelbel
What a great guitar player who just played so pretty that it was incredible. He and Jim just complemented each other so well while playing. God bless them both. Their music is timeless.
Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 23:21
269) Pad Smith
Hi Mary! I'm an old friend of Maury from Glassboro days. We used to play together for folk mass back in 67-68. I'm so glad you've put this up, Maury & Jim have been much on my mind of late, been playing their songs quite a bit. I hadn't seen Maury for a while as I'd gone to England at the time he was developing the solo act and recording "Gingerbreadd". I returned about the time the album was released and we got together then. I was off again to Ireland, they died 8 days after I returned. I'm so glad you've been able to get the album re-released, Maury is far from forgotten but now more people will be able to hear the talent we was. All the best!

Friday, November 27, 2009 at 23:49
268) Joyce (Turner) Patton
Hi Maury, I recently got back in contact with our mutual friend Barbara and she and I shared some very fond memories of our Hermitage days. I especially hold dear the times I shared singing harmonies with you. Today it seems like yesterday that we were friends. It will be so grand to see you again in the great beyond. You are still very much alive in my heart. Happy Thanksgiving.
Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 15:36
267) Mary Muehleisen
On this beautiful November day, I send you all my very best thoughts and Happy Thanksgiving greetings. When I am thankful, I can't help but think of all of you who have come to visit my website and share your kind words about Maury.
Peace and Love to all,

Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 14:07
266) Jim Russell, Sr
Thank you Mary. Been away awhile. But Maury and Jim are always in my heart. Thanks for e-mailing me, and being so personal...with the signature on the cd's..I love them....
Thanks...Your friend...Jim

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 18:07
265) Jim
What a talent. Thank you for allowing this glimpse into a life cut short. I'm sure Maury has some great stuff to hear when we all get together again.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 02:46
264) joe sailor
i was very young when jim croce died but have always liked his music .just recently i started listening again and tonite while viewing youtube i saw a guy playing behind him.i never knew there was anybody besides jim making that music.ive never heard maurys name before.being a guitar player i fell in love with him immediatly.ive now discovered it was jims voice and wordsand maurys soulful playing that made it all happen.what a loss what a huge talent the world all his family im so goes on and so will his beautiful songs.forever.
joe sailor

Friday, November 20, 2009 at 23:53
263) mark bellefeuille
I have taken more interest in Maury and his legacy as time passes on. He was highly underrated and too often overlooked,especially in contrast to Jim (not to take anything away from him,however. A lot of fans are unaware how much Maury was an integral part of Jim's sound. I hope more info on his life will be available in the future, as well as putting "Gingerbreadd" back out on cd.
Friday, November 20, 2009 at 21:42
262) Tom Paschen
Never have I seen or heard anything as wonderful as Maury and Jim playing together.That must be what the angels of heaven sound like.
Monday, November 09, 2009 at 22:44
261) Jaci
I am thrilled I found this site! I've been trying to find Maury on the Internet for years. My friend Mari and I loved Maury's 'Gingerbread' album and we almost wore it out! When I moved away, I missed it so much. I kept asking for years if she still had that album. I never could forget it. Now I can get a CD of it. I loved listening to the samples. Brought back many many good memories/feelings. Thank you so much.
Sunday, November 08, 2009 at 23:09
260) Dennis
My wife and I have seen video of Maury playing with Jim, but didn't know who he was until recently. I was only 13 and my wife only 9 when Maury and Jim passed away in that plane crash. I was in Manila, my wife in New York, but we both did the same thing on opposite sides of the world -- played Jim Croce's albums over and over again. People talk of comfort food. Well, if there is such a thing, Jim and Maury's songs are our comfort music. Hard to believe it has been 36 years.
Saturday, November 07, 2009 at 21:01
259) Dave
I never fail to find peace, comfort, and humor in Maury and Jim's music. I was raised in the seventies and mom and dad always had there albums "on the stack" on the turntable. Thirty years later my children are within earshot of their cd's. Know that someday they too will retreat to that peace and comfort captured in their music. Peace


Saturday, November 07, 2009 at 09:48
258) nick bollinger
wish i could have heard more of maury and jim,s music. i was only 14 when they were taken from us.
Friday, November 06, 2009 at 22:45
257) Don Wurtz
Born in 1968, I am a life long music lover and insomniac.

I remember vividly sneaking out to the living room to watch The Midnight Special.

I especially remember the first time I saw/heard Jim and Maury play.

I was mesmerised and fascinated. I had never heard anything so beautiful. I still haven't.

Over the years, I eventually learned the name of "the guitar player".

I only wish that there could have been more.

I am starting to ramble so


Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 00:17
256) Giant Gene Arnold
Time is FLYING..we last saw each other at the Phillies before the World Series last year and I think we sent you that pic. Hope all is well, and like most on this page who ever knew him, Maury lives within us.
Gene and Terry

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 15:49
254) Rickey Blankenship
Hi Mary! Another September has come and gone, one of these years me and my wife are going to make up there and visit Maury's Grave. I hope to get to meet you. Take care.
Friday, October 09, 2009 at 01:15
253) Chris Faulkner
Maury was an incredible talent. It wasn't until recently that I found out that many of the slick guitar lines on Jim Croce's songs were actually played by Maury! We lost a fantastic musician way before his time.

We miss you Maury,


Wednesday, October 07, 2009 at 18:02
252) joeymanapat
hi mary,

i want to meet you soon, even i'm here in the philippines. i love to sing croce and maury song, it reminds me all good memories since when i was small.thanks jim, maury..

Tuesday, October 06, 2009 at 14:55
248) Bernie Van De Walle
On behalf of Maury, please accept my thanks for some of the best guitar ballad, feel-good, thought-provoking music ever written. Whenever I need it, listening to his great guitar work lifts me from where I am and places me somewhere higher. There are few, if any, human gifts that are more valuable or more necessary.

Rest well.

Monday, September 28, 2009 at 21:32
247) Tim McMullen
I just ran across a wonderful cover of Maury's lovely and haunting "A Song I Heard." The performers YouTube name is TinkGerman. I'm sure you'll like it.

By the way, this morning I posted my song called "Favorite Song" which was written as an homage to the finger-picking styles of Maury and Jim. My blog now has four pieces (and two songs) referring to the music of Croce and Muehleisen.

Enjoy, and check out TinkGerman.

Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 22:00
246) Danny
I am a few days late in posting this, but that doesn't mean that Sunday went by without a pause and a prayer for Maury, Jim, their families, and the others that died that long ago Friday night. To this day Maury remains one of my biggest musical influences and probably THE most under-appreciated guitar player ever. The man should have been given a medal for having to listen to Jim's stories over & over & over *grin at them both*. The laughter and heart touching songs Jim gave us as well as the distinctive, master-stroke artistry of Maury's lead have made me shake my head in awe many times. I love them like family even though I never met them. So once again, I smile at the heavens and say thank you. You are never forgotten.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 20:36
245) Tim McMullen

I have posted my previous comment and two longer reminiscences about Maury, Jim and my song, "Second-String Songman." I threw together a quick video (mostly captures from videos) last night so that I could get the song up on YouTube to commemorate Maury and Jim's passing.

The song has been on my MySpace playlist (in fact, it was because of requests from this list that I originally created the MySpace and YouTube sites), and it has been on this site (Songs about Maury) and the Jim Croce Tribute site for the last few years, but now it can be seen (heard) on YouTube and on my blog at

The blog includes an explanation of how I came to record the song.

Best wishes to Mary and to all the Muehleisens,
Tim McMullen

Monday, September 21, 2009 at 23:14
244) Tim McMullen
Your wonderful dedication to your brother's life and talent has allowed so many—family, friends, fans old and new—to share an inkling of what a remarkable musician and person Maury was. Maury and Jim are famous not because of their fate, but because of the incalculable contributions they made to the hearts and minds of millions through their unique music.

This day is the anniversary of a tragedy, a sad reminder that very bad things happen to very good people, but it is also a reminder of how fleeting life is for all of us and that the way we live our lives makes a difference in this world. Jim and Maury's friendship, collaboration, musical vision, and legacy set a high standard for lives lasting three times as long. Today is a day to inspire us to have our mark in the world, however modest or grand, be a positive force in the world.

Thanks, Mary, for your love and dedication; thanks to the many who visit this site and share their love and admiration; and thanks, especially, to Maury and Jim for the inspiration—Thanks for saying, "I Love You," in a song!

Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 21:57
243) Rocky
wow 36 years. I remember sitting on my bed 4 days before my tenth birthday listening to Jim and Maury on a vinyl record when my brother came in and told me of the crash. I remember it so clearly. It was heart breaking almost like they were my own family. I still listen to that music all the time and it is as fresh today as it was all those years ago. For such a short period of time together they left us with a lot of great songs.
Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 21:43
242) Bill Brabham
Dear Mary, I'm so glad that I recently found this site. I graciously Thank You for your kind response to my initial guestbook signing. I never fail to reflect upon the lives and music of Jim and Maury on this day, and, now I have a way of sharing it. I have recently discovered some incredible and priceless videos on YOUTUBE of them. You can almost reach out and touch them, as they definitely reach out and touch us! What treasures! I know that this day weighs upon you, yet, it must be of some comfort to know that people around the world still love your brother, Maury, and hold him dearly in their hearts. May God bless you, Dear. Bill Brabham - September 20, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 18:36
241) Mary Muehleisen
September 20, 2009 - 36 years ago today, we lost two very special people. Maury and Jim - gone years longer than either of them lived. So missed. Treasured memories remain.

Thank you to all who keep them in mind and heart and song.

Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 16:48
240) Scott Vosper
Some of the best music I have ever heard was played by Maury and Jim. They will be remembered always. I only wish that I was born a generation earlier to have seen them perform live.
Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 10:30
239) Cristian Garcia-Huidobro
Dear Mary, I will be out of town the whole weekend (in Chile we celebrate our National Feast on Sept. 18-19) with no access to internet. Just want to send you my deepest feelings for next Sunday 36th anniversary. Maury & Jim will be on my prayers... Thanks God for their lifes and their music. Thanks to you for your friendship and testimony! Peace & Love from Santiago, Cris.
Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 11:48
238) David Moody
It is probably the most used statement in these pages but I cannot resist it. Jim and Maury changed my life.
Monday, September 07, 2009 at 21:35
237) Mary Muehleisen
Pete LaBriola did a fantastic job last night sitting in for John Weingart on his Sunday evening "Music You Can't Hear On The Radio" show. The first half hour was filled with songs by Nanci Griffith, Kendel Carson, Mindy Smith, Artisan, and Bill Staines. Listen to them when you get a chance.

The next hour and a half was devoted to music and stories about Maury Muehleisen and Jim Croce, using clips of an interview Pete did with Tommy West and me earlier in the week.

He closed the show with a one-hour 9/11 tribute - songs sung by Greg Poulos, Bruce Springsteen, Lucy Kaplansky, Christine Lavin, Loudon Wainwright III, Judy Collins, Kristy Jackson, and Jimmy Webb.

I hope to have at least the segment about Maury and Jim up on my site sometime in the near future.

Remembering all our loved ones...

Monday, September 07, 2009 at 16:14
236) Mary Muehleisen
Hi, Everyone,
The anniversary of September 20, 1973 is fast approaching and it's time once again to recollect memories. If you have a chance to tune in online, there will be a radio program devoted to Maury and Jim and the beautiful music they created together.
WPRB 103.3 FM Princeton, NJ 7-10 p.m. Sunday night
Music You Can't Hear On The Radio
Pete LaBriola sitting in for John Weingart. Pete interviewed Tommy West and me yesterday.

Thursday, September 03, 2009 at 12:56
235) Tim McMullen
Hi, Mary. This site is truly a wonder: it gives an opportunity for so many people who were touched by your brother and his collaborations with Jim Croce to express their admiration and joy as well as their profound sorrow at his passing. Many people, of course, stumble onto Maury after years of knowing and loving Jim. Bill Brabham's very nice note expresses a somewhat atypical response, but one similar to my own.

I was a fan of Maury before I had heard Jim, so when the news of Jim's death filled the airwaves, I instantly thought of Maury, but I, too, found that initially they gave no information about the others. I, like so many other visitors to this site, am perpetually saddened by the loss of someone who I never met, but who I knew intimately through the unique musical legacy he had created both before and during his stint with Jim Croce. I meant and mean this line with all my heart, "The singing of a friend will never end" (from "Second-String Songman" by Tim McMullen).

To anyone who has not heard Maury Muehleisen's original music, I encourage you to purchase either or both of his recordings from this site. They are as fresh and moving now as they were nearly forty years ago. If you love singer/songwriters, you owe it to yourself to listen to his songs in their entirety! They are truly gems.

As I have said often in the past, thanks so much for your wonderfully touching site and for the chance to share your love with others.
Tim McMullen

Wednesday, September 02, 2009 at 23:47
234) Bill Brabham
>I was a junior in highschool, when a friend of mine said that he had finally found some music that I would absolutely love. I hung on every note and line of every song of Jim and Maury from that day in early October, 1972 to this very day! I only play and sing now because of that day that I was introduced to that gorgeous and timeless collaboration. A day does not pass unless I play a Croce song, usually in restaurants and bars, or just for friends. I only wish for 4 hands so I could play both guitar parts at once.
>I was on my way to school on September 21, 1973 in rural Tuskegee, Alabama being blessed by a medley of Jim and Maury on the radio,- - - until the DJ came back on reporting that this was a tribute to the late Jim Croce who died in a plane crash "last night" in Louisiana. As horrible and sad and crushing as this news was, I could only hope that somehow Maury was not along. This DJ was not providing any details other than that "my mentor" was gone. That night I, of course, got the full story from all the TV networks.
>Until 911, the loss of Jim and Maury was the only time in my life I had cried and literally mourned for someone whom I had never met.
>Surely Maury chose your name, Mary, to honor you when writing "I REMEMBER MARY". I love to play and sing this beautiful song! Thank you so much for this site, and may God continue to bless the Muehleisen family and the Croce family. Peace and Love, Bill

Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 15:56
232) Seb
RIP to two greats.
Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 19:50
231) John Wright
Hi Mary

I haven't dropped by the site for quite a while. I was listening to Gingerbreadd the other night and rreflecting on the fact what would both Maury and Jim be like now if they had not passed away. I know the world is poorer for their passing.
It is graet to see all the new messages from fans from all over the world. I know I keep spreading the word in Australia and get Jims music played as ofetn as possible on request nights on the radio.

Love to you and the family
John from Geelong Australia

Friday, August 28, 2009 at 01:50
230) Gary B.
I was watching some live Jim Croce footage online, and have always enjoyed his lead guitarist's work in his acoustic duets. So I dug a little deeper and found out who this genious guitarist was. Maury was incredible, especially for his young age and inexperience (I read he only started playing guitar at 17!). WOW, thanks for the music Maury
Friday, August 21, 2009 at 22:10
229) bryant Urban
we lived on S. Hermitage in '68 before leaving for Boston, and I never met Maury,but I was led to believe the family had lived on our block. I've always taken some pride knowing that such a talent came from my town. At the after-party last night we had a great session trading great songs from our rich heritage when a brilliant bassist, blues/soul artist from Chicago broke out "Operator". Heartbreaking. As I picked out the chords, he sang the lines they played. I got home and found the you-tube duet and was floored by the song, the crisp yet easy flowing swing, the strength and unity they shared. Beautiful, enduring music.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 02:46
228) robin
maury muehlheisen "lives"...he will always live on in the music he created...someday i, and millions of people will die, forgotten...but not maury...a true virtuoso, a talent that would be successful in any era, in any are missed, maury
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 00:27
227) Rick Vo
You can't help but ask yourself what if? What if that plane had not crashed? What did the world miss when it lost Maury? True musical genius is missing in todays "stars"; it is tempered by digital support and digital correction. That is what sets apart the incredible talent of Maury. He set the notes apart, he could bend the notes together. He brought your ears alive. Like I said, what if.
Monday, August 10, 2009 at 17:25
226) Claudio Vargas
Hello everybody
I live in Santiago of Chile and thanks my Dad I grown up with Jim Croce´s songs and Maury´s music. I just to thank you for such a beautiful idea, for shering with us your memories and experiences with Maury,now I realized why he was so gentle and kind guy, because he had an amazing family.

Monday, August 10, 2009 at 17:12
225) Tom and Hazel Buck
Mary, it was so nice to meet you this weekend and spend a bit of time with you. By the end of the weekend, it seemed as though we had known you for a 100 years. We'll see you again before too long.
Friday, August 07, 2009 at 14:54
224) Max Zug

Thank you so much for sharing memories of Maury at The Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum's annual gathering in Nazareth, PA. It was so nice to see you again.

And an even bigger thank you for bringing Jim's guitar. I'll always cherish the time I spent with.

-- max

Thursday, August 06, 2009 at 21:12
223) JIm
Music has been good to me over the years. Then there are the times you remember those who had so much more talent and so little time to bestow it on the rest of us. I met Maury and Jim in a studio session in 72. Just one of a lifetime of moments that are personal and impossible to share. Had there only been more time, God knows what we would have witnessed.
Sunday, August 02, 2009 at 15:41
222) Rickey Blankenship
Hi Mary, Just wanted to let you know not a day goes by that i don't think about Jim and Maury. They say not to dwell on the past but they were such a part of my life it was like my family when the news came over the radio, i was in the field working on the farm in Marion alabama and i pulled the tractor under a shade tree and just cried, i couldn't believe they were gone...... but then again they aren't, because we are going to keep their memory alive!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 21:55
221) Dirk
Jim and Maury were my favorites when I was a college student back in the early 70's. And I still listen to their music today - as do my kids. Good music lives forever.
Monday, July 27, 2009 at 11:18
220) Matt Pelarcik
Hi, My father attended college with Jim Croce at Villanova and I still love Jim and Maury's music. I can't believe how young he was and yet so talented. Thank you Maury.
Monday, July 27, 2009 at 03:33
219) Tom Walter
I first saw Maury on a PBS special about Jim in late 1971 (?). I was so impressed with his playing, the sensitivity and feeling he put into the songs. I was a student at Sam Houston State University and had my tickets. I lost a part of me and my youth that weekend. May your songs and playing live on.
Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 22:11
218) David
I really enjoyed your website, especially the pictures. Your brother was a wonderful musician and will be remembered forever.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 07:57
217) Juanita
Thank you so much for the wonderful comments and love you have shared for Maury.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 22:07
216) brian j.mcmanus
i was watching the jim croce you tube
video (bad, bad, leroy brown) and
asked who was the incredible guitar/singer alongside him. i got the answer and came to this site- the pictures of maurice with his siblings struck such a chord.
same year i was born and so many similar
memories. peace and thank you maurice's
parents, brothers and sisters.

Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 21:33
215) Ron Meanor
I came across your site and read the "family" stories. I think the letter Joe left on Maury's grave was the most touching thing I've ever read. God bless you all. I am sorry for your loss. Thank you for putting this online so we all can get to know Maury and your family better.
Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 20:55
213) Kenneth Black
Thanks for this very nice website. I received Gingerbreadd yesterday and have already listened to it several times. I haven't known of Maury's music very long, but in that short time I've been touched by it. I feel very fortunate to have discovered his work and to learn more about him. Thanks for making Gingerbreadd available. I am very proud to add it to my collection.
Friday, July 10, 2009 at 22:38
212) Mary Beth
Hi Mary,There is a young man who works at our local library who is the image of Maury!I was thinking about how much he looks like your dear brother as I was walking to my van.As I turned the radio on,there was 'I Got A Name' playing:-)
Just to let you know...hope all is well.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009 at 18:11
211) Ted Whittlinger
You added so much to music! Gone but not forgotten! Thank you!
Friday, July 03, 2009 at 15:17
210) Mark
Life is such a strange ride.Who knows why things happens as they do.Never seems to be a good reason for it.And it's never fair.At 56 years of age now I am looking back at the good old days and loving the music that has been made by those with this great talent.And so happy they cared enough for us all to share that with us...Thank you.
Thursday, July 02, 2009 at 14:57
209) Nert
Thank you!
Thursday, July 02, 2009 at 04:02
208) Jeff Roloson
Just wanted to say that although I was born after the tragic death of Maury and Jim they are my heros and their music has got me through some toughest times in my life. thank you for everything
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 13:16
205) Dan Perrone
I am sitting in the Philly airport waiting to board a flight back to Chicago when I came across Maury's paged as link from the Jim Croce site. I am 46 now but there was a time in my life when the only persons I prayed for during the time of the mass when the priest requests prayers for the dead was Jim and Maury. Unfortunately, I have added many more to the list since then but still include them.



Friday, June 12, 2009 at 17:52
204) Barbara Poudrier
I was a big fan of Jim Croce and Maury's music because at that time when I was a teenager I really loved acoustic guitar music. I also live in Shreveport, LA not very far from Natchitoches. I was just entering high school when the accident happened. I'm so glad to find that there are people out there who remember Maury and appreciate his angelic guitar playing.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 at 20:42
203) Morris
Maury and Jim were two fabulous talents in their own right. I will never forget the beautiful guitar work that Maury produced on his and Jim's recording. Thanks, Maury, and thanks to his family for creating this site.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009 at 15:14
202) Ken Wheeler
I'm just a guy from texas who, when growing up was never without Maury or Jim's music. When I heard about the tragedy It was truly another day that "music" died. The only consolation is that when we get to heaven the music will surely be the greatest. We love them, we miss them. Thank you for letting me say this.
Sunday, June 07, 2009 at 10:41
201) Rocky
oops I posted my E-mail address wrong on the previous sign in.
Friday, June 05, 2009 at 10:01
200) Rocky
I have to admit that like most people I love the work of Maury yet never knew who he was. I just purchased Gingerbreadd and just listen to it over and over. Between his incredible voice and phenomenal guitar playing you can’t help but get lost in the music. From what I’ve read about Maury (and I visited numerous websites) he was as wonderful a man as he was a musician. I would ask all of Maury’s fans to use this link and help get him a nomination into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Just cut and paste this web address After all the hours of listening pleasure he’s given us it’s only fitting we take five minutes to help Maury get one step closer to the recognition he surely deserves.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 at 15:15
199) Michael Adolph
Late, but not to late I became a fan of Maury Muehleisen. His guitarplaying was so wonderful and touched my senses. Now I found this really good website as a tribute to Maury. My respect. Keep it on.

All the Best for You and Your family, Mary

Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 09:19
198) Craig Kukuk
I just met Ingrid Croce here in San Diego and she shared with me the DVD she produced of Jim's music, which led me to your wonderful web site about your brother. As we watched the DVD, we wondered, who is that great musician playing with Jim? Here we are. Thanks for the tribute. We look forward to having the CD of Gingerbreadd. Peace.
Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 01:43
197) Travis Doyle
One of my fondest memories as a young boy was listening to the music my father used to listen to. Music was an integral part of my Dad's life and plays an role of equal importance in mine.

While I was a little young to appreciate the impact of Jim and Maury's music as a child of 7, as an adult I came to see the inescapable clarity of both their combined genius and, for want of a better word, message. To this day, I cannot hear a Croce lyric or a Muehleisen lick and not think of my childhood and my Dad. Rest assured, they are most pleasant memories.

As my own kids grow, I want to impart on them the same appreciation for the true craftsmen that came before and have both earned a place a any table and are a continued and invaluable source of inspiration many years later.

It is quite conflicting to feel so uplifted by the music, while at the same time feel cheated because of the abruptness of the end. I have yet to hear any play anywhere close to Maury and I am sure I never will.

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 01:14
196) Ray Rodriguez
I'm so glad I found this site today. Maury really made Jim's music special and in my humble opinion Maury is one of the finest acoustic guitarists of all time. The world lost an amazing duo when we lost Jim and Maury.
God Bless his Family and all that loved Maury's beautiful music.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 17:53
195) Lester Churchill
I have been a fan of Maury and Jim's music for a very long time (well, it seems that way to me: I'm 41)- they have always been there through their music in good times and bad. The way they played was and continues to be an inspiration to me. They will always be remembered. Thanks for having this site up.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 13:08
194) Ger
I only recently discovered Maury's music. Maury's legacy lives on in every new fan that discovers his music.

They don't make them like Maury and Jim anymore and that's a real pity.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 08:16
193) Mary Beth
Just stopping by to say that I thought of Maury today:-)
Monday, May 11, 2009 at 21:12
192) Paul Scull
I can't belive how sad it still makes me feel when I think about the loss of Maury and Jim.
I had seen them barely a month before at the Philadelphia Folk festival.
They were just amazing together.
Thank you for this website Mary.
Paul Scull

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 11:39
191) tasha kaye
They were soul brothers, together they made beautiful music on earth and continue to do so in heaven.
it's so wonderful to be able to listen to their gems daily.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009 at 02:19
190) MrLou
Thank you, Mary!
Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 09:58
189) Austin Cusac
I play the guitar everyday of my life i dont ever go anywhere with out with Jim and Maury are the one who influenced my in to playing there my to favorite musicians ever and always will be.
Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 18:10
188) Bruce Bricker
RIP!! I truly loved your music. I can remember being in high school, being in love with my first real girlfrend and living by you and Jim's music. I hope your music lives forever!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 08:10
187) Todd Goodell
Fantastic site! Maury and Jim were the best! As a guitar player myself I've always admired them.
Friday, April 24, 2009 at 18:04
186) CarolAnn
Hi Mary,
What a great site!
I'd always been a fan of Jim Croce. I couldn't believe it when my brother said he met two guys - Michael and Robert - whose brother played with Jim Croce. Thank you for keeping the memory of your brother and his great talent alive for all.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at 19:45
183) mike hunt
me likes maury,him playeded good musik
Friday, April 10, 2009 at 21:11
182) Andy Bowman
Maury's music will last forever. God bless.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 15:51
181) Brian Hart
I was a kid when the plane went down,and always loved Jim Croce and his music. I am a guitarists and am working on a cover of 'One Less Set of Footsteps' as a tribute to Jim and Maury. I've got everything down except for the acoustic lead, which I may never get! Maury makes it look easy and Jim is so smooth.

To their memory.

Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 19:55
180) Rickey C. Blankenship
Rickey c. Blankenship
On sept. 20th 1973 i was plowing a feild outside Marion Alabama, when the news came on the radio that Jim and Maurey, had died in a plane crash, I will never forget that day. And I will never forget those two freinds I had come to know through music. I learned to play the guitar because of them, you both will live forever in my heart. Heaven is a better place.

Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 11:03
177) Gene X
I've loved Maury's playing since I was kid in '73. A few years later, I became a musician, and appreciated him even more. He had a unique sound --a great sound!-- and was a perfect match with Croce. It's still very sad, the tragedy of their untimely deaths. Maury will always be remembered through that great music.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 02:40
176) Philip Terzian
I was in my senior year at Villanova (Jim Croce's alma mater) in 1972-3 when I took a date to the nearby Valley Forge Music Fair to see Woody Allen in what turned out to be his final appearance as a stand-up comedian. The opening act was Jim Croce, and I well remember sitting in the audience roughly adjacent to Maury Muehlheisen (who was stage-right in the line of Croce's small band) and noticing his versatile guitar work. Allen's subsequent performance was brief and uninspired, and when he opened the audience to questions, someone pointedly asked: "How long will Jim Croce keep you in his act?" Of course, Jim Croce and Maury Muehlheisen were killed some months later, and I have always remembered that performance with particular clarity, and sadness.
Friday, March 13, 2009 at 00:24
175) nick vagni
I was 13 years old when that plane went down. It was my first experience with death. I loved those Jim Croce albums and I never knew how big a part he really was with those songs. What a talent he was. Thank You for sharing those precious memories.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 17:27
174) K.P.
Twenty years ago I was visiting my
brother on marthas vineyard.He lived in a great boarding house near the ferry and the local bars where his freind played guitar.The weekends would bring a long list of characters to my brothers room to hang out and play guiatr. One night a whole bunch of us were partying and playing guitars.Someone asked my brother who his favorite guitar player was.Maury Mueleisen,he said.his answer was pretty funny to us all because noone knew who he was talking about.Soon we were all trying to do some of Maurys phrasing and fills.He really was a great guitar player.I can remember that being one of my favorite nights on the island.

Monday, March 09, 2009 at 16:32
173) Aussie Jen
Australia was always 'behind' in what was happening overseas - we have our own world. I recall (as a teenager - 16) returning home on a Saturday night, not wishing to go to bed straight away - watched "Tribute to Jim Croce" on MTV on our Government channel. From then on I was mesmerised with the music, introducing it to my family.
Not being musical beyond singing, recently realised Maury & Jim's talents when watching my own sons playing guitar & drums.
We are all the better for Maury & Jim having been on this earth.

Sunday, March 08, 2009 at 18:47
172) Tim McMullen
Rain Desmond's letter is a marvel. I know that I have mentioned my song in regards to other pieces on the guestbook, but she has almost exactly captured my own original experience with Maury's album. My song, "Second-String Songman," on the "songs for Maury" page of this site, tries to evoke that same ethereal, mystical musical connection that his songs evoke.

I was more of a music hound (i.e., I really tried to track down every musical joy I encountered—I didn't just want that one cool Danny O'Keefe song or that quirky Townes Van Zandt piece, I wanted everything that they ever did, and I was seldom sorry in my quests). It took several years for Maury to pop up on the Croce album (we had no internet back then, so news was zero until somebody reemerged on album liner notes or in an article), but suddenly there he was on the albums and the tv shows.

And when you compared the pre-Maury Croce to the post-Maury Croce, you heard a remarkable transformation in Croce's phrasing and melodies plus those incredibly fluid and innovative guitar accompaniments that Maury contributed. So when I heard about the tragic crash, I mourned the loss of JIm, a great performer who was just coming into his own, but even before they said it, I felt the heart-crushing realization that Maury had to have been on that plane too, and that we had lost a second remarkable talent, but unlike JIm Croce, Maury Muehleisen had never really received the renown that he so richly deserved. This site, and letters like that of Rain Desmond, and the thousands of heart-felt affirmations of Maury's affect from friends and strangers, helps assuage the pang of such a loss.

Rain—your friends should be proud to be the recipients of such wonderfully thoughtful and evocative missives, and I, for one, thank you very much for sharing with the readers of this site.

Tim McMullen

Thursday, March 05, 2009 at 00:13
Anche se sono italiano sono cresciuto con la musica di Jim e sopratutto di Maury.
L'ho sempre ammirato per la sua bravura.
Sono contnto di aver trovato un sito che lo ricordi.

Ciao Maury

Tuesday, March 03, 2009 at 11:36
170) Paul Subacchi
Having loved Jim's music for so long I'm embarassed not to have known until today how much Maury was part of that.
Thanks Maury I'm a richer person because of you and Jim

Monday, March 02, 2009 at 16:29
169) Bruce Williams
Unbeleivable talent. There will never be two guitarist who complement each other this way... Never.... Possibly the two greatest song writers of all time. At 47 they still get my vote.
Sunday, March 01, 2009 at 10:39
168) Deborah Harris- Council
I was watching VH-1 and they were doing a special on music of the 70's adn they had a feature showing Jim and Maury singing "Bad Leroy Brown". I then recall the first time I met Maury at Glassboro State College in New Jersey. He was a friend of my roommate Nancy and I met him when she brought him up to our room. He lived in Hawthrone Hall and we often saw each other in the co-op where student gathered to eat, socialize play the jukebox and sing along with the sound or just sing to be singing. My frien Michael was a music major and him and Maury use to sing songs together. Muary was excellent on the guitar and one time I said to him, "you're good and you'll probably be famous one day". Maury was so oh so modest, saying "Okay, if you say so". and giving that smile which was always on his face. When I heard about his and Jim's deaths, I felt that the music industry had lost yet another set of great artist. But they're up there in "rock and roll heaven" making beautiful music with those others that we lost too soon.
Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 16:47
167) Rain Desmond
This is personal letter penned to a friend just yesterday: You might find this interesting. You might not. Eh, we endeavor to communicate because we are expressive and the pain of not doing so would drive us more insane than the doing.

Do you remember Maury Muehleisen? I don't expect you to, but perhaps you will if I continue. I have been having frequent dreams that feature my mother and other dead relatives and friends. In the process of this, I was prompted to go to the library in search for books by Leo Buscaglia. One of the dead friends in one of my dreams had introduced my to Leo in the 80's. She literally introduced me to him. We went to Vt. to see him and after his talk she introduced me to him. I have a very dear photo of him hugging me. So, she comes to me with my mother in my dream and then in my day time hours I remember Leo (he's dead too by the way) and so, I get the urge to go to the library to retrieve some of his books because it is mid-winter in NY and I am getting brain starved, psychologically starved, emotionally starved - starved on so many levels starved. I used to make it a habit to go to the Saratoga Springs library every Wednesday afternoon. I got out early from work that day and so would head down there to peruse the shelves and see what book or books vibrated enough to me to catch my fancy and take home and read. But I haven't done that in may be 3 years. So, last Thursday I purposely headed to the library to find Leo books. That done, I wandered back down stairs, headed for the music cd bin to find The Essential Leonard Cohen, which I never found, but in the futile process of looking I serendipitously vibrated to the Jim Croce (he's dead too) Classic Hits cd. On the Classic Hits cd is Time in a Bottle which I have always and will always hold dear as the song for my mother - because, sincerely, she really was someone I would want to go through time with. So, here I am dead people coming to me in dreams, dead people singing songs, and dead people telling me some pretty essential and beautiful stuff that I needed to hear about loving. Well, so after having the cd in my possession for five days, last night I wandered over to where the plastic cover laid since opening it and sticking the cd in the stereo. I'd listened to the cd enough and was contemplating bringing it back to the library before the dog ate it or something and I decided well, I might as well read the liner notes. And I'm scanning over them because I have a hard time concentrating sometimes and in the process came across the words "On September 20th, 1973," and I think, oh, this must be when Jim died and the details of that held some interest to me. So I concentrate harder and re-read "On September 20th, 1973" and remainder of the sentence.

Do you remember Maury Muehleisen?

After Blue was born and I was living at home and we were friends (this is kind of like one of your "where were we when we were..." moments) and on one of our walks to Woolworths at the Loblaws (yes, I said Loblaws) Plaza (Blue was probably with us) we were sorting through the album bin (remember albums?) and Maury's album did it's little vibrational "me! me! take me!" chant to me and I bought the thing and brought it home. Do you remember this? And how I loved that album. Over and over and over I'd play it. "Eddie was a good man. He lived his life so free..and sometimes Eddie smiled at me." I let you borrow it too. It was all original work. He had some great songs and a clear as a bell voice. This must have been 1971 or 72. Over the years I would think about him and wonder why he never made it big and I would sometimes even laugh at myself for buying his album and who was he and what the heck ever happened to him? But when I would think about the album and the songs, I would thing, gee I really liked him and just figured, well, he was probably just some small guy who had the fortune of having an album produced and that was the end of him. I sometimes imagined him singing in small cafes still trying to make it.

So it is 37 years later and I have been dreamed into and vibrationally pushed into picking up the liner notes of Jim Croce's Classic Hits cd and the sentence reads, "On September 20, 1973, Jim Croce and his friend and guitarist Maury Muehleisen died in a plane crash along with four others in Natchitoches, Louisiana." And on the same page as this sentence is a photo of Jim and Maury. And I felt like I was kicked by a metaphysical mule in the stomach. I immediately burst out crying.

This is why my Maury never made it beyond that one little tiny album that happened to call to me 37 years ago in Woolworths.

So my mother and these dead people are sending me messages and (despite the fact that this is what your father hated about me) I am receiving them loud and clear and there is a lot of love going on in the nether world towards me. I imagine my mom up there chatting all these people up. Telling them about me and how I did this, and how I liked that, and Ollene (my old friend) is telling her xyandz about me and she brought over Leo and then Jim Croce showed up and then Maury.

I love winter in NY when I am starved on so many levels and the bridges are up and the mountain passes are closed and nothing is getting through but my own thoughts and voices from some other place.

Love you, Rain

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 13:25
165) chris nickey
Maury has been an inspiration to me and so many other musicians in my life and just wanted to say thanks maury (and jimbo too!) for the gift of your music even you were only on loan from heaven for a short while your music will be a gift cherished for a lifetime . thanks guys hope i meet up with you both at that great jam session in the sky! also thanks mary for building this wonderful shrine to a magical guitar picker.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 00:14
163) kevin layne
i'm 53 now....born in 1956.....i play lead guitar in temple,tx....maury's guitar work was a great inspiration for me in highschool...i'll never forget the first time i heard"operator"...rarely... have i ever been moved,such as that....when i first hear a song...i still wonder what he would be doing today if he and jim were still alive....oh george harrison said"all things must pass'


Monday, February 23, 2009 at 14:41
162) Alec Cumming
I was just watching a VH1 show tonight called "Billboard's Hits of the 70s", and it features a live performance of Jim Croce playing "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown". It was just Jim on acoustic and vocals plus a groovy-looking dude playing delicious little acoustic licks and singing backup vocals. I realized I had seen this cat in other Jim performances, and tonight I had to figure out who he was.

After doing a little investigation (thanks Google and Wikipedia!) I discovered that this guy was named Maury Muehlelsen and that his sound, talent, influence and vibe looms incredibly large in the Jim Croce story. I've always adored the guitar playing on "Operator" and "Time In A Bottle" - it's ridiculously brilliant, taking the songwriting to an even more stunning place - and am grateful that I was able to find out more about this man on this important website. What a talent. Of course nothing will ever take away the tragedy of his loss, but he's alive forever, every time his art is once again sent out into the world, with his soul pouring out over those strings and out into the universe on those wonderful records.

Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 02:42
161) Bonnie Shaw
My father's mother was Cary Muehleisen. I remember my mother telling us that cousin Maury had died in a plane crash, but I hadn't ever met him, just knew he played the guitar. I spent a lot of time with other Muehleisen relatives near Trenton - Aunt Freida who raised my dad. Uncle Jonah who was a local engraver and artist, one of his paintings hangs in my apartment. Our family comes from talented stock. There was always music in our house. I got my first guitar when I was thirteen, a piano a few years later and played constantly through high school and college. I still have that first guitar, and a second guitar I bought 10 years ago an Ovation. I just recently learned Maury played one along with some Martins on the road. I still play once in a while but not as much as I wish I could. I'm very excited to be able to learn more about the cousin I never knew but heard while I was growing up.
Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 17:30
160) K.S.
I can't get enough of Jim Croce's songs and to find out Maury's special influence on them all is so interesting to me. I just wanted to say I appreciate all his work and I know its been 35 years since his passing, his music and contributions are so much appreciated today. Thank you
Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 12:09
159) Ed Haier
This is pure and honest talent that will endure through all time.
Friday, February 20, 2009 at 01:04
158) Josef Laposa
Jim and Maury were a talented, personable duo with much to give and did in a much too short time. Thirty-five years later, their music still produces peaceful thoughts and a smile for me. They will never be forgotten.
Saturday, February 14, 2009 at 11:31
157) Stephen Ernest Smith
Maury and Jim inspired me greatly as a young man. In watching some YouTube videos, I notice Jim's Ovation is exactly like the one I have (and still have). As a songwriter, they have also inspired me. Today, at 53, I am going to resume playing because, at long last I realize THIS is what I love. God bless Maury and Jim.
Friday, February 13, 2009 at 14:56
156) Kathleen Woodruff Wickham
I knew Maury in college. He was one of my very best friends. I was cleaning out a closet the other day and notice a box of albums untouched for years but dragged around unopen for many moves. Of course Maury's album was in the box. I remember many of my conversations with Maury about life, living and the future. God bless to his family. He was a wonderful man. And not until I started to write this note did I realize how often in life I thought about his advice. The thing is--I think I should ahve followed it more.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 20:45
155) Cindy C Morrison
Just want to are not forgotten
Sunday, February 08, 2009 at 15:44
153) Rick Macali
To all of Maury's family and friends,

I feel the love. Thank you for sharing his/your life with the world. Great information, great sentiment. God bless you all and all of us.

And, to Maury, thanks for sharing the talent.

Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 20:21
152) Shelia Lenahan Sulkowski
Hello Mary and Robert...

This has evolved into a haunting and beautiful site. Your love for your brother is evident in every word on every page.

Hope you are all well. Write when you can - same addy as always.

Happy Birthday Maury. I watch you and Jim on YouTube. Timeless.

Love, your cousin, Shelia

ps. my oldest son looks so similar to Maury - the Malone/Muehleisen gene bonanza!

Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 22:46
151) Peggy
Thank you to all Maury & Jim's fans for keeping them alive & passing on your interest in their music to your friends & families. I enjoy reading your messages to our family through this website. (Thanks, Mary)
As I am surrounded by Eagles fans at work every day, I would like to remind you of the movie "Invincible" The Vince Papale story, another Philadelphia local success story. "I Got a Name", with Maury's guitar playing, is the song played during the credits.
Thanks again, Maury's sister, Peggy

Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 07:46
149) Marc
Well it's just a week now since I got Gingerbreadd and Before the Ever Since from you, Mary. I've listened to nothing else since! Maury's singing, guitar playing and songwriting are outstanding. These are quite simply the best songs I've heard in years. Love them all.
Thanks so much Mary!

Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 10:23
148) James Dean Little.
Dean Little the one who posted below me is my dad. when i was little my favorite song was leroy brown. i have allways been a fan. my dad called me into his room one night and was like check out what i bought. it was Jim and Maurey. i really loved it. they both play guitar very well. i really appricate good music. todays music isnt near as good as the old stuff.
Jim and Maury live on through the music. =]

Friday, January 16, 2009 at 20:00
147) dean little
i am 44 and have known all the words since jims 3 albums came out. bought the dvd a few years back,and enjoy watching maury and jim over and over.they were very special in my life and my older sister who originaly turned me on to it. got a text this week from my 15 year old son with the words to operator, he loves the dvd, great music always remains timeless. thanks for the great music....
Friday, January 16, 2009 at 19:31
146) cheryl
what a lovely site. you know, at 52, i still cry sometimes at some of jim and maury's songs because they are so missed. but what a gift they left for us all. bless you, love. i wish you peace.
Friday, January 16, 2009 at 17:14
145) Buddy Coronado
What an honor to be able to leave a message to Maury. I was only 15 years hold when I heard the tragic news and cried as if I had lost a member of my on family. I begged my mom to buy me a guitar and have been playing the same one ever since. I loved Jim Croce's songs and memorized every word but I new I would never be able to play like Maury or sing like Jim. However their work was truly an inspiration for me in playing the guitar. Now with the internet I search for every piece of video out there just watch them and see the beauty in what they created. What a joy. Now I have two birthdays to celebrate on January 15th. Maury's and my son James.
Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 17:59
144) Mary Beth
I was thinking of Maury on his birthday yesterday.Unfortunately,my compter crashed and I just got it working,but I want to say that Maury is always remembered and his music forever appreciated!
Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 16:20
143) Tim McMullen
A posthumous birthday celebration is unusual, but we do it for the greats: Lincoln and Washington, MLK. Our Great Aunt Pearl died two years ago at the age of 102; her birthday was this week. We have continued to celebrate her birthday each year since, as we did when she was alive, by having dinner at her favorite restaurant. I encourage your site visitors to celebrate Maury's birthday by listening to his songs from Gingerbreadd and Before the Ever Since. His beautiful pieces still resonate deeply, and if you haven't heard them, you can buy them at this site. I coined the double-entendre—second-string songman—to describe Maury's career, but make no mistake: he was first-string all the way. I can't recommend his songs highly enough!

Happy Birthday, Maury

Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 03:30
142) Mary Muehleisen
Thanks for the various remembrances of Maury. He would have celebrated his 60th birthday today, January 14. The kind words you all share during the year are much appreciated.
Peace and Love,

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 22:41
141) Gary Brasco
Happy Birthday Maury! He will always be remembered. A talent likes his will live forever through the music.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 19:22
140) Margaret Gletherow
Just wanted to say "Happy Birthday" Maury, where ever you are! Your music will live on for many many generations to come.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 16:21
139) Rob
In 1975,Donna,one of my coworkers, loved Jim and Maurys music so much she wanted "Time in a Bottle" played at her wedding. When she found out I played guitar ,she asked me to perform it. After weeks of trying to get it perfected, I finally just had to wing it. Of course ,it was no way close to the beautifull original, and in embarassment ,I declined payment for the gig. Jim and Maury...your music will forever be a part of our memories...and I'm sure,will never be duplicated...
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 14:00
138) patrick leef
Wow,just came to know his guitar style and singing.very impressive,what a huge loss and condolences to the family.
Monday, January 12, 2009 at 14:38
137) Scott Levine
Rest in peace, Maury. You and Jim. Your music lives on forever.
Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 18:07
136) Rey T.
I first heard Jim Croce's songs when I was in College. It was the back up singer's voice that i really like..that's why when I sing along Jim's song, I sing the back up part...I Love the guitar playing too.....
I used to wonder whose voice or who was the back up voice behind jim Croce's Song???
NOW I KNOW His Name...and I read his Story....
May You Rest in Peace, Maury.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 at 22:30
135) Tim McMullen
Happy New Year, Mary, to you, to your family, to all the visitors to this site, and to Maury's memory and the great musical legacy that he and Jim left us.

Have a great new year!

Thursday, January 01, 2009 at 04:04
134) Adam
Great Music, Maury.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 01:32
133) Jim Brennan
What beautiful music. I stopped by You Tube recently just to see how it was done and became fascinated by Maury's incredible guitar work and understated singing voice. Like George Harrison, he was the one that made it work. That magic musical formula that so few share. It's a shame we've missed so much over the last thirty-five years but we were lucky to have them and lucky to have their music - always.
Monday, December 29, 2008 at 21:11
132) Lance
When I first heard Jim Croce I was really impressed with the ability he had in writing pop songs. But what actually drew me into his songs were the guitars. First of all they played those damn Ovation guitars. Don't tell me how good they [Ovation guitars] were. They were a pain in the butt to play, BUT. I never in my life heard two guys make those guitars sound that good. I know they didn't stay with them throughout the 3 albums and that's okay. What I liked was what lead guitarist Maury Muehleisen was doing with the guitar. He made the Croce sound. Jim could write good commercial tunes and Maury polished them up so good that you just couldn't help notice. Like peanut butter and jelly, these guy were a natural fit. I thank God we all got to know them and sadden that we were left wondering what other great music would they have produced. Can't beat a PBJ. Thanks Maury your playing is still being talked about and your family should be proud of you and your accomplishment.


Thursday, December 25, 2008 at 00:07
131) Ronnie Jannamon
I have been a huge fan of Maurys and Jim sence i first heard them for the first time from a joot box from a reastraunt in Big Spring Texas where i worked as a busboy during the summer before school started...i remember that day like it was dont mess around with jim..played over and over and over...everybody loved it...everybody played it..and to this day i miss maury and jim and the "what might have been"..and wonder from time to time...when is hollywood going to make the movie about Maury and Jim
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 00:31
130) hans
i was a kid living in amsterdam when i discovered jim croce's music and, through it, the voice and guitar of maury muehleisen. recently i have been playing it a lot and have been watching the many videos on youtube. the music is timeless, so beautiful.
Monday, December 22, 2008 at 07:18
129) Rudy Vasquez
To this day I listen close to Maurys guitar work. He impressed me then and still does to this day. I played in many duets and had the honor of playing his riffs. I was 16 when he passed. Thank you for having this website up for us who will never forget him.
Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 20:12
128) buck
i am friends with his brother and just found out who he was related to , i love jim croce and his passing upsets me, great musicians need to be reconginized. great memorial from his family.
Thursday, December 04, 2008 at 19:50
126) Jakob Milthers
I heard "I remember Mary". Makes a big impression. Such a powerful voice. And such strange but nice harmonies. He came a long way in a short time. Thanx.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 16:10
125) Mike
I still listen to the music and wonder why no one has duplicated what they did. Maury complimented Jim's music like no one else could have done. What an amazing talent. Never forgotten. Let the music live on!
Sunday, November 23, 2008 at 18:41
123) dennis
thank you very much for the music. goodbye maury. by the way, i just learned about you today.bought jim croce's dvd and i got curious about the the backup singer so i searched the internet and read everything about you and you touched my heart. i will buy your music. thank you maury for sharing your music.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 23:11
122) Kat Eichacker
Maury was such a talented young man. He and Jim made magic together.
Friday, November 14, 2008 at 11:13
121) Mike Borne
The music from Maury & Jim inspired me to make a career of the music business. I still fondly listen to their music now 35 years since I first heard them. It's timeless. Thank you for the inspiration.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 12:39
120) Rick Hoey
I met maury at Glassboro in the dorm. He heard me playing guitar and ducked his head in to say hello. We hung out off and on for the next semester. He borrowed my amp once. We were both dating girls in the same dorm and always found ourselves dropping our girls of at the same time on the weekends. Maury, myself and our friend Guy Kern roadtripped to Boston one bored weekend. I lost touch with him as his career blossomed, but did see him a few more times and every time got a smile and enthusiastic hello. Maury had lots of enthusiam. I have other memories and they are still clear and pleasant. Goes without saying I was shocked and greatly saddened by his death.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 23:49
117) Carlos Moraga
Thanks a lot for sharing the memories of Maury, a wonderful musician, Jim Croce and Maury are probably the sound which best represents my teen years, and their songs were the motivation for me to learn English. They will always have a place in my heart.

Greetings from Santiago, Chile

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 at 11:19
114) Frankie Yih
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Sunday, November 02, 2008 at 07:39
112) Laura Stark
What a wonderful musician!
Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 14:55
109) Scott Shrive
The "what if" factor. That's what I cant stop thinking about, when I see Maury and Jim play together.
The world seems like a truly unfair place some days. I still love to watch those guys play. I'm nowhere near the musician Maury was but I recognize that grin when he and Jim would play. The grin says, "I am exactly where I want to be right now....doing exactly what I want to be doing"
Anybody who plays, knows that feeling, when you hit the groove and you can't help smiling. Thanks for this page. Your brother was a genius and taken from you...and the rest of us....far too soon.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 13:00
106) hansw16
What a gifted talented musician Maury was
what a wonderful song: a song i heard
ive listened to it about 20 times in a row now, trying to find out which chords he used
but really wonderful to listen to


The Netherlands

Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 09:26
103) Bob Laubacher
I found this site today after thinking about Maury's history. I took up guitar at an early age but it was after watching Jim and Maury on TV that I realized what a tremendous talent Maury was. Not since the Buffalo Springfield days had I heard the melodic fills that Maury brought to the music. There was always a song within the song. God bless his family members and like you I can only imagine how much more special he would have been had he lived.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 15:46
100) Jim Panek
How blessed the world was for having Maury an Jim in it. I still smile every time I hear I got a name. I was 13 at the time and I still remember when my 8th grade teacher told us of the accident. She loved their music too we played their albums the rest of the day.Thank you for sharing this web site with us.
Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 01:31
99) Michael Offenhauser
All these years, and I still can't believe he's gone. I remember so clearly the morning I arrived to my office, and my younger sister telling me that Maury and Jim had been killed in a plane crash. My heart ached for the rest of the day as I just sat in dis-belief. I had been too young to know what it felt like to those hearing of Buddy Holley's death and how one could only feel that the magic was gone. Now I knew. But what I didn't know at the time, was how Maury and Jim would stay in my heart all my future years, and how their music would shape mine.
My love to all Maury's family, friends, and fans.

Monday, October 06, 2008 at 09:14
98) David Moody
Had Maury and Jim lived on, the entire face of music as we know it would have changed. God Bless Their families.
Sunday, October 05, 2008 at 23:04
97) john childress
after all these years, i still get a tear in my eye when i hear maury and jim. the best ever.
Saturday, October 04, 2008 at 12:11
96) Linda Bonine
92) Linda Bonine
I was just a little girl when they were playing. I don't even remember how I came to know of them but I do know that I still have my album that I bought with money I earned babysitting. I only bought a few albums as a child but You Don't Mess Around With Jim was one of them. Tonight I took it out to share with my son who is a guitarist. I told him that this was one of my "favs" as a kid. Don't worry, Maury's not forgotten - not ever forgotten!
Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 01:55

Thursday, October 02, 2008 at 13:36
95) Ray L Teel
What a wonderful tribute to Maury. It is clear in everything that is done on this site, just how much you love and are proud of Maury. He was an incredible singer/song writer/musician. I think he must have been blessed to be part of a big supportive family.
Monday, September 22, 2008 at 14:50
94) Chris
There's nothing that I enjoy more than playing those beautiful songs on my guitar and trying to make them sound good (they sounds much better when I am alone).
The best part is that watching Maury and Jim play is soooo easy these days with so many of their performances on YouTube. It's just two guys sitting on stage playing and singing, but I like it so much more than most things I see on a stage these days.
Thanks for giving us the music.

Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 23:55
93) Deb
35 years, I remember sitting in the grocery store parking lot in disbelief. They are not forgotten and the music they made has stood the test of time and continues to show that it is timeless.
Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 02:08
91) Jim Haught
Can it really be 35 years?

Mary, their music will live forever.

Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 19:51
90) Marilyn
I was feeling sad about Maury and Jim all day.
Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 16:54
89) Mary Beth
Dear Mary and all,
I have been thinking of Maury and Jim all day today.I have played their beautiful music as I do so often,and thought about how very much their spirits go on because of all the joy that their voices and guitar playing is still bringing us,today,exactly 35 after they passed away...and always will.

Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 16:38
88) Tom Hamilton
To Maury's family:

For some reason, my subconscious mind kicked in and I was playing my Jim Croce DVD and CDs this week and I was once again in awe of the chemistry between him and your brother. I never got to see them live in concert but they were two of the driving forces to get me playing the guitar. After 35 years, their music is still unmatched.

Thanks and Peace to all of you.

Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 11:36
87) Alex Cheng
It was amazing when I had a chance to watch Maury, a great musician to work with Jim and showed his talent to everyone.
I began to learn Jim's songs when I was in high school,
I played with one of friend together, we often practice the songs like time in a bottle, I have to say I love you in a song, these dreams...We enjoyed being a part of playing the songs, especially the chords created by Jim and Maury, it was hard but super.
The next song I am planning to learn is " I got a name " 'cause I really like Maury when he started to play this song and lead all the way to the end, it is absolutely wonderful.

Thanks you.


Friday, September 19, 2008 at 16:11
86) dlee
Bless you and your family on this upcoming aniversary.
I was only 13 in 1973 but I remember the music so well and the horrible news of the accident on the evening news.
Mury and Jims Music have never left me .
Today im a musician myself and The music that Maury helped create is a part of me and always will be.

Friday, September 19, 2008 at 05:57
84) Craig Celgin
I don't have words that add to the value of the screams of love and adoration that already adorn this website. Reading the stories and respect reminds me of my own family and how lucky we all were. A love that you all had and maintain, albeit in Maury's spirit. The world knows Jim Croce, and those who cared to understand knew and appreciated Maury. I believe Maury would have been as big a star as Jim, however like a man's man, Maury recognized that it was Jim's time, and that his would come. It didn't come on this earth, but I promise you, 35 years after me or 99 percent of the world pass, people won't be burning words on websites in homage, as they do Maury. Love and God Speed to your family. PS- Gingerbread is one of my favorite albums and I have it in the thickest plastic imaginable!

Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 02:35
83) Tim McMullen
The love that you have poured into maintaining the memory or your brother—the opportunity for family, friends, and fans as well as visitors newly introduced to the musical marvel that was Maury Muehleisen—has allowed this fantastic outpouring of admiration and tribute to your brother. The anniversary of a tragedy has the potential for merely emphasizing our loss, but I commend you and the visitors to this site for consistently remembering and praising the incredible inspiration and lasting legacy of Maury and Jim.

I may have used the double-entendré to call him "Second-String Songman," but Maury was incomparable. He will forever remain #1 with a bullet...

Sincerely, Tim McMullen

Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 00:55
82) Mary Muehleisen
Hi, Everyone,
Thirty-five years this coming Sunday - September 20, 2008 - since Maury and Jim died in a plane crash in Natchitoches, Louisiana. It's hard to believe.
My gratitude is overflowing right now. I feel so blessed with the good fortune of unconditional friendship with people all over the world - people who have taken the time to visit this website and leave such kind messages for me and my family.
Thanks for being there for all of us!
Peace and Love,

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 17:10
81) Timothy Bauer
1973 was such a huge year in my life and I lost two iconic figures in a short time-span: Jim Croce and Bruce Lee, but as a guitarist, I KNEW, and as technology advancements have proven, the extraordinary guitar music in so many Croce songs, ie. Lover's Cross, Dreamin' Again, and many others, came from the fingers and strings of Maury Muehleisen. The loss of such a great musician, and as Ingrid Croce describes, fantastic friend and person, is not to be overshadowed by the horrible loss of Jim Croce. I will miss them both all my life, even though I never had the pleasure of meeting, or hearing them in concert, and I still listen to and play on my own guitar, though I am sure I hardly do their great music justice, their songs quite often. Thank you! Respectfully, Tim
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 10:05
80) Robert Muehleisen
Mom just reminded me that tomorrow (September 16) was the last day we saw Maury alive 35 Years ago. I can't believe it's been that long since we last said goodbye. I was only 12 at the time. What a special day that was. He had so much joy and hope for his future. Maury was so happy that day to be with all of his family and friends. I can still see his face in my mind's eye smiling at all of us. I will forever cherish that day. There was so much music and laughter. My sister Mary was very pregnant with her twins who would join us only months later. We were all so skinny back then. Maury especially. He could not have weighed more that a buck 20. I remember laying underneath his grand piano that day listening to him sing and play and also listening to other music including Patti Dahlstrom's album. One song called Emotion sticks out in my mind. Today is a day that my emotions are all coming back to me of that last day. Thank you Mom for reminding me and thank you Mary for giving us this wonderful site to remember our brother every day. Thanks to all of the people who are keeping my brothers memory alive by writing in to this site. You have no idea how much it means to our family. Love to all. Robert
Monday, September 15, 2008 at 21:21

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 21:51
78) Doug Truxillo
I have had this webpage marked since July 2005 when I found it. I don't know why it took me so long to post how much I admired Maury and his playing ability combined with his low-keyed, humble attitude displayed in the films and live albums I have listened to over the years.

I was in Law School at LSU on the morning I received the news of Jim and Maury's death. My clock radio woke me up to "Time in a Bottle" but it was just the lead in to the tragic news that Jim and his long time duet partner, Maury Muehleisen, had been killed just a few hundred miles from where I was living. I was in shock and the whole school was buzzing with the news and the rumors of what had actually happened to cause the plane to crash.

I am still saddened when I think about the loss of such a great talent so young. I guess God needed another angel in Heaven just at that time.


Saturday, September 06, 2008 at 22:28
77) joey padovano
Hi Mary. Great site, keep up the good work!

BTW.... I'm a computer field tech for a medical transcription company. Last week while doing some work in the Trenton NJ area, I got the chance to visit Maury's resting place at Saint Mary's cemetery.

Friday, September 05, 2008 at 09:05
76) Brian Caudill
As many posters on this site, I too have recently discovered Maury. I also have been a Croce fan myself, performing many of his songs for crowds along the beaches of West Florida for years. I always knew there was that other guy laying in those great licks. I am glad to have found this information about him and his life. He was another incredible talent, lost too soon. His family and friends deserve to be as proud as humanly possible of him.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 at 15:27
75) Bryan McIntosh
I have always been a huge Jim Croce fan and could just listen for hours. Everytime a saw something with Jim, there was Maury. These two men had such wonderful talents and where taken from the earth much to soon. Thank you for the website about Maury and for sharing him with us all. Many prayers and blessings.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008 at 22:05
74) Brian Johnson
I just recently found out about maury, during my research on him, I am big Jim Croce Fan and never new who the other guitarist was, until I did some research... Really amazing I listen to Maury's songs and I love them, he is such an awesome guitarist, and I look forward to learning more about Maury, I myself play guitar and taking lessons and working on some Croce tunes and most definitely going to tackle one or more of Maury's songs from his album just reall really amazing
Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 23:57
72) tim
maury and jim were the best 2 man band of all times.
ive been playing guitar for 40 years even tho im only 43 years old .
i remember the duos of maury and jim and they were the greatest .
i hope GOD enjoy's them half as much as i do may GOD bless the family and personal friends of the people who was tragically takin away from us

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 01:42
71) Anthony Lazarus
I think that it is great that you have got this website set up to remember one of the greatest musicians of his time, and many of my favourite recordings are of him with jim. Do you ship the cd's to the uk or should I order via amazon or something?
Friday, August 22, 2008 at 17:44
70) Edward Girard
I was a senior in high school in 1973 when Maury Muehleisen and Jim Croce lost their lives on that tragic evening. Jim Croce's music greatly influenced my life and I know the influence Maury had with Jim's music. Just listen to any Croce song and listen to the phenomenal finger-picking. It's Maury.
Thanks for the site - Maury needs the recognition and tribute for his contribution to his legacy as well as Jim Croce's. Together they made magic.

Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 22:15
69) Tamra Ross
Love You Maury and your incredible music.
Friday, August 15, 2008 at 17:51
68) Jan van Veen aka boomklever
Hello Mary,

we spoke to each other at the registration in front of the Martin factory recently. I saw your name and thought there might be a connections with 'Maury's Music'. But a completely different story then followed!
It was nice having spoken and met you!

As for many people I too have good memories of the music Jim and Maury. I heard their music at the time I justed started playing acoustic guitar and their songs are great examples.
One thing I still have very clear on my mind was a documentary on the Dutch television where they mixed parts of a live version of a song with the studio version. It was so cool to hear that songs flowing so smooth, you would easily forget it was editted from live and studio cuts.

Jim and Maury both left beautiful music and we have to be thankful for that.

Friday, August 15, 2008 at 03:25
67) Evan Blanchard
I would have been thrilled to meet you at the Martin factory. I'm a UMGF member and come to the site from Mike's post.
You've heard Maury's praises before, but (honestly!) I was telling a friend at Martinfest '08 that of all the backup guitarists playing the really great guitar licks behind the stars of the 60's and 70's (like Denver, Taylor, Stevens, Chapin, Lightfoot and others), the one playing for Jim Croce was absolutely the best! But I couldn't remember his name. So it is with great reverence that I come to this site, and I'm thrilled to find it! Every time I learn a Croce song, I'm most interested in Maury's guitar part. It's great to think what he did still thrills us so much today, and will continue to do so in the future.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 20:32
66) Mike Buono
Hi Mary...we met and spoke at the Martin Guitar Factory...under the tent during lunch. I enjoyed spending time with you, and have "introduced" you to the Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum members. Hope to see you onboard there soon.
I'm working my way through the site and enjoying it a great deal.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 20:49
65) Alastair Murray
Thank you for the Memories and the Beautiful Music.

But for all who read this - please find your only peace - as for Jim and Maury - in Jesus Christ! Without Him we all are lost.

These incredible musicians gave us some of the most beautiful music and songs of our age - their songs will stand the test of time for all time!!

We are blessed and I praise God that we are Blessed! May Both Jim and Maury be in God's Safe-Keeping awaiting our re-uniting in His Glory. Praise Our Might Saviour! Without Him We are NOTHING!!

None Come To The Father BUT BY ME!! That is by Jesus Christ Alone. If you don't understand this - seek out someone who can help you with this - there is NO other way!!

One Way - Jesus. Seek Him. He is the Only Way!!

Thursday, August 07, 2008 at 11:51
64) Craig Merren
As a young boy around 8-10 I would listen to Jim Croce songs with this fantastic guitar playing and the soft wonderful folk music. At the time, I really didn’t know it was called folk music (am a Caribbean Island man) but when they would play songs like “Time in a bottle” and “Operator”, man that just moved me every time.
It would be years later that I would purchase a cassette tape with all his songs. Whenever I seen a video of Jim, I had always noticed this other guy playing the guitar along with him, but never knew until now that it was Maury Muehleisen. I didn’t even realize he was on the plane that faithful day in September.
This is the first time I have been on this site and read about Maury’s talent and untouchable guitar playing.
Sometimes the good lord sends down a few of his angels to touch the lives of many with a soft and loving touch for all to embellish our souls to.
I can tell you and everyone that they were angels sent to this world to play and write songs that will continue to lift and smooth our souls forever.
Thanks for this web site, and the introductory of your loving brother. May God continue to bless you all.

Craig Merren
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Thursday, August 07, 2008 at 03:50
63) Grant Anderson
Just a note to pay tribute to an individual who influenced my music and though only 14 at the time of this huge loss I grieved and felt the emptiness that day!The memories of Maury sitting back quietly working the magic in Jim's songs as Jim brought his subjects to life always brings a smile and Thank You Mary for this site!
Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 20:52
62) Tim McMullen
Dale's reminiscence perfectly captures why I wrote "Second-String Songman." Here was one of the country's finest acoustic guitar players with an incredibly unique sound, yet "nobody knew his seemed like quite a shame!"

The great thing is that although his album Gingerbreadd was virtually unknown at his death, through the miracles of technology and love (aka, the loving persistence of his sister Mary) that album is again available after a thirty-six year wait (not counting the Japanese version), and the original solo demo tracks are available here for the first time. Anyone visiting this site has got to consider getting these albums. The snippets on the "songs" section show you what a beautiful and unusual voice Maury had, and what a marvelous guitar player he was—you can tell both in a few notes. Unfortunately, the brevity does not allow you to hear what a truly marvelous storyteller and songwriter he was. Jim gets all the glory in that domain, and his credit is well deserved; he wrote some great songs, but, clearly, he began writing his best work "after" he met Maury, and he was clearly influenced by Maury's musical sensibilities. You can only hear that when you hear Maury's songs in their entirety. Give them a listen. They will grow on you "like a song [you] heard one time...about [you], so much of [you]."

All the best, Tim McMullen

Friday, July 25, 2008 at 13:48
61) Dale Stafford
I began playing the guitar in 1975 because of people like Maury, Jim Croce and James Taylor. I'll never forget when I heard of Jim Croce's death, I asked a friend, "Was his lead guitarist on the plane with him?" At that time, I did not know Maury's name, but I did know his guitar style and I absolutely loved it. I have not heard anything else like it before or since his death. And it truly makes me sad that we never got to hear more from Maury Muehleisen.
Friday, July 25, 2008 at 12:27
60) Patti Slevin Sherwood
Mary - I just checked in to see how the website was looking these days. I like the new look. The bluegreen on the home page is very soothing.
Nice touch!


Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 17:38
59) Richard D. Elmer
Maury and Jim will always live in my
heart and mind. I've been playing
guitar since the age of 6 and for the
past 42 years since when I need
inspiration I listen to them I'm a
much better Guitarist and musician
because of Maury and Jim. God Bless
both families.

Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 10:40
58) Greg Evans
I have been playing guitar since I was 10 years old, more than 43 years ago. Upon first hearing Croce's album with Maury's amazing guitar parts I could not believe my ears. How did he get that tone? Where did this guy come from?

Recently, due to the iPod era, I was digitally loading some old tunes into computer. A couple of Croce albums were made me listen to them again, and again, I am truly amazed.

The passage of time has not taken anything away from the genius that was Maury. Hearing all of it again, made me find this website.

God bless the Muehleisen family. Your son and brother is still missed by all of us, and to a much greater degree... all of you.

Thanks for this great tribute and I still want to know how to get that acoustic tone.

Sunday, July 13, 2008 at 09:00
57) wz
Maury and Jim created magic together. The world misses them both.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 at 00:22
56) James Mitchell
I just discovered the website and I have enjoyed looking at all the information on it. I've always been a big fan of Jim Croce and I knew who Maury was, but really didn't know anything about Maury. I'm grateful for the chance to learn more about him.

It's hard to imagine what music these two guys could have made had they been around during the past 35 years. We have all missed a special treat that it didn't happen.

Thanks for keeping the memory and spirit of Maury (and Jim) alive for all of us to enjoy and appreciate.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 12:26
55) Hugh Murray
Hello Friends of Maury.I was most impressed by the the style that Maury had.I guess like most of us Maury represents the man of music not the man of limelight.This quiet gentle talent has had a deep impression on me personally.In Maury's music would always be the winner,and for that I thank him.To those who knew him personally I empathise with you all.Good luck to all in life. Hugh Murray Ireland
Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 15:26
54) Juvie Cortez
Thank you Maury for all the wonderful music! Rest In Peace My Friend My Brother...
Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 07:10
53) Larry Douglas
I started playing guitar in high school back in the mid 70s. One of my guitar heros was Maury Muehleisen. I loved playing acoustic 12 & 6 strings and tried to pattern some of what I did after what I heard Maury do on the radio. I still play a lot and I wish I could have met him and said thanks for making me want to be a better player. I would at least like to say thank you to his surviving family members. I miss him too. I hope you are doing well these days.
Monday, June 16, 2008 at 23:11


Thursday, June 05, 2008 at 19:54
Thursday, June 05, 2008 at 12:58
50) Lorelli Avena Valiente
I've always loved photographs & memories, but i never knew jim croce until my husband had a chance to get a cd featuring jim, alive... and only then did i found out he died in 1973, the year i was born. i kinda got intrigued and started to browse the net for more info bout him, how he died, and so on. the same intrigue got the best of me to also learn more about maury. and im so touched of their life stories, as well as of their friendship, that even in death, they never parted...
Tuesday, June 03, 2008 at 04:57
49) Rick Stiklestad
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Monday, June 02, 2008 at 17:46
48) GINO FORMAROLI Trenton, Nj
Just Happened across this site, And I am glad its here, I have been road mgr. for JOHN EDDIE and his band for the last 5 years, and many places we go Maury's name has come up when I mention i'm from Trenton. I proudly state that maury is indeed from Trenton, and that in my humble opinion, he is one of the greatest accoustic guitar players I have ever heard. although I was only 6-9 years old at the height of Jim And Maury's sucess, I was very aware of them due to the fact that I had a sister who was a generation older, and her future husband was a class mate of Maury's at cathedral high school. It still boggles my mind that two inner city northeast boys likeJim And Maury composed such a beautiful array of ballads, that even today challenge the very best of any country or americana ballads ever written. The sad things of course is that tradgedy put a stop to what may have been one of the graetest runs ever by anyone in thier genre. although i can say i have pretty much evey one of thier songs committed to memory, I have to say i was while rading my sisters record collection one night way back when, when i first heard "walkin' back to Georgia" i had never heard it before, nor had i ever been to macon georgia, but in that mere two minutes and forty seconds, the way I listened to music would be changed forever, It is to me the consumate ballad of all time, i just "works" and if anything probably statrted me on my way to the career that I have today, although i was not blessed with the ability to play an intrument" i still struggle with and old second hand sixstring" i always had a good ear, and 35 years down the road, i've still heard no one better at what the do than Jim And Maury....the real reason I'm writing is that I recently noticed a Mercer county Wall off fame ayt the sovereign bank Arena...I wonder what it would take to get Maury's name on that wall?...if it's possible, i'd like to help in any way I can, please let me know...Gino
Monday, June 02, 2008 at 01:39
46) Mary Beth
My 14 year old son Danny saved up his yardwork money and just bought his first acoustic guitar.When he first told me he wanted to learn to play the guitar,he told me it was because,'Mom,you have been playing Jim and Maury's music since I was a baby--OF COURSE I would want to learn after hearing those guys!'
That shows what kind of legacy they have--Danny was born 20 years after that tragic plane accident.
I am continually impressed with this website,Mary.It truly honors Maury in such a beautiful way:-)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 14:18
45) Jason
Maury passed away 3 months before I was born, but I grew up with Photographs & Memories playing throughout my childhood. Fast forward 30+ years and still memorized with the musical genius that came of the union between Jim and Maury. Tonight, I was listening to "Don't mess around with Jim" and out of the corner of my eye, saw my 4-year old dancing around singing a choppy version of the chorus. And so the music passes on to a third generation.

Godspeed, Maury and family.

Friday, May 02, 2008 at 22:07
44) Ben Grent
Man,today i had my birthday,with a lot of family,and now i am washing the dishich and playing Maury,and never felt so good.
Friday, May 02, 2008 at 16:53
4-19-08@8:10 PM.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 23:32
37) Steve
Thank you for this wonderful website to remember Maury and the gift he shared with us.
I'll never forget seeing him with Jim for the 1st time in 1972 on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. I was already familiar with "You Don't Mess Around with Jim", but it wasn't until I heard his beautiful lead guitar work on "Operator" that I just stared and thought 'who is this guy?'
I went out the next day and purchased the album.
As a guitarist myself, and like many others I know who feel the same, Maury was special, and could do things that people like me only dreamed of.
Thanks again for sharing all of this with his fans.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 15:50
36) KRM
Thank you for the wonderful music - you live on in gifts that you and Jim Croce gave to the world.

I am glad for the time you had to give to this world


Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 06:53
35) tammi
man, it is such a tremendous bummer that you're not here right now. you were something very special, dude. you sure touched my heart tonight and i don't even know you except for the feeling i got when i saw you on a pbs special...maury, i hope you are at complete peace wherever you are and have some joy in knowing you are still touching hearts so long after your death. i know we would have been friends if the time had been right. you are eternally cool and everything good. rest peacefully knowing your life made an impact and deeply touched many lives.
your friend, tammi

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 22:37
34) Clay
In a classic case of web surfing yesterday, I started out watching "Ambrosia" videos at YouTube and ended up totally immersed in the brief and wonderful lives of Jim Croce and Maury Muehleisen. Like, hours and hours and hours worth.

And when you become immersed in something, it inevitably seeps into your heart and soul, and you feel a connection to the times and the places and the people. And you ache when you discover that that amazing guitar player accompanying Jim in all those videos passed away with him on the same day in 1973. I will hear every Jim Croce song with a new ear from this day forward.

Thank you for creating such a wonderful place to visit and the privilege of meeting your brother through picture, song, and word.



Jn 14:27

Monday, April 14, 2008 at 04:37
33) Frank
Thanks for building such a great website around Maury . One of the best guitar players of the world , for that I'm sure.
What he has done on his short lifetime is amazing.
Grtz From a fan from Belgium

Friday, April 11, 2008 at 14:36
32) richs
dear Mary,

Congratulations on putting up a terrific website

We all remember Maury and his contributions to music


Monday, April 07, 2008 at 17:24
30) John M.
I am amazed at the talent Maury showed at such a young age.RIP,buddy.Thank you for the music!
Saturday, April 05, 2008 at 16:50
29) stevie c
I an ashamed to say i had never heard of you and jim but now i do know and i have heard some of your music and was i impressed poetry in motion with your guitars. you may not be with us anymore but you will remain with us with your music thankyou
Saturday, April 05, 2008 at 16:12
27) Jason Poling
Was raised hearing Maury's guitar on Croce's tracks. Always felt a sense of safety and warmth in his music. He has inspired my own music:)

Sunday, March 30, 2008 at 13:42
26) dave conlin
i'm forty years old and have been a fan of jims music for most of those years,i always marveled at the guitar work,and just recently watching youtube i found out why,an incredible musician named maury muehleisen who was content to do his thing ,that music would not have existed and the world would have been missing something without it, i'm sorry for your loss,and the music world's loss. dave c
Monday, March 24, 2008 at 23:34
25) Adrian Shorland
Dear Mary

I received the Jim Croce DVD last year and was very impressed with Maury's guitar playing. Such a gifted man.

It is only now I realised he also passed away in the plane crash with Jim in 1973.

Maury and Jim were two of the most soulful people I have ever heard and ever will hear.

Adrian Shorland


Sunday, March 23, 2008 at 04:17
I loved Jim Croce's music and heart, but Maury's accompanyment made the music what it was. I agree it was pure Genius! He made the music and songs soar. I have been an avid fan for 35 years and will be until I die. I will be attending their concerts in heaven.
With much love, Elaine

Friday, March 21, 2008 at 12:08
23) David George
I often refer to my guitar playing, harmony singing , best friend as, "my Maury". I cant imagine what Maury would have become. I take a little of him with me to every gig I play.
Monday, March 10, 2008 at 13:24
21) Doug Jeffery
I remember Maury with Jim and thinking at the time how great the music was and how well they meshed. I am glad to se Maury remembered on this site.
Sunday, March 09, 2008 at 12:22
20) Karen Swigart
It was the fall of 1972 (I believe most definitely it must have been) when I was at a concert in the round in Illinois. I saw Jim Croce and his friend, Maury, and listened as they carried me away! I was mesmerized by "Jim Croce's band" -- he would tune the guitar as he went along, knowing what was right and wrong. He kept his instrument peeled, and watched Jim constantly to assure that their music was "one voice". As Jim engaged the audience with his eyes and presence, I watched Maury a lot -- he was a driving force in that musicality. Uneducated in Music, even I recognized the power of this Musician! I recall Maury breaking strings that night, and both he and Jim would look at each other and smile knowingly, and yet, he (they) played on, and played beautifully. The evening is one that I have not forgotten. From their both wearing working man's jeans to even what the heck I wore! Maury, I believe wore more of a 'country' shirt with red appliques on his blue shirt. All this is not important, I suppose. What is important is their impact on me. I remember exactly when I heard that their plane had crashed and I inexplicably started crying and couldn't stop. They had both given me something joyful in my life at a time when things weren't all that joyful. I was riding in 1962 blue Corvette Stingray with Hollywood Pipes and it was at a stop sign downtown (our town) just at a flower shop. I remember mostly after these decades, the warmth and friendship and command these two had on the audience -- and me -- that sweet evening. Sorry for rambling. But, thank you for sharing a site to attempt to verbally lay flowers of thanksgiving upon the memory of one so very gifted and so very, very giving of himself. Mr. Muehleisen was indeed an Artist of incomparable quality and one who will not be forgotten by this one who was blessed to experience, and truly appreciate, his gift -- in my way. I know you must miss him the very most. Please know that he made a difference in my life and in my Spirit!
Thursday, March 06, 2008 at 21:12
19) Gordon
I just watched Jim Croce and Maury perform "Operator" on In the comments, someone asked - "who is the backup guy?" and someone answered - "Maury Muehleisen. He Was Quality." That says it all.

Sunday, March 02, 2008 at 13:59
18) Kurt Jelinek
I didn't mean to sign my post (below) as anon, sorry... I was just too caught up in the emotion.
Friday, February 29, 2008 at 03:47
17) anonymous
Ever since 1973, I dread Sept 2Oth. Up until that point, Maury and Jim filled my life with colors... following that date, they futher changed my life as I ventured into show business to follow my own musical career due to the emotions that their talents created in me. I'd like to believe they would have enjoyed knowing how many people they inspired to do the same. I'd like to believe they know it now.

People around me today in music... they just don't understand my feelings about them. And frankly- in a world now where anyone who can whistle is hailed as an "artist"- they never will. They'll ask me "Why do you listen to that same part over and over so much?". Because... it's perfect. It captures emotions. It makes time stand still for a moment- something even Einstein could't do.

I listen to it over and over for the same reason an artist looks at the Mona Lisa over and over.

I never knew them, such is my loss. But it's my belief that Maury and Jim lived true to the that title of artist. They created. They gave. What I wouldn't give to have been able to sit down with them and rap. About anything.

So I thank you, and thank God, for this website.. up till now, Maury had been a bit of a mystery to me with so little precious info out there about him. To know he's buried so close to where I live here in NJ... and yet is still so far away in another respect.. is an unfair paradox I think I share with countless fans.

They say it gets easier with time... but it doesn't. The hole feels deeper. The mystery of their death just as haunting. The list of "why's?" and "what if's" grows more painful each time you review it.

I suppose for some it's easiest to overlook those lists by simply putting on a record. Who could blame them? The one comfort we have is to listen to their musical creations, and for that short time at least be in their eternally young company once again...

They stamped their image on their times, shared their talents with us all too briefly.. and left the sound of their voices for a world to enjoy.

And I miss them.

Friday, February 29, 2008 at 03:45
16) David Lloyd
Love the music, and I to am born on January 14 so his music makes it even more

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 10:42
15) Mary Beth Asenjo
In Remembrance Of Maury:

Today a beautiful snowflake fell unto my hand,
It was special and made me smile.
But soon it was gone from where it did
But it will be thought of all the while.
Like Maury ,here only a moment but not forgotten,
He left a unique and special gift...
And for his talent we're forever grateful,
For it is an amazing,soul warming lift.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 13:39
14) Ken Bryant
Was just watching some Croce video earlier tonight.

Jim's songs would not have been the same without Maury. Both seemed like really cool guys. The accident that took both their lives occured on my 17th birthday. They left us way too soon.

Remember the good times.

Sunday, February 17, 2008 at 02:17
13) Dwight Schonfeld
Just wanted to say Maury's music lives on and he was a great inspiration to me! Maury's guitar style was amazing, detailed yet simple and beautiful at the same time. I can only imagine Maury's spirit is similar to his music!
Monday, February 11, 2008 at 23:12
11) Edward Wood
As a classical pianist, I did not discover Maury until my fiancee introduced me to his music (with Jim Croce) 2 1/2 years ago. Maury is one of the greatest musical geniuses I have ever heard, in any style or any period of music. I NEVER tire oflistening to him,no matter how often we play his recordings. I am SO deeply touched by his guitar playing, and SO grateful to him.
Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 17:13
10) Bill Kex
I was only 12 when the tragedy happened. I have always been a fan of Jim Croce's music, but it wasn't until I saw a video of one of his performances & a closeup of Maury's guitar playing.

I was blown away watching those talented fingers bendinging those strings & giving those songs the unique "sound".

To watch Maury's fingers work those strings on songs like "One less set of footsteps" or "Working at the car wash blues" is like watching a gifted athlete or artist. It's pure magic.

To this day, I've never seen anyone equal what he could do in such a unique way. I can listen to his guitar playing for hours!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 02:14
9) Kylea Taylor (Nikki Duffie)
I never missed a performance Maury did at the Gold Bug in Glassboro. He really touched my heart with his spirit and his music. I have only ever seen one other performer (surpising to me, even, it was Liberace!) who had the same immense and selfless love for his audience. I still miss Maury and the people he brought together in those years of the Gold Bug.
Monday, January 28, 2008 at 14:01
8) Don Parsons
I've been thinking about Jim and Maury lately. I know their birthdays were recent.Man I miss those guys.What
I would have given to have been able to hang out with them and jam some.They both actually gave me guitar lessons and never even knew it.I can remember sitting out in my Dad's Lincoln Continental(he let me drive it to college) back in the 70's with my guitar - listening to Jim's music.It had a quadrophonic 8 track player
that you could separate the left and right and front and rear channels. Maury's guitar parts were in one
channel and Jim's in another. I would sit there for hours trying to figure out how to play all those great
songs! It was a very memorable time for me.They both were truly unique and super talented.

Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 15:55
7) Lynnda Butler
Thank you so much for this tribute to Maury. I attended Glassboro State College with him and miss his quiet presence. I so wish he had lived to be able to see what he would have become. He left a huge gap in the music world and was definitely a musical genius. Funny how I just bought a USB player to change over his album to a CD as I found out about this site. Thank you.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 06:17
6) Mary Muehleisen
Thank you all for your guestbook messages and e-mails - for remembering Maury on the date of his birthday. Your kind thoughts are so very appreciated today and through these past years since the website has been running.
Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers - and wishing you all a world of
Peace and Love,

Monday, January 14, 2008 at 16:07
5) Gary Brasco
On Maury's 59th birthday, my prayers and best wishes go out to his Family and Friends.
Monday, January 14, 2008 at 08:23
4) Mary Beth Asenjo
I am thinking of Maury especially today,as tomorrow would have been his 59th birthday.Oh,how we all wish that fate had allowed him to be sharing birthday cake with us!But we feel the spirit of Maury through his wonderful makes us smile,and that is a gift he gives to us for an eternity.
Happy Birthday,Maury!!

Sunday, January 13, 2008 at 14:40
3) David Tusa
Wow! I never realized the Maury following was so strong!

Well, I am a huge Jim Croce fan. I recently purchased Maury's home recording CD from Mary. It was an incredible experience to hear the original home recordings of "I Remember Mary" and "A Song I Heard". I knew Maury was an integral part of Jim's success, but did not realize he was such an excellent solo performer. Thank you Mary for making Maury's music and memory available to all of us!

Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 22:42
2) Joey Padovano
It took years of wearing out their albums and tapes for me to realize it was Maury's guitar pickin' that stood out and complemented the music. Jim and Maury's unique sound and story telling is what grabbed me back in that time.
Friday, January 11, 2008 at 14:27
1) Jay Pillay
I "met" Maury thro Jim Croce's singing, back in the early 1970's. I was a keen folk fan, defining folk as 'one person with a guitar, and a story to sing.' It feels strangely satisfying now to know the details of this other gifted musician through this website. May the world continue to be blessed by one person with a guitar, and a story to sing.
Friday, January 11, 2008 at 08:47
) Eduardo R. Guerra

Tuesday, January 08, 2008 at 09:20
5) Eduardo R. Guerra

Tuesday, January 08, 2008 at 09:18
4) Jim Russell, Sr.
ORLANDO, FL. 1-6-08@6:58PM......

Sunday, January 06, 2008 at 18:59
3) Jim Russell, Sr.
Hello Mary, and family,
Took a small time away. Just stopping in to wish you and your family a GREAT New Year. I look forward to your book coming out. This site is the greatest, for a GREAT man, and his music. I just bought an acoustic guitar last Friday. {Guess who inspired me?} I will never, ever be as good as Maury, or Jim, but they are fantastic teachers. Thanks guys!
Thanks again Mary, I still play BOTH cd's all the time. Maury is a great traveling partner, while out on the Harley.
Peace and Love to You..
Your friend, Jim Russell, Sr.
Orlando, Florida.
1/4/08 @ 8:30 am.

Friday, January 04, 2008 at 08:30
2) Derin Dow
Today 1/1/08 has been the day that I finally discovered the name of the person behind the wonderful guitar work on Jim's music. All these years, I had thought it was Jim himself, until I saw Maury and Jim performing on a YouTube video. Just wanted to say how much I appreciate and respect Maury's talent and incredible contribution to Jim's success. Not only was his guitar work unusually spot-on proficient, but his harmony vocals were also perfect.. not overwhelming, but totally on pitch. May they both rest in peace.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008 at 22:10
1) Tim McMullen
Happy New Year, Mary, to you and your family and the rest of Maury's family...and to all the fans of Maury's music who have found their way to this site and its wonderful tribute and memories.

All the best in 2008.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 at 12:01
) Michael Gregory
The clock has just ticked over to 2008, so I guess I'm the first one this year to leave a post. Mary, thank you SO much for this site. I was 12 when Maury passed, but had already been playing guitar for 3 years at that point. As a guitarist, when I'd watch Jim & Maury on the Midnight Special, as great as the material was, my eyes & ears were on Maury. I did a tour of Holland in 1980 with a band & I made friends with a guy on the night of our first show there because he looked so much like Maury. We are still friends to this day. I've been a studio and stage guitarist for 25 years & Maury's influence has been there every time I had to play or record an acoustic guitar solo or accompaniment. His sense of melody and what was right for the song was so keen and strong. I am glad that his gifts are being recognized through this site and all the videos on YouTube so the younger ones can see what we've been talking about all these years. Best to you in 2008!
Tuesday, January 01, 2008 at 01:13
4235) Michael Gregory
The clock has just ticked over to 2008, so I guess I'm the first one this year to leave a post. Mary, thank you SO much for this site. I was 12 when Maury passed, but had already been playing guitar for 3 years at that point. As a guitarist, when I'd watch Jim & Maury on the Midnight Special, as great as the material was, my eyes & ears were on Maury. I did a tour of Holland in 1980 with a band & I made friends with a guy on the night of our first show there because he looked so much like Maury. We are still friends to this day. I've been a studio and stage guitarist for 25 years & Maury's influence has been there every time I had to play or record an acoustic guitar solo or accompaniment. His sense of melody and what was right for the song was so keen and strong. I am glad that his gifts are being recognized through this site and all the videos on YouTube so the younger ones can see what we've been talking about all these years. Best to you in 2008!
Tuesday, January 01, 2008 at 01:12
4234) Jerry Hampshire
If everyone could have a friend like Maury..............
Friday, December 28, 2007 at 21:35
4233) Doug
I had just turned 12 and was a big fan of Jim Croce's music when I heard the news. Recently I began seeing performance videos of Jim for the first time and saw a good looking gentleman accompanying him. I don't know how to explain it, but I connected with this man. There was something about him that touched me. It wasn't just the exceptional playing and singing, but something more. So I began searching and my search has ended here. I did not know Maury had died that same day and so I grieve once more. But at the same time I am thankful that this man obviously has touched so many others as well and I'm not alone. Thank you so much for this site to give the searchers a place to stop, read, learn, and appreciate the man who continues to touch people to this day and beyond.
Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 03:54
4232) LaNell Barrett
I had immediately fallen in love with Jim C. and noticed the talent of the guitarist with him. So found out his name just for the sake of knowing it. That sad morning, I was getting ready to go to school. Sadly gone from this world, he has yet been with us always.
Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 09:20
4231) Mark Teachey
Hi Mary. The new site looks really good! I am so thankful you are keeping Maury's legacy alive and wish for you and your family a very Merry Christmas! I pray for warm, happy memories for you this season.
Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 09:52
4230) Gary Garland
I have been picking a guitar for 35 years and I have never been able to come close to playing like Maury.I have allways loved his playing and the world lost 2 of it's greatest talents in 1973.Thank you for putting up this site.
Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 07:13
4229) Bruce Gilmore
I saw Maury play at the Main Point back in 1971/72. Jim backed him up at that time. His guitar playing sounded like someone playing a harpsichord. Amazing. What a gift. Hy told me about this site. Glad to see it. The Best to you all!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 19:22
4228) Eduardo R. Guerra
Maury will always RULE!!!
Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 09:57
4227) Armand Gagnon
HI Mary,
I really love the new look to your website. Kudos to Sean, too. It is so soothing and pleasing to the eye. Well, I think that it is safe to say that my 13-year-young son Tristan has begun playing bass guitar in large part due to my jamming on electric guitar here around the house, but indeed to Maury too. Through him comes all of our musical and technical inspiration!
It's been a wonderful 3 + years of friendship, Mary. Please thank your Mom for everything!
Springfield, Oregon

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 19:28
4226) Niko MĂĽhleisen
Hallo all Muehleisen

Viele GrĂĽsse aus Germany( Pforzheim) an alle MĂĽhleisen in der Welt !!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 15:40
4225) Edmund Yee
As a guitarist for over 35 years myself,
I can't even BEGIN to describe how in-
credibly talented, no, GIFTED, Maury was. It's one thing to play the "notes".
Maury played the "music".
It's knowing EXACTLY, how hard to hit a note, or how soft. when to "kill" the
note , or let it ring. When to "bend"
a note, or "slide" one.
He truly "gifted".
His talent was definately "heaven sent"
And I have no doubt, he is in heaven,
giving Hendrix a few "pointers"!!!!

God Bless.

Saturday, December 08, 2007 at 01:33
4224) Carla Gilray
My son was 26 when he died last December. I had to leave my teaching job, go on disability - - and learn to live alone at night for he had been living with me since I had moved him in during 2004 following his graduating fromthe Art Institute at Pittsburgh.
Each night I play music from the '60's and '70's. Last week I began playing "Time in a Bottle," "I Got a Name" - - and I continued to see this outstanding, gifted guitarist sitting next to Jim. Since then, I have researched everything that I could find out about Maury. His voice is indescribable - - "angelic" is the best word I can think of. You are so right about his being the soul during the singing - - without him, there would NOT be the wonderful overall effect. I found Maury's song and played it today - -
I just wanted you to know that he is uplifting during my loneliness, and I will continue to listen to him in the next months. Your famaily must be so proud of what he did accomplish.

Friday, December 07, 2007 at 21:45
4223) Cristián García-Huidobro C.
Dear Mary,
Congratulations for the new look of the web page! I really like it!
Kisses from Chile, Cris.

Saturday, December 01, 2007 at 19:13
4222) Tim McMullen
I liked the look of the old site, but the makeover is excellent (slick and professional new pull down menus, nice graphics, etc). Kudos to you and and your webmaster for the new look. The experience for all those who find Maury's site has been enhanced. Thanks again for doing such a beautiful job of maintaining Maury's memory and the ever since...

Tim McMullen

Saturday, December 01, 2007 at 03:24
4221) Mary Muehleisen
Hello, Hello, Maury Fans,
Welcome to the newly designed pages of my Maury Muehleisen website. Hope to have some new items on here soon.
Peace and Love

Friday, November 30, 2007 at 12:48
4219) Joe Thomason
In everyone's lives there are "when we first heard" moments burned into our memories. For me, learning of Maury and Jim's untimely passing is one of those moments. It is vivid through the years. They were special people who brought delight to those they touched through their music,
There are many artists to which they can be compared, but none can ever replace them. Their music is timeless and their songs are treasures.
Accolades to Maury's family for keeping their music, memories and dreams alive for those who never had the opportunity to see them perform, watch them on late night TV or play 8-track tapes of their music in the car back in the early 1970's.
It's as if it was only yesterday.

Monday, November 19, 2007 at 22:22
4218) Len Jaffe
I've pulled out the Jim Croce recordings again and I've been listening to them like it's the first time. I'm still floored as much by Maury's musicianship as I am with the material. Man, I am so sick and tired of what passes for "music" today. Maybe I am just a fossil, by today's standards (Maury was only a little more than four months older than me when he passed), but the songs aren't as interesting, and the musicianship isn't even half of what Jim and Maury left behind. Guys, I really miss you not being here, more than 34 years later. Wherever you are, I hope you're tearing it up! God Bless.
Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 07:19
4217) Eduardo R. Guerra
Actually Mary when i tell my students to listen to Jim Croce I always say and tell them that jim's Lead guitar player was Maury and that he has a web site too!!!! Believe me i new from vey early that Maury was someone very gifted and YES MELODIC GUITAR PLAYING IS SO NATURAL AND PEACEFUL THAT I THINK THE FAMOUS CLASSICAL GUITAR PLAYER SEGOVIA JAMMED TO MAURY! AGAIN HE RULES!!!! THANKS FOR ALL U DO MARY YOUR BROTHER IS SPECIAL ALWAYS IN MY MUSICAL HEART...PEACE EDUARDO

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 10:39
4216) Eduardo Guerra
What can I say but Maury your guitar playing was brilliant and the music world has never seen another..As a musician, music teacher, writer what can one say but listen to the beautiful melodic sounds you crafted w your 6 strings....Yes Jim was great but your playing has touched millions of guitar wan- na bees...Whenever i get a new student i say buy Jim Croce's music and listen and you will be inspired to play...WE LOVE YOU MAURY!!!! BUT IM SURE YOUR PLAYING FOR GOD! YOU RULE!!
Monday, November 12, 2007 at 21:11
4215) Angela Brenneman
His music talent was just amazing. I saw Maury and Jim in concert and for some reason kept watching him. He was so into the music. A true musician.

Lovely family pictures and stories. I can only imagine the beautiful music he's making in Heaven.

Thank you for the website.

Friday, November 09, 2007 at 18:55
4214) Gene Hughes
Through the internet, many years later, I have come to know the wonderful talent, " behind the scenes ", that Maury truly was. Thank you for bringing this site to us,as I have enjoyed learning more about him.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 23:40
4213) Eric Benson
Hello again Mary,
I've been watching and listening to Maury and Jim again, on YouTube. I've introduced them to many young budding musicians, and non-musicians. I wish you could see their faces. The intensity of their appreciation of those songs is such a treat to watch.
Thank you again for keeping Maury's memory and talent alive. His talent will still be revered for decades to come.
Hope you're keeping well,

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 22:25
4212) Dave Puckett
I just saw a dvd of Jim and Maury (replete with pre-song explanations)performing many of the great songs I had come to know as a "child of the seventies." I never really knew Marty was the sound I was hearing behind, or should I say along WITH Jim. Man! soulful, crisp and complimenting each other so well! I have fallen in love with the sound again. But more importantly, my kids are hearing this for the first time 34 YEARS later! They, like me, loved it immediately. But unlike me, they are HEARING Maury and I mention his name along with Jim's because I don't think the music they made would sound the same if either wasn't there. God bless you and Maury. Thank you Maury for timeless and wonderful music.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 09:28
4211) Matt
I had to comment one more time. Maury's playing on this one: just kills me. It's perfect. I was born in '72 and these sounds were imprinted in my brain. I went on to play guitar and go to Berklee and now make my living with guitar and music. Maury is a link in a long line of musicians. And what a link!

Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 17:20
4210) Matt
Wow! I just discovered the name of this fantastic player who's music has been in the back of my mind guiding my acoustic guitar playing all my life...Maury. It sounds like he's a great guy and I look forward to meeting him "upstairs" on the future.

God bless Mary, wonderful site.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at 22:26
4209) Bob G.
Thanks Mary.. thank you Maury.. and thank you Jim.. I can hear the two guitars ring like heavenly Earthly bells.. in my romantic soul of a mind.. and so lovely.. anytime I want.. and that's forEVER!.. God bless..
Tuesday, October 09, 2007 at 23:38
4208) Jim Russell, Sr.
Just sitting here listening to music in the early hours, of the start of my hectic day. I have Roy Orbison, "Mystery Girl" on. I sudenly had to smile, as I could see Maury, Jim, Roy, Hank, Ronnie,Conway and Buck, all in an acoustic jam. Man, can you hear it. Guitars all tuned together, playing the Greatest song you ever heard. Gives me chills. I look forward to the day to walk up on that stage with some of the GREATEST musicians, our world has ever been blessed to have known.
By the way, I am listening to "GINGERBREADD", next.Thanks Mary, for this site, and your friendship.
Jim Russell, sr.
Tampa, Fl.
10-9-07 @ 5:25 am.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007 at 05:25
4207) Don
Last Saturday night I was to play an accoustic set at an outdoor party.

I'm the lead guitarist in a blues band with very little recent experience playing acoustic guitar. I played acoustic guitar exclusively from 1971 until 1981 when I recieved and electric guitar as a high school graduation gift and seldom played acoustic after that.

The other guitarist/singer and I had not even rehearsed as this was to be a casual event.

I turned to my Live Jim Croce DVD knowing that Maury's playing would inspire me, not to play his licks and style, but to be able to do my own thing.

The set went off really well. We had a great time playing and the people there enjoyed us.

Thanks to Maury.

Monday, October 08, 2007 at 08:36
4206) Chad
I was only 8 years old on that fateful day in 1973. Every since that time I'm still moved to hear Maury and Jim. I'm also still very much stumped trying to play like they did. Maury's guitar work is a soft explosion of technical brilliance. At a time when allot of artists on the top 40 were plugged in and turned up loud, Maury and Jim relied on microphones to pick up their guitars - and yet, they soared on the charts. We are all truly blessed to enjoy their timeless gifts. Thanks Maury for sharing your gift with us - I hope you and Jim are still together and making music!
Saturday, October 06, 2007 at 23:15
4205) Steve Xenakis
As a guitarist who has been playing for over 30 years I still ask, how did he do that? I miss him.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007 at 18:41
4204) Sam McBride
I was sitting there watching and listening to the DVD "Have You Heard Jim Croce Live" and kept noticing the amazing "teamsmanship" (I don't think that's a word, but it fits what I'm trying to say) between Jim and Maury. I realized that I didn't really know anything at all about Maury and decided to check on the Internet, and what a treat to find this website. I knew that Jim had died in a plane crash, but had no idea that Maury had also died in the same plane crash, that was a very sad shock to read that. I had been hoping that he was still around and still making music. But much thanks to this website, and now whenever I watch the DVD I'll know more about who Maury was and also that he died on that same tragic day. Many thanks for the information on Maury, and for sharing the wonderful stories.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007 at 09:16
4203) Carlos A. Duenas Damian
Me parece extrano no encontrar mensajes en otros idiomas pues no creo que los sonidos de la guitarra de Maury puedan pasar desapercibidos para quienes gustan de la musica y del sonido de una guitarra bien ejecutada. Sin tener vocacion de poesta o escritor he aqui estas breves palabras en reconocimiento al musico que le ponia alma a las canciones de Jim.
Sin su musica esas canciones nunca hubiesen sonado igual. Sinceramente Gracias Maury

Sunday, September 30, 2007 at 01:27
4201) maureen
loved this music for years, years go by, so live for today everyone and take care. maury and jim were angels ahead of their time, and yet their music seems timeless. true artists, love to embrace these songs and i cry to them. i love the

Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 09:39
4200) Barry Lee Spence
I was a student at Pulaski Jr. High in Chester, Pa. when Jim Croce was a teacher there, saw him perform, followed his career, and was absolutely blown away by the arrangements Maury and Jim performed, nobody else was doing anything like that. Some people cite the Beatles as the great influence in their becoming a musician, but for me, it was Jim and Maury. I'm glad that their music lives on!
Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at 20:50
4199) Michael L. Cali
So many years have gone by since my older sister came into my room on the morning of September 20, 1973 and told me that Jim Croce had died in a plane crash. I was 14 years old and in high school and already such a big fan. I rushed down stairs to read the paper for the details and wonfered if Maury Muehleisen had died too. Although only 14 I had been playing guitar for 2 to 3 years already. My friend Steve Xenakis and I did many of the Croce songs with our crude attempts at getting Maury's part right. We knew Maury's talent and even did our own rendition of Salon and Saloon. When I grew up I wanted to sing like Jim Croce, but play guitar like Maury Muehleise. Now at 48 years old, the sadness that their lives were cut so short has never left me. Never. Ironically I have two of my four sons now at Villanova University. The older one Mike Cali plays acoustic guitar and sings. He has played at open mike night in the Connely center in the shadow of an old lifesize photo of Jim Croce looking on. I will make sure Mike knows who Maury was and is. Love to all who were touched by Maury. Thank you for sharing him with us on this site.
Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 18:57
4198) Robert Muehleisen
Thank you all for remembering my brother this day. We all have so many great memories of him. All of you are making more memories for me and my family. Especially Mom. It's really neat to hear how everyone relates to and enjoys Maury's music and guitar. I get chills when I read all of your thoughts in your guestbook entries. You really understand the music. We are so proud of him and are thankful for his legacy.

Love and peace,

Robert Muehleisen

Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 21:41
4197) Gary Brasco
A great talent, too short a life. My best to family and friends.
Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 14:38
4196) Patti Slevin Sherwood
God bless you and your family. Music is His gift to us - and Maury shared that gift so beautifully. Through you - that sharing continues.
Thank you.


Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 14:32
4195) Cristián García-Huidobro C.
As every 20th September, I will remember dearly Jim and Maury listening to their records. I agree with Jim Russell that today there's gonna be a big party at Heaven... thanks Mary & family for keeping their true memory alive. From Santiago, Chile, kind regards, Cris.
Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 10:17
4194) Arjen Iedema
I've always loved Jim Croce's music. But I was always kinda baffled that I never heard anything about his guitarplayer. The more I listened to Jim's music, the more I found that Maury's guitarplaying is essential to the Jim Croce songs. It is part of what makes the songs such classics.
I earlier heard a live recording of 'Operator' on, in commemmoration of this day 34 years ago. And that brought up my admiration of Maury's brilliant guitarplaying again.
And so I found this site. Good to see I'm not alone in this ;-)

Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 09:06
4193) Jim Russell, Sr.
This morning, I took my moment of silence, just as I have each year before, on this day.
Except this year I added someone to my thoughts: My new "friends", Mary and her family.
I bet there is fantastic concert today in Heaven...
Bless all of you.
Your "friend" in Florida.
Jim Russell, Sr.

Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 06:27
4192) Mary
Oh, with the help of a friend, I created a Maury myspace recently -

Come visit!

Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 00:57
4191) Mary
September 20, 2007 - 34 Years since September 20, 1973 - and yet it sometimes seems like yesterday that Maury and Jim were here. So many kind people sharing thoughts and feelings these past few years has been beyond what could be imagined. You have touched my heart and the hearts of my parents and siblings. Thanks and ever thanks...
With Gratitude and Love,

Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 00:24
4190) Jim Russell, Sr.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 06:57
4189) Larry O'Callaghan, Mimico Ontario
Thanks for sharing stories about your brother. Jim could not have been the success with out Maury and vice versa.

God Bless both of them

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 12:03
4188) Dave Reed
There are precious few things that can reconnect us to people and places in our past. Live video clips of Jim and Maury have done that for me, and led me to this site. Many thanks to Maury's family for an outstanding tribute to an amazing talent and person.
Friday, September 14, 2007 at 23:17
4187) pete castiglione
Turned 60 this year and find Maury and Jim's music as relevant now as when it was written. Getting married this weekend. "Time in a Bottle" will be the song I have played for my bride. Our children and grandchildren have discovered the heart of Maury and Jim! Pete C.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 11:09
4186) Michael
Funny how things come together. I've been sitting at home this week recovering from recent surgery when I caught an old Jim Croce video on YouTube. While I was watching I got to thinking and wondering whatever happened to that talented guitarist that was accompanying Jim. Long story short, that lead me to this site.
I can only say that I think it is really groovy that people still remember Jim and Maury. They were two of the most talented gentlemen popular music has seen, or will see, in a long time. What a pity "they don't write 'em like that anymore."

Monday, September 10, 2007 at 17:14
4185) Carlos Vera
It's interesting how connections just happen. So, I'm up at work...walking with a group to go to lunch. A gentlemen started talking about a song he was learning on his guitar. I mentioned that I was working on learning a couple of new Croce songs. I could see his eyes light up as he said Croce had one of the finest guitarists he had ever heard--Maury. As I thought back on the Croce pieces I had learned over the years, I realized it was the magic of Maury's guitar playing the truly brought me to music of this unique pairing of storying telling and guitar playing...the next night I was searching the web to get a little more insight into the man playing next to Croce when I find Mary's tribute to her brother...Thank You...Carlos

[and Lee, yes I think your a gentlemen...thanks for the connection]

Wednesday, September 05, 2007 at 21:55
Monday, September 03, 2007 at 19:11
4183) allan
I'm an avid fan of Jim his songs are wonderful,touches people and full of spirit. And now I know who was that man with a great hands in guitar,wow how I wish I could have copy for that CD's, are those CD's available in the philippines?
thanks , more power

allan lopez
cebu, phillipines

Friday, August 24, 2007 at 11:34
4182) Jim Russell, Sr.
Hello, music lovers. Just recieved my 2 discs from Mary. PLEASE-PLEASE-PLEASE buy them. They are fantastic. The artwork is fantastic. You can tell it was thought thru, with much love and devotion. And most of all, RESPECT. Mary signed my copys, and I am deeply touched. THANK YOU MARY. Thank you Tommy West also.
Thanks Maury, Jim, and all involved with this project.
Jim Russell, Sr.
Tampa, Florida.
8-22-07 @ 3:58pm

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 15:58
4181) Jim Russell, Sr.
Just a quick note to all who read this. I wanted to tell you how warm and kind Mary is. I did not believe it when I opened my e-mail, and here was an e-mail from her. And this was not a "cookie-cutter" e-mail. It was a warm, personal e-mail. I am deeply touched. I also ordered both of Maury's cds, and she actually autographed them for me. I have been on a Jim and Maury "kick" lately, and have been wearing my discs out. I love the warm, soft textures, and tones. It takes me back to a time when love was new, and my life was a little less hectic. I hope when I die, that I get the pleasure, and honor to meet Maury, and Jim. Maybe we could "jam" a little. Thanks Mary. For you, and for keeping a good man's name alive.
Your friend.Jim Russell, Sr. Tampa, Florida. @ 8-20-07.

Monday, August 20, 2007 at 11:28
4180) George Sadler
I saw Maury and Croce in 1972-73 at my university in NC. My first thought afterwards was, who is that guy on the guitar? He is awesome. That thought had bugged me for 30+ years and now I know his name. We lost some good people and a lot of talent in 1973. Thank goodness it is preserved for us and our kids to listen to, to sing to and cherish.
Monday, August 20, 2007 at 11:10
4179) Regan Wood
Dear Mary, one of my best friend's father just passed away. The family requested me to play "Time in a bottle" at the funeral. It was tough, but I got through it. It just makes me so proud that Maury and Jim's music is still touching lives at all family occasions. Please say hello to your family.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 22:08
4178) Jim Russell, Sr.
I remember my mom buying me "You Don't Mess Around With Jim". I was hooked from the start. I young, and didn't understand how one man made such sweet music. Then as I got older, I found out about "the other guy". You!! Wow. What a talent. I recently bought the vidio of you and Jim. "Have You Seen Me?" You two were so great together. I wish I only played half as good as you two did. I found "Gingerbread", and love it. I also love "I Remember Mary".
I will always be a die hard fan. I always give a little quiet time on September 20th. For that was the day two real musicians went to Rock And Roll Heaven. Man, what a band "THEY" have up there.
Your friend, Jim Russell, Sr. Tampa, Florida. 8-14-07

Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 15:40
4177) Liz Abbott
WOW! Just discovering Maury now 4 the 1st time...Was always a big fan of Jim Croce as a teen in the 70's, & of course LOVED the whole sound as well as the songs. Tonight a friend emailed a J.C. video from Youtube. I watched another 1 & thought, "WHO is that great guitar player w/ him?". Then I learned more in the comments posted & thought plz don't tell me he died, too. ( sigh) I came to this site & am full of admiration 4 Maury & his family. Will order his CDsoon
Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 01:26
4176) John Galletta
Always enjoyed hearing the texture behind Jim Croce's songs, even as much as the melody itself. Obviosly, he had the more humble role in this duo, but I doubt if there are many who really appreciate music, musicians and listeners alike, who didn't understand how much Muehleisen contributed to Croce's success (Croce included), who weren't pleased as much by one of those great riffs as by Croce's cutup lyrics. I was a Croce fan in my college days in the 70s, and since then I've never forgotten Maury M's name (though I couldn't spell it without a second look at the album cover.)
Monday, August 13, 2007 at 23:19
4175) Robert Max Langpaap
Dear Mary Muehleisen,

Thanks to your hard work and passion your brother's timeless music will not be lost in time. Because of you, Maury Muehleisen's "Gingerbreadd" recordings produced by Tommy West and Terry Cashman will be available to all music fans; the young, the old, and the yet to be conceived. Mahalo means thank you.

Robert Max Langpaap
Filmmaker/Music fan

Saturday, August 04, 2007 at 23:29 Host:
4174) Mary Muehleisen
Hi, Phil,
Thanks so much for leaving a message here about your plans to close out the remaining copies of your book, "Music's Broken Wings: Fifty Years of Aviation Accidents in the Music Industry" - a book filled with so many interesting facts about 34 notable aviation accidents and their investigations. Your thorough research and supplemental documentation - commendable.

I'm glad I was able to help you and hope that others will visit your site before you run out of copies.

Thanks for your good wishes, too.

Gratitude and Friendship,

Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 11:48 Host:
4173) William P. Heitman
Hi Mary,

It has been a pleasure corresponding with you over the years regarding my book, "Music's Broken Wings: Fifty Years of Aviation Accidents in the Music Industry." Your help with the Jim Croce/Maury Muehleisen chapter was invaluable.

Unfortunately, even with great reviews and beginning book sales that seemed to promise good things, the sales have tapered off and I must begin the process of closing out the remainder books and moving on. My flying career must take center stage at this point in time.

The project of my book has been a great one. No regrets. I researched, wrote and learned about the subject that interested me, and I am better for it. I would not change a thing.

I wish you all the best for your upcoming book. Hopefully, all the radio hosts that promised me some interviews, and then never called, will follow-up with you and give you the great exposure needed to continue Maury's and Jim's memory.

I will always remain available to you, should you ever need anything. Anything at all.

Blue skies always,

William P. "Phil" Heitman

Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at 19:07 Host:
4172) Steve Wicklund
I measure an artist performance on the total package. If you go to the "Grand Ole Opry" you would have to be a fool not to notice all the accomplished and talented musicians in the background eagerly waiting for an opportunity shine with their instrument. Maury's contribution really complemented Jim's music &
lyric and his vocal harmony and melodic guitar runs were a major force in that big sound. Best regards, Steve

Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 00:48 Host:
4171) Patti Slevin Sherwood
I was just listening to Hey Tomorrow off the You Don't Mess Around with Jim album - and started thinking about Maury. I haven't listened to Gingerbreadd in years - it's buried in a closet - behind stuff that will all fall on my head if I start poking around. It will take a full day to find it I'm sure. But - I may take the easy way out and buy the CD version. Anyway - I got to thinkin - and remembering Jim & Maury playing in their kitchen in the farm house in PA - back in 71-72. I was a freshman at Glassboro State - and got introduced by some friends - Gracie LeGay and Jonh Emmonds. I was a struggling folkie myself - trying to find my way in a world where the coffee houses were already starting to close down. Maury visited me at the dorm at college - and we swapped songs all evening. He played my guitar - a brand new Martin D28 - and it has never rang more beautifully than when he touched it. His fingers held magic - and his soul just radiated such love and gentleness. He sang one song that I will always remember - though I've never heard it on recording. I still know every word.
Hey Lady Lady sing me a song sometime
when you find yourself at home and I am on your mind
when you find that all your favorite words could rhyme with mine
when you know that your kind of woman is my kind

Hey Lady Lady come set the night a blaze
Let me see your golden hair go softly streaming
Let me see your emerald eyes so finely gleaming
Let me say I love you once and I'll go dreaming

When you get to feeling good all through and through
That's how I feel whenever I think of you

Hey Lady Lady come set the night aglow
when youg know that all you want to be I think of you
With your song so softly calling brings me shades of you
And until you say you need me I'll live in shades of blue

When you get to feeling good all through and through
That's how I feel whenever I think of you

Hey Lady Lady sing me a song sometime
when you find yourself at home and I am on your mind
when you find that all your favorite words could rhyme with mine
when you know that your kind of woman is my kind
So in answer to that evening back in 71 - I wrote the following (but never had the chance to share it with him).
Painter of Song
Patti Slevin (autumn 1971)

The happiness your singing brings to me
so light and loving
your spirit runs as the sea
over rocky shore - and windswept beach
with warm tranquility

The sun - it rose -
The night - it grew
In your eyes

So full a day of feelings locked inside
but by a quiet voice - a friendly laugh
I felt music in a sigh

So may I thank you now.
I'd like to sing along your rhyme
And give you all I know
In a song
and my guitar.
I was so happy to find this website tonight.
Thank you.
And God bless Maury!
We are all better for having known you!

Sunday, July 22, 2007 at 23:43 Host:
4170) Manny Estrada
As a kid in the seventies, I saw Maury and Jim on some television programs. Although Jim was the lead vocalist, I was always encaptivated with Maury; him playing the guitar so splendidly!

Even as a kiddo I used to sneal away to hear my father's band, in Austin, Texas, practice in the garage, and it was always the guitarist whom I revered the most.
My dad used to say to me, "Son, it's always me, the front-man that gains most of the accolades, but I'm just a small piece of the whole. I am blessed to sing amongst so many artists!"
That's how I feel about Maury - he was an artist in the highest sense!

I remember a tv program about Maury and Jim - their life and death.
Today, I just logged-on to my computer today, and found your wonderful site. Good-luck with it!

Sunday, July 08, 2007 at 14:28 Host:
4169) Hiro Tanaka
Just for leaving my sign.
Monday, July 02, 2007 at 04:01 IP:
4168) Bob Richard
Mary; Was so nice to meet you at the Martin Club event in Nazareth. Was thrilled to hear Maury's story. I've listened to his CD's acouple times now. It takes me back to a golden time, a golden Era. Also found the Martin Magazine with Maury's photo and guitar on the back. I will be making a collage of the events this past week for story telling in the future. Maury will be a part of it. Thanks for sharing your life with me, Susan, and Big Jim. Hopefully our paths will cross again,
Monday, June 25, 2007 at 13:47 Host:
4167) Brad Jacob
Hi Mary -

We met today at the "Martin-Day" festival (I was the younger of the two guys in the gift shop). I went through the site and found it really interesting. It brings such a real-life and human side to a "rock-star" story. I'm glad to have met you and will now be listening to Jim's music a lot more - and a lot more closely! Keep in touch and please do let me know when your book is complete - I'd love to read a little more about a fellow "Jersey Boy" (even though I live in PA now, I'm originally from Woodbridge.

Keep in touch -

- Brad Jacob

Friday, June 22, 2007 at 23:30 Host:
4166) Jim Cox
I finally figured this wifi out. THANKS for the time we shared at the C F Martin Owners Meeting,and introducing me to Dick Boak. You tought me to listen to Jim's songs in a very different way. Again Mary, Thanks a lot. I feel I have a friend for life. Jim
Friday, June 22, 2007 at 23:26 Host:
4165) Eric Benson
Hi Mary,
I'm glad to have this opportunity to express the influence Maury's talent had on me. Any chance I got, when I'd see he and Jim on TV (I was about 12), I'd watch Maury playing, very closely. I have searched in vain for years for a guitarist for my music that matched Maury. It has been a long road for me, and at every turn, I was always looking for him. It's just not going to happen. Such a void. Thank you again,
Peace always,
Eric Benson, British Columbia

Monday, June 18, 2007 at 13:16 Host:
4164) dennis arterburn
Thanks for the great website ,I have always been a fan of Jim's . Since seeing the vids on youtube and some fuzzy memories from High school , I have always wondered who played with him.
Maury was a great talent and I am glad to know more about him.

Saturday, June 09, 2007 at 15:58 Host:
4163) Mary Muehleisen
Hi, Dave,
Thanks for writing. Maury had probably borrowed our sister's VW that day. Kind and've described Maury perfectly. Nice of you to recall that. I'll tell Joe and Tommy you remember them. Glad you like my website. Yes, we all wrote our names on records back then. Nice that she treasures her copy of Gingerbreadd.
Peace and Love,

Friday, June 08, 2007 at 16:30 Host:
4162) Dave Stradling
Dear Mary,I remember first meeting Maury as he gave myself and my girlfriend a ride as we were walking down West State street in Trenton. He was driving a Volkswagen back in the early seventies and was a very kind and softspoken person. I know you had quite a large family and I used to go to school with brothers Tommy and Joe at Blessed Sacrament. They were a year in front of me. Maury was a year behind(I believe) my sister at Cathedral High. This page is a great tribute to Maury and I wish you and your family all the best. And yes, my present girlfriend (of 29 years)has her original copy of "Gingerbreadd" at home with "her" name on it as was commonplace back in the day. Sincerely, Dave Stradling
Friday, June 08, 2007 at 13:15 Host:
4161) Tim
To Maury's family,

I feel blessed to have found this fine tribute on the web. I was born in 1949, and Maury and Jim were part of my coming of age. (I am also from a large family, seven children)I watched Jim and Maury on black and white tv on the Midnight Special--what a talent Maury had! I miss him, but I know he goes on in my heart forever. A quiet,forceful presence.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007 at 00:37 IP:
4160) Mary Muehleisen
Thanks, CK, Sam, and Dan, for your recent guestbook messages. I truly appreciate hearing from you and know that my family and other visitors to the guestbook enjoy reading such kind words about Maury.
With gratitude,
Mary Muehleisen

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 17:40 Host:
4159) Dan Kershaw
I caught a great YouTube clip of Jim Croce and his accompanist performing Operator, and was reminded that I'd always really dug the acoustic guitar licks behind Jim's songs. I thought, "gee, I'll see if I can find out who that guy was and what he's up to - I'd sure love to hear more". Happy to discover that that guitarist was Maury, but now very sad to learn that he passed away with Jim on that plane. It's pulls one up short, to realize that that keen musical intelligence is no longer in the world.
Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 12:57 IP:
4158) Lisa
GOD Bless you...what a wonderful talented man!! Years ago.. I bought an acustic guitar wanting to learn how to play, well time goes bye and it's been sitting in the corner of my bedroom now for going on 4 years. Tonight I picked it up for the first time in a long time because of Maury....was watching "OPERATOR" video and somethng about him just stuck.. He still can inspire folks...even from Kansas!!! THANK YOU and R.I.P. MAURY Maybe you are up there in Heaven to bring inspiration to people...I Believe you are.
Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 02:50 Host:
4156) CK
Really nice, really great to see this site. Wow. I'm not the only one to know Maury's name and appreciate his style. As a guitarist myself, his playing has been a big influence on me. Thanks so much for sharing this info and for keeping the sound and the spirit alive.
Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 18:58 IP:
4155) Bob Mamrak
Thanks for putting Maury's album out on CD, Mary. Both of my vinyl copies are worn out.
Bob Mamrak

Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 09:49 IP:
4154) leep
Life and Times and You don't mess
around with Jim were the first LP's
I ever bought in the 70's. The lead
licks from Operator are such a signature guitar sound, to play lead on
aucoustic like that was very special.
Such young talented lives lost Jim and Maury, no
words can change that over 30 years later, but the music is timeless and

Sunday, May 06, 2007 at 21:32 Host:
4153) Mike Edgerly
Thanx for the site- My son and my family really enjoys the site and all of my guitr students are shown the site as well. Maury was truly talented and I enjoy letting people know just whom he was.
Friday, May 04, 2007 at 11:17 Host:
hello,i received a dvd today called learn to play the songs of jim croce and it mentioned maury in the liner notes so i searched him and wound up here.i'am just a fan.seems all the good ones die young.
Monday, April 30, 2007 at 17:14 Host:
4151) Pat Brown
I was up on a Croce site and they had an rare interview with Terry Cashman (I think the only interview the guy has done over the years). As he went through the making of Bad Bad Leroy Brown he brought up Maury up saying "Jim Croce was great by Maury was a GENIUS and without Maury there would be no Jim Croce sound". After listening to several cuts I would have to say I know where Time in a bottle came from. I had always thought that Maury was older because he was so good. I had no idea until I saw the Croce DVD how young and good he really was. A great talent that had found a unique and everlasting chemistry with Jim that we lost way way to soon. I was only 13 in 1973 but we are coming up on 35 years and I still listen to his guitar playing every spring.
Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 01:09 Host:
4150) Carol Morello Gregorovic
This is so weird. A couple of days ago i was talking with some co-workers and found out one of my co-workers (younger than myself) is from Hopewell Twp., NJ...well, that made me bring out my high school yearbook. As I was flipping through the pages, i came across Bobby & Michael's pictures...then i know, i heard somewhere (when in school) that the backup person for Jim Croce (who i was a big fan of) was their brother who was in the crash with Jim Croce. I don't know whether i thought about it then though. I know i was upset about the crash, but i guess being young, you don't dwell on as much as you do when you get older. So today, some 28 years later, i did a search on google and found this site on Maury. What an awesome site and a great tribute! I shared homeroom with Michael and Bobby. Hope they are doing well.
Monday, April 23, 2007 at 15:33 IP:
4149) Mary Muehleisen
We must have been watching the same show, Randell. It was a re-run of a PBS special that came out a few years ago to promote the Have You Heard Jim Croce Live DVD and the Jim Croce Classic Hits CD.
Thanks for your kind words about Maury...that you "instantly miss him indeed."

Monday, April 23, 2007 at 11:01 Host:
Thank You for this site...For over thirty years I have wondered who is the man was sitting stage with Jim. I have only seen small amounts of video on television through the years. Who is this man that chimes in with the words "Right On" as Jim sings LeRoy Brown? And what ever happened to him...What is his name? And what is his significance to the band?.....After carefully perusing the Jim Croce web site, I was able to acquire his name..Next step, go to Google...And now we learn all about Maury...Jim Croce songs are as magnificent today as they were 35 years ago...The next time one of Jim's songs comes on the radio, its meaning will be pushed to an even more of a higher level, now that I have finally met Maury...
Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 23:06 Host:
4147) Randell
Saw some live footage tonite of Maury playing a few songs with Jim Croce and was taken with how gifted a guitarist he was.

Never been one for acoustic guitar driven music, but Maury was indeed a great talent. I was just more or less introduced to him and at the same time instantly miss him indeed.

Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 01:50 Host:
4146) Ed Thomas
Just stopping by for a brief visit down memory lane. It's amazing how songs touch our hearts and hold our memories...
Friday, April 20, 2007 at 16:40 Host:
4145) Mary Muehleisen
I'm so glad you got a record player in December and that you chose Maury's "Gingerbreadd" album at the antique shop. As teenagers, Maury and I used to buy records at the stores in downtown Trenton - brought them home and played them over and over again. It makes me happy to know how much you've enjoyed doing something so similar. Thanks for telling others about Maury and his music.

Monday, April 16, 2007 at 21:21 Host:
4144) Sande
About a month ago on the way home from my job, I stopped at a previously unvisited antiques shop. The women running the store were kind enough to point me in the direction of the records (I acquired a record player in December of this year). They were situated in a corner of a dark, nearly empty attic-- save for the four crates of records. I spent an hour rooting through these crates and eventually decided on a single record from a man of whom I had previously never heard. I was impressed by the beautiful artwork and care that was taken in compiling this record, and so although I was taking a chance of not enjoying it, I bought it. It was flung on the record player the moment I arrived home. It hasn't left the turntable once since then.

As you may have guessed, this record was titled "Gingerbreadd". I am continuously spellbound by Maury's amazing musicianship. I have been sharing the songs off of this album with virtually anyone who has come within audible distance of my record player. Many, many of my dearest friends haven fallen in love with his music.

I hope you rest assured that Maury is still finding his way into people's hearts and souls, even in today's teenage generation.

Friday, April 13, 2007 at 15:25 Host:
4142) Mary Muehleisen
Thanks, Tim. I have to agree. Cris has done an admirable job. Thanks, Cris, and other musicians worldwide. It would be impossible for me to convey how much I appreciate all the people who have reached out about Maury. So many have touched the hearts of our family and filled a bit of our "missing Maury" with your kindnesses. Thank you all forever!
Peace and Love,

Friday, April 06, 2007 at 00:10 Host:
4141) Tim McMullen