185. Tim Buckley

As this list (and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) finds itself with a large amount of Singer/Songwriters, it is sometimes tempting just to say that this was the only genre that we are looking to represent. With Tim Buckley, just calling him a Singer/Songwriter seems so empty.   Like so many, Tim Buckley emerged from the Folk Rock scene of Southern California and released brilliant material that reflected the introspective nature of the times. Where Buckley deviated from other Folk Rock artists, was his experimentation with Jazz and Funk but still stayed true to his Folk roots. Critically he was loved, but even his biggest fans were often confused at Buckley’s abrupt style changes. Buckley died at the age of 28, but the success of his son Jeff brought Tim Buckley a new generation of fans. Every year, the Hall seems to nominate a Singer/Songwriter and sometimes one that the world found a little quirky. Based on that, the chances for Tim Buckley are not as small as one would think.         The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1991   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Orange County, CA)   Nominated In: Never   Why He Will Get In: His legacy is a strong one and the respect level he holds is high.   Why He Won’t Get In: With both him and his son dead, the cache value of inducting him is limited.   Essential Albums: Goodbye and Hello (1967) Happy Sad (1969) Starsailor (1970) Greetings from L.A. (1972)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Phantasmagoria in Two (From Goodbye and Hello, 1967) Love From Room 109 at the Islander (From Happy Sad, 1969) The River (From Blue Afternoon, 1969) Song to the Siren (From Starsailor, 1970) Star Sailor (From Star Sailor, 1970) {acepolls 183}

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