Father & Son: Tim & Jeff Buckley

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

album covers: Tim Buckley's "Happy Sad," left, and Jeff Buckley's "Grace," right

Tim Buckley wrote and sang beautiful, adventurous songs in the late 1960s and early '70s. He was just 19 when his son Jeff was born, and Tim was only 28 when he died of a drug overdose in 1975. Jeff Buckley didn't grow up with his father, and apparently they met only once. Jeff also wrote and sang beautiful, adventurous songs, and also died young, when he drowned at age 30 in 1997.

Despite their estrangement in life, in music Tim and Jeff Buckley had a very close relationship. Both had similar virtuosic voices, and loved to use their voices in unusual settings. Both wrote songs that broke free of convention. And both put their hearts and passions into the music they made.

For Father's Day, David Garland presents music recorded by both father and son, Tim Buckley and Jeff Buckley.

Comments [5]


thank you

Jun. 15 2014 08:47 PM
Bob Barber

Both Jeff and, especially Tim Buckley have long been favorites. I especially like Tim's middle, sort of jazzy period and he put out one of the best live albums ever, by anyone. Recorded in London, I believe. I play it all the time.

Jun. 20 2013 05:43 PM
Judith from Brooklyn

I knew nothing about Tim Buckley...what revelation...thank you!

Jun. 16 2013 08:55 PM
Stella from Downtown

I cannot thank you enough for this wonderful Father's Day program. I saw Tim open for Janis Joplin at the Fillmore
East and I've never forgotten that evening or his incredible performance. He is still missed, as is his son...

Jun. 16 2013 08:21 PM
laura r from NYC

could not have asked for a dreamier show. love!

Jun. 16 2013 08:19 PM

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