EVERY BILLBOARD TOP 40 SINGLE 1971: # 3: “TIMOTHY”- THE BUOYS

Every Billboard Top 40 Single 1971: “#3: “Timothy”- The Buoys. Entered the Hot 100 on January 2, 1971.

  • Single:” Timothy”- The Buoys
  • Record Company-Scepter
  • Genre: Pop Rock
  • Written by Rupert Holmes
  • Time: 2:45
  • B-side:”It Feels Good”
  • Album- The Buoys
  • Grade: C-
  • Peaked at #17 17 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

Yes it was written by the Rupert Holmes who at the end of the decade would pollute the airways with “Escape {The Pina Colada Song.} Holmes was the bands arranger/composer. “Timothy” would be the groups only hit- the follow up single “Give Up Your Guns” peaked at #84 and that was it for The Buoys.

The Buoys- were a pop rock band from the Wilkes Barre-Scranton, Pennsylvania area- later to be made famous as the home of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company- in The Office and the birthplace and early home of our future POTUS Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.

The Buoys came up with “Timothy” because they saw their record company wasn’t going to promote their first single so they came up with something to draw attention to it- a song about cannibalism. The song was written by Holmes who had discovered the group- and convinced Scepter Records to sign them- but it was to a one single contract. They had to make this one work- and it did- in spite of some radio stations banning it.

Holmes said he was inspired by the Tennessee Ernie Ford hit “Sixteen Tons”- to write a song about three miners – when finally rescued two of them survived-but they weren’t hungry their stomachs were full. How did they survive- what happened to the miner that didn’t survive-Timothy? While the lyrics don’t come right out and say it- the hints are the two surviving members- ate him.