Music / Tim Buckley

Tim Buckley (19471975) was an American folk, jazz and avant-garde singer-songwriter born in Washington, D.C. 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 Records, 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., Sefronia, 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.

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