Jeff Buckley

Jeffrey Scott "Jeff" Buckley (17 November 1966 to 29 May 1997)

He was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was the son of Tim Buckley, who was also a musician. After a decade as a guitarist-for-hire, Buckley amassed a following in the early 1990s by playing cover songs at, gradually focusing more on his own material. 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. In 1996, they stopped touring and made sporadic attempts to record his second album. In 1997, Buckley moved to Memphis, Tennessee, to resume work on the album, to be titled My Sweetheart the Drunk, recording many demos while also playing weekly solo shows at a local venue. While awaiting the arrival of his band from New York, he drowned during a spontaneous evening swim — fully clothed — in the Wolf River, when he was caught in the wake of a passing boat. His body was found on 4th June 1997.

Since his death, there have been many posthumous releases of his material. Chart success also came posthumously; with Leonard Cohen's song, Hallelujah he attained his first number 1 single in America  in March 2008, and reached number 2 in the UK Singles Chart at Christmas 2008 - the number one was also Hallelujah, but sung by Alexandra Burke. 

Buckley and his work remain popular and are regularly featured in 'greatest' lists in the music press.