|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.