Anaheim, California, USA
Place of Death
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Cause of Death
Drowning (Accidental Drowning in the Wolf River Harbor)
Claim to Fame
His album Grace, the song Hallelujah, son of Tim Buckley.
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Alternative Pop/ Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/ Rock, Alternative/ Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/ Songwriter, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter
Cathartic, Intimate, Bittersweet, Passionate, Dramatic, Meandering, Distraught, Brooding, Melancholy, Nocturnal, Literate, Stylish, Theatrical, Wistful, Yearning, Autumnal, Poignant, Romantic, Urgent, Angst-Ridden, Earnest
Vocals, Guitar, Organ
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 considers him one of the greatest singers of all time.
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Jeffrey Scott "Jeff" Buckley raised as Scotty Moorhead was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was the son of Tim Buckley, also a musician. After a decade as guitarist-for-hire in Los Angeles, Buckley gained popularity 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.
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 in 1997 moved to Memphis, Tennessee, to experiment with new material for a second album, recording many four-track demos and completing his third recording session for his new album with his band, with Tom Verlaine as producer. While awaiting the arrival of his band from New York, he drowned during an evening swim in the Wolf River. His body was found on June 4, 1997.
Since his death, there have been many posthumous releases of his material, including a collection of four-track demos and studio recordings for his unfinished second album My Sweetheart the Drunk and expansions of debut album Grace and his Live at Sin-é EP. Chart success also came posthumously; with Leonard Cohen`s song, "Hallelujah" he attained his first #1 on Billboard`s Hot Digital Songs in March 2008 and reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart at Christmas 2008. Buckley and his work remain popular and are regularly featured in `greatest` lists in the music press.
Loara High School, Orange County, CA (1981-1985)
Musician's Institute, Hollywood, CA (1985-1986)
Full Name at Birth
Jeffrey Scott Buckley
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Tim Buckley (musician), Ron Moorhead (step father)
Corey Moorhead (half brother)
Led Zeppelin, Nina Simone, Kiss, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Patti Smith
Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin) 
Coffee, Angel Hair Pasta, Wine
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Alternative rock, Folk Rock, Gospel, Soul, Blues
Vocals, Guitar, Organ, Harmonium, Appalachian dulcimer, Esraj, Bass Guitar
The A.M., Shinehead, Gods and Monsters
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Date of Birth 17 November 1966, Anaheim, California, USA
Date of Death 29 May 1997, Memphis, Tennessee, USA (accidental drowning)
Birth Name Jeffrey Scott Buckley
Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m)
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Jeff Buckley was born on November 17, 1966 in Anaheim, California, USA as Jeffrey Scott Buckley. He died on May 29, 1997 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
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His harmonious voice
Son of Tim Buckley and Mary Guibert.
Drowned when he was swept away by the undertow of a passing boat in the Wolf River (a tributary of the Mississippi).
Born at Martin Luther Hospital in Anaheim, California.
Half-brother of Corey Moorhead.
He is referred to in his father's songs "Dream Letter" and "I Never Asked to Be Your Mountain". Several other artists have written songs about him. These include Rufus Wainwright's "Memphis Sky Line" (from his album "Want Two"), PJ Harvey's "Memphis" and Chris Cornell's "Wave Goodbye". His death is referred to in the Badly Drawn Boy song "You Were Right".
Attended Loara High school, the same as his father and Gwen Stefani of No Doubt.
He was a fan of the British indie rock band The Smiths and once said that they were the only good thing about 1980s music.
Sin - é, the café where he played in the beginning of the 1990s, reopened recently after being closed since before his death.
Turned down an offer to write the theme song of a Quentin Tarantino film.
His body was found on June 4, 1997, a week after he drowned, in the Mississippi River.
Only released one full-length album, "Grace," during his life.
Played his last gig at Barrister's in Memphis on May 26th 1997.
His father was of Irish, English, and one quarter Italian, descent. His mother has French, Panamanian, and Greek ancestry.
Band included guitarist Michael Tighe, bass player Mick Grondahl, and drummers Matt Johnson (1993-1996) and Parker Kindred (1996-1997).
The original title for his second, posthumous, album was, "My Sweetheart the Drunk." When Jeff died, before finishing it "Sketches for" was added to the title.
Attended Musician's Institute in Los Angeles.
Famous fans include Jamie Cullum, Badly Drawn Boy, Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Elizabeth Fraser, Chrissie Hynde, Patti Smith, Katie Melua, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Fran Healy, Steve Hogarth, & Björk.
Has a nephew named after him posthumously, Jeffrey James Moorhead (b. 2005), son of Jeff's half-brother Corey.
Had an incredible five-octave vocal range.
Was hugely influenced by famous Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Jeff often referred to him as his Elvis.
His album "Grace" was Mojo magazine's album of the year in 1994.
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I resent the fact that a parental warning sticker has to be included on an album as cover art. To me that's censorship.
I don't want my reputation to take me over, I just want to be judged on my songs. I want people to come and see me because they want to, not because fashion dictates it. I don't belong in magazines, I belong on stage, in front of the audience, one-to-one. There's something that happens there. The rest is just crap.
I've always felt that the quality of the voice is where the real content of a song lies. Words only suggest an experience, but the voice is that experience.
I want to be ripped apart by music. I want it to be something that feeds and replenishes, or that totally sucks the life out of you. I want to be dashed against the rocks.
The Smiths hasn't been equaled. That goes for the composition of the songs, the lyrics, and the performance. What Johnny Marr and he [Morrissey] did was fabulous, nobody can beat that. If I'd ever start a rock band, I'd want to approximate that level.
Music is my mother and my father; it is my work and my rest...my blood...my compass...my love...
[About how he wants to be remembered] ...as a good friend. You know, I don't really need to be remembered. I hope the music's remembered.