Jeff Buckley | Artist
Jeffrey Scott Buckley, raised as Scott Moorhead, was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist born 1966 in Anaheim, California. Son of 60's avant-folk icon Tim Buckley, Jeff's life had eerie similarities to that of his father in that they were both recognised posthumously for their work, after their tragic deaths at approximately the same age. After a decade as a session guitarist in Los Angeles, Buckley amassed a following in the early 1990s playing cover songs at venues in Manhattan's East Village such as Sin-é, gradually focusing more on his own material. He signed with Columbia Records, recruited a band, and recorded what would be his only studio album and masterpiece, Grace, in 1994. Over the following years, the band toured extensively to promote the album, including concerts in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Australia. In 1996, they stopped touring and made sporadic attempts to record Buckley's second album, to be called My Sweetheart the Drunk, in New York City with Tom Verlaine as producer. In 1997, Buckley moved to Memphis, Tennessee, to resume work on the album, but while awaiting the arrival of his band from New York, he drowned during a spontaneous evening swim, fully clothed, in the Mississippi River. There have been many posthumous releases of his material, including a collection of four-track demos and studio recordings for his unfinished second album plus several superb live albums including Mystery White Boy and Live at Sin-é. Chart success also came posthumously: with his cover of Leonard Cohen's song "Hallelujah" attaining his first US number one in March 2008. Rolling Stone included Grace in its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and included Buckley in their list of the greatest singers. Jeff Buckley was 30 at the time of his death, his father Tim, who died of a drug overdose, was 28 years old.
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