On this day in music history: July 21, 1973 - “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” by Jim Croce hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks. Written by Jim Croce, it is the first chart topping single for the singer, songwriter and musician from South Philadelphia, PA. The story song about a man from “the South Side of Chicago” is inspired by a man actually named Leroy Brown that Croce meets while serving in the army, stationed at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. The person in question quickly tires of his military stint and go AWOL after a week, then coming back for his pay check and is immediately arrested and taken away to jail. Remembering him for his great bravado, Jim writes a fictionalized account of this man. Croce records the song for his fourth studio album “Life And Times” in late 1972. Released as a single on March 20, 1973, it becomes a major hit short order. Entering the Hot 100 at #85 on April 21, 1973, it climbs to the top of the chart thirteen weeks later. Croce also receives a pair of Grammy nominations for the single posthumously in 1974, including Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male and Record Of The Year. The song is covered a number of times over the years, including versions by Frank Sinatra, Jerry Reed, Sylvie Vartan and Kim Carnes. “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.