What was his musical history?
Jeff Buckley was imbued with a love of music by his mother and credits the first album he ever owned, Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin, as coming from his step-father. After a childhood that was inundated with music, Jeff moved to Los Angeles when he was eighteen. While in LA, Jeff graduated from the Musicians' Institute's two-year course. Jeff often described his time at the Institute a "waste," yet he made some life-long friends there.
Jeff's diverse musical background was reflected in the bands in which he participated before going solo. In LA, he was in the reggae band Shinehead. Jeff moved to New York in 1990. Jeff met guitar legend Gary Lucas when Hal Wilner had arranged for them to perform together at Saint Ann's Church at the tribute for Tim Buckley in April 1991. Shortly thereafter, Lucas invited Jeff to join his band Gods and Monsters.
Jeff left Gods and Monsters in 1992, after only a couple performances. He then took to performing solo shows in small cafes in New York City. Jeff's most notable and abundant performances were at Sin-é, an "Irish joint" on St. Mark's Place in the East Village. He did mostly covers to hone his skills and confidence in performing. Jeff was discovered by Columbia executives while performing at Sin-é. In October of 1992, Jeff signed a contract to record with Columbia Records.
25 May 1998
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