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came crashing down when he drowned while taking a swim in Wolf River harbor in Memphis. With no drugs or alcohol found in his system, the greatest tragedy is that Buckley was in a happy state of mind and ready to give the world more of what he had to offer before chance came into play. STANDOUT TRACKS: The title track of “Grace”, and his cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Jeff Buckley: Grace JEFF BUCKLEY Grace (1994) It shouldn’t have ended this way. After paying his dues as a session musician for many years in the LA music scene, Jeff Buckley finally got the resources together to record his ‘94 debut, a melancholy combination of old timey jazz and new-romantic folk. While Grace didn’t tear up the charts, it received high praise from luminaries such as Led Zeppelin and David Bowie, singling out Buckley’s tender, warbling vocals that would later influence alt-rock gods like Thom Yorke and Matt Bellamy. Just as Buckley was recording his follow-up, it all 30 TONE TALK // One Band, One Album 1