The Tim Buckley Archives

Tim Buckley -- A Chronology, 1974-1979

By Robert Niemi

1974

January 29: appears on late-night concert TV series, Midnight Special.

March 13: begins recording ninth album, Tijuana Moon [Look at the Fool].

May 21: returns to England for the third time and appears on BBC-2’s The Old Grey Whistle Test performing Sally Go Round the Roses and Dolphins. Band consists of Charlie Whitney on guitar, Tim Hinkley on bass, and Ian Wallace on drums.

July 18: plays Summerconcert ’74 in Hilversum Festival, Netherlands. Van Morrison, Doobie Bros., Allman Brothers, Mahavishnu Orchestra also on the bill.

July 20: appears as the opening act at Frederick Bannister's first annual Knebworth Festival (Hertfordshire, England); concert bill includes Van Morrison, The Doobie Brothers, The Allman Brothers Band, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, and The Alex Harvey Band; Tim’s band consists of Art Johnson on guitar, Jim Fielder on bass, Mark Tiernan on keyboards and Buddy Helm on drums; set list: Nighthawkin’, Dolphins, Get on Top, Devil Eyes, Buzzin’ Fly, Sweet Surrender, and Honeyman.

July 27: returns to New York City to open for Blood, Sweat and Tears at Wollman Rink, Central Park, NYC (songs include Sally Go Round the Roses, Honey Man, Quicksand and Gypsy Woman);

August: releases ninth studio album, Look at the Fool; subsequently dropped by Warner’s; interviewed by Chrissie Hynde for New Musical Express (UK); officially adopts Judy’s son, Taylor.

December: breaks ties with Herb Cohen.

1975

January: plays Great American Music Hall (859 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco).

January 21: plays Le Bataclan (50, Boulevard Voltaire, Paris, France).

Spring: develops friendship with 'Cool Richard' Keeling (a graduate student in UCLA’s Ethnomusicology Dept.); aspires to play the part of Woody Guthrie in Hal Ashby’s film, Bound for Glory but the part goes to David Carradine, as planned.

Late March: plays The Golden Bear, Huntington Beach; briefly sees son, Jeffrey, age 8 (for the last time).

May 4: plays Michigan Concert Palace (Detroit, MI).

May 9-11: plays a three-night engagement at the Starwood Club in West Hollywood. Band now consists of Joe Falsia on guitar, Jeff Elrick on bass, Buddy Hamilton on drums, and John Harrison on organ.

June: plays dates in Detroit and at Valentine Theater (400 N. Superior St., Toledo, Ohio).

June 28: plays The Electric Ballroom in Dallas, Texas.

June 29, 9:42 pm: Tim Buckley dies (age 28) of an accidental heroin overdose at his apartment in Santa Monica; autopsied by coroner Dr. Joseph Choi, who concludes that Buckley died from acute heroin/morphine and ethanol [alcohol] intoxication due to inhalation and ingestion of overdose.

Early July: after wake and funeral at Wilshire Funeral Home in Santa Monica, Buckley’s body is cremated and his ashes are scattered on the Pacific Ocean; charged with murder for supplying Buckley with the fatal overdose, Richard Keeling is convicted of manslaughter and serves four months in prison.

1977
June 16th: Lee Underwood’s Tim Buckley: Chronicle of a Starsailor, a biographical portrait of Buckley appears in the edition of DownBeat magazine.
1978
A compilation The Late Great Tim Buckley (WEA 250770-1) released in Australia; the soundtrack of the film, Coming Home (with Jane Fonda and John Voight), includes Once I Was.

 


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