A Life Taken Too Soon

I wrote about Jeff Buckley in my 5 important albums post, but here is the title track to his album, Grace. He was truly a gifted songwriter and singer, one of those guys that really would have been a major influence on pop music as we know it. Jeff died under kind of myterious circumstances, as detailed here. I’ll give you the short version:

Thursday night, May 29, Buckley was hanging out with a friend at the Mud Island Harbour marina, half a mile inland off the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tennessee. He and the friend were listening to a stereo and playing a guitar when Buckley waded, fully clothed, waist-high into the water. He started singing and laid back on the water, when a boat went by causing waves to come in to the shore.

The friend on shore turned his back to move the stereo away from the incoming waves and when he turned around, he couldn’t see Buckley. After a 10-minute search, the friend called local police. The Memphis police department began dragging the waters that night and continued to do so – for two days afterward. Harsh rains hampered their search efforts. They also checked, in vain, on the chance of him having wandered out the water. Friends were contacted and people in the area of the marina questioned. They came up with nothing.

He was found three days later by passengers on a steam boat, who saw a body in an Altamont T-shirt tangled up in some branches on the riverside, near Harbor Island.

He was 30 years old.

Sorry about the You Tube thing, just click it a few times, it will go to You Tube and play the vid.

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Published in: on August 22, 2007 at 10:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

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