Happy Birthday, Jeff Buckley! 10 Other Musical Offspring as Great as Their Famous Dads

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Jeff Buckley: Dad would be proud...
Born on November 17, 1966, Jeff Buckley was never close to his famous father, folksinger Tim. And by the time the elder Buckley died of a drug overdose in 1975, his son had only met him once. Consequently, he was raised by his mother and her second husband, and given the name Scotty Moorhead in deference to his stepfather's surname. Yet, he clearly retained his father's musical inclination, and by the time he was in his early twenties, he was making a name for his himself as an itinerant musician in New York's East Village. However, he only chose to trade on his dad's name was when he was taken under the wing of the elder Buckley's manager, Herb Cohen, who helped him land a deal with Columbia Records. 

During his lifetime, Buckley saw the release of only one album, Grace, in 1994, but the impact of that effort was enough to secure devoted fans. Sadly, Buckley died while recording My Sweetheart the Drunk, his planned sophomore release. He drowned in a freak accident while taking a spontaneous swim in the Wolf River near Memphis on May 29, 1997. His body wasn't discovered until six days later.

Of course, Buckley's not the only musical offspring who has come close to matching a parent's success. Here are a few other notable prodigies who have succeeded and even surpassed their famous fathers. 

Jeff Buckley "So Real" and "Last Goodbye"  


10. Rufus Wainwright, like Buckley, is also known for his cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." He isn't the sole child of singer/songwriter/veteran folkie Loudon Wainwright and his ex-wife and fellow folk music purveyor Kate McGarrigle. Martha, Lucy, and Sloan have also done fairly well in their own endeavors. However, Rufus is the one who has attracted the most fame and notoriety. His albums are nothing less than sweeping sonic epochs, a diva-esque blend of drama, daring, and spectacle.

9. Zak Starkey seemed destined to follow in his father's footsteps, but even dad Ringo's role as the keeper of the Beatles' backbeat doesn't come close to the dexterity Zak's demonstrated as drummer-for-hire with the Who, Oasis, Paul Weller, Ringo's All Starrs, and the myriad of other outfits he's loaned his talents to. Hell, any guy that can take Keith Moon's place is certainly an ace in his own right.

8. Jakob Dylan has the famous surname, a handle bound to bring attention no matter what avenue he pursued. The fact that he has a great band in the Wallflowers and a super solo career as well reflects the star power and savvy he's earned on his own. Besides, unlike dad, when young Dylan sings, one can actually decipher what he's saying.

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