Tom Sinclair
September 16, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A growing number of rockers are genuflecting before the memory of singer-guitarist Jeff Buckley, who drowned in 1997. Ex-Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell says he wrote ”Wave Goodbye,” from his solo debut, ”Euphoria Morning,” ”right after [Jeff] died. The lyrics are about Jeff, but also about losing someone, about that experience.”

Meanwhile, songs inspired by Buckley’s death continue to pile up, among them Juliana Hatfield’s ”Trying Not to Think About It,” Aimee Mann’s unreleased ”Just Like Anyone,” and Duncan Sheik’s ”A Body Goes Down.” Buckley’s mother, Mary Guibert, says P.J. Harvey presented her with a tape of a song Harvey wrote about the late artist. Says Sheik of Buckley’s impact on him: ”He was the best male singer that I’ve ever heard, period. He didn’t sell as many records as a lot of people, and he wasn’t the most popular artist — though he should have been. But I felt I had to make some sort of statement to him to say ‘Thank you for giving us this great, incredible music.”’

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