Tim Buckley

othy Charles "Tim" 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, but his subsequent albums incorporated jazz, psychedelia, funk, soul, avant-garde and an evolving "voice as instrument" sound. Though he did not find commercial success during his lifetime, Buckley is admired by later generations for his innovation as a musician and vocal ability. He died at age 28, leaving behind his sons Taylor and Jeff. (Read more at Wikipedia)

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Tim buckley - morning glory

Tim buckley - morning glory

Late Night Line-Up (April 1 1968)

Buckley was one of Peel's favourite artists during the Perfumed Garden days, and the DJ regularly played tracks from the singer's debut LP on the PG, and tracks from his later albums on Top Gear.

Buckley paid a short visit to the UK in March/April 1968, appearing on BBC2's Late Night Line-Up, performing at London's Speakeasy and Middle Earth clubs, and as the opening act in a Royal Festival Hall concert by Elektra stablemates The Incredible String Band. He also recorded a session for Top Gear. Peel met Buckley at this time and mentions in his International Times column of 3 May 1968 that the singer had recommended the album "Sessions" by Fred Neil (Buckley's favourite singer) to him ("Tim Buckley ordered me to buy this") ; but in his review of the LP, Peel commented that although it was "quite a nice record" he found Fred's voice "a bit mannered".

The singer returned to the UK in October 1968 for a solo concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and a number of TV appearances. According to an Elektra Records fan newsletter, he appeared on Late-Night Line-Up (2 October), How It Is (4 October; the BBC Genome site lists Peel as one of the presenters of this show, but Buckley does not appear in the guest list), and recorded a performance for an edition of Julie Felix's Once More With Felix show, which was broadcast on BBC2 on 23 November. A second Top Gear session was recorded in October and off-air recordings of it survive, even though logs seems to be unavailable or at least, partial.

Peel retained his affection for Buckley's music even long after that era, sometimes playing his music during the 90s and 2000s, and occasionally remarking that the singer's voice reminded him of Lonnie Donegan. However, he was not too keen on music by Tim's son Jeff.

Buckley's "Song To The Siren" appeared twice on Peel's 2000 Festive Fifty: at #40 in its original version and at #10 in a cover by This Mortal Coil.

Festive Fifty Entries



Two sessions. Session #1 released on 'Peel Sessions (Strange Fruit Records SFPCD082) '.

1. Recording date: 1968-04-02. First broadcast: 07 April 1968. Repeat: 19 May 1968, 26 April 2001.

  • Coming Home To You (Happy Time) / Morning Glory / Sing A Song For You / Troubadour
  • plus Once I Was / Hallucinations (only broadcast on the repeat date)

2. Recording date: 1968-10-01. First broadcast: 13 October 1968.

  • Love From Room 109 / Buzzin' Fly / The Train

When broadcast, the first track was announced as "Love From Room 170" and The Train was announced as "an untitled track"

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