Essential Conversations: The Day Jeff Buckley Performed At WDET

Ann Delisi’s rare 1994 interview with Jeff Buckley. Plus Ann speaks with former WDET staffers about the day Jeff Buckley played at WDET.

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Essential Conversations’ Ann Delisi spoke with former WDET staffers Jason Schusterbauer and Mike Conrad about the day Jeff Buckley played at WDET in 1994. 

Since his tragic death in 1997, Jeff Buckley’s music has increased in popularity.

“There are very few performers that I’ve met that had that kind of intensity and sex appeal and charisma.” – Ann Delisi

“Hallelujah,” which first appeared on Buckley’s 1994 album “Grace,” reached number two on the billboard charts fourteen years later in 2008. In 1994, Buckley came to WDET to perform on-air, but Delisi had to play hardball with Columbia Records to make it work. Ultimately, Buckley did play at WDET, and she interviewed him that day.

In this episode

  • Ann Delisi’s rare 1994 interview with Jeff Buckley

  • What it took to get Buckley to perform at WDET.

  • Former WDET staffers remember what happened the day Buckley played at WDET.

  • Buckley talks about what life has been like since releasing “Grace,” and why he didn’t want to do covers anymore.

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  • Ann Delisi

    Ann Delisi hosts Essential Music, the Essential Conversations podcast series and the Essential Cooking broadcast and podcast. Born and raised in the Motor City, Ann is a broadcaster, interviewer, producer, music host, storyteller and proud Detroiter.