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Pennsylvanian rock band best known for the 1971 ode to mineshaft cannibalism, "Timothy."
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The Buoys were one of a group of one-hit wonders from the early 1970s. Billy Kelly (lead vocals), Fran Bozena (keyboards), Gerry Hludzik (bass), Chris Hanlon (guitar), and Carl Siracuse (drums), from Wilkes-Barre, PA., generated a Top 20 hit with "Timothy," written by Rupert Holmes, who also played some of the keyboards on their album for the Scepter label. (Holmes later had his own chart success as a singer with "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" and "Him," before embarking on a career on Broadway with The Mystery of Edwin Drood in the late 1980s.) The Buoys vanished from the charts and the airwaves after two additional, far more modest chart entries, "Bloodknot" and "Give Up Your Guns," but later moved to Polydor before dissolving in the mid-1970s. Kelly and Hludzik subsequently returned a decade after "Timothy" as part of the group Dakota.