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Today in History (1997): Jeff Buckley’s body was found floating in the Mississippi River

On the evening of May 29, 1997, the Jeff Buckley decides to go for a swim, and vanishes. His dead body is found floating in the Mississippi River five days after.

Jeff Buckley was one extraordinary musician. He started out in the early 1990s as part of Manhattan’s avant-garde music scene. He was a standout guitarist, a brilliant songwriter, and a fantastic singer. He could do great covers and belt out astounding originals. Buckley had a haunting, multi-octave vocal range that could croon and caress at one point and leave one dumbfounded as it escalates to operatic heights just moments after.

photo via sevenraystudios

Jeff Buckley finally exploded onto the music scene upon the release of his first album, Grace. He received critical acclaim throughout his highly successful yet short-lived career. He toured around the United States and Europe, as well as Australia. He was hailed as Rolling Stone magazine’s Best New Artist in 1995 and gained France’s prestigious Gran Prix International Du Disque award.

It seemed that nothing could go wrong for the young artist, but his path to greatness was cut short. On the evening of May 29, 1997, he decides to go for a dip in Memphis’ Wolf River Harbor, and vanishes. Jeff Buckley’s dead body is found floating in the Mississippi River on June 4, five days after.

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His single ‘Last Goodbye’ was included in the soundtrack of the 2001 romantic drama Vanilla Sky. Here’s the official music video of the single:

video via youtube

“This is our last goodbye
I hate to feel the love between us die
But it’s over
Just hear this and then I’ll go
You gave me more to live for
More than you’ll ever know”

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written by jillytanrad

3 comments

  1. holgardo

    holgardo

    It's a shame when a great artist like him passes away leaving just the tip of the iceberg of his or her creation. Just one amazing album... imagine all the songs he never sung. :-(

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  2. blueskyandhardrock

    blueskyandhardrock

    Tragic indeed. He was amazing! Love his music.

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  3. muhamad_haiz_shamsudin

    muhamad_haiz_shamsudin

    RIP.

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