The son of singer-songwriters Jim and Ingrid Croce, A.J. Croce is clearly a chip off the old blocks. A gifted songwriter and musician, Croce has released nine excellent studio albums since his 1993 self-titled debut, including this year's gorgeous Just Like Medicine. That record features a version of "The Name of the Game," an unreleased songs by his dad. Perhaps that's what led him to want to perform a complete set of his dad's song in Green Valley this week, tagged "Two Generations of American Music." To celebrate, we asked Croce about the five albums that changed his life.
On Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m., at Green Valley Recreation West Social Center, 1111 S. Via Arcoiris, Green Valley, $30-$42, All ages.
Ray Charles—What'd I Say: This was my introduction to soul music. I learned every song as a kid.
Chris Connor—Chris: Chris Connor was maybe the most underrated singer of her era. Phrasing, emotion, charm. It's a hard record to find but worth the hunt.
Randy Newman—Good Old Boys: This is just amazing. It's a painful, honest, beautiful look into the life of a Southern family with all the light and darkness exposed.
Irma Thomas—Time Is On My Side: I first heard her in a Jim Jarmusch film in the early 1980s. I loved her immediately and this was how I began to study the work of Allen Toussaint. I can't tell you how much he taught me through his work with Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey, Ernie K. Doe and later, as my producer.
Little Richard—Here's Little Richard: What can I say except that he is one of the most electrifying voices to ever scream out of a hi-fi system. Everything seemed safe until Little Richard. He is the King of Rock and Roll to me.