Buckley's naive vison of the record industry led him to an unbearable situation. After the release of his first and critically acclaimed album, he spent more than two years touring across the world. It seemed to be a tiring but efficient means for him to keep his independence from his record company. In 1995 he played a concert which he considered the finest performance of his career at the Paris Olympia, a venue made famous by his idol, the French chanteuse Edith Piaf.
Just before recordings began for his second album which was to be called My Sweetheart the Drunk, Jeff Buckley drowned in the Mississippi River in 1997, aged 30.
After Buckley's death some of the demo recordings for his second album were released on Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk. Three other albums composed of live recordings have also been released., along with a live DVD of a performance in Chicago.
Jeff Buckley's father was the musician Tim Buckley, who released a series of highly acclaimed folk and jazz albums in the late 1960s and early 1970s before his own untimely death in 1975.