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Birth name: Jeffrey Scott Buckley
Born: November 17, 1966 Anaheim, California, U.S.
Died: May 29, 1997 (aged 30) Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

Jeff Buckley biography (bio):
Jeff Buckley was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist.
Known for his ethereal singing voice, Buckley was considered by critics to be one of the most promising artists of his generation after the release of his critically acclaimed 1994 debut album Grace. At the height of his popularity, Buckley drowned during an evening swim in 1997. His work and style continue to be highly regarded by critics and fellow musicians.

Early life:
Born in Anaheim, California, Jeff Buckley was the only son of Mary Guibert and Tim Buckley. His mother was a Panama Canal Zonian of mixed Greek, French, American and Panamanian descent, while his father was the descendant of Irish immigrants from Cork. His father was also a singer-songwriter who released a series of highly acclaimed folk and jazz albums in the late 1960s and early 1970s. About his father Buckley said, "I never knew him... I met him once, when I was 8." Tim Buckley died of a drug overdose in 1975.
Jeff Buckley was raised by his mother and stepfather, Ron Moorhead, in Southern California, and had a half-brother Corey Moorhead. Buckley moved many times in and around Orange County while growing up with a single mother, an upbringing Buckley called "rootless trailer trash". As a child, Jeff Buckley was known as Scott "Scotty" Moorhead based on his middle name and his stepfather's surname. After his father died, he chose to go by Buckley and his real first name which he found on a birth certificate. To members of his family he remained "Scotty".
Buckley was brought up around music. His mother was a classically trained pianist and cellist. His stepfather introduced him to Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Pink Floyd at an early age. Buckley grew up singing around the house and singing in harmony with his mother. "Everybody in my family sang," Buckley said. He found an acoustic guitar in his grandmother's closet that he started playing with at the age of 6. Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti was the first album he ever owned. The hard rock band Kiss was also an early favorite. At the age of 12, he decided to become a musician. He received his first electric guitar, an imitation black Gibson Les Paul, at the age of 13. By high school, Buckley had developed an affinity for progressive rock bands such as Rush, Genesis, and Yes, as well as jazz fusion guitarist Al Di Meola. Buckley played in the school jazz band.
In 1984, Buckley graduated from high school and moved north to Hollywood to attend the Musicians Institute. He graduated from the one-year course at the age of 18. "It was the biggest waste of time," Buckley once stated about the school. However, Buckley did appreciate studying music theory there saying, "I was attracted to really interesting harmonies, stuff that I would hear in Ravel, Ellington, Bartk." "He had some of the most interesting chords and chord progressions of my generation," musician Ben Harper said about Buckley years later.
Buckley spent the next 6 years working in a hotel and playing guitar in various struggling bands, spanning a diverse range of styles from jazz, reggae, and roots rock to heavy metal; he also played the occasional funk and R&B studio session, collaborating with fledgling producer, Michael J. Clouse to form X-Factor Productions. and toured with the dancehall reggae artist Shinehead. All the time, Buckley limited his singing only to backing vocals.

Early career:
Jeff Buckley moved to New York City in February 1990, but found few opportunities to work as a musician. He was introduced to Qawwali, the devotional music of India and Pakistan, and to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, one of its most well-known singers. Buckley was an impassioned fan of Khan, and during his cafe days Buckley had often covered his songs. He interviewed Khan for Interview magazine and wrote liner notes for Khan's The Supreme Collection compilation. Buckley also became interested in blues-legend Robert Johnson and hardcore punk during this time. Buckley moved back to Los Angeles in September when his father's former manager, Herb Cohen, offered to help him record his first demo of original songs. Buckley completed Babylon Dungeon Sessions, a four song cassette that included the songs "Eternal Life" and "Unforgiven" (later titled "Last Goodbye", as well as the unreleased "Strawberry Street" and punk screamer "Radio"). Cohen and Buckley hoped to attract attention from the music industry with the demo tape.
Buckley flew back to New York early the following year to make his public singing debut at a tribute concert for his father called "Greetings from Tim Buckley". The event, produced by show business veteran Hal Willner, was held at St. Ann's Church in Brooklyn on April 26, 1991. Jeff Buckley chose simply to pay his respects to his father saying, "This is not a springboard, this is something very personal." He performed "I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain", a song Tim Buckley wrote about an infant Jeff Buckley and his mother, accompanied by experimental rock guitarist Gary Lucas. Buckley returned to the stage to play "Sefronia - The King's Chain", "Phantasmagoria in Two", and concluded the concert with "Once I Was" performed acoustically with an impromptu a cappella ending. "He blew the whole place away," Willner recalled. When questioned about that particular performance Buckley said, "It wasn't my work, it wasn't my life. But it bothered me that I hadn't been to his funeral, that I'd never been able to tell him anything. I used that show to pay my last respects." The concert proved to be his first step into the music industry that had eluded him for years.
On subsequent trips to New York in mid-1991, Buckley began co-writing with Gary Lucas resulting in the songs "Grace" and "Mojo Pin", and by late 1991 he began performing with Lucas' band Gods and Monsters around New York City. After being offered a development deal with Gods and Monsters at Imago Records, Buckley moved back to New York to the Lower East Side at the end of 1991. The day after Gods and Monsters officially debuted in March 1992, Buckley decided to leave the band.
Buckley began performing at several clubs and cafs around Lower Manhattan, but Sin-e in the East Village became his main venue. Buckley first appeared at the small Irish cafe in April 1992, and quickly earned a regular Monday night slot there. His repertoire consisted of a diverse range of folk, rock, R&B, blues and jazz cover songs, much of it music he had newly learned. Singers such as Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Van Morrison, and Judy Garland became his teachers. Buckley performed favorites from Led Zeppelin, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Bob Dylan, Elton John, The Smiths, The Creatures, Bad Brains, Leonard Cohen, dith Piaf, Robert Johnson, and Sly Stone as well. "I became a human jukebox," Buckley said. Included were his original songs from Babylon Dungeon Sessions, and the songs he'd written with Gary Lucas. He performed solo, accompanying himself on a borrowed Fender Telecaster. "I figured if I played in the no-man's land of intimacy, I would learn to be a performer," Buckley said.
Over the next few months, Buckley attracted admiring crowds and attention from record label executives. Industry maven Clive Davis even dropped by to see him. By the summer of 1992, limos from executives eager to sign the singer lined the street outside Sin-e. Buckley signed with Columbia Records, home of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, for a three-album, essentially million-dollar deal in October 1992. Recording dates were set for July and August 1993 for what would become Buckley's recording debut, an EP of four songs which included a cover of Van Morrison's "The Way Young Lovers Do". Live at Sin-e was released on November 23, 1993, documenting this period of Buckley's life.

In the summer of 1993, Jeff Buckley began working on his first album with record producer Andy Wallace, who had mixed Nirvana's multi-platinum album Nevermind. Buckley assembled a band, composed of bassist Mick Grondahl and drummer Matt Johnson, and spent several weeks rehearsing. In September, the trio headed to Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, New York to spend 6 weeks recording basic tracks for what would become Grace. Buckley invited ex-bandmate Lucas to play guitar on the songs "Grace" and "Mojo Pin", and Woodstock-based jazz musician Karl Berger wrote and conducted string arrangements with Buckley assisting at times. Buckley returned home for overdubbing at studios in Manhattan and New Jersey where he performed take after take to capture the perfect vocals and experimented with ideas for additional instruments and added textures to the songs.
In January 1994, Buckley left to go on his first solo North American tour to support Live at Sin-e. It was followed by a quick 10 day European tour in March. Buckley played clubs and coffeehouses and made in-store appearances.[64] After returning, Buckley invited guitarist Michael Tighe to join the band. Buckley co-wrote "So Real" with Tighe, recorded as a late addition to the album. In June, Buckley began his first full band tour called the "Peyote Radio Theatre Tour" that lasted into August. Pretender Chrissie Hynde, Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, and The Edge from U2 were among the attendees of these early shows.
Grace was released on August 23, 1994. In addition to seven original songs, the album included three covers: "Lilac Wine", based on the version by Nina Simone, "Corpus Christi Carol", from Benjamin Britten's A Boy Was Born, Op.3, a composition based on a 15th century hymn that Buckley was introduced to in high school, and "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen, based on John Cale's recording from the Cohen tribute album, I'm Your Fan. Buckley's rendition of "Hallelujah" has been called "Buckley's best" and "one of the great songs" by Time magazine and is included on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
While sales were slow and the album garnered little radio airplay, it quickly received critical acclaim. The UK's Melody Maker called it, "a massive, gorgeous record," while The Sydney Morning Herald proclaimed it, "almost impossibly beautiful." The album did go gold in France and Australia over the next two years, eventually achieving gold status in the U.S. in 2002. Grace has now sold over 2 million albums worldwide and has gone platinum in Australia over six times.
Grace won appreciation from a host of revered musicians, including members of Buckley's biggest influence, Led Zeppelin. Jimmy Page considered Grace close to being his "favorite album of the decade."Ali Gay, a renowned contempary dance artist used Jeff Buckley's music to create such masterpieces as "Blue Still and Magnum" which feature regularly in music film clips of the modern area. Robert Plant was also complimentary. Other of Buckley's influences lauded him: Bob Dylan named Buckley "one of the great songwriters of this decade," David Bowie called Grace "one of the 10 albums he'd bring with him to a desert island." Lou Reed expressed interest in working with him after seeing him perform. Paul McCartney, Thom Yorke, Matthew Bellamy, Chris Cornell, Neil Peart, U2 and Elton John were among others who have held Buckley's work in high esteem.

Concert tours:
Buckley spent much of the next year and a half touring to promote Grace. From the album's release, he played in numerous countries, from Australia, to the UK (Glastonbury Festival and the Meltdown Festival at the invitation of Elvis Costello). In 1995 Buckley played a concert at the Paris Olympia, a venue made famous by the French vocalist Edith Piaf, that he considered the finest performance of his career. Sony has since released a live recording of that performance.
Buckley went on his "phantom solo tour" of cafs in the Northeast in December 1996, appearing under a series of aliases: The Crackrobats, Possessed by Elves, Father Demo, Smackrobiotic, The Halfspeeds, Crit-Club, Topless America, Martha & the Nicotines, and A Puppet Show Named Julio.[86] By way of justification, Buckley posted a note on the Internet stating that he missed the anonymity of playing in cafes and local bars:

There was a time in my life not too long ago when I could show up in a cafe and simply do what I do, make music, learn from performing my music, explore what it means to me, i.e., have fun while I irritate and/or entertain an audience who don't know me or what I am about. In this situation I have that precious and irreplaceable luxury of failure, of risk, of surrender. I worked very hard to get this kind of thing together, this work forum. I loved it and then I missed it when it disappeared. All I am doing is reclaiming it.

Much of the material from the tours of 1995 and 1996 was recorded, and has been released posthumously on albums such as Mystery White Boy (a reference to Buckley not using his real name) and Live a l'Olympia.

After completing touring in 1996, Buckley started to write for a new album to be called My Sweetheart the Drunk. In February 1997, he recorded a spoken word reading of the Edgar Allan Poe poem, "Ulalume", for the album Closed on Account of Rabies. This would be Buckley's last recording in New York; shortly after, he moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where he rented a shotgun house of which he was so fond he contacted the owner about the possibility of buying it. Buckley started recording demos on his own 4-track recorder. He went into the studio again, recruited a band, and plans for the new album looked hopeful.
On May 29, 1997, as the band's plane touched down on the runway to join him in his Memphis studio, Buckley went swimming in Wolf River Harbor, a tributary of the Mississippi River, while wearing steel-toed boots, all of his clothing, and singing along to a radio playing Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love". A roadie of Buckley's band, Keith Foti, remained ashore. After moving the radio and a guitar out of reach of the wake from a passing tugboat, Foti looked up to see that Buckley was gone. Despite a determined rescue effort that night, Buckley remained missing, and the search was called off the following day due to heavy rain. It is likely Buckley was sucked under the water by a strong under-current and fell into unconsciousness due to the sudden force pulling him under. Three days later, his body was spotted by a tourist on a riverboat marina and was brought ashore.
The night before his death, Buckley excitedly told his girlfriend Joan Wasser that he believed he had found the cause of his dramatic moods, namely bipolar disorder. The autopsy confirmed that Buckley had taken no illegal drugs before his swim, and a drug overdose was ruled out as the cause of death. He was thirty years old.
A recent statement from the Buckley estate insists:

Jeff Buckley's death was not "mysterious," related to drugs, alcohol, or suicide. We have a police report, a medical examiner's report, and an eye witness to prove that it was an accidental drowning, and that Mr. Buckley was in a good frame of mind prior to the accident.

After Buckley's death, a collection of demo recordings and a full-length album he had been reworking for his second album were released as Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk - the compilation being overseen by his mother, Mary, band members and old friend Clouse, as well as Chris Cornell. Three other albums composed of live recordings have also been released, along with a live DVD of a performance in Chicago. A previously unreleased 1992 recording of "I Shall Be Released", sung by Buckley over the phone on live radio, was released on the album For New Orleans.
Director Brian Jun has announced plans to make a film biography of Buckley, in cooperation with his mother. It is to be called Mystery White Boy, and is scheduled for release in 2008. As of yet, no one has been cast in the role of Buckley. A separate project involving the book Dream Brother was allegedly canceled.
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