The Buoys - Songs


The Buoys were a short-lived rock band with polished group harmonies that became famous during the early 1970s. They are best known for the edgy power pop ballad, "Timothy" (1971), a grizzly tale about cannibalism in a coal mine.

Formed in the Wilkes-Barre-Scranton, Pennsylvania area and led by Bill Kelly, the original lineup also consisted of Fran Brozena (keyboards), Chris Hanlon (drums), Carl Siracuse (guitar), and bassist Jerry Hludzik (d. April 12, 2020, age 68). The Buoys were signed with Scepter Records who provided the group little in the way of promotion. They teamed with singer-songwriter Rupert Holmes (later of "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" fame) who wrote them a song intended to be so offensive that it would most likely be banned on radio stations, with the aim to gain the group some notoriety.

The Buoys debuted in early 1971 with "Timothy," which reached #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 despite the song's many bans nationwide. This smash was followed later that year by two minor hits, "Give Up Your Guns" and "Bloodknot."

After The Buoys disbanded in the mid 1970s, Bill Kelly and Jerry Hludzik went on to form Dakota, which opened for Queen on a 1980-1981 tour. Rupert Holmes is currently a Tony Award-winning composer of musicals as well as a musician, dramatist, and author.



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