Jeff Buckley’s Final Recorded Performance Of “Hallelujah” (Live In Chicago 1995)

The following video, which was recorded in May 1995 at Chicago’s Metro venue, is Jeff Buckley’s last-known recorded performance of his version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, a song that was made much more famous by Buckley on his 1994 album Grace, his only complete studio album. Jeff Buckley would later die in May 1997 of an accidental drowning, having gone swimming in Wolf River Harbor, a channel of the Mississippi River.

Despite releasing only one studio album in his time, he is considered by many artists and publications, not least Rolling Stone (who, in 2004, ranked Buckley’s version of “Hallelujah” number 259 in “The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time”), to be one of the greatest singers of all time. Notably, David Bowie thought that Grace was the best album ever made, and Buckley’s version of Cohen’s “Hallelujah” has since been inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

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