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Jeff Buckley

Born 17 November 1966. Died 29 May 1997.
Jeff Buckley

Biography

Jeffrey Scott "Jeff" Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997), raised as Scott "Scottie" Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. After a decade as a session guitarist in Los Angeles, Buckley amassed a following in the early 1990s by playing cover songs at venues in Manhattan's East Village, such as Sin-é, gradually focusing more on his own material. After rebuffing much interest from record labels and his father's manager Herb Cohen, he signed with Columbia, recruited a band, and recorded what would be his only studio album, Grace, in 1994. Rolling Stone considered him one of the greatest singers of all time.

Over the following two years, the band toured widely 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 in New York with Tom Verlaine as producer. In 1997, Buckley moved to Memphis, Tennessee, to resume work on the album, to be titled My Sweetheart the Drunk, recording many four-track demos while also playing weekly solo shows at a local venue. On May 29, 1997, while awaiting the arrival of his band from New York, he drowned during a spontaneous evening swim, fully clothed, in the Wolf River when he was caught in the wake of a passing boat; his body was found on June 4.

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  1. Review of So Real: Songs From Jeff Buckley

    So Real: Songs From Jeff Buckley 2007

    Reviewed by Helen Groom
    If this is your first listen to Jeff Buckley, and it doesn’t get you straight down...
  2. Review of Grace (Legacy Edition)

    Grace (Legacy Edition) 2004

    Reviewed by Stephanie Barrow
    ...highlights his interest and accomplishment in diverse genres and consolidates his...
  3. Review of Grace

    Grace 1994

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    An inconsistent debut, but showcasing an epic potential, tragically never fully realised
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