is 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 Jeff Buckley
. 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 Frank Sinatra
and Billie Holiday
as well as country like Johnny Cash
and Hank Williams
. In high school, he was popular and athletic
before he started to cut class and became a Rebellious Spirit
, focused on music.
In 1965, 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 Elektra, the label that would later sign The Doors
, and recorded a folk-rock album, ''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. Then Buckley fired his band and cut three albums in a completely different genre
which he called "sex-funk"
: Greetings from L.A.
, and Look at the Fool
. In 1975, Buckley got clean and began touring again, only to die of a drug overdose after a concert in Santa Monica
Do not confuse him with that other Tim Buckley
Tim Buckley provides examples of the following tropes:
- Cool People Rebel Against Authority: Buckley in high school.
- Cover Version: The most accessible song off of Starsailor, "Song to the Siren", has been covered by This Mortal Coil (who were the first to cover it back in 1983), Robert Plant, John Frusciante, Charlotte Martin, and Bryan Ferry. It's quite a popular cover.
- Disappeared Dad: 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.
- Downer Ending
- Generation Xerox: His music and his voice are surprisingly similar to his son's considering that he didn't raise him and possibly never met him.
- Genre-Busting: His music became gradually more ambitious, and Starsailor was the Logical Extreme of his jazz-folk brand, with full use of his octave range, free jazz and chanson elements added.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: Just listen to Starsailor. The fact that he has a voice spanning almost six octaves certainly supported this ability.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: His musical style evolved a great deal over the course of his career.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Arguably by his son, despite Jeff's even shorter recording career although he would likely be far less well known if not for his son's stardom.
- Protest Song: A lot of his work from The Sixties is this.
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
- Singer Songwriter
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Tim Buckley's father was a mentally unstable World War II veteran.
- The Vietnam War: His early work includes many songs protesting this war.