'''Tim Buckley''' was an American folk, jazz and avant-garde singer-songwriter born in Washington, D.C. in 1947. Aside from his music, he is perhaps best known as the father of Music/JeffBuckley. [[GenerationXerox Like his father, Jeff Buckley was a very talented singer who died prematurely.]]
As a child in California, Tim Buckley was steeped in classic jazz such as Music/FrankSinatra and Music/BillieHoliday as well as country like Music/JohnnyCash and Music/HankWilliams. In high school, he was [[TheAce popular and athletic]] before he started to cut class and became a RebelliousSpirit, focused on music.
In 1965, [[ShotgunWedding he got married to Mary Guilbert]], dropped out of Fullerton College after two weeks and pursued a music career in LA. He was signed to Creator/ElektraRecords, the label that would later sign Music/TheDoors, and recorded a folk-rock album, [[SelfTitledAlbum ''Tim Buckley'']], in August 1966. A few months later, divorced his wife, who was pregnant at the time with their son, Jeff Buckley.
In 1967, at just 20 years old, he released an album that was judged to be very ambitious, ''Goodbye and Hello,'' which featured both introspective, personal folk songs and anti-war material. His 1968 ''Happy Sad'', which was his greatest commercial success, was similar. Buckley evolved constantly over the course of his career, starting from the more heavily orchestrated folk-jazz sound of his first few albums and moving towards a more minimalist sound. His subsequent three albums, ''Lorca'', ''Blue Afternoon'', and ''Starsailor'', were a departure from folk-rock and alienated his fans, even though Buckley considered ''Starsailor'', which featured free-jazz influences and his most extreme vocal performance yet. [[AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent Then Buckley fired his band and cut three albums in a completely different genre]] which he called [[IntercourseWithYou "sex-funk"]]: ''Greetings from L.A.'', ''Sefronia'', and ''Look at the Fool''. In 1975, Buckley got clean and began touring again, [[ShootTheShaggyDog only to die of a drug overdose after a concert in Santa Monica]].
Do not confuse him with that [[Webcomic/CtrlAltDel other Tim Buckley]].
!Tim Buckley provides examples of the following tropes:
* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: Buckley in high school.
* CoverVersion: The most accessible song off of ''Starsailor'', "Song to the Siren", has been covered by Music/ThisMortalCoil (who were the first to cover it back in 1983), [[Music/LedZeppelin Robert Plant]], [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers John Frusciante]], Charlotte Martin, and [[Music/RoxyMusic Bryan Ferry]]. It's quite a popular cover.
* DisappearedDad: To Jeff Buckley, who was raised by his mother and stepfather. The song "I Never Asked to Be Your Mountain" is addressed to his estranged ex-wife and son. His son's cover is in on the meta level.
* GenerationXerox: His music and his voice are surprisingly similar to his son's considering that he didn't raise him and possibly never met him.
* GenreBusting: His music became gradually more ambitious, and ''Starsailor'' was the LogicalExtreme of his jazz-folk brand, with full use of his octave range, free jazz, and chanson elements added.
* JerkAss: Pretty much, since he left his wife to take care of a son by herself, and then fired his band for no reason. Hard pill to swallow.
* ManOfAThousandVoices: Just listen to ''Starsailor.'' The fact that he has a voice spanning almost ''six octaves'' certainly supported this ability.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: His musical style evolved a great deal over the course of his career.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Arguably by his son, despite Jeff's [[ShortLivedBigImpact even shorter recording career,]] although he would likely be far less well known, if not for his son's stardom.
* ProtestSong: A lot of his work from TheSixties is this.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Tim Buckley's father was a mentally unstable UsefulNotes/WorldWarII veteran.
* UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar: His early work includes many songs protesting this war.