Family relationships and attachments are not as important to him as they are to most people and Buckley often considers his friends closer to him than his blood relatives.
Certainly, Buckley's sympathy and concern extends much beyond his immediate family.
In one of the few interviews Jeff Buckley later gave, he recalled that the couple: broke up in the early Seventies. I was really brought up by my mother and my stepfather. They were together for about four years and the house was full of music. In Southern California, he might have felt rootless and restless, but music already seemed to drive him on.
My mum would play piano and cello all the time and my stepdad had great musical taste. Aged 13, Jeff even wrote his first song, "about a break-up with a girlfriend.
On May 29, 1997, while awaiting the arrival of his band from New York, he drowned during a spontaneous evening swim, fully clothed, in the Mississippi River when he was caught in the wake of a passing boat; his body was found on June 4.Since his death, there have been many posthumous releases of his material, including a collection of four-track demos and studio recordings for his unfinished second album My Sweetheart the Drunk, expansions of Grace, and the Live at Sin-é EP.Chart success also came posthumously: with his cover of Leonard Cohen's song "Hallelujah" he attained his first number one on Billboard His biological father, Tim Buckley, was a singer-songwriter who released a series of highly acclaimed folk and jazz albums in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and whom, he said, he only met once, at the age of eight.Jeff Buckley feels comfortable in an atmosphere that is open and experimental, and he has little taste for convention and tradition.Jeff Buckley has a sympathetic nature and instinctively reaches out to people in need of help.