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Tim Buckley Jukebox

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Play Tim Buckley's songs without the need to search for it in YouTube.Simply type in the song's code from the list and play this virtual JukeBox !Timothy Charles Buckley III (February 14, 1947 – June 29, 1975) was an American singer and musician. His music and style changed considerably through the years; his first album (1966) was mostly folk oriented, but over time his music incorporated jazz, psychedelia, funk, soul, avant-garde and an evolving "voice as instrument," sound. Though he did not find commercial success during his lifetime his influence is felt today by people such as the English indie rock band Starsailor who named themselves after his album of the same name and he is much admired now for his uniqueness and innovation as a musician including his great vocal range and singing ability. He died aged 28, leaving behind wife Judy and son Taylor, and son Jeff Buckley from his marriage to Mary Guibert.Tim Buckley was born in Washington, D.C. on St. Valentine's Day, to Elaine Buckley (ne'e Scalia), an Italian American, and Timothy Charles Buckley Jr., who was the son of Irish immigrants from Cork. He spent his early childhood in Amsterdam, New York, an industrial city approximately 40 miles northwest of Albany; here at five years old he made his first acquaintance with music, his mother's progressive jazz recordings (she was a fan of Miles Davis).Tim's musical life began in earnest after his family moved to Bell Gardens in southern California in 1956. His grandmother had introduced him to the work of Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday, his mother to Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis and Judy Garland and his father to the country music of Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. When he attended Bell Gardens' public schools he was ready to catch the folk bug going around. At the age of 13 he taught himself the banjo, and with his new friend, Dan Gordon, and several others formed a folk group inspired by the Kingston Trio that played local high school events.During his initial high school years he was a popular and engaged student; he was elected to numerous offices, played on the baseball team and quarterbacked the football team. During a football game he broke the first two fingers on his left hand, permanently damaging them. He later said that the injury prevented him from playing barre chords. This disability may have led to his use of extended chords, many of which don't require barres.His last two years in school, which included a short stint at Loara High School in Anaheim, California, found him disillusioned. Tim quit football and cut classes regularly; he had decided school was of little value and that it would be more fruitful for him to focus most of his attention on music. He befriended Larry Beckett, his future lyricist, and Jim Fielder, bass player with whom he formed two separate musical groups, The Bohemians, who initially played popular music, and later added originals co-written by Buckley and Beckett, and The Harlequin 3, a folk group which regularly incorporated spoken word and beat poetry into their gigs.In 1965 during French class at Loara High School, Buckley met Mary Guibert, one grade his junior and his soon to be wife. Their relationship inspired some of Buckley's music, and provided him time away from his turbulent home life. His father, a highly decorated World War II veteran, had become unstable, angry and occasionally violent in his later years. He had suffered a serious head injury during the war; that, along with a severe work-related injury, was said to have affected his mental balance.Mary and Buckley married on October 25, 1965, as Mary was pregnant (it turned out to be a hysterical pregnancy). The marriage angered Mary's father enough for him to forgo the wedding; while Buckley's father attended, but joked to the priest, "I give it six months".

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