The album had been financed with a $500 (US$3,691 in 2016 dollars) wedding gift from Croce's parents, who set a condition that the money must be spent to make an album.
They hoped that he would give up music after the album failed, and use his college education to pursue a "respectable" profession.
After a childhood brain injury left him learning-challenged, Jim created strategies to dramatically enhance his mental performance.
He has since dedicated his life to helping others unleash their true genius and brainpower to learn anything faster and live a life of greater power, productivity, and purpose.
His songs "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle" reached No. When the Spires performed off-campus or made recordings, they were known as The Coventry Lads.