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Jeff Buckley was an American singer-songwriter who became widely known for his stirring cover of the Leonard Cohen song "Hallelujah."
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An especially notable accolade was provided by David Bowie, who named Grace the sole album he would want if stranded on a desert island.
By the summer of 1996, Buckley had begun recording demos for his second album, which he intended to call My Sweetheart the Drunk. The recording sessions were held in New York City and Memphis, Tennessee, where Buckley had recently relocated. On May 29, 1997, the night his band was arriving from New York to record the final studio tracks, Buckley and a friend took a detour while en route to the recording space.
Making a stop at the Wolf River channel of the Mississippi River, a fully clothed Buckley waded into the water and began swimming. The wake of a passing boat sucked Buckley under, and he drowned. His body was recovered six days later, after it was seen by a riverboat passenger.
Following his death, Buckley's mother began working with Columbia Records on any posthumous releases, the first of which became Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk (1998), a double-disc set featuring unfinished songs that Buckley had recently recorded. Two years later, the live album Mystery White Boy followed, accompanied by the DVD/VHS Jeff Buckley: Live in Chicago. In 2003, a two-disc set of his early live performances at the East Village café, Live at Sin-é, was released.
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