Updated: 12/18/2016 05:04 PM | First Published: 12/18/2016 06:01 AM

Tim Buckley’s greatest hits

Tim Buckley on the cover of his album

In his initial days as a musician, Buckley became friends with Larry Beckett, a poet/songwriter with whom he wrote several songs for his debut album Tim Buckley and Happy Sad. He also befriended bassist Jim Fielder and formed two musical groups – Bohemians and Harlequin 3.

Before launching his career as a professional musician, Tim Buckley used to play in various clubs and coffeehouses. During that time, he, along with Jackson Browne and Steve Noonan was claimed as The Orange County Three up-and-comer by the Cheetah Magazine.

In 1966, Jimmy Carl Black, a drummer of rock band The Mothers of Invention recommended Tim to his band manager Herb Cohen who quickly landed him a performance at a café in Greenwich Village. Cohen also helped him record a few demo songs via which he received a recording contract from Elektra Records.

Eventually, in August of 1966, Tim recorded a self-titled debut album under the label Elektra which released in October the same year. The album which featured 12 songs in total was rated 4.5/5 by Allmusic, an online music database.

In August 1967, Tim introduced his second album Goodbye and Hello under the same label. This album was a success too and included renowned singles like Morning Glory and Once I Was and other songs like No Man Can Find the War, Pleasant Street, I Never Asked to Be Your Mountain, Goodbye and Hello, etc.

In 1969, Tim hit the market with two studio albums – Happy Sad and Blue Afternoon. A compilation of six songs, three on each side, album Happy Sad received a rating of 4.5/5 by the Allmusic. Likewise, album Blue Afternoon consisted of eight songs and was rated 4 out of 5 by the site.

Consistently, his later albums like Starsailor and Greetings from L.A. also received high ratings which were not maintained by other albums like Lorca, Sefronia and Look at the Fool.