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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
939) robintumman~orange.fr
robintumman@orange.fr
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,
Robin.

Saturday, December 06, 2014 at 10:28
938) Matt Pahl
77skidoo@gmail.com
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.

Matt

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
Thanks
Saturday, November 01, 2014 at 22:06
931) Dick Newton
richardn1954@gmail.com
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
artsbarton@gmail.com
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.
MAURY WAS BEYOND GENIUS-LEVEL WITH HIS UNBELIEVABLY COMPLEX AND PIONEERING GUITAR PLAYING SKILLS. TO THIS DAY, WHEN I LISTEN TO SONGS LIKE "LOVER'S CROSS" WITH A GOOD PAIR OF HEADPHONES ON, I CAN'T BELIEVE THE HUMAN BRAIN COULD HAVE CREATED A SOUND SO MASTERFUL AS MAURY DID, MUCH LESS CAN I BELIEVE A PERSON COULD ACTUALLY PLAY SUCH EXTREMELY DIFFICULT PIECES. EVEN MORE AMAZING IS THAT THEY FIT THE CROCE SONGS SO PERFECTLY. I CANNOT COMPREHEND HOW A HUMAN BEING, PARTICULARLY ONE SO YOUNG, COULD HAVE POSSIBLY ACQUIRED SUCH CEREBRAL MUSICAL INSIGHT AND ABILITIES. WHAT A THRILL IT WOULD HGAVE BEEN TO HAVE SEEN THE TWO OF THEM LIVE IN CONCERT OR IN THE RECORDING STUDIO. THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER MAURY MUEHLEISEN.
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
EZD@yahoo.com
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
hydockg@aetna.com
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
hydockg@aetna.com
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,,

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...

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
easyinohio@yahoo.com
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
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
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
dhjones@juno.com
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
powjsp19@aol.com
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.
curlyg82@hotmal.com
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
wcharlier@yahoo.com
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
curlyg82@hotmal.com
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
Thomasstone@eastlink.ca
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
Theboxmusicstudio@gmail.com
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
Teacat2@bellsouth.net
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
Teacat2@bllsouth.net
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
chet@ethaninc.com
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.

PS~~~~~~MAURY
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
abeytacaster@gmail.com
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
jimstjames@hotmail.com
http://www.jimstjames.com
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
remembermaury@aol.com
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.
Mary

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
i5STAND@AOL.COM
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.

Steve

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 21:59
870) dannyg
curlyg82@hotmail.com
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
ylleka320@yahoo.com
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
raynor1254@aol.com
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
w3flh@comcast.net
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.
-Tony

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at 19:10
861) dannyg
curlyg82@hotmail.com
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
Lola_62_1999@yahoo.com
Beautiful voice and Maury and Jim will never be forgotten. Their music lives on.....
Friday, March 28, 2014 at 00:40
859) Mike Griffith
mgriffith7@cox.net
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
johnandzach@gmail.com
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
Philldirt@hotmail.com
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
adcch@aol.com
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
calldowntowntaxi@aol.com
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
curlyg82@hotmail.com
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!!
AND YOUR GONNA PLAY UNTIL ALL OUR YESTERDAY'S ARE THROUGH!!................

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
oyitsfish@aol.com
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
bmamrak@yahoo.com
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
imsbriese@gmail.com
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
bill@bcaaron.com
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
curlyg82@hotmail.com
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
Fib72003@yahoo.com
"The light burns twice as bright for half as long."
Bon anniversaire.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 20:13
838) Danny G.
curlyg82@hotmail.com
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.
aps722@comcast.net
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
curlyg82@hotmal.com
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
curlyg82@hotmal.com
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
leighdagostino@yahoo.com
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
hoosiermarine2003@yahoo.com
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
curlyg82@hotmail.com
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
preacherman23.ld@gmail.com
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
smylee1mona@gmail.com
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.
smylee1

Friday, November 22, 2013 at 23:13
816) Jimbo
jimbo23@rogers.com
http://www.locksmithtoronto.com/
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 attend.so 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
msadecki@aol.com
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
marge201@gmail.com
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.
curlyg82@hotmail.com
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
faganusa@verizon.net
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
buddyhorlicks@msn.com
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
jimbo23@rogers.com
http://www.aperfectpicklocksmiths.ca/
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
slslattery@gmail.com
Mary,
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 ,
Peace

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 Philadelphia.The.joy 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 love.my 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.
curlyg82@hotmail.com
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
ggletherow@cogeco.ca
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
jwklein7@hotmail.com
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.

best,
JWK

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
peggystahlin@gmail.com
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
bethavery@gmail.com
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
curlyg82@hotmail.com
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
jpzimmerman6@aol.com
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
rncp633226@yahoo.com
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
vkr92@bellsouth.net
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
mktspahl@embarqmail.com
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
dombenhur@gmail.com
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
stringmeister14@yahoo.com
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
charlescaruso2003@yahoo.com
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
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
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 www.udpac.org.
Peace and Love,
Mary

Sunday, September 08, 2013 at 12:21
782) Ron T.
Rstndglass@aol.com
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
sregdoor@comcast.net
Hi Mary - I don't know if you heard about this.
http://www.maggiesguitar.com/news.htm

Wednesday, September 04, 2013 at 19:11
780) Norman Craig
n21craig@yahoo.com
http://propartnerswealth.com
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
muntz454@yahoo.com
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
muntz454@yahoo.com
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
mfg52@roadrunner.com
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
bru@sgreigersbos.nl
What a wonderfull CD Gingerbread.
Monday, August 12, 2013 at 11:46
774) Bob White
white1054@roadrunner.com
http://youtube.com/bugman63
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
Dfreecity@verizon.net
http://www.Denisefryburg.com
Love to hear Maury's wonderful music.
Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 20:03
771) Bob
TSemonov@gmail.com
http://traffic.uarnet.org/
Thanks for the information.
Friday, July 26, 2013 at 07:51
770) Beverly Dueker
dueker_9@hotmail.com
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 us.so 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 them.as we remember Maury and jim may we also remember the men and their families that were with them that tragic night.so 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
curlyg82@hotmal.com
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
jstee@fittersgroup.com
Rest in peace. enjoy your music with Jim.
Friday, July 12, 2013 at 05:15
766) Francesco Marchionni (Italy)
studiofrancescomarchionni@email.it
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
H82typ@operamail.com
http://opera.com/h82typ
I play for my own amusement,your music was breathtaking. Rest in peace.
Thursday, July 04, 2013 at 00:11
763) Lou
ehlvee@gmail.com
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
ka4pxk@hotmail.com
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
nuanos@hotmail.com
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
rhamblin@richmond.k12.mi.us
http://richmond.k12.mi.us
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
mark@sheltonwood.com
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
EKnievel@yahoo.com
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
ensoniqdude@yahoo.com
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
tomjwol@hotmail.com
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!!!

Tom

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 18:37
755) Mike Parker
vangolvr@gmail.com
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Friday, May 31, 2013 at 12:20
754) Mike Parker
vangolvr@gmail.com
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
taenglan@yahoo.com
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 stronger.my 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 legends.my 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 on.to remember is easy to forget is impossible.
Monday, May 06, 2013 at 02:31
751) Lori
lorikozak@sbcglobal.net
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.
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Sunday, May 05, 2013 at 17:26

Monday, May 06, 2013 at 01:27
749) Dan
johnson@milehi.com
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
mbaug30@yahoo.com
http://www.facebook.com/marybethbrigid
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
slslattery@gmail.com
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
brownbat@verizon.net
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
rriera54@gmail.com
hi
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
bill@billbranch.net
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
DealaMeal@yahoo.com
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
allenuhler@gmail.com
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, Maury...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
getbyone@yahoo.com
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
white1054@roadrunner.com
http://www.youtube.com/bugman63
everyday, I think of my trip.
everyday, I think of your kindness
everyday.... Peace...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 07:05
734) Jim Russell
jimrussell51@yahoo.com
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
3-14-2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 07:45
733) Danny G
curlyg82@hotmail.com
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
friendlyfolk@att.net
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
linguist29@comcast.net
http://linguatics.com
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.
nlwrnc@gmail.com
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
lhallis1962@hotmail.com
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
rrozewski@gmail.com
http://student.santarosa.edu/~rrozewsk/Krypta
Hi,
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.
love,
Ron

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 16:21
720) Greg
GregoryPerrott@hotmail.com
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
hettingerrich@yahoo.com
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
dikelmm@gnail.com
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
jefantuzzi@gmail.com
Maury,

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

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 00:12
716) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
http://maurymuehleisen.com
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,
Mary

Monday, January 14, 2013 at 23:50
715) Shanna
shanna.spraul@gmail.com
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
garybrasco@optonline.net
Maury; Happy Birthday and Thanks!
Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10:39
712) Lester Huang
huang.pcwoo@gmail.com
Here's remembering Maury on his birthday.
Monday, January 14, 2013 at 01:21
711) Will Smith
wsmit@yahoo.com
Merry Christmas Maury. Miss your licks.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 10:56
710) christopher rosier
crosier0@email.cpcc.edu
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
sultanive2002@yahoo.com
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
hurhugo@aol.com
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
aps722@comcast.net
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 better.you 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
llewellyn.gary@yahoo.com
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
steve94560@yahoo.com
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
jpzimmerman6@aol.com
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
691) LINDA LANGAN
lclang30@yahoo.com
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
mycaliforniastop@gmail.com
http://www.mycaliforniastop.com/
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
ajbjad@aol.com
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 smile.by the way i love you maury!!! hope to see you soon!!!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 13:27
685) Dave O'Brien
daveobrienasannagrayson@yahoo.com
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
CURLYG82@HOTMAIL.COM
HEY MARE & FAM, WAS GOING THROGH SOME OF THE msg's, I GO THERE, AND IT'S JUST A NICE PLACE TO GO, MAN THAT HAD TO BE SOME REALLY SPECIAL TIMES, THAT ONE WITH GOING BACK & FORTH WRITING HIS SONGS, UP & DOWN THE STAIRS THAT WAS, GREAT STUFF!!HOW HE CONFIDED IN YOU WITH HIS WRITING, REALLY COOL.ALL THE GREAT MEMORIES & FEELINGS ,IT MAKES ME WANT TO WRITE A SONG, WRITE NOW. THAT'S JUST HOW IT MAKES YOU FEEL, THANKS
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
info@marklavey.com
http://www.marklavey.com
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.
Mark

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 23:04
681) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
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,

Mary

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 22:29
680) Mary Beth Asenjo
mbaug30@yahoo.com
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
dombenhur@gmail.com
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
677) DANNYG
CURLYG82@HOTMAIL.COM
I,M GIVING CONDOLENCE AND GRATITUDE AND LOVE OF PURE GREATNESS, WHAT A TOUGH DAY IN ALL OUR LIVES THAT WERE LIVING IN 73, AND SO MANY THAT WERE NOT & GREW TO KNOW THESE GREAT ARTISTS THROUGH WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. TO THE FAMILY & TO THE MANY FRIENDS, I FEEL LIKE I AM ONE TOO. GOD BLESS EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU AND ESPECIALLY SISTER MARY, JUST THE BEST.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 16:14
676) Gary Brasco
garybrasco@optonline.net
Thinking of you.....and Thanks for sharing your talents.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 11:42
675) Kathy
vkr92@bellsouth.net
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
cfgarcia@uc.cl
39 years ago... thank you Maury & Jim for every chord and every word that you gave us. Always on my mind and my heart.
Cris

PS: peace & love dear Mary!

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 09:30
673) craig.dudley33
dudleyfam04@comcast.net
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
670) DANNNY G
CURLYG82@HOTMAIL.COM
DEAR MARY & FAMILY, I AM SO HAPPY FOR EVERYTHING MAURY HAS GOT TO BE TOO.
HIS GREAT INSTRUMENT BEHIND, JIM'S GREAT MIND FOR WRITING, THEY ARE UNIQUE AS #1 CAN BE, IT BLOWS MY MIND, WHEN i HEAR THEM, IT IS SOMETHING THAT IS JUST AMAZING AND I AM NOT USING THAT LOOSELY, IT IS AS SINCERE AS THE MOST SINCEREST THAT CAN BE. THANK YOU MARY, AND THANKS AGAIN!!

Sunday, September 09, 2012 at 06:03
669) Bob White
white1054@roadrunner.com
http://www.youtube.com/bugman63
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
tekat@insightbb.com
http://yahoo.com
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
emmiesalterations@yahoo.com
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 explain....so happy to hqve these two gentleman in my home
Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 20:28
666) Israel Tekhelet
israelt519@aol.com
G-d bless you where ever you are Maury
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 01:09
665) DONNA GETCHELL
donnalee2751@yahoo.com
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
charlescaruso2003@yahoo.com
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
vaugjam@comcast.net
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 reborn.my dream is to play guitar half as well as maury he is my acoustic hero!
Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 16:13
659) Mike
thoseseptemberdays@gmail.com
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 MauryMuehleisen.com 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
texasrisher@facebook.com
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
essence199898@yahoo.com
Music is a way to our souls and you really made it in there......life without music is life without air....
Monday, July 30, 2012 at 08:13
654) Phyllis Zimmerman
jpzimmerman6@aol.com
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
white1054@roadrunner.com
http://youtube.com/bugman63
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 void.it 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
mbandyindy@gmail.com
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.

Mike

Friday, July 27, 2012 at 03:37
649) DANNY
CURLYG82@HOTMAIL.COM
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
CURLYG82@HOTMAIL.COM
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Monday, July 23, 2012 at 07:24
647) Stu
stu@mdhumor.com
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
rhoel_b@yahoo.com
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
vonhamburger1@yahoo.com
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.

Fortissimo!
Austin, Tx

Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 23:59
643) Mark
mr23257@yahoo.com
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
michelle.babicz@sbcglobal.net
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
641) Yamaha Receivers
bhay88@gmail.com
store.audioholics.com/brand/yamaha/surround-receivers.html
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 07:42
640) Bob White
white1054@roadrunner.com
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
danstengert@att.net
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 him.to 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
joaomac@hotmail.com
love you!
Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 19:45
634) Chris
Greek1225@me.com
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
633) LEE ADKINS
beatlesfan692001@hotmail.com
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
frankm@yahoo.com
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
maspivey@roadrunner.com
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
ct2aruba@gmail.com
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
butcherkelvin@yahoo.com.au
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
marciold@yahoo.com
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
wvalentino243@yahoo.com
We would just listen to Jim and Maury for hours and the music was just spectacular, what a dynamic duo.

Lee...

Friday, May 04, 2012 at 21:57
622) HOWARD LOUIS FRANKLIN
howardcreator@yahoo.com
http://www.theunsungheroe.com
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
hfinn@yahoo.com
We love listening to him play the six string, thanks Maury..............
Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 21:53
620) Tin Carbone
CheapCarInsuranceoutlet@gmail.com
http://www.cheapcarinsuranceoutlet.com/
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
kpatureau@hotmail.com
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
chipw@humphreysinsurance.com
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
sane9712@yahoo.com
http://www.jednosc.pl
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
claytonadams@yahoo.com
http://www.ClaytonAdamsBand.com
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
cipriano.franco@hotmail.com
Eternamente "I Remember Mary and Jim"
Friday, April 06, 2012 at 17:34
612) Scott Asbjornsen
scottasbj@yahoo.com
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
leonkrug@yahoo.com
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
scottasbj@yahoo.com
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.
dmkigor@comcast.net
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
info@nutristart.com
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 http://shuttle-paris-airports.com
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 08:23
604) DOUG
dgpatterson2@tva.gov
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
ojennine@yahoo.com
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
sane.alex@yahoo.co.uk
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
jimwhuculak@hotmail.com
He has such a smooth voice and what a great guitar player. God Bless him.
Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 23:54
597) Jeff
beatlejeff1969@hotmail.com
What a great talent. I love his songs.
Thursday, February 09, 2012 at 15:18
596) Ruth
rugratgranny@man.com
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
robinjabez@yahoo.com
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
rioverde@uol.com.br
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
upperdarbybill@hotmail.com
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
tominri@verizon.net
http://www.indoortenniscourt.com
Oh, I Like that Bryan, "Remember Maury Everyday!!!!" Happy Birthday Maury!
Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 17:53
591) bryan gallagher
bryan.gallagher424@gmail.com
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
msvp251@gmail.com
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
garybrasco@optonline.net
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.
---ZoSo------

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 21:30
586) Don Parsons
dtp55@yahoo.com
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM!!! You and Maury were and still are the greatest ever!!!!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 02:10
585) Stepan
group3u-86@yandex.ru
http://www.blog.servitutis.ru
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
joealdworth@gmail.com
http://www.soundclick.com/joealdworth
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
bjconv@bigpond.com
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
billm75@hotmail.com
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
subtlechange@mchsi.com
http://www.onenoteguitar.com
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 (etc...ad infinitum)
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 17:12
580) barbara riley
Briley6129@yahoo.com
http://Yhaoo.com
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
white1054@roadrunner.com
http://youtube.com/bugman63
HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY AND A GREAT WEEK, MAY THE MUSIC OF JIM AND MARUY STAY IN YOUR HEARTS EVERYDAY AS IS DOES IN MINE. TWO PEOPLE, WHO HAVE TOUCHED SO MANY PEOPLE. ..

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
kevnshel91@msn.com
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
Deesarg53@gmail.com
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"
tobaj@mac.com
http://www.tobaj.com
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
charlescaruso2003@yahoo.com
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
rwruff@gmail.com
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
white1054@roadrunner.com
http://www.youtube.com/bugman63
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
WHITE1054@ROADRUNNER.COM
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
wallywintrow@yahoo.com
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
richardbrucesmith@hotmail.com
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
InQ@pooki.net
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
r0und3r@hotmail.com
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
sregdoor@comcast.net
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
dashgoodheart1@sbcglobal.net
great great great musician. so talented
played from the heart

Saturday, October 08, 2011 at 06:50
557) Tod Mainzer
blsdalways@gmail.com
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
white1054@roadrunner.com
http://youtube.com/bugman63
" 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
upperdarbybill@hotmail.com
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
bryan.gallagher424@gmail.com
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
dombenhur@gmail.com
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
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
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,
Mary

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 22:42
551) Mary Kay Tallon Spahl
mktspahl@embarqmail.com
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
dombenhur@gmail.com
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
mbaug30@yahoo.com
Thoughts and prayers on this painful day. ♥ Maury is singing with the angels.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 18:05
548) Bill Brabham
bill713b@gmail.com
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
dtp55@yahoo.com
Mary,

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
uncleleo714@yahoo.com
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
cfgarcia5@gmail.com
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
garybrasco@optonline.net
Gone but never, ever forgotten. Listen to the music and smile.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 08:05
542) Michael Brown
mjbreg@yahoo.com
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
mjbreg@yahho.com
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
rblankenship@cablerocket.com
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
fancienance@hotmail.com
Thinking of you all today (already 9/20 here in Australia).
Monday, September 19, 2011 at 10:19
538) Dude Walker
dudewalker13@yahoo.com
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
swtoronto@hotmail.com
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
vincent_gianio@yahoo.com
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
qehn@efn.org
http://www.efn.org/~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
Cromwell612@hotmail.com
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.
uriahheepbestfan@yahoo.com
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
hackett.clayton@gmail.com
http://www.reverbnation.com/thesuicidechords
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
luckyluv_40@yahoo.com
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
omanyen1960@yahoo.com
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
white1054@roadrunner.com
http://www.youtube.com/bugman63
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
bob

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
white1054@roadrunner.com
http://www.reverbnation.com/bobbywhite
I FEEL WITH ALL MY HEARTWITH OUT MAURY, THEIR WOULD BE NO JIM, THE COMBO OF THE TWO MADE JIM CROCE,, THE DOWN TO EARTH LICKS AND SMILE OF MAURY WILL ALWAY BE WITH ME,, THE QUIETNESS OF HIS ACTION, BUT THE TALENT OF HIS GUITAR, WILL ALWAYS BE ONE STEP AHEAD OF EVERY GUITAR PLAYER. I LISTEN EVERYDAY TO HIS LICKS, AND JIM MUSIC, EVERYDAY. I WILL TILL I AM GONE FROM THIS WORLD. AND THEN, I WILL BE SITTIN RIGHT NEXT TO THEM, GRINNING, WITH MAURY AND SINGING WITH JIM,,, GOD BLESS, THEM AND YOU MARY...
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
ekk44@maine.rr.com
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
joshualovett@gmail.com
RIP
Monday, May 30, 2011 at 16:42
499) Robert and Debra Shirey
rjwshirey@hotmail.com
No Comments
Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 15:34
498) Janet G
janetg0810@yahoo.com
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
ronthomas@rogers.com
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
randyz4853@yahoo.com
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
bryan.gallagher424@gmail.com
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
white1054@roadrunner.com
http://www.youtube.com/bugman63
Maury is the unsung hero in Jims music, those of us who know with out Maury there would be no Jim

;NO ONE EVER HAD A RAINBOW TILL THEVY HAD THE RAIN.

WHEN THEY PASSED IT WAS THE RAIN. THE RAINBOW WAS AND STILL IS THE MUSIC THEY GAVE US.. MISSED DEEPLY AND AWAYS WILL... .. LOVE YA BOTH...

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
upperdarbybill@hotmail.com
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
mark.huang.hk@gmail.com
Thank you for the music, Maury. RIP.

A fan from Hong Kong

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 01:37
484) evi
esa53@aol.com
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
tejano54@gmail.com
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 outlands...next 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
johnnjoan@blueyonder.co.uk
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
jvandy3@verizon.net
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
capatriot@clearwire.net
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
stirlingsweetie@yahoo.com
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
grahams962@gmail.com
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
Paiste777@gmail.com
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
bernie_narido@yahoo.com
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
murreyhall@hotmail.com
Love the guitar playing. Can see he was/is a humble man
Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 16:44
467) John LaBrecque
quadvan56@yahoo.com
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 talents..it amazes me how far reaching their music has gone.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 19:51
466) Pascal Marzella
pmarzella1022@comcast.net
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
dombenhur@gmail.com
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
mbaug30@yahoo.com
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
mcardlemg@gmail.com
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
walmonk@yahoo.com
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
pgallan@magma.ca
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
beatrixvollin@yahoo.com
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
konsimoy@yahoo.com
maury, your music will remain in my heart forever....you brought soul to jim's songs...so sad you have to leave early...carry on..
Monday, February 21, 2011 at 13:01
458) William ( Billy ) Epright
upperdarbybill@hotmail.com
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
paul-crighton@hotmail.com
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
david.bock1@insightbb.com
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
tmkuykendall@msn.com
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
hagfan1957@hotmail.com
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
el_tio56@hotmail.com
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
roccron@yahoo.com
"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
mntecristo@aol.com
Always inspiring me to play harder and better!
Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 18:40
450) Maeve
maeve.fox@loyaltybuild.com
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
judithaparri@yahoo.com
http://judithaparri.blogspot.com
God speed Maury & Jim!
Thursday, February 03, 2011 at 13:11
448) don stone
goodthundr@yahoo.com
http://www.yahoo.com
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
dandrew54@aol.com
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
wdteska@hotmail.com
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
dombenhur@gmail.com
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
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
Interview tonight from 7 - 8 p.m Eastern time on 91.9 FM WNTI - www.wnti.org - 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
skirtles6@aol.com
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
dombenhur@gmail.com
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
uncleleo714@yahoo.com
Happy Birthday
Friday, January 14, 2011 at 15:01
434) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
Memories of Maury fill the day.
Loved and missed forever!
Mary

Friday, January 14, 2011 at 11:40
433) Mary Beth Asenjo
mbaug30@yahoo.com
Happy Birthday in Rock-n-Roll Heaven,Maury!
Friday, January 14, 2011 at 08:30
432) Gary Brasco
garybrasco@optonline.net
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
missypa@gmail.com
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
tcbijou@aol.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt0N2-_h94Y
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
roger@hudlinlaw.com
http://www.hudlinlaw.com
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
Chula99@gmail.com
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
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
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
michaelellismoore@gmail.com
http://leachimeroom.wordpress.com
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
upperdarbybill@hotmail.com
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
johntreederiii@aol.com
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
418) ANONYMOUS TRAPPED IN THE DESERT
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
alan626@cox.net
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
sd628@optonline.net
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
wulfgar_stormrider@yahoo.com
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
raclement73@yahoo.com
http://leefowler.vemma.com/
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
tguen@mindspring.com
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
ron_shelf@yahoo.com
http://www.ezmed4u.com
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
skier1000@hotmail.com
Thank you for this wonderful tribute to an amazing talent...
Friday, November 19, 2010 at 05:31
404) Michael Gosch
migo1954@gmx.de
I love the music from Maury and Jim.

Greetings from North Germany.

Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 15:40
403) Bob William Goy
bobwilliamgoy@bell.net
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.

Bob
Ottawa, Canada

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 09:31
402) Tim McMullen
tcbijou@aol.com
http://www.youtube.com/TimMcMullen
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
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
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,
Mary

Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 22:10
400) Drew
drew.legros@yahoo.com
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
leonkrug@yahoo.com
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
quinrea@hotmail.com
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
mbaug30@yahoo.com
Thinking of Maury today and listening to his amazing voice and guitar...♥
Thursday, November 04, 2010 at 21:22
396) Byron
cactus_jack23@yahoo.com
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.
Peace!
Byron

Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 11:57
395) Tony Wade
tony@tonywade.com
http://www.tonywade.com
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
rblankenship@cablerocket.com
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
songcatcher12@cox.net
http://www.myspace.com/benkitchens
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
landers@home.se
http://www.rxconfidential.com
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
abbs@gmail.com
http://www.odsniezanie-dachow.net
Really good job ;) nice website ;))
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 11:21
390) Steven Kirtley
skirtles6@aol.com
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
jeff_helmer@nps.gov
One of the most underrated guitar pickers in the world. What an inspiration!
Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 20:17
387) joe Kelly
jkellyfretsandstrings@charter.net
http://jkelly.net
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
patpauwels1@hotmail.com
Maury and jim you will never be forgotten
Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 10:59
385) Dawn Bakko
Dawnbakko@aol.com
Maury you are missed and loved!
Saturday, October 09, 2010 at 15:09
384) warren
warren383@hotmail.com
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
Taylorstones@aol.com
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
marcellislaw@gmail.com
http://music.marcellis.net
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
aps722@comcast.net
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
tcbijou@aol.com
http://www.youtube.com/TimMcMullen
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
lavoiemarco1@aol.com
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
cfgarcia5@gmail.com
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
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
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
peggysta@msn.com
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
vsrs1565@hotmail.com
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
dombenhur@gmail.com
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
dpac777@yahoo.com
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
garybrasco@optonline.net
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
bill713b@gmail.com
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
uncleleo714@yahoo.com
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
wbauer@localnet.com
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
750cruiser@gmail.com
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
amy.k.salmon@gmail.com
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
djhutchinson@hotmail.com
Salon & Saloon - great tune. Can't find it on youtube. Brutal disappointment!
Sunday, September 05, 2010 at 20:58
363) laura
lauradoreen@yahoo.com
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
lavoiemarco1@aol.com
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
garyeprice1@comcast.net
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
buddyhorlicks@msn.com
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
zen_penguins@yahoo.com
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
357) MIKE CHAMBERLIN
mpcputt@aol.com
http://singingtvguy.com
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
stephenmule@cox.net
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
355) PACLARKE
pclarkern@gmail.com
Im speechless
Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 16:54
354) Mel White
here2shine@aol.com
http://www.smilingheartmusic.com
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
tallomusic@libero.it
grazie!
thank you!

Tallo

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 12:01
351) Mary Muehleisen
Matt,
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
remembermaury@aol.com
http://maurymuehleisen.com
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.

http://www.nj.com/insidejersey/

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 - www.myfavoriteguitars.com

Wishing everyone ~
Peace and Love,
Mary

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 12:32
349) Matt Jaworski
mattjaworski@mac.com
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
mattjaworski@mac.com
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
RLHolden@aol.com
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
toymed21@gmail.com
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
http://wizytowki.pl
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
red_david@musician.com
http://myspace.com/reddavidmusic
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
brent2@ualberta.ca
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
bobdomestictunes@yahoo.com
http://bobdomestic.com
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
bluesdude@bellsouth.net
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
336) SAM GREENE
SAM@NARROWWAYMINISTRIES.ORG
DEAR FRIENDS,WORDS COULD NEVER EXPRESS HOW MUCH MAURY & JIM'S MUSIC HAVE MEANT TO ME;THE INCREDIBLE MELODIES,THE INSIGHT IN THE LYRICS,SHARING THE HUMAN CONDITION;ARE SIMPLY AWESOME!THE PATHOS IN"SALON & SALOON",LEAVES ME SPEECHLSS.EVERY NOW & THEN,GOD SENDS US SOME"HUMAN ANGELS",WHO REMIND US OF WHAT LIFE IS REALLY ALL ABOUT;& SADLY THEY ALWAYS SEEM TO GO TO SOON.BUT WHAT THEY LEAVE US,LIVES ON IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER.THANKS MAURY FOR ALL THE BEAUTFUL MUSIC,& MEMORIES.YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.YOUR SONGS LIVES ON IN MY HEART,& IN THE HEARTS OF THE MANY UNSEEN SENSITIVE,PASSIONATE SIMPLE FOLK,WHO KNOW BEAUTIFUL MUSIC WHEN THEY HEAR IT;& WHOSE LIVES ARE EVER CHANGED BY IT.GOD BLSS YOU MARY, SAM GREENE.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 at 18:16
335) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
http://maurymuehleisen.com
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
gialuke2@yahoo.com
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.
spikejim@aol.com
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
rmooney82@hotmail.com
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
freak2376@hotmail.com
http://www.reverbnation.com/stevepennell
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
http://www.myspace.com/uncleboblindbeck
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
ray_turnbull@yahoo.com
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
post@colinwest.com
http://colinwest.com
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
realtal@aol.com
http://allenemmons.com
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.
ckc1966@gmail.com
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
arronj00@btinternet.com
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
alibre@mchsi.com
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
penchoff@calcana.com
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'
int0deep21@aol.com
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
marshpjb@internode.on.net
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
tgofnj@gmail.com
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
tgofnj@hotmail.com
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
snarf14738@yahoo.com
http://myspace.com/uncleboblindbeck
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
djfonzie@comcast.net
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
gloverdjr@yahoo.com
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
jay@blahblahwoofwoof.com
http://www.blahblahwoofwoof.com
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.
Peace.
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
ckennedy@wwcc.wy.edu
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
pjwilliams@myglnc.com
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
jay.haverluk@hpind.com
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
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
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 http://www.myfavoriteguitars.com.

Peace and Love,
Mary

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 00:29
295) Rolf Theodor
Thank you!
Tuesday, February 09, 2010 at 14:55
294) Mark
markas72@gmail.com
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
tomcat1@optonline.net
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
alfabrizio@gmail.com
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
tmkuykendall@msn.com
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
kevinrtaylor60@yahoo.com
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
dougnad2002@yahoo.com
http://www.kpbx.org
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
jmercer47@aol.com
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
charliechitlins@verizon.net
http://www.reverbnation.com/#p=/theblu
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
frankieyih@gmail.com; frankieyih@126.com
No Comments
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 19:07
285) Tim McMullen
tcbijou@aol.com
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,
Tim

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 20:32
284) Averil
averil528@yahoo.com
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
yaminot@rogers.com
RIP your music will live on forever.
Friday, January 15, 2010 at 00:54
282) Gary Brasco
g.brasco@att.net
Happy Birthday Maury....you are always with us....
Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 21:44
281) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
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,
Mary

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
mbaug30@yahoo.com
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
scott@tmcallcenter.com
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
dyusip@gmail.com
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.

joseph

Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 16:25
276) dennis valencia
after_burner43@yahoo.com
amazing talent..im 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
bbaree24@verizon.net
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
ghaus1@bellsouth.net
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
rdrala77@comcast.net
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
johnks145@yahoo.com
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
smipad@myfairpoint.net
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!
Paddy

Friday, November 27, 2009 at 23:49
268) Joyce (Turner) Patton
pattonjoy@aol.com
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
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
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,
Mary

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
jim.ream02@gmail.com
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
sailorgoo@comcast.net
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 lost.to all his family im so sorry.life goes on and so will his beautiful songs.forever.
joe sailor

Friday, November 20, 2009 at 23:53
263) mark bellefeuille
hdb5@rogers.com
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
tcpaschen@yahoo.com
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
dsh2727@gmail.com
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
davsudec@msn.com
Mary,
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

dave

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
drencrom68@hotmail.com
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

R.I.P.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 00:17
256) Giant Gene Arnold
giantgene@rock.com
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.
Love
Gene and Terry

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 15:49
254) Rickey Blankenship
rblankenship@cablerocket.com
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
YoMifune326@adelphia.net
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,

Chris

Wednesday, October 07, 2009 at 18:02
252) joeymanapat
joeymanapat@yahoo.com
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
bavdw@yahoo.com
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
tcbijou@aol.com
http://timmcmullenmissivesandtomes.blogspot.c
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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOQB6fMFxms

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
dwallen3@gmail.com
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
tcbijou@aol.com
http://www.youtube.com/user/TimMcMullen
http://timmcmullenmissivesandtomes.blogspot.com

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
http://timmcmullenmissivesandtomes.blogspot.com

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
tcbijou@aol.com
http://www.myspace.com/tcbijou
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!
Tim

http://www.youtube.com/TimMcMullen
http://www.myspace.com/tcbijou
http://timmcmullenmissivesandtomes.blogspot.com

Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 21:57
243) Rocky
uncleleo714@yahoo.com
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
bill713b@gmail.com
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
remembermaury@aol.com
http://maurymuehleisen.com
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
vosperscott@hotmail.com
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
cfgarcia@uc.cl
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
dmoody21@gmail.com
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...
Mary

Monday, September 07, 2009 at 16:14
236) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
http://maurymuehleisen.com
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.
www.wprb.com 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
tcbijou@aol.com
http://www.youtube.com/TimMcMullen
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

http://www.youtube.com/TimMcMullen
http://www.myspace.com/tcbijou
http://timmcmullenmissivesandtomes.blogspot.com

Wednesday, September 02, 2009 at 23:47
234) Bill Brabham
bill713b@gmail.com
>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
jcw45@hotmail.com
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
bryanturban@yahoo.com
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
ecorob@excite.com
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 place...you are missed, maury
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 00:27
227) Rick Vo
rickvo@nbnet.nb.ca
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
savoyvargas27@yahoo.com
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.
Regards
Claudio

Monday, August 10, 2009 at 17:12
225) Tom and Hazel Buck
tom.buck49@gmail.com
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
max@maxfilms.com
http://www.maxfilms.com
Mary,

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
imCATATONIC@hotmail.com
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
Rblankenship@cablerocket.com
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
gdpogue@yahoo.com
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
ltagm5ry@hotmail.com
http://www.winerackshop.com
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
deuce00@sbcglobal.net
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
astoriantrain@hotmail.com
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
jrcgentry@gmail.com
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
brianjmack@gmail.com
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
rmeanor@elmore.rr.com
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
racernc@yahoo.com
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
mbaug30@yahoo.com
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
twhittlinger@sbcglobal.net
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
http://www.qulture.ru
Thank you!
Thursday, July 02, 2009 at 04:02
208) Jeff Roloson
kaylasdad@gmail.com
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
daniel.j.perrone@rrd.com
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.

Thanks,

Dan

Friday, June 12, 2009 at 17:52
204) Barbara Poudrier
bobbe1959@bellsouth.net
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
morrisstarkey@hotmail.com
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.
Morris

Tuesday, June 09, 2009 at 15:14
202) Ken Wheeler
catch22ego@yahoo.com
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
uncleleo714@yahoo.com
oops I posted my E-mail address wrong on the previous sign in.
Friday, June 05, 2009 at 10:01
200) Rocky
uncleleo@yahoo.com
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 http://www.njhalloffame.org/vote2008/nomination_form.php 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
adolphlisterhof@aol.com
http://www.Michael-Adolph.de
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
Michael

Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 09:19
198) Craig Kukuk
ckukuk@cch.org
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
travisdoyle@me.com
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
ray3402@aol.com
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
hichidan@hotmail.com
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
mbaug30@yahoo.com
Just stopping by to say that I thought of Maury today:-)
Monday, May 11, 2009 at 21:12
192) Paul Scull
pscull@wcupa.edu
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.
Peace,
Paul Scull

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 11:39
191) tasha kaye
mst@aol.com
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
mrlou@mrlousart.com
http://mrlousart.com
Thank you, Mary!
Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 09:58
189) Austin Cusac
austin_cusac@msn.com
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
bruce.bricker@yahoo.com
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
todd.goodell@gmail.com
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
mike@hunt.com
me likes maury,him playeded good musik
Friday, April 10, 2009 at 21:11
182) Andy Bowman
apbman7560@yahoo.com
Maury's music will last forever. God bless.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 15:51
181) Brian Hart
conexis911@gmail.com
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
pterzian@weeklystandard.com
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
nvagni@yahoo.com
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.
pccinc2002@yahoo.com
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
tcbijou@aol.com
http://www.myspace.com/tcbijou
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
http://www.youtube.com/TimMcMullen
http://www.myspace.com/tcbijou

Thursday, March 05, 2009 at 00:13
171) BEPPE MAURO
BEPPE070663@YAHOO.IT
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
yrhafan@tiscali.co.uk
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
bruwill718@yahoo.com
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
meroedlc@aol.com
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
maivisjune@gmail.com
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
chrisnickey64@aol.com
http://www.myspace.com/sparetireband
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
tom_savage007@yahoo.com
http://www.yahoo.com
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 well...as george harrison said"all things must pass'

THANK YOU MAURY...AND REST IN PEACE!

Monday, February 23, 2009 at 14:41
162) Alec Cumming
arack@earthlink.net
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.
kjsagehouse@aol.com
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
jetted88@sympatico.ca
This is pure and honest talent that will endure through all time.
Friday, February 20, 2009 at 01:04
158) Josef Laposa
mpiety1831@earthlink.net
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
stephen2655@yahoo.com
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
kathleen.wickham@gmail.com
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
cinmorri52@juno.com
Just want to say..you are not forgotten
Sunday, February 08, 2009 at 15:44
153) Rick Macali
rmacali@inhousedigitizing.com
http://www.inhousedigitizing.com
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
peggysta@msn.com
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
marc.henham@skynet.be
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.
jamesdean3823@yahoo.com
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
deanlittle0047@yahoo.com
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
bebbchez@aol.com
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
bncmed@yahoo.com
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
mbaug30@yahoo.com
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
tcbijou@aol.com
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
remembermaury@aol.com
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,
Mary

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

GAB

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 19:22
140) Margaret Gletherow
megcaf@yahoo.com
http://www.maggiesguitar.com
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
tracksinthedust@q.com
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
lespaul72@sympatico.ca
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
scopip@aol.com
Rest in peace, Maury. You and Jim. Your music lives on forever.
Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 18:07
136) Rey T.
tra2555@yahoo.com
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
tcbijou@aol.com
http://www.youtube.com/TimMcMullen
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!
Tim

http://www.myspace.com/tcbijou

Thursday, January 01, 2009 at 04:04
134) Adam
Great Music, Maury.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 01:32
133) Jim Brennan
jimb7@optonline.net
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
garagebandman1@att.net
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.

garagebandman

Thursday, December 25, 2008 at 00:07
131) Ronnie Jannamon
master_blaster1958@yahoo.com
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 yesterday...you 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
slowdawgs@hotmail.com
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
Vasquezrudy@aol.com
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
buckjustbuck@live.com
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
jakob@milthers.dk
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
mlsavigny@aol.com
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
www.dennis_saguindang@yahoo.com
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
katdawg69@aol.com
Maury was such a talented young man. He and Jim made magic together.
Friday, November 14, 2008 at 11:13
121) Mike Borne
mike@allstaraudio.com
http://www.allstaraudio.com
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
fhoey@verizon.net
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
chuckchil@hotmail.com
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
frankieyih@gmail.com
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Sunday, November 02, 2008 at 07:39
112) Laura Stark
tontaldav@yahoo.com
What a wonderful musician!
Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 14:55
109) Scott Shrive
scott_shrive@hotmail.com
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
hans_w16@hotmail.com
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

thanks

Hansw16
The Netherlands

Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 09:26
103) Bob Laubacher
loboke@aol.com
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
h82w811@yahoo.com
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
mfoffy@offenhauser.com
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
dmoody21@sbcglobal.net
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
oliverophie@yahoo.com
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
lindabonine@yahoo.com
92) Linda Bonine
lindabonine@yahoo.com
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!
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Thursday, October 02, 2008 at 13:36
95) Ray L Teel
rate800@comcast.net
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
bollerc@yahoo.com
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
brink0925@gmail.com
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
ramrod250@wi.rr.com
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
mbaug30@yahoo.com
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.
Hugs...

Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 16:38
88) Tom Hamilton
teherie@yahoo.com
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
adparade@gmail.com
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.

Alex

Friday, September 19, 2008 at 16:11
86) dlee
precbs@yahoo.com
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
cfcelgin@aol.com
Mary,
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
tcbijou@aol.com
http://www.myspace.com/tcbijou
Mary—
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
http://www.youtube.com/TimMcMullen

Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 00:55
82) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
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,
Mary

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 17:10
81) Timothy Bauer
tbauer6194@aol.com
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
bobm616@aol.com
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
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 21:51
78) Doug Truxillo
truxillod@onebane.com
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.

Doug

Saturday, September 06, 2008 at 22:28
77) joey padovano
jpadovano@medquist.com
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
braincandle2@yahoo.com
http://www.briancaudillmusic.com
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
bnemcintosh@yahoo.com
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
brianj_28@hotmail.com
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
theripper9@yahoo.com
http://www.timothywayneneal1@myspace.com
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
feedmepizza@gmail.com
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
egirard98@yahoo.com
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
tamus15@yahoo.com
Love You Maury and your incredible music.
Friday, August 15, 2008 at 17:51
68) Jan van Veen aka boomklever
jan@frets.nl
http://www.frets.nl
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
jeblanch@charter.net
Mary,
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
rev360@warwick.net
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
alastairmurray@mac.com
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
craig@telecayman.ky
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
jw_a@hotmail.com
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
tcbijou@aol.com
http://www.myspace.com/tcbijou
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 name...it 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
dstafford@waff.com
http://www.myspace.com/dalestafford24
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
pswould@yahoo.com
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!

Patti

Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 17:38
59) Richard D. Elmer
ElmerRS@aol.com
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
evansgreg@comcast.net
http://www.myspace.com/gregevanschristianmusi
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 loaded...it 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
jlmitch@alaweb.com
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
shuie01@hotmail.com
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
e5juvie@yahoo.com
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
preacherman23.ld@gmail.com
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
52) PAUL LOPEZ
spell336@hotmail.com
THANKS FOR THE EMAIL. IT MEANS ALOT TO ME THAT YOU REACH OUT TO US-THE FANS. ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU. BY THE WAY I JUST VISTED THE MYSPACE SITE FOR MAURY. I HOPE YOU ADD ME!! THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME FOR ME.

-PAUL

Thursday, June 05, 2008 at 19:54
51) PAUL LOPEZ
spell336@hotmail.com
I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED THE MUSIC OF JIM AND MAURY. MY FATHER PLAYED ME THESE ALBUMS AND 45S GROWING UP. THEY ARE SO A PART OF MY BEING THAT I CANT SEE MY LIFE WITHOUT THEM. I WISH THAT THEY WERE STILL HERE. I RECENTLY GOT THE DVD OF JIM AND MAURY DOING LIVE SHOWS. I WATCH IT EVERY NIGHT FULL BLAST. GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY AND THANKS FOR MAKING MAURY A PART OF MY LIFE AND FOR BEING VERY GIVING WITH RELEASING ALL OF HIS SOLO WORKS.
Thursday, June 05, 2008 at 12:58
50) Lorelli Avena Valiente
valerie_131@yahoo.com
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
rstiklestad@yahoo.com
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Monday, June 02, 2008 at 17:46
48) GINO FORMAROLI Trenton, Nj
Ginostats@aol.com
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
mbaug30@yahoo.com
http://www.myspace.com/sunshineymarybeth
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
b.grent@chello.nl
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
40) JIM RUSSELL, SR.
uriaheepbestfan@yahoo.com
WELL, STOPPED BY AGAIN, TO VISIT WITH OLD FRIENDS...I HAVE BEEN BUSY WITH MY NEW JOB. I RELOCATED FROM ORLANDO, FL., TO CHESAPEAKE,VA.
WANTED TO SAY THANKS AGAIN MARY, FOR ANSWERING ALL MY E-MAILS. IT IS VERY TOUCHING, THAT YOU FIND TIME IN YOUR BUSY LIFE TO RESPOND. I AM SORRY I MISSED YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND WHEN YOU WERE IN TAMPA, FOR THE WEDDING.
HOPE ALL IS WELL. I STILL ABSOLUTLY LOVE THIS SITE.
MAURY'S MUSIC STILL LIVES, AND I LOVE THE TWO CDs.THANKS FOR SIGNING THEM.
BY THE WAY, INGRID SAYS HI!!
LOVE YOU GUYS.
JIM RUSSELL, SR.
CHESAPEAKE, VA.
4-19-08@8:10 PM.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 23:32
37) Steve
shebard@cox.net
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
KRM4069@aol.com
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

Sincerely,
KRM

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 06:53
35) tammi
MmeMozart@aol.com
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
sandman1977@juno.com
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.

Sincerely,

Clay

Jn 14:27




Monday, April 14, 2008 at 04:37
33) Frank
frank.engelen@pandora.be
http://www.kitefreak.tk/
Hi
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
slewman@aol.com
dear Mary,

Congratulations on putting up a terrific website

We all remember Maury and his contributions to music

GOOD Luck

Monday, April 07, 2008 at 17:24
30) John M.
johnm109@yahoo.com
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
deadpawns@hotmail.com
http://myspace.com/deadpawns
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
ndconlin@olypen.com
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

Melbourne
Australia

Sunday, March 23, 2008 at 04:17
24) ELAINE EVERY
elaine_every@wustl.edu
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
ladave@mindspring.com
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
sadlshu@sbcglobal.net
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
gg@aol.com
I just watched Jim Croce and Maury perform "Operator" on youtube.com. In the comments, someone asked - "who is the backup guy?" and someone answered - "Maury Muehleisen. He Was Quality." That says it all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2iS8XctJKo

Sunday, March 02, 2008 at 13:59
18) Kurt Jelinek
kjsgang@aol.com
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
james.d.lloyd@lrh01.army.mil
Love the music, and I to am born on January 14 so his music makes it even more
better

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 10:42
15) Mary Beth Asenjo
mbaug30@yahoo.com
http://sunshinemb.multiply.com
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
land,
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
slowhand1999_01@yahoo.com
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
concertpianist42@yahoo.com
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
billkexel@hotmail.com
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)
kyleat@aol.com
http://www.hanfordmead.com/books/ethics-kylea
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
LynndaB@att.net
http://www.skunksaspets.com
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
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
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,
Mary

Monday, January 14, 2008 at 16:07
5) Gary Brasco
g.brasco@att.net
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
mbaug30@yahoo.com
http://www.sunshinemb.multiply.com
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 music...it 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
david.tusa@sbcglobal.net
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
jpadovano@medquist.com
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
jay.pillay@xinavane.co.mz
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
ednikg@aol.com
MARY I JUST WANT TO WISH YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! WOW IT'S REALLY 2008? TIME IS FLYING...PEACE YOUR FRIEND
EDUARDO GUERRA

Tuesday, January 08, 2008 at 09:20
5) Eduardo R. Guerra
ednikg@aol.com
MARY I JUST WANT TO WISH YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! WOW IT'S REALLY 2008? TIME IS FLYING...PEACE YOUR FRIEND
EDUARDO GUERRA

Tuesday, January 08, 2008 at 09:18
4) Jim Russell, Sr.
uriahheepbestfan@yahoo.com
JUST ANOTHER NOTE. MAURY'S CD'S ARE FANTASTIC!! IF YOU HAVE NOT PURCHASED THEM, PLEASE DO. YOU WILL BE CARRIED TO A WARMER TIME IN YOUR LIFE. BACK WHEN, THE MUSIC REALLY MEANT SOMETHING. WHEN YOU LISTEN TO "BEFORE THE NEVER", YOU WILL BE CARRIED TO LAZY DAYS, AND OLD LOVES. YOU WILL REMEMBER THE DAYS WHEN YOUR LOVE WAS "REAL". THERE HAS BEEN NO ONE SINCE MAURY AND JIM, WHO CAN MAKE YOU FEEL THE LOVE YOU LOST, OR FOUND, FROM YOUR PAST. THANK YOU, MAURY,AND JIM. I MISS THE OLD DAYS....
THANK YOU MARY...YOU ARE THE BEST....YOUR SITE IS HEAVEN SENT.....
PEACE AND LOVE.....JIM RUSSELL, SR.
ORLANDO, FL. 1-6-08@6:58PM......

Sunday, January 06, 2008 at 18:59
3) Jim Russell, Sr.
uriahheepbestfan@yahoo.com
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
derin@derindow.com
http://www.derindow.com
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
tcbijou@aol.com
http://www.myspace.com/tcbijou
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.
Tim
http://www.youtube.com/TimMcMullen

Tuesday, January 01, 2008 at 12:01
) Michael Gregory
twanghang@hotmail.com
http://www.myspace.com/michaelgregoryband
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
twanghang@hotmail.com
http://www.myspace.com/michaelgregoryband
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
jhampshire@charter.com
If everyone could have a friend like Maury..............
Friday, December 28, 2007 at 21:35
4233) Doug
bestsoularound@yahoo.com
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
lnb8660@comcast.net
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
lteachey@ec.rr.com
http://www.markteachey.com
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
gwgarland@prtcnet.com
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
happ01@msn.com
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
ednikg@aol.com
Maury will always RULE!!!
Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 09:57
4227) Armand Gagnon
linguist29@comcast.net
http://linguatics.com
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!
Armand
Springfield, Oregon

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 19:28
4226) Niko MĂĽhleisen
muehleisen@kabelbw.de
Hallo all Muehleisen

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

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 15:40
4225) Edmund Yee
omanyen1960@yahoo.com
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
clgilray@yahoo.com
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
tcbijou@aol.com
http://www.youtube.com/TimMcMullen
Mary—
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
http://www.myspace.com/tcbijou

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

Friday, November 30, 2007 at 12:48
4219) Joe Thomason
j8064@aol.com
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
sngwrtr525@hotmail.com
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
ednikg@aol.com
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
WWW.PSALM6TEEN.COM

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 10:39
4216) Eduardo Guerra
ednikg@aol.com
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
gxhughes@parker.com
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
e2ul@yahoo.ca
http://www.myspace.com/ericbensong
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,
Peace,
Eric

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 22:25
4212) Dave Puckett
CUTiger68@Verizon.net
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
mdmittman@yahoo.com
I had to comment one more time. Maury's playing on this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2iS8XctJKo 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
mdmittman@yahoo.com
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.
RJGronewold@yahoo.com
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.
uriahheepbestfan@yahoo.com
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
damaraljr@comcast.net
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
chadmadchad@msn.com
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
sxenakis@ideastogo.com
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
macehualtzin58@yahoo.com
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
oliver.maureen@bigpond.com
hi
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 songs.xxx

Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 09:39
4200) Barry Lee Spence
blspence@comcast.net
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
DrCaliDDS@aol.com
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
bobm616@aol.com
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
g.brasco@att.net
A great talent, too short a life. My best to family and friends.
Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 14:38
4196) Patti Slevin Sherwood
pswould@yahoo.com
Mary,
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.

Patti

Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 14:32
4195) Cristián García-Huidobro C.
cfgarcia@uc.cl
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
arjentje@hotmail.com
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 www.xpn.org, 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.
uriahheepbestfan@yahoo.com
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
remembermaury@aol.com
Oh, with the help of a friend, I created a Maury myspace recently - www.myspace.com/maurymuehleisen.

Come visit!

Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 00:57
4191) Mary
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
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,
Mary

Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 00:24
4190) Jim Russell, Sr.
uriahheepbestfan@yahoo.com
HAD MY WIFE WATCH THE JIM CROCE VIDIO "HAVE YOU SEEN-JIM CROCE", THE OTHER DAY FOR THE FIRST TIME. WE OPENED UP A BOTTLE OF WINE, AND LIT THE CANDLES. I HAD WATCHED IT SEVERAL TIMES OF COURSE, BUT A FIRST FOR HER. I WAS TOTALLY AMAZED WHEN SHE SAID, "WHO IS THAT HANDSOME GUY, PLAYING WITH JIM?" "HE PLAYS SO AWSOME, AND IT ACTUALLY GIVES ME A CHILL". I HAVE ALWAYS TRYED TO INTRODUCE HER TO NEW MUSIC, AND DIFFERENT STYLES. SO FOR HER TO NOTICE THIS,MADE ME PROUD. WE SAT AND TALKED ABOUT HIS PLAYING STYLE, AND THE GENTLE VOICE HE HAD. NOW, MY TWO CD'S OF MAURY'S ARE IN CORINNE'S CAR.WELL, LOOKS LIKE THERE IS ANOTHER "NEW" FAN TO ADD TO THE EVER-GROWING LIST. THANK YOU MARY, FOR YOUR HARD WORK. BLESS YOU.
YOUR FRIENDS IN FLORIDA.
JIM & CORINNE RUSSELL

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 06:57
4189) Larry O'Callaghan, Mimico Ontario
lars24@rogers.com
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
yakreeds@hotmail.com
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
pcastiglione@dcc.vcc
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
gobin@webtv.net
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
carlos_vera79@yahoo.com
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
4184) TONY COLE
TCOLE2@FUSE.NET
MAURY WAS A GREAT TALENT.GINGERBREADD WAS GREAT. SO WAS HIS WORK WITH JIM CROCE.HE WAS ONE OF THE FINEST GUITAR PLAYERS I'VE EVER HEARD.HOPEFULLY YOUR WEBSITE WILL HELP KEEP HIS MEMORY ALIVE.
Monday, September 03, 2007 at 19:11
4183) allan
lopezanaliza@yahoo.com
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.
uriahheepbestfan@yahoo.com
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.
uriahheepbestfan@yahoo.com
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
reganwood@cox.net
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.
uriahheepbestfan@yahoo.com
Maury,
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
Lizabbott1223@yahoo.com
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
gallettajp@aol.com
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
rmlfilms@aol.com
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: cache-ntc-ac08.proxy.aol.com
4174) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
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,
Mary

Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 11:48 Host: cache-dtc-ae16.proxy.aol.com
4173) William P. Heitman
drmflyrpub@aol.com
http://www.dreamflyer.com
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: rrcs-70-61-222-210.midsouth.biz.rr.com
4172) Steve Wicklund
wick4lake@msn.com
Mary:
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: pool-71-112-198-8.sttlwa.dsl-w.verizon.net
4171) Patti Slevin Sherwood
pswould@yahoo.com
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: adsl-69-234-113-164.dsl.irvnca.pacbell.net
4170) Manny Estrada
mannyomega@austin.rr.com
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: cpe-24-27-23-115.austin.res.rr.com
4169) Hiro Tanaka
Just for leaving my sign.
Monday, July 02, 2007 at 04:01 IP: 219.166.45.211
4168) Bob Richard
bob@bobrichard.biz
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: ns65.statefarm.com
4167) Brad Jacob
b_jacob_710110@bradjacob.com
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: 65-78-109-142.c3-0.eas-ubr6.atw-eas.pa.cable.rcn.com
4166) Jim Cox
jimco@neo.rr.com
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: pool-71-162-176-149.phlapa.east.verizon.net
4165) Eric Benson
e2ul@yahoo.ca
http://www.myspace.com/ericbensong
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: d207-81-94-109.bchsia.telus.net
4164) dennis arterburn
openroad@cox.net
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: ip70-189-100-123.ok.ok.cox.net
4163) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
Hi, Dave,
Thanks for writing. Maury had probably borrowed our sister's VW that day. Kind and softspoken...you'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,
Mary

Friday, June 08, 2007 at 16:30 Host: cache-mtc-ae16.proxy.aol.com
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: mail.lexpharma.com
4161) Tim
tjshann@sbcglobal.net
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: 76.209.83.225
4160) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
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: cache-dtc-ab14.proxy.aol.com
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: 74.12.96.43
4158) Lisa
brookslisa33@aol.com
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: cache-mtc-ae16.proxy.aol.com
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: 137.90.48.26
4155) Bob Mamrak
churchart@excite.com
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: 216.79.146.128
4154) leep
lac@dccnet.com
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
terrific.

Sunday, May 06, 2007 at 21:32 Host: h24-207-93-71.cst.dccnet.com
4153) Mike Edgerly
louieseafur@goowy.com
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: tsbi.edu
4152) ALAN MOLSBERRY
alanmolsberry@hotmail.com
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: ac86e796.ipt.aol.com
4151) Pat Brown
pat_m_brown@yahoo.com
http://www.randomlava.com
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: cpe-70-112-52-81.austin.res.rr.com
4150) Carol Morello Gregorovic
cgregorovic@tregoe.org
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 thought...you 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: 63.68.234.8
4149) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
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: cache-mtc-ae16.proxy.aol.com
4148) BOB PETRUCCI
bptomsriver@netzero.com
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: slip-12-64-126-198.mis.prserv.net
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: c-71-230-93-188.hsd1.pa.comcast.net
4146) Ed Thomas
ed.thomas@bgtm.org
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: 216-229-83-203-empty.fidnet.com
4145) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
Sande,
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: cache-dtc-ab14.proxy.aol.com
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: c-68-48-200-55.hsd1.md.comcast.net
4142) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
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,
Mary

Friday, April 06, 2007 at 00:10 Host: cache-rtc-ad13.proxy.aol.com
4141) Tim McMullen
tcbijou@aol.com
http://www.myspace.com/tcbijou
I encourage all of Maury's website visitor's to check out Cristian Garcia-Huidobro's three tribute videos on youtube. They are beautiful.

See below where Cristian posted the addresses or see them and about 15 other videos of Maury and Jim (moslty posted by TheShadow01) on my Croce/Muehleisen playlist at youtube.com/TimMcMullen

Great job, Cris! And Mary, as you can see, your website continues to inspire!

Keep up the great work, Tim McMullen

Thursday, April 05, 2007 at 19:40 Host: cpe-75-84-10-111.socal.res.rr.com
4139) Cristian Garcia-Huidobro
cfgarcia@puc.cl
Dear Mary,

What I promised... 'A Song I Heard' on youtube!

See you, Cris.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ztxbpp_4EAc

Sunday, April 01, 2007 at 15:40 IP: 201.215.2.39
4138) Cristian Garcia-Huidobro
cfgarcia@puc.cl
Dear Mary,
A little gift I've just made in the loving memory of Maury and Jim... Time in a Bottle in youtube!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wjnpfq_sRTs

Next will be Maury's A SONG I HEARD

Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 19:54 Host: pc-50-191-214-201.cm.vtr.net
4137) Jim Sanders
poohcornerpens@aol.com
Just dropping by to let you know how much I admire Maury's talent and his influence on the music he and Jim made together. I've watched the DVD now about 3 times, having just picked it up off Ebay last week, and I'm amazed at just how much beautiful music those two made. I've of course heard the music for decades, but seldom do you see any video of the two these days.

I watch their guitar licks, being a fledgling guitarist myself, at the age of 56 (just bought a new guitar). They're both so smooth. I can now see why Maury was so accomplished. His hand and wrist action on the guitar is flawless and those long fingers of his just carress those Ernie Ball strings on that beautiful Martin guitar.

These guys are really missed. They were sweet and lovely souls and we're all blessed to have have them in our midst for a short while.

Blessings in Jesus!
Jim

Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 18:56 Host: dpc6682009079.direcpc.com
4136) Debbie Habbart ~ GSC Class of '72
mountainbird51@yahoo.com
With pages like this, Maury will live forever. I just found out about it thanks to a fellow alum.

I'll always see Maury & his girlfriend alone in the dorm lounge as she (we) listened & he strummed. It's a treasured memory.

Friday, March 16, 2007 at 16:28 Host: nj-71-1-58-111.dhcp.embarqhsd.net
4133) Paris Bentley
driftawayb@peoplepc.com
I bought the Jim Croce DVD a few years ago, and rewatched it again last night. The whole time I was watching, I kept wondering who the second guitarist was, I looked for his name at the end in the credits, nothing! This is the only thing I didn't like about the DVD, it stood out like a sore thumb. Ingrid and AJ both spoke eloquently about Maury in the commentary section, so I don't understand why his name wasn't included in the credits or in memory. He certainly was an integral part of the duo, his graceful fluid style of playing was extraordinary. He came across as a humble, kind, and gentle soul, just as much as Jim Croce, and it is so apparent to me that those two had to share a deep friendship to coincide with the magic they created with their musical colloborations. After reading quite a few of the posts, the same theme kept popping up in many of them where people stated that they wanted to know who the second guitarist was and they, like me had to dilligently search to find the answer. Now I know who he is, and the credit he is so rightfully due will never be forgotten. He embellished the songs of Jim Croce like no other, and I am so glad that I was able to get to know him a little bit through this site. I'm a little younger than he was, I'll soon be 53, and I loved those songs back in the 70's, and now I know why, a gracious and humble spirit was providing an accompaniment that was so pleasantly appealing that one could not help but take notice. I hope the family will find peace and solace in these words that I write for a stranger who at the same time feels like a kindred spirit. Can you imagine the sweet sounds that are in heaven?
Thursday, March 08, 2007 at 03:44 Host: ca208-ch02-bl05.il-chicago0.sa.earthlink.net
4132) Michael
archangelinga@comcast.net
Just wanted to say that your brother and Jim were highlights for me growing up. I remember hearing of the plane crash and not really understanding til I was older what the world had lost. I'm very sorry for your/our loss.
Thursday, March 08, 2007 at 02:34 Host: c-76-20-214-184.hsd1.ga.comcast.net
4131) Steve L
stevelap@gmail.com
Recently watched some old Jim Croce video - first chance to really watch and listen to the guy playing with him - searched the web to discover who he was - low and behold it was Maury and to find this great web-site was a wonderful thing - God Bless the family.
This is definitely time in a bottle.
Peace

Monday, March 05, 2007 at 22:14 Host: itcdsl126232.iro.ptd.net
4130) Fan from Michigan
I really enjoyed reading the guestbook and family/friends sections of this wonderful website. What a beautiful tribute in memory of Maury. Some people may remember him as the man behind Jim Corce. I remember him as a musical genius that could play his guitar like no other. Maury's guitar work was spectacular, as well as his timing. I sit in awe as I listen to CDs or watch Maury play on video. Jim was so lucky to have the partner he had in Maury, the man who was responsible for his overall unique sound. Maury seemed like such a kind, gentle man and he is missed greatly. He will never be forgotten. Thanks again for the website and for allowing me to express my appreciation.
Monday, March 05, 2007 at 09:08 Host: c-68-43-141-188.hsd1.mi.comcast.net
4129) Webb
strong68@aol.com
Mary,
What a great tribute this website is to Maury. Maury & Jim will forever live on and their music and lives will never be forgotten. God Bless you and your family.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 at 08:50 IP: 12.26.69.1
4127) Frank
Thank you for the opportunity to learn more about Maury. He was an amazing musician. I love the music of Jim Croce and Maury, especially when played together. I believe that Maury's influence helped refine Jim's music. I love Maury's song Salon and Saloon. R.I.P. Maury, and thank you!
Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 16:56 Host: c-68-43-141-188.hsd1.mi.comcast.net
4126) Tim McMullen
tcbijou@aol.com
http://www.myspace.com/tcbijou
Hi, Mary—

I thank Mona Marie for her kind words.

In fact, I have had a number of inquiries about "Second String Songman" and other songs from fans of your site, so I have finally put together a site at MySpace that includes a few songs and a few videos.

Thanks again for helping to keep alive Maury's unique contribution to the world of music.

Tim McMullen

Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 02:06 Host: cpe-75-84-10-111.socal.res.rr.com
4124) Dona Taylor Pae
maepae@aol.com
Somehow I am related to Maury. My maiden name is Taylor. I am also related to the Devaney's of Trenton and I think that is the avenue how I am related. I distinctly remember the day of the plane crash. I was over Len and Rose Devaney's when it happened and they were upset. My father (Don Taylor) passed away in 1990 so I can't ask him, Rose and Len Devaney passed away also. I really would like to know how the two families are related. Does anyone know? It is ironic that after I had kids, my daughters became friends to Tom and Cindy's daughters. That's when I told them that they are relatives of some sort. Please advise.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 21:37 IP: 12.107.95.254
4122) Mona Marie
Dearest Mary,
Is Tommy's and Terry's Lifesong album available to the public? If so where can we purchase it. Their tribute song to Maury is great!
Tim Mc Mullen's song for Maury is also beautiful and has a touch of Maury's style and flavor. Where can I purchase this Second string songman Album?
Please thank Tommy and Terry for their song. I am still anxiously waiting for your book to be published and released.
I love you Mary! I am so grateful to you and I too am so touched to see and read the multitude of different multicultural people across the globe, caring thoughts and acknowledgements to Maury which he so much deserved! Remember Mary my offer is still open to you and yours if you come out West to California, to take you to Universal Studio's. And I will never ever forget my gentle good friend Maury and now you too Mary!
Love Always
As I am
Mona
oxoxoxox

Friday, February 02, 2007 at 15:20 Host: cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com
4120) Gerardo Sanguineti
gsanguineti@hotmail.com
I'm from Argentina, and I love Jim Croce's music.
Today, searching in Internet details of Croce, developed "Maury", as the lead guitar duo with Jim, and also I could listen the Maury's second voices and chorus in several J. Croce's songs.

I realized about this nice page and this nice "musician"!! and I just only say "What a wonderfull and magic music left Maury to the world".

My regards for the related persons!

Gerardo Sanguineti
gsanguineti@hotmail.com

Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 18:53 Host: host74.190-30-76.telecom.net.ar
4119) Sutat Mongkolsupawan
unifbouquet@yahoo.com
I live in Thailand. More than 20 years ago I was the one who loved the songs of Jim Croce. I appreciated the line of guitar duo of Jim and Maury .So I and my friend start a duo for university folksong competition.When we were the first year medical student In Mahidol university.We played "I have to say I love you in a song".,no one there had known the song even the judge.When we were second year medical student,we studied hard but we still practiced the songs of Jim/Maury.We were the champ that year ,we had played "Time in a bottle" and "These dreams".Until now I and my friend had our own works as a doctor,I am a cardiologist ,my friend is an ophthalmologist.I collect all CDs that are available of Jim Croce. But it hardly to find Maury Muehleisen CD in Thailand.This morning I have just watched Jim Croce's DVD,I love their musics forever.I want to buy Maury's CDs but I have no credit cart.When I buy something online, I use my sister's card. I will order soon.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 07:39 Host: 125-24-167-62.adsl.totbb.net
4118) John
pharmboycu@yahoo.com
When I was 12 years old (15 years ago), my uncle played a record called "Time In A Bottle" for me. As beautiful as the words and melody were, what hit me was the elegant simplicity of the guitarist in the background. I took that LP home and tried my hardest to learn the parts I was hearing. To this day, despite 15 years of trying, I still fail to evoke the tone and purity of heart that I heard in Maury's strings. I was devastated when I received my letter back, unopened and marked "return to sender" from the now defunct ABC records. It was only then that I found out we lost a genius on Earth to gain a musical angel in heaven. The greatest compliment I can give a fellow musician is that I didn't hear *him*-- I heard the song.Thank you for putting up this wonderful tribute to a hero of mine; a tribute to a man who played so well that you never knew he was there. Fortunately for all of us, he did not become another nameless and faceless musician whose contribution to musican posterity went unrecognized. Thank you for putting up this wonderful tribute to a hero of mine, a tribute to a man who played so well that you never knew he was there; he was a true musician-- a master of his craft who knew to leave the forest of a song better than he found it, leaving no trace and sweeping the path behind him.
Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 18:05 Host: cpe-065-191-038-077.nc.res.rr.com
4117) Ted G.
tgarland@meditech.com
Mary, superb website on Maury....he was a truly gifted player and I've spent many enjoyable hours listening to the music..
But I need to ask: Do you have any of his old guitars around that you could post pics of?......would love to see some of his "tools of the trade"!!!!!!
Thanks again so much and may God bless the memory of Maury.

Ted from Massachusetts

Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 13:50 Host: w.meditech.com
4116) Joe Walsh
jwtimekeep@msn.com
He was a great guitar player,he played feelings through his fingers. Very tasteful and clean...he is missed.

Rest Forever in Peace my friend

Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 10:02 Host: adsl-149-247-166.pns.bellsouth.net
4115) Mark Conn
draftmedown@yahoo.com
It always takes one or two to make a band.
Jim had Maury and thier Music together we still understand!!
One you hear sing the song and the other you hear the music play
With us always they both will stay!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 17:57 IP: 67.36.26.16
4114) Mary Beth Asenjo
mary.beth.asenjo@sbcglobal.net
This website is such a beautiful tribute to Maury.What an incredibly talented musician he really was,and his spirit lives on in the melodies and memories.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 17:17 Host: willowick-user.wepl.lib.oh.us
4113) Vincent Chiba
tlcmac@sympatico.ca
What a great musician!
Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 13:31 Host: bas6-toronto63-1096713130.dsl.bell.ca
4112) Len Jaffe
sngwrtr525@comcast.net
I had the priceless privilege of getting to "hang out" with Maury and Jim at the old Cellar Door nightclub in Washington, DC, in the late winter/early spring of 1973 for several nights. I had only been playing music around town for a couple of years at that point, and I had so much to learn about this craft. What teachers both of these guys were! In 1994, I wrote "Down At The Old Cellar Door", a tribute to so many who taught me well. A day doesn't go by that I don't think about both of these guys. How different the musical landscape would be if that plane crash never took place. Thank you, Mary, for keeping Maury's memory alive for so many of us who loved what he did.

Len Jaffe
Barking Cherry House Concerts
Charlottesville, VA

Friday, January 19, 2007 at 08:01 Host: c-71-63-11-93.hsd1.va.comcast.net
4111) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
January 14, 2007
Maury's 58th birthday

Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 23:37 Host: cache-dtc-af02.proxy.aol.com
4110) John McGowan
atsatellite@hotmail.com
Maury and Jim should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Although, their careers were tragically cut short, the musicianship and the quality of work they left us will last forever.
Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 19:54 Host: dialup-4.185.246.227.dial1.washington2.level3.net
4109) Chuck O
chuck138@comcast.net
Met Maury's brother Robert at Wildflowers, and by luck a Jim Croce song came on. I had mentioned to the friend that I was with that I remember the Trenton Times front page article about the plane crash in 1973 with Maury and Jim. It was a pleasure hearing about Maury and Jim. Thanks Robert for taking the time to speak to two bar flies!
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 09:55 Host: c-71-226-235-142.hsd1.pa.comcast.net
4108) Pat Casey
coda66@aol.com
I'm just forty years old but I've always loved Jim Croce's music. It wasn't until the DVD came out that I saw for the first time who played the great licks and fills for Jim. What a great talented guy Maury was. A true inspiration for me to breakout my acoustic and learn those parts note for note. from what I've read from other people he was a good man - the kind who would be unaffected by stardom.
Sunday, January 07, 2007 at 22:08 Host: cache-dtc-af02.proxy.aol.com
4107) Tim McMullen
tcbijou@aol.com
Dear Mary—

Thanks for making this the best year for Maury's fans in more than thirty years. The release of two cd's was marvelous. Like I said on the first day of this guestbook, I look forward to your book! May the upcoming year be even better for you, for your family, and for Maury's fans.

Happy New Year, Tim McMullen

Monday, January 01, 2007 at 02:43 Host: cpe-75-84-10-111.socal.res.rr.com
4106) Donald Mick
dkmick@comcast.net
I think of Maury often when I listen to Elizabeth tapes from the Gold Bug days. (I've missed his music since the advent of CDs). We had a cheap reel to reel tape recorder and Maury taped their concerts. We used the same tape the whole year (67-68), sadly taping over old concerts. Another person who died young was Wayne Ackerman an avid photographer who took pictures at the Gold Bug. I often wonder where all the photos of that time and place went.
Thank you for keeping Maury's memory alive and for helping me discover that I can get his music on CDs
Don

Saturday, December 30, 2006 at 23:20 Host: c-71-234-69-209.hsd1.ct.comcast.net
4105) Russell Fries
rfries1@verizon.net
I'm an older guy, trying to learn guitar, having dropped it for about forty years.
Recently I saw some of the Jim Croce songs on video, and was just blown away by the fingerpicking harmony of Maury's playing. It's wonderful you are preserving and adding to the memory of one so talented. He has inspired me to try to do better, and his songs bring joy.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006 at 09:55 Host: pool-71-125-143-98.cmdnnj.east.verizon.net
4104) Mark Stuart
mark@earthlink.net
http://www.staceyandmark.com
I tour 250+ days a year with my wife, Stacey Earle, playing concerts on the folk-Americana circuit. I have many influences, but, it has often occured to me that Maury is an unsung influence on the way I shape my guitar playing in our duo. We have two acoustic guitars in our performance and it is very tricky finding a way for that to work out well. I think we have pulled it off and hear it from our fans nightly. I know that the best example of it (the two acoustic guitar approach) is Maury and Jim. Along with my Chet Atkins and Beatles and Merle Travis albums I studied Maury's playing alot as a young guitarist. And, I now know it affected my choices in choosing what to play against Stacey's guitar. We are so unlucky to be without Maury today, but, so lucky he left some great work for us to hear. Thank you, Maury,
Mark Stuart (Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart)

Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 00:03 Host: user-1120h3b.dsl.mindspring.com
4102) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
Happy Thanksgiving to All!
I'm extra happy and extra thankful this year...thankful for all of you. I am so grateful for the many kind thoughts and feelings shared by those who visit this website for Maury.
I keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Peace and Love and Happiness,
Mary

Thursday, November 23, 2006 at 12:20 Host: cache-mtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com
4101) J Johnson
http://www.youtube.com/LeilaniRocks
I am a huge fan of Jim and Maury's. Been listening since I stole my mother's 8-tracks some 30+ years ago! Wish I could have thanked them personally for all the great music and free guitar lessons they have given me...but I will have only to thank Mary instead...so... THANKS MARY! Especially for devoting so much time and heart to this cool website for your brother. The Jim Croce story is truly a team story, and this surely helps the world to know that.

My best to you and yours.

Monday, November 20, 2006 at 20:57 Host: cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com
4100) Jacqui Connell
jacqui.connell@tiscali.co.uk
I was born and grew up in Trenton in the 60s and 70s. My dad was Jack Connell and I think I remember him saying he bought his suits from Maury's dad when I became a Jim Croce fan at age 13. I am still a fan after all these years and living 3,000 miles away in England. I introduce new audiances to Jim & Maury.
Monday, November 20, 2006 at 14:01 Host: 88-108-234-11.dynamic.dsl.as9105.com
4098) Chris
cstelmack@hawaii.rr.com
I just came across this site dedicated to Maury. I've been a Jim Croce fan for years and to this day, when I listen to the songs that he recorded I'm still blown away and amazed at Maury's playing. Even though I've heard these songs thousands of times, Maury's guitar work never ceases to amaze me. He truly was amazing. I only wish that Maury and Jim were still around. I wonder what wonderful songs they would have recorded. So sad, but I'm thankful for the music.
Saturday, November 18, 2006 at 20:25 Host: cpe-24-94-87-105.hawaii.res.rr.com
4097) oscar garcia
oscar19garcia@yahoo.com
maury thanks for your music ,you are inspiration for me and some friends living in my country HONDURAS

GOD BLESS YOU MY FRIEND WE LL LOVE YOU FOREVER

Thursday, November 16, 2006 at 23:21 Host: mundial.hn
4096) Stephen Chan
stephen.cwchan@gmail.com
Jim & Maury's music has always been my inspiration to play the guitar. Have always wondered who is that picker behind all these classics till i pick up a vcd of Jim with various footage of them playing together..my 1st look at the man on those strings. I was and still am in awe. RIP Maury...your pickings and music lives on.
Monday, November 13, 2006 at 15:04 Host: cm1.gamma9.maxonline.com.sg
4092) John Beland
sessionman54@aol.com
http://www.johnbeland.com
I first came across Maury's solo album Gingerbread in 1970, just prior to my band Swampwater (Linda Ronstadt's band) recording our 2nd album for RCA.I fell in love with his tune "A Song I Heard" and recorded it on our 2nd album "SWAMPWATER", along with Herb Pederson on guitar. It was recorded in 1971 IN Hollywood at RCA STUDIOS with Jimmy Day's steel solo put on in Nashville.
I sang it and the track recieved alot of airplay. To this day I still get email about it.
Maury was an exceptional artist who, sadly, I never got to meet. I believe he would have been a major artist on his own had he not died so young.
Anyway, I just found this site...and will re-order Gingerbread.
God Bless you Maury & thanks for the wonderful music you gave us.
Cheers
John Beland
Flying Burrito Brothers
Austin TX
www.johnbeland.com
www.myspace.com/flyingb56

Sunday, November 05, 2006 at 19:04 Host: cache-dtc-af02.proxy.aol.com
4091) ken sloan
papamacksaw@aol.com
nice to see the website to put a name and face to jims great guitar player what a unique style great job we still listen to his music
Sunday, November 05, 2006 at 17:20 Host: cache-dtc-af02.proxy.aol.com
4090) Lou
louiespag@aol.com
http://www.louiespag.com
I've always been a Jim Croce fan, but I'm glad I can finally put a name and face to "the guy who played guitar with Jim".
Maury was an incredible talent, God only knows the heights he and Jim would have reached with their collaborations.
As it is, what they did in a short time will live forever.

Sunday, November 05, 2006 at 01:32 Host: pool-68-163-136-242.bos.east.verizon.net
4089) DENNIS
bestbirds2000@aol.com
http://dennisweinreich.tripod.com/
"MARY",

WHAT A WONDERFUL TRUBUTE TO YOUR TALENTED BROTHER...IT WAS NICE LEARNING MORE ABOUT HIM AND HIS GREAT FAMILY.

EVEN THOUGH "MAURY", HAD TO LEAVE US SO EARLY, HIS SONGS THAT REACH TO THE SOUL OF EVERY ONE WHO HEARS THEM WILL BE WITH US FOREVER....

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS GREAT WEB SITE..

~DENNIS~

Thursday, November 02, 2006 at 21:41 Host: cache-ntc-ad10.proxy.aol.com
4088) Arlon Bennett
Arlon@ArlonBennett.com
http://www.ArlonBennett.com
It has been an honor and privilege for me to have learned more about Maury through his family in the Trenton area of New Jersey. I love what was and miss what could have been.
Thursday, November 02, 2006 at 19:09 Host: cache-mtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com
4085) Tom Muehleisen
I thoroughly enjoyed receiving the re-release of GINGERBREADD and the new Before the Ever Since CD's. The stories in the CD covers bring back so many memories for me. Thoughts of hangin' out with Maury in his room while he'd sit at his big wooden desk, late at night under a dim desk light, working out the words and music to another segment of his stringed magic. For those of us who knew Maury and those who know his music, the "ever since" is everlasting. Thank you Mary, for your perseverance and all your hard work on these projects. PS Still can't wait for the completion and release of your book. Luv ya! "Be Cool" Tom
Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 11:39 Host: pool-71-245-114-218.cmdnnj.fios.verizon.net
4083) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
Dear Rolland,
I know I've already sent you a personal thank you, but I want the world to know how much your poem means to me and my family. Space around me feels a bit warmer today - like a gentle hug coming from above and beyond...from Maury and from you. Thanks forever.
Peace and Love,
Mary

Wednesday, October 18, 2006 at 09:34 Host: cache-mtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com
4082) Tim McMullen
tcbijou@aol.com
Rolland:

What a lovely and fitting tribute to Maury's memory. Thanks so much for sharing your piece with the rest of his fans and friends.

Tim McMullen

Wednesday, October 18, 2006 at 01:11 Host: 69-167-6-104.lmdaca.adelphia.net
4081) Rolland B. Heiss
rbheiss@juno.com
http://tinyurl.com/2xbpn
For Maury Muehleisen

I thought I heard a minstrel in the heavens late one night
'tis sure that others heard it for the tune was clear and bright
The night birds hushed their voices, the coyotes ceased to wail
It seemed the earth grew silent, from meadow, hill and dale

And every living being turnd their gazes toward the sky
In hopes they might discover the source up there on high
It was as I remember, a star up in the north
That seemed to be the center of this beauty springing forth

A campfire in the skyway where the minstrel stopped to rest
And sing a song of beauty on his gentle spirit quest
I don't know if he realized that others heard his song
So far below the heavens, from distances so long

Yet late one night we heard it, that sweet unearthly tune
That came from out of nowhere past the regions of the moon
No living thing that heard him would ever be the same
And something deep within me whispered Maury was his name.

(c)2006 Rolland B. Heiss

Sunday, October 15, 2006 at 23:28 Host: dialup-4.243.2.200.dial1.seattle1.level3.net
4080) Jim, Darline, & Justin Rutkoski
me4t2@aol.com
1973......heard the tragic news on our counter top radio in Flint, Michigan, I was 17 and just freaked, it was a constant struggle just to tune my darn acoustic. Maury was simply an amazing sound, I sure wish he and Jim had driven that day. Never could play Operator, sure could use Maury's instruction. RIP my friend.

Switching to DSL on Monday and changing emails, will update however.

Friday, October 06, 2006 at 05:01 Host: cache-ntc-ad10.proxy.aol.com
4079) Sheldon Castle
sdcastle@yahoo.com
I just received Maury's "Gingerbreadd" CD in the mail today and am on my second listen. Simply put, it is AWESOME! Wow, what a beautiful, beautiful voice and such wonderful songs! Every song was written by Maury which is amazing to me. He was only 20 or 21 when he made this album. Such a talent!!!

A huge THANKYOU to Mary for working so hard to make this wonderful album available for us to enjoy.

Sheldon Castle

Monday, October 02, 2006 at 15:49 Host: twnd-216-37-226-88.ppp.twnd.epix.net
4076) Joey Em
joey752@gmail.com
It is so coincidental that on September 20th, 2006 I check my mailbox to find the album "Jim Croce Classic Hits", which I ordered from my record club, has arrived.
The music of Jim and your brother Maury we the favourites of mine and my late wife. I remember so vividly the morning of September 21,1973 when my wife called me to tell me of the plane crash.
This album will be cherished by me as a memory of my late wife, your brother, and Jim.
Thank you for having this site.
I am hoping to order your brothers album very soon.

Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 18:34 Host: h209-135-110-24.gtcust.grouptelecom.net
4075) Paul N.
pnielso@aol.com
Its a wonderful and tasteful tribute to your brother.He was an amazing artist and his talent luckily lives on here and in his body of work for future generations. If he is in our thoughts than he is with us. He also was lucky to have such a loving family.
God Bless You...Paul

Friday, September 22, 2006 at 21:18 Host: ool-44c5982a.dyn.optonline.net
4074) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
On another note, Maury's music is available once again to family and friends. Visit my website for information on ordering.
With gratitude to all who are interested, and wishing you all Love in your lives,
Mary

Friday, September 22, 2006 at 08:16 Host: cache-dtc-af02.proxy.aol.com
4073) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
Thanks, Ken, and all those who were kind enough to remember our family this week. Of course, September 20, 1973 is the actual date of the plane crash, but September 21 is another date that stays with us - the day we learned of the plane crash. We still miss Maury very much and cherish our memories of him.
Peace and Love,
Mary

Friday, September 22, 2006 at 08:06 Host: cache-dtc-af02.proxy.aol.com
4072) Ken Carson
That beautiful, full and unforgettable sound of Maury's guitar! I was just a young fan of the Croce songs at the time, and today-- so many years later-- playing some music got me to thinking of that unmistakable guitar sound, and wondering who the player was. Today I found out. My thoughts are for his friends and family, and for the days and music lost.
Thursday, September 21, 2006 at 14:44 Host: c-65-96-51-33.hsd1.ma.comcast.net
4071) Cristián García-Huidobro
cristian.garcia-huidobro@bakernet.com
As every year on this date, I'll specially enjoy all the life and peace that Jim and Maury share with us through their music. Let's the magic begin with... "OPERATOR"... mmmm... great intro Maury!!!

Thanks Mary for your lovely site, and reserve a copy of Gingerbreadd for me!!! I'm travelling on October to US.
Greetings from Santiago de Chile. Cris.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at 18:16 IP: 200.27.126.154
4070) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
Hello, Hello. Hard to believe it's been thirty-three years now since Maury's been gone from our lives. Thankfully, though, he is well remembered. I am so grateful to all of you for visiting this site and leaving such beautiful messages and sharing your memories. Thank you so very much.
The best news on this day is that Maury's music is now available. "Gingerbreadd" by Maury Muehleisen is a reissue of Maury's 1970 Capitol Records LP and includes a 10-page folder. "Maury Muehleisen - Before The Ever Since" is a compilation, produced by me and Tommy West, of Maury's early home and studio recordings of the "Gingerbreadd" songs, plus two bonus tracks by Maury - "Salon and Saloon" and "I Remember Mary." The CDs will only be available through this website - an order form will be on the site any day now. Thank you for your patience.
The prayer in my heart today will be for Maury, Jim Croce, Dennis Rast, Ken Cortese, George Stevens, and Robert Newton Elliott.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at 08:52 Host: cache-mtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com
4067) Bill Weiss
misterweiss@hotmail.com
Hi Mary,

I think your brother would be proud of you and your efforts. I found this site a while back, but am now just getting around to writing this. I'm a long time fan of Jim and Maury's...I was 15 in 1973. Jim is still my favorite singer of all time, and as everyone says, Maury played a HUGE part in Jim Croce's success. Jim went from strumming the guitar to PLAYING the guitar with Maury's help.

When I bought the "Lifesong" album in 1974, I was so glad that Terry and Tommy did the "Maury" song to pay tribute to the musical genius the world would probably never know by name. The Jim Croce DVD that came out a couple years back really shows how Maury and Jim became ONE when they played together. I'm glad we finally have this video record that will live on forever.

Just as Maury will.

If there is a "Rock and Heaven", I'm sure that Jim and Maury are making people smile and feel good up there. And ya know what? They've never stopped doing that here on Earth.

Sunday, September 17, 2006 at 10:03 Host: bb-207-5-189-250.gwi.net
4066) Michael
mjvassall@hotmail.com
I have only recently seen the DVD of Jim Croce live, and had to find out the name of the lead guitarist.

Mary and family, thank you for this rare insight into the life of someone who has touched so many souls.

God bless.

Sunday, September 17, 2006 at 04:52 Host: 60-240-104-163-nsw-pppoe.tpgi.com.au
4062) Jeff Leeper
classiccats@mail2band.com
Listening to Jim and Maury, a little while ago prompted mr to write to you.
It just struck me how wonderful it was for Jim and Maury to find each other.
Both so talented, and for each to find the perfect complement for his talents is rare.
How fortunate for all of us that they did.
Thanks for keeping this treasure alive for all of us.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at 18:36 Host: 207-255-77-175-dhcp.aoo.pa.atlanticbb.net
4059) chris nickey
chrisnickey64@aol.com
http://www.myspace.com/sparetireband
wow! love this site! maury was really a great player , saw him and jim at the philly folk fest in 73 (at the tender age of 9 ! ) i grew up in langhorne pa and was surprised to learn that maury was from trenton nj (just across the river !! wow small world . i really have to agree with cashman and west when they say that jim's songs were greatly enhanced by maury's tasty riffs and whatnot . i sure wish i could find someone like that to ply my songs with ...... yeah right ! that aint happining maury was one of a kind ! thanks for the wonderful site i'll tell all my pickin buddies about it !! they all know and love maury's jams as much as me !!! chris
Monday, September 11, 2006 at 19:27 Host: ac81c557.ipt.aol.com
4056) anonymous
sistergoldenhair3034@msn.com
Please let me know when the cds will be available. Thank you.
Friday, September 08, 2006 at 10:25 Host: pool-71-248-143-46.dllstx.dsl-w.verizon.net
4055) Eric
erheebner@aol.com
I am sooo glad this website is here. Music is not what it used to be, but the remembrance of what it used to be, makes it what it is now, it is still alive and you have kept it that way. Thanks. They left us way too early, but did not leave us with nothing. You have the physical memories and we have the intangible resevoir of thought and emotion provoking memories-through their music. We only wish we could grasp a portion of the memories you have, so here we are. Thanks for sharing.
Thursday, September 07, 2006 at 16:04 Host: cpe-70-122-71-6.houston.res.rr.com
4053) Hg
hg1101@hotmail.com
http://www.upstreamband.org
Somewhere down this guestbook you will find an entry by a guy named Scott, my long time friend, teacher and former bassist (in that order). In Scott's comments he speaks of how watching Maury and Jim changed the course of his life forever leading him through a musical journey. While I never had the priviledge of viewing a live performance - that night in 1972 changed more than Scott's life. It changed mine. Maury's impact and influence can be directly traced to a deep friendship and musical internship between myself and Scott. It also made possible a musical ministry that touched countless other lives. As Scott so eloquently said, thanks for this website and for the gift of sharing.

Hg

Thursday, September 07, 2006 at 14:18 Host: usa.fmcti.com
4050) cc jones
christine_c_jones@yahoo.com
I just learned of Maury...as tears fill my eyes I once again learn of a wonderful soul who truly graced this Earth with glory and grace. Thanks to Jim and Maury for all of the blessed song and beauty and truth. Thanks to their family/friends for encouraging and shaping them. Danke schone.
Saturday, September 02, 2006 at 00:20 Host: ool-4355f563.dyn.optonline.net
4049) Jim
jimbauma@cisco.com
Some time ago on PBS there was a Jim Croce special or bio, and I remember watching and listening to Maury, thinking "What GREAT picking!" I didn't know who Maury was at the time, and during the show I wondered what he might be doing now. At the end of the show I found out... it was a moment.

Mary, your dedication to Maury and this website is truly marvelous. Thank you!

Friday, September 01, 2006 at 00:02 Host: sj-natpool-220.cisco.com
4048) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
Hello, Hello, Everyone,
Thanks to Jan, a new friend of mine from Mississippi, I learned yesterday that the opening song in the new Disney movie "Invincible" about Eagles player Vince Papale is "I Got A Name." It's wonderful to hear Jim Croce's voice throughout the theater. Maury Muehleisen and Tommy West sang backup vocals on that 1973 hit song, written by Gimbel and Fox. You'll also hear Maury's tripled lead guitar parts, played on his Martin D-35. Tommy West played three guitar parts, using a twelve-string guitar and two six-string guitars.
Pardon me, my pride is showing.
The movie's great, too.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 16:10 Host: cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com
4047) Jonathan Levitin
kaptjon@optonline.net
I've always loved Jim Croce and coming across Maury Muehleisen adds a much needed dimension coming from the music of the both of them. So little do I know. Thanks for introducing me to Maury.

Jonathan

"I am still learning. . ." Michelangelo Buonarroti

Saturday, August 26, 2006 at 03:32 Host: ool-4574a341.dyn.optonline.net
4046) Ann
It is always such a pleasure to read everyone's memories and thoughts about Maury's music and the duo of Maury and Jim. I'm so pleased that Maury's music will soon be available again, as it is apparent that so many of us are interested in keeping that talent alive. The one thing that has helped me all of these years after losing my brother, Maury, is that I have his voice and guitar music, as well as very fond childhood memories of him from my first 20 years of life. This is a treat that not many people have, and it brings such a feeling of peace to me and puts a smile on my face. It's certainly more than nice to know that so many people, of so many different ages, listen to his music and get such an emotional pull from it. You all make an angel smile when you write in. Thanks, Mary, for making all of this happen.
Love,
Ann

Wednesday, August 23, 2006 at 23:22 Host: cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com
4045) Mitch
mrb@brightsites.com
http://www.thelazarusband.com
What can I say?

I loved Jim's music... but even though I was just a high school kid with no musical training, I was immediately drawn toward the fills and back-up vocals of "that guy that plays with Croce" and I remember wanting to know more.

Unfortunatly, I didn't really pay attention to later... and now, some 30 years after getting my first guitar I find that I REALLY want to play.

Pete Huttlinger does a wonderful job of honoring Maury on his Croce instructional DVD. After a few weeks of watching those lessons, I have even more appreciation for Maury.

I sure hope I meet him someday... and I plan on mentioning Maury just about every time a Croce tune comes from guitar, as I play the little Coffee Houses of Northwest Indiana.

May his memory be eternal.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006 at 11:11 Host: c-71-194-192-180.hsd1.il.comcast.net
4044) don
yo4012001@yahoo.es
http://www.galeon.com/donsantana/
great guitar player
Monday, August 21, 2006 at 09:17 Host: 44.red-213-231-102.user.auna.net
4043) David
destrahl@hotmail.com
He & Jim were perfect together. My friend and I keep their music alive every week as we try our best to play their songs note for note on our guitars. Currently working on "Car wash Blues" and I am working on Maury's part and it is soo intricate.

Dave

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 12:58 IP: 136.166.1.3
4042) Pastor Gary Holman
JonWesley54@hotmail.com
http://www.newhopecommunityfellowship.com
Mary,

As a singer / songwriter, I cannot begin to tell you the impact your Brother and Jim Croce had on me as a young man.

I have always written music, but I would listen to a couple cuts off one of the Croce albums and feel an incredible inspiration to write "something new".

I have long been a Beatle fan, But only the music Jim and your Brother created ever has such an effect upon me.

My own 15 year old daughter plays acoustic guitar now and I have never been able to think of another guitarist, I would rather have her listen to than Jim and Maury. Their music was pure magic back then and it still works today.

My biggest regret is giving away tickets to a Jim Croce concert at the assistance of the girl I thought I would marry. I also later missed a trip to Europe on her account (only to have her leave me weeks later), but the missed European adventure still doesn't upset me as much as the third row seats I once gave away. It was only weeks later the boys were killed and my "I'll see them next time" became an unfulfilled opportunity.

I hope to get your Brothers CDs soon.

God Bless you and your family

Pastor Gary Holman

Sunday, August 06, 2006 at 18:27 Host: cpe-65-31-16-244.insight.res.rr.com
4041) Marshall
w52@sbcglobal.net
Music as it should be... Very few artists have touched me the way Maury's guitar and harmonies have. To this day I get chills listening to Alabama Rain. I can't wait to get a hold of Maury's re-released album. To the whole family, God Bless, and may Maury be in our hearts forever. His musical renditions are timeless masterpieces. He was a one-of-a-kind, a true genius. His music would have made many artists better musicians. That plane robbed the world of a fabulous talent. It is a tribute to their genius that they were able to record so much quality music in three years. I am humbled by the breadth and magnitude of the songs. mw
Wednesday, August 02, 2006 at 19:38 Host: adsl-69-212-158-82.dsl.bcvloh.ameritech.net
4040) Debi
debihorn@barlick.net
http://scrapperblog.net
I was 12 when I "discovered" Jim Croce and was saddened when he died weeks later. Now I am 45 and watching the DVD I have "discovered" Maury. It feels like I have just "lost" him and am grateful that you started this site to honor his memory.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006 at 18:54 Host: highspeed65-174-20-110.peoplestelecom.net
4039) Armand Gagnon
linguist29@comcast.net
http://linguatics.com
I remember that cold and rainy morning of November 5, 1960 when I heard over my parents' car radio from the back seat, while coming down Barham Blvd. from Hollywood, CA into Burbank while passing by Warner Bros. Studios, the sudden death of country singer Johnny Horton from a tragic car accident that day. They announced, also on that very same day, that actor Ward Bond had died too. I learned of Maury and Jim's plane crash the same way, over the radio, on the morning of September 21, 1973. Both events have profoundly affected me still. We are all blessed to live in a century wherein the technology allows for us to still be moved by their music. Indeed, all of the billions of human beings who have come and gone from centuries past never had such a luxury as recorded music. Maury's crisp & clear touch will ring in my ears forever. I try to emulate his style on electric guitar, but not with much success, it seems. Thank you Mary for your constant friendship and continous e-mail contact. I am so hononed to be a small part of your upcoming book.
Armand
Springfield, Oregon

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 00:52 Host: c-71-193-221-103.hsd1.or.comcast.net
4038) CW
charflem@yahoo.com
I ran across the DVD and wow, what a great tribute to both parties. Maury and Jim alike were "one of a kind" and the world lost two musical geniuses. We are lucky to have been left their blessings in their works.

God Bless!

Friday, July 14, 2006 at 13:12 Host: adsl-223-102-195.aep.bellsouth.net
4037) Michael Pink
http://myspace.com/MichaelPink
What a great guitarist and singer. I greatly enjoyed looking at the pictures especially the one of the celebration cake for the new record deal. Its odd but when i look at it, i can see my family in a way.

Great sight

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 03:06 Host: viborgdhcp-194.64-179-168.iw.net
4036) Terry Linebarger
scorehi@accubak.net
I would just like to say thanks to Maury and Jim for all the great music
they left for us. I've been listening to it for over 30 years and will never
get enough.

Sunday, July 09, 2006 at 20:12 Host: mo-67-76-74-8.sta.embarqhsd.net
4035) Dana Deering
diamondback16@yahoo.com
What a great tribute to an amzing artist. I was 14 when I first heard Jim and Maury back in 1972 and their music spoke to me in a way none had before. I listened to them all the time. I was a bit of a brooding boy back then and they lifted me out of the dark. There is no doubt that there never would have been a Jim Croce without Maury. They were just meant to play together and each brought life to the other's work. I will never forget that September day just a few days before my 15th birthday when I heard the news. I was riding in the back of my parents' car coming home from someplace when the story came on the radio. I was devestated. How could we lose these fine musicians so soon, too soon? I still mourn their loss. I have continued to play their music all through the years and just picked up a compilation CD and the work and feelings it inspires are as timeless as ever. I miss them, Mary. Thanks for this website. I hope you know how much I recognized then how beautiful and amazing Maury's talent was and how much it still is amazing. It's always Maury and Jim with me, never one without the other.

Sincerely,

Dana Deering

Friday, June 30, 2006 at 11:48 Host: ptlegress.unumprovident.com
4034) John Valcev
http://zuzu.at
I remember seeing Jim Croce and Maury on the television and thinking, "Jim is good, but that other guy is great!"

I know we all miss them both!

Thursday, June 29, 2006 at 01:22 Host: krasnet-grps.etk.ru
4033) Piter Markov
http://oopps.de
Maurice played a great part in the success of Jim as an artist. I saw him play as a backup in one of Jim's concert. He played well. Jim's songs gained more soul and meaning with Maurice's excellent guitar play. It is only just yesterday that I found out that there was Maurice in Jim's popular songs.
Thursday, June 29, 2006 at 01:21 Host: krasnet-grps.etk.ru
4032) Will
wschuck67@yahoo.com
http://homepage.mac.com/schuckspeare/PhotoAlb
For years, I thought Jim Croce's music was played on a 12-string guitar. After I saw the Croce documentary, I wondered, "who's the other guitarist?" I just found out about Maury today after hearing his music for more than 30 years! Maury is great!
Tuesday, June 27, 2006 at 17:54 Host: ppp-69-218-214-69.dsl.wotnoh.ameritech.net
4031) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
Thank you to all who take the time to sign my guestbook. As many of you know, I personally answer all e-mails and guestbook entries. The only time you won't get a response is if your e-mail address bounces back as undeliverable. So, if you've never heard from me, feel free to write directly to my e-mail address.
Monday, June 26, 2006 at 10:42 Host: cache-mtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com
4030) Curtz
I remember seeing Jim Croce and Maury on the television and thinking, "Jim is good, but that other guy is great!"

I know we all miss them both!

Monday, June 26, 2006 at 09:28 Host: ob.saisd.net
4027) Dave de Leon
davidadeleon@mozcom.com
Maurice played a great part in the success of Jim as an artist. I saw him play as a backup in one of Jim's concert. He played well. Jim's songs gained more soul and meaning with Maurice's excellent guitar play. It is only just yesterday that I found out that there was Maurice in Jim's popular songs.
Sunday, June 25, 2006 at 03:52 IP: 210.213.76.178
4026) Tony
tony.carey@fox.com
in the best and worst times of life jim and maury's music seems to appear and mean so much. was two when they where around but its been 36 years since and they always appear in the right moment. had the inside sleeve of jims album on my wall for years with maury's picture above him. dont know the reason why i went on the web tonight to finally find out more about who he was, especially after soooo many years of Jims music (now will always think of it as their music) to see who he was. Pretty cool. thank you to whomever put this together. enjoy!
Friday, June 23, 2006 at 01:10 Host: adsl-69-108-123-112.dsl.irvnca.pacbell.net
4019) Regan Wood
The opening lick to "Operator" changed my life forever. In my opinion, Maury was the greatest acoustic guitar player in the world. Additionally, I'd like to add that if you really listen to the harmony he provided to all of Jim's albums, his voice is equally impressive. It just goes to show you he had the "big 3". That is he was a brilliant musician, singer, and songwriter. Special thanks to Mary and her incredible dedication. We can't wait for "Gingerbreadd".
Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at 20:08 Host: ip70-180-180-110.lv.lv.cox.net
4018) Ann
It is always such a pleasure to read everyone's memories and thoughts about Maury's music and the duo of Maury and Jim. I'm so pleased that Maury's music will soon be available again, as it is apparent that so many of us are interested in keeping that talent alive. The one thing that has helped me all of these years after losing my brother, Maury, is that I have his voice and guitar music, as well as very fond childhood memories of him from my first 20 years of life. This is a treat that not many people have, and it brings such a feeling of peace to me and puts a smile on my face. It's certainly more than nice to know that so many people, of so many different ages, listen to his music and get such an emotional pull from it. You all make an angel smile when you write in. Thanks, Mary, for making all of this happen.
Love,
Ann

Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at 05:19 Host: cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com
4016) Dave Williams
djw1@enter.net
Hello Mary,
It was nice to meet you at the Martin Guitar Factory on Monday. It was fun to hear your stories about Maury and Jim. I hoped you enjoyed my story about my sons guitar teacher wanting to know who was the amazing guitarist that played with Jim.
Best Wishes,
DW

Thursday, June 15, 2006 at 10:01 IP: 12.40.117.220
4015) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
Hello, Hello!
Check out the UPDATE page on my website. If you've been used to going directly to the site or the guestbook, you'll probably have to refresh your browser.
Peace & Love,
Mary

Thursday, June 15, 2006 at 05:40 Host: cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com
4014) Larry Galaske
galaske@3z.net
Mary, I think we emailed back and forth a couple of times some time back. I am the guy who was Jim Croce's squad leader in the Army while in training at Ft. Dix in late 1966 and early 1967. I have the original Facets signed copy from Jim and I'm thinking of selling it. I have tried to contact Ingrid to tell her my own little story fo being around Jim but have not had any success with a reply from the official Croce website. I would also like for people close to Jim know that I have the album.

Regards,

Larry Galaske

PS your site is very well done and a great tribute to Maury.

Thursday, June 08, 2006 at 12:12 Host: dsl-69-4-71-7.3z.net
4013) billy epright
A day does'nt pass without the thoughts and sounds of the angels fingers dancing along those strings and I continue to ask WHY? I have to go now. May I come back? I'm so very happy I've found this site. There is so much more to share. From the great township of Upper Darby, PA. Yep! I was born & raised & schooled in Croce country. I'll be around again. Thank you.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006 at 02:58 Host: cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com
4012) gene arnold
giantgene@rock.com
http://www.giantgene.com
Hello, Mary, and every lovely one of ya' that wrote so many beautiful and moving tributes to Maury. It's been a while since we've chatted, but I wanted to you know that they tell me many people still click on to the radio show we did together to honor Maury and Jim's works and life that's now on www.giantgene.com as a work of "love" for both of us. For those who do not remember Jim Croce playing back-up guitar for Maury, click over and give the program a listen. It's time for us to chat soon, Mary. Stay well.
Love to all and to your family
Giant Gene Arnold

Monday, June 05, 2006 at 18:26 Host: AC93B4ED.ipt.aol.com
4011) Dennis M. Covello
Dmcpatches@aol.com
Hello Mary- I accidentally stumbled upon this wonderful tribute,a great website dedicated to Maury. I, as with many who wrote to the guestbook, knew Maury from the ol' 'Boro days. I was Glassboro 1972- and fondly remember Maury as he was a dorm mate when I was a freshman. I remember how amazed I was - listening to his magical voice and guitar when he used to play on the couch in the dayroom lounge. I recall being mesmerized by his phenomenal talent. After reading another person's entry- I also recall when Maury was introduced to a girl named Mary. She was, as I recall a stunningly beautiful girl. We(the dorm guys) were as amazed at her beauty as we were with Maury's talent I suppose!! I recall him playing at the Gold Bug as well as a place on High Street in Glassboro called, I believe, Martha's- it was a small night club/coffee house type deal. It was fairly close to the corner of Main and High. When did his first album come out?- as I recall buying a copy- and when I get a chance I will see if I can find it around the house somewhere I also recall keeping a few mini-posters and flyers (sp) announcing gigs that Maury had in the South Jersey area. I will do some digging. Can you fill me in on the time frame that Maury attended GSC? I would appreciate it if you can email me directly with this info! Thank you.- Once again, thanks for keeping a wonderful memory alive- Best regards- D Wyckoff, NJ 6-3-06
Saturday, June 03, 2006 at 18:26 Host: cache-dtc-af02.proxy.aol.com
4010) Chris Marsh
es345@hotmail.com
I’d like to be able to believe, despite the age, in some sort of benevolent plan or Providence – this makes no sense, just should not have happened. To watch these guys, enter into their spirit and genius. The music consistently hooks, the lyrics – authentic, no tinge of melodrama. “Is it not life? Is it not the thing?” Melancholy, then to soar with “I Got a Name”. And how did Maury make those bends with his middle finger on a D-28? Didn’t start guitar till he was 17? Really, puts tears in my eyes.
Friday, June 02, 2006 at 23:11 Host: 207-255-127-046-dhcp.unt.pa.atlanticbb.net
4009) anonymous
mazster@verizon.net
I had the priviledge of knowing both Jim and Maury. I worked for The Hit Factory Recording Studio back in N.Y.where they did much of their recording; we were all quite devestated by the loss. Maury was a great musician and even a greater human being. He will always be missed.
R.I.P.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 16:49 Host: pool-71-106-142-212.lsanca.dsl-w.verizon.net
4008) richard block
richardblock@mac.com
i accidentally heard maurys album when in the offices of lifesong records.it was spectacular.at one point several decades latter, i called terry cashman to ask if they had any of his tapes.now it sounds like this album will be available in cd.please e-mail me at that time.
thanks
r

Monday, May 29, 2006 at 12:50 Host: c-24-2-241-173.hsd1.ct.comcast.net
4006) Tim McMullen
tcbijou@aol.com
Mary, what great news that Maury's album will finally be available again, and what a sweet and appropriate tribute to your devotion and hard work that you will be the one to enable its return.

Below I have included a post that I made to www.jimcrocefans.com. Someone asked if anyone had seen Jim and Maury perform. The following response seemed appropriate for your site as well.

I had the opportunity to see Jim and Maury perform only once. They came to the LA area in '71 or '72 and played in a theatre in the round; the circular stage actually rotated during the entire performance. Having played in a lot of different venues myself during that time (but never on a revolving stage), I'm guessing that it was a slightly strange experience for them, especially since Jim's form of storytelling and performing was so intimate. A constantly moving target must have been slightly disconcerting....

Needless to say, Jim and Maury's performance was nothing short of amazing. I have seen hundreds of acoustic performers—pretty much every major folk performer who hit LA from 1965 to 1985, and anyone of significance who has come through since then. But Jim and Maury's performance is still vivid in my memory after 35 years.

Jim's stories and introductions were awesome. Not until I saw Cheryl Wheeler perform in the mid-nineties had I seen anyone offer such an inspired mix of trenchant story telling and brilliant song writing. Croce's persona on stage was both hilarious and spellbinding. However, when they began to play, Jim's identity was merged into Maury/Jim, the wizard songsters. Jim was a very good guitar player with a strong baritone, fun and interesting; Maury, however, was pure magic. He was everywhere in the song: rhythm, lead, syncopation, percussion, and incredible harmony vocals. Put simply—he was mesmerizing. Then, Jim would launch into the next intro, and Maury would sit, quietly bemused until the next downbeat when his flying fingers would reassert his remarkable authority in the musical mix.

Despite the billing, watch any of the videos, and you see that Jim and Maury sat side by side. They were a duo, a dynamic duo if ever there was one. The lack of acknowledgement on some of the Croce releases notwithstanding, it is quite clear that Jim and Maury regarded themselves as musical partners whose aesthetic empathy surpassed any that I have ever seen. Not even David Lindley and Jackson Brown, David Bromberg and Jerry Jeff Walker, Jesse Ed Davis and Taj Mahal had that perfect a connection. The only guitar player I have ever seen who might have matched Maury's intuitive complement to his partner was Brownie McGee with Sonny Terry. His hands never stopped. He really didn't play chords at all, or rather, he played bass runs, lead runs, and constant chord prograssions intermittently throughout a song. Maury is the only other guitar player that I have seen who had that intuitive, eclectic approach to completing a song. (This may seem strange and self-serving, but if you heard him, you would agree—the only other person I have ever heard with that kind of full-service sound was my younger brother, Tucker McMullen, when he played with Bob Ward and the Cigar Band in the late 70's, and his inspiration clearly came from David Bromberg, Amos Garrett, Jesse Ed Davis, and especially, Maury Muehleisen).

It would be nice to have the opportunity to see more of Jim and Maury's work, and perhaps more footage will be uncovered in the future. Also, I add my voice to those hoping that Maury's album will again become available. Though always regarded as a jewel, my vinyl recording is not as pristine as I would like.

Hopefully this little reminiscence hints at the wonder that was Jim Croce and Maury Muehleisen.

........Again, congratulations, Mary, for your pending re-release of Gingerbreadd. NOW, when will we have an opportunity to read/hear your book?

Warmest regards, Tim McMullen

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 19:01 Host: 69-167-6-104.lmdaca.adelphia.net
4005) Jeffrye Tveraas
jeffty@jefftveraas.com
http://www.jefftveraas.com
In 1969-70 I looked up to Maury and after 37 years as a performer I still do. Throughout all these years I remember how excited I was to get his Gingerbreadd album down at the local record store in Glassboro, NJ and how often it graced my dormitory stereo. What great music came through those 4" speakers. My copy disappeared a long time ago and I was never able to replace it. When I came across a copy at a new friend's house a few years ago I was so pleasantly surprised to hear how familiar these songs all sounded to me, like I had heard them just last week instead of three decades ago.

As a music major at Glassboro State in '69-'70 I was fortunate to briefly share a piano class with MM. Just classmates hating the 8:00 AM role call and having to try and be musical when all we wanted to do was sleep. Well, that's all I wanted to do, I can't speak for him. I don't remember any real personal connection but that was a long time ago.

I was elated to see and hear his great success with Jim so soon after that and just as crushed to wake up to the news of their tragic passing. Maury's graceful technique on the acoustic guitar, especially with his double-stop harmonized accompaniments and leads were (and still are) a level of focused musicianship that I still strive for whenever I accompany a performer.

I'm so glad that this tribute website exists, and I'm glad to hear that Gingerbreadd will finally be released on CD sometime soon. He was a tender soul who had a great future ahead of him and I'm glad to see that I am in some good company here - all folks that remember and still miss a very fine musician.

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 21:56 Host: cpe-70-112-145-225.austin.res.rr.com
4004) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
Hello, Hello, Maury fans!
Just wanted to let you all know the good news - I have recently received the license to reissue Maury's
"Gingerbreadd" LP. I will be getting the CDs manufactured soon and hope to have them available at a very affordable price sometime this summer. They will only be available through my website.
Peace and Love,
Mary

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 16:54 Host: cache-mtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com
2552) Donny Reed
donnyreed@yahoo.com
I have been fans of Maury and Jim since I was 13. I bought Jim's album "You don't mess around with Jim" in the summer of 72 and I wore it out. A few months later I receognized Maurys name on the "Gingerbreadd" album and bought it too and became a fan of his. I hope one day that his album is finally released on CD.
Sunday, March 12, 2006 at 17:36 Host: c-71-198-200-247.hsd1.ca.comcast.net
2169) Christian Lenz, Heidelberg, Germany
lenzc@aol.com
Hi there,
thank you for this site. It´s great to see, that Maury isn´t forgotten. I admire his way of playing the guitar since i first heard a Jim Croce song. It´s a shame they had to go so soon. But they gave us a lot of joy and good times through their songs.
All the best
Christian

Thursday, March 09, 2006 at 13:51 Host: cache-frr-ad09.proxy.aol.com
1862) George Parr
gparr@washcaps.com
I have long admired Maury's acoustic play, especially on the song "Operator". No one I have ever heard could bend notes and move up and down the fingerboard like he could. Amazing!

I was fortunate enough to hear Jim and Maury play at the Cellar Door in Washington, DC in 1972. Of the many concerts I've attended over the many years I've been listening to music, it stands out as one of the most memorable. In addition to being unique talents, they exuded warmth and charm
that is rare among performers.

I wish I had found this web site earlier. I look forward to getting a copy of the new CD that features their all acoustic recordings.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006 at 09:24 IP: 63.90.80.250
1795) John
jaltman20@comcast.net
http://www.myspace.com/the_altman
Mr. Muehleisen is one talented man. I am 24, And I have been a fan of Jim Croce for a while, but I just did some research on his backup Guitarist (Have You Heard Jim Croce Live). Maury...Wow! Bad Dude! I Read some Bio's and Listened to Gingerbreadd, You can see why Jim Succeeded. True talent is few and far between!
Sunday, March 05, 2006 at 19:17 Host: c-69-255-76-28.hsd1.de.comcast.net
1760) David B
david@yahoo.com
What a great guitar player.
Saturday, March 04, 2006 at 13:49 Host: rrcs-70-61-202-108.midsouth.biz.rr.com
1750) maynard
maynardwilliams@earthlink.net
very nice tribute, Mary! I know your brother was as nice as You. Good luck with the book. If ever you need anything, holler! M.
Friday, March 03, 2006 at 15:29 Host: 4Cust15.VR1.PAO1.broadband.uu.net
1557) Jerry C.
jerryc57@hotmail.com
I 've also left a message at Jim's website a few months ago , and wanted to do the same here. I was a teenager when I first saw Jim and Maury perform ( I think it must have been one of the "Midnite Specials" ) and was TOTALLY blown away by their mastery of the acoutic guitar with the fingerpicken" and octaves that they played. If I could have traded places with anybody back then, it would have been Jim or Maury ( that is really saying something, 'specially at a time when real sports heroes walked the earth ). They probably had the best sound I ever heard. I have tried many times to get that sound , but just can't.No offense to Jim or his memory , but Maury's identity was never mentioned on any of the t.v. gigs they played, that I can remember. I'll soon be fifty years old . A lot of things go thru your mind at my age.I guess I am very lucky , in that a song can take me back to a certain time and place . Every one of Jim and Maury's songs "take me back to a happier day ". THANX FOR THE MEMORIES....
Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 15:50 Host: pool-151-201-115-148.pitt.east.verizon.net
1541) Bob Best
robbyiis@aol.com
Longtime fan of Maurys'extraordinary and beautiful guitar playing. I'm fortunate to have found your site. Thank you.
Friday, February 24, 2006 at 13:57 Host: cache-dtc-af02.proxy.aol.com
1492) August Staas
august@staas.com
I was in high school in LA, 1970 or 1971. My girlfriend and I went to see Randy Newman. There were two opening acts. The first was a typical crunchy granola hippy girl. The second was a guy no one had ever heard of -- Jim Croce. His songs were great but the stories he told about the songs were even better. Best of all was the guitarist playing next to him. He didn't say a word, just played (as John Sebastian sang) "clean as country water, wild as mountain dew." About halfway through the show, someone from the audience yelled out, "Who's that guitarist playing with you? He's pretty good!" Jim told us a whole story about his partner and their travels together, then rolled into the next song.

Jim and Maury got a HUGE standing ovation, way way way more than Randy Newman did. They came out for their encore. From the middle of the theater, I could see their eyes absolutely shining, reflecting back the excitement they'd given the audience. They'd totally stolen the show from Randy Newman. We came away feeling we'd seen a star being born. It was probably the best concert experience I've had, made all the more exciting because they were unknown and we felt we'd discovered them just before the rest of the world did.

In the next couple of weeks, we started hearing "Operator" and "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" all the time on the radio, and I bought the album. On the record, I could still hear Maury's guitar, but it was covered up with bubble-gum generic record-company-type arrangements. It was great, and I'm sure the record companies and Jim and Maury knew better than me about what goes into making a hit record, but I don't think the record company had heard the saying, "Less is more." Anyway, the music didn't shine through the way it did live.

It seemed clear even to my 17-year-old ears that this act -- from Jim's relaxed voice to Maury's beautiful guitar lines to the really moving stories Jim told about the songs -- was made for the intimacy of coffee houses.

So I'm thrilled to find on iTunes now a live, unplugged recording. It's WAY better than the albums were, and it's a real gift to find that talent preserved.

All that was thirty-five years ago. Time moves on, but I want to express my sympathy to his family for their loss. Maury's talent touched lots of people and you'll never know the stories.

Anyway, now you know one more of those stories.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 09:26 Host: 24-148-21-92.grn-bsr1.chi-grn.il.cable.rcn.com
1490) Gary King
stamper66@hotmail.com
I have been a fan of Maury's music from the mid 70's. I was around 15 when I first heard Jim Croce and Maury's style of acoustic music. My favorite tune was I Remember Mary. I was inspired to learn to play the guitar. I still play every day and enjoy acoustic music. Maury had an impact on my life that still affects me 27 years later. Thank you.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at 23:12 Host: ip68-106-82-207.rn.hr.cox.net
1486) Weng
rns8896@yahoo.com
Hi. I'm also from the Philippines. Just happened to watch for the first time Jim Croce's DVD last weekend. Jim, no doubt, was a truly great musician but it dawned on me, when I saw the DVD, that backing up Jim in those songs I have been enjoying all these years, was an equally great, talented, (not to mention very good looking) guy -- your brother Maury. I have since watched the DVD several times not only bec I enjoyed their music but also bec Maury was truly a handsome sight. That's why as soon as I got the chance to surf the net, I wasted no time in looking for more info not only on Jim but also on Maury and I'm certainly thrilled to have found this site. Can't help but feel sad that they both had to go at a very young age. Thanks for this chance and more power!
Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at 20:16 IP: 202.47.140.17
1483) Christopher C. Cordle
chris@chriscordle.com
http://www.chriscordle.com
My Maury influence story to share:

I am a singer/songwriter from a musical family. I was exposed to Jim Croce's music from a very early age and had always noticed Maury's name mentioned in the credits.
It wasn't until the DVD release of Croce's "Have You Seen Me Live" that I finally realized what an integral part Maury played in Jim's music.
I've been a huge fan ever since.

My dear friend Bob Hoppa is the same sort of friend to me as Maury was to Jim. He has been an integral part of my musical sound on all three of my releases. I've often tried to talk him out of his bar band gigs and join me in my small, (usually non-paying), intimate shows.
To no avail I plead to him, "Bob, I need you, you're my Maury Muehleisen".

Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at 11:30 Host: mail.boothnewspapers.com
1461) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
http://www.maurymuehleisen.com
*Note of caution -
For some time now, the guestbook has been receiving messages with web addresses relating to a variety of topics having nothing to do with this site. Some fans have written to say they find them objectionable. I am well aware and check the site several times a day in an attempt to delete them quickly. In order not to be offended, I would suggest not visiting any website address unless the message is specific to this site. A simple complimentary message about the site is often not really about the site.

Sunday, February 19, 2006 at 16:54 Host: cache-mtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com
1391) ben grent
bhj.grent@quicknet.nl
thank you for the music
Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at 01:49 Host: 212-127-219-236.cable.quicknet.nl
1360) carl
I just wanted to say I enjoy Maurys music
Thursday, February 09, 2006 at 21:17 Host: 1Cust109.VR1.DEN4.broadband.uu.net
1333) Mary Muehleisen
remembermaury@aol.com
It was December 1970 when Jim Croce opened for Maury and Maury opened for Jimmy Webb at The Main Point.

It was May 1973 when you would have seen Jim and Maury - "the band" - at the Spectrum. Jim always played rhythm. Maury always played lead. Tommy West occasionally joined them on the road, but not for that appearance.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006 at 16:05 Host: cache-rtc-ae10.proxy.aol.com
1293) BRUCE GARRISON
papabear_au@yahoo.com
I am so happy to have found this.
I remember meeting Maury backstage at The Main Point in Bryn Mawr, Pa. It was also the night I met Jim Croce and found out that we had mutual friends from high school [ Upper Darby High!] my friend Pete [ Jesse] DeLa Rosa took me there to hear Maury. I forget how he had met him.
I do remember That Jim played first act , then Maury , then Jim Webb.
We had a great time back in the Green Room. I think it was back in 1970 or 71. I remember that after I got Maury's album Gingerbread my girl friend, lover and later fiancee , who had a beautiful voice herself, loved the album so much that she kept it for years even after we split up!!
I remember going all the way to NY city and getting the last copy they had !!, before I went to Australia in 1975.
The saddest part for me is the last time I saw Maury and Jim. It was on a very rainy day in Philadelphia and we went to see Jim and the band play.
were running a bit late and we recognized the bands car in the parking lot. I think it was a van from memory. We ran throught the rain and we heard the band playing as we got to the door and the ticket taker said : that's their last encore!!
We went " WHAT" they're the headliners!! He said that the bands had an arguement over who was to play first, second etc, so Jim said: we'll play first !! No big ego there!!
We got our money back and went back out to wait by his van.
after about an hour we finally gave up and decided to go back stage and find them. There we were, two soaking wet long haired characters at the back entrance.
We told everybody we met that we were looking for Jim and the band. we did not try to sneak in. we told them that we had waited at the van and we got several people sending us off through the bowels of the Spectrum.
We were given nothing but coutesy until we ran into a very officious security person whom I actually knew from Upper Darby. He called security cops and just then Jim came out of a room and saw us there. He said he was doing interviews and for us to come in and have some lunch/dinner with them!! The look on the ' official's face was pricelss!!
the sad thing is that after a great meal , some drinks and a lot of stories I said to Jim and Maury: "you must be happy to have finished for awhile."
Jim said that they weren't. They had one more 'gig'to do and they were actually going to lose money on it by the time they got there and played and flew back. I asked why were they going then and he said: : "They booked us when nobody knew us, we owe them for that." I remember Maury agreeing and everybody nodding in agreement.
that next gig was the one they died in the plane crash for!!
My Gingerbread album was damaged in a house fire.. If any one knows where I can get another or actually two: one for my old girl Bobbi whom I still am very close to , I would pay whatever I could afford.
Sorry to be so long winded. it was just like those guys to go out of their way like that. Maury got Jim the gig to play lead for him at the Main Point all those years ago and when Maury's album did get the sales [ or maybe because Jim Webb was getting less applause for his singing than Jim and Maury for their's], and they let Maury go. when Jim got his band together he brought in Maury. Friendships like that in the record business are pretty rare [ I learned that later!!]but Maury and Jim were two of nature's gentlemen. I have missed them these many years. If anyone else would like to share stories: my email is : papabear_au@yahoo.com
take care, Bruce

Sunday, February 05, 2006 at 22:27 Host: c-69-141-2-32.hsd1.pa.comcast.net
1265) Jim Redman
jredman@woh.rr.com
My fellow guitar players,

Mary,

Before I start. I want to thank you for your support of Pete Huttlinger's DVD project. He did an excellent job. I was so glad to see that he gave Maury much deserved accolades for his guitar work as an accompianist on the Jim Croce recordings.

When I spoke to Pete Huttlinger several years ago. I spoke to him about Jim and Maury's playing style together and gave him a CD of their lesser known recordings. I told him that I have never heard two guitar players, play so nicely/melodically in unison. Evidently he must have agreed. I caught on to Maury fill in guitar playing right away. I had the quadraphonic tapes and heard Maury's guitar on its own channel. I knew that had his guitar not been there, by turning his channel off, how incomplete the beautiful story songs of Jim Croce would have been. I miss their music, but Pete has resurected it. I hope you get more supporting accounts of Pete's work and I certainly am looking forward to Pete's next lesson.

Again thanks Mary. I am from Ohio and would love to meet you personally someday to thank you and to learn more about Maury. I hope you put me on your mailing list for your book!

AS I WAS SAYING!!!!

MY FELLOW GUITAR PLAYERS!!!

For those of you who play guitar and have cherished the guitar sounds of Jim and Maury, do I have great news for you. That special sound that has yet to be duplicated now is available for you to learn to play yourself. I highly recommend you visit the website of a great person and guitar genius Pete Huttlinger. Pete Huttlinger played guitar, mandolin, and banjo while on tour with John Denver the last 4 years of JD's life.

Pete has just created a DVD entitled "Learn the Songs of Jim Croce". I have it and it is great!! If you close your eyes, you might even think you are listening to Jim and Maury's guitars. The tablature is included. It was just released in January and it is a hit. Pete is already being asked to release a 2nd DVD with more songs.

Pete lives in Nashville and plays internationally. He graduated #@*%! laude from Berklee in 1984. He has written and arranged many great compositions himself and also provides the tablature to most all of his songs.

He also has a set of 3 DVD's to "Learn the Songs of John Denver". I have them all and my guitar playing is almost like hearing JD play. It is great!!!

Please visit his website at www.petehuttlinger.com . Tell him Jim Redman recommended him to you. I remember trying to play Jim Croce's on a 12-string guitar in the 1970's, but I will tell you Pete Huttlinger has it down. I guarantee you will enjoy learning from these DVD's. The DVD's are also available at www.homespuntapes.com

Good Luck
Jim R.

Thursday, February 02, 2006 at 21:55 Host: cpe-24-166-208-31.woh.res.rr.com
1235) Ed L
SimonBarSinister99@exite.com
I have always admired Jim C as a great writer and an American Original, but I have to admit that I have always wondered who the guy was that I saw every time I watched a Video or clip of Jim. It has struck me on several occasions that there was always this pretty amazing guitarist just hanging out and killing on the acoustic guitar in every clip or picture I saw. I don’t listen to much radio these days, but a couple of weeks ago I heard Operator for the first time in several years. It inspired me to buy his Photographs and Memories CD. I figured it was time to learn something about “that guy”. Well I must say I am pretty impressed and I especially found it awesome that Maury was one member of the long list of musical geniuses to come from my home state of NJ, and Trenton no less…. I live in Jackson… what a small world. Thanks to this website I now know who that guy is and I think it wonderful that his family continues to keep him in the public eye…Kudos…..
Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 11:42 Host: ool-44c052c4.dyn.optonline.net
1147) Warren Mayo
trixie@sio.midco.net
There are serveral people in the world that I regret having never met. Jim Croce and Maury Muehleisen are two of those people.

Warren Mayo
Sioux Falls, SD

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 10:43 Host: host-157-250-9-69.midco.net
1140) Robert Muehleisen
bobm616@aol.com
Hi Mary,

The Scott Einhorn show was fantastic. It was so nice to hear Maury's songs and music on the radio and the internet. What a great interview. I am so proud of you for all that you have done to get the word out about Maury and Jim's Music. You are amazing. I can not wait to read your book about them. I think it will be a best seller!

Love,

Robert

Monday, January 16, 2006 at 1