EMI Music Publishing has signed an exclusive publishing deal for Jim Croce's songwriting catalog.

The agreement, signed with the singer/songwriter's Ingrid and son A.J., enables the music publishing giant the North American administration rights to the late singer-songwriter compositions.

Croce's works include folk-flavored hits "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown", "You Don't Mess Around With Jim", "Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels)", "Time In A Bottle" and "I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song".

In a statement, EMI Music Publishing chairman/CEO Roger Faxon commented, "Jim Croce had that rare ability to write and perform both upbeat and heartfelt songs, and his music is still as engaging and memorable today as it was more than thirty years ago."

He continued, "We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Ingrid and AJ Croce to connect his timeless songs with the music users of today."

Croce recorded his debut album "Jim & Ingrid Croce" in 1968, as part of a duo with his wife. Four years later, he issued his debut solo album, through a deal with ABC Records.

Croce, who died in a plane crash in 1973, was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall Of Fame in 1990.