The Tim Buckley Archives

Tim Buckley -- A Chronology, 1947-1966

By Robert Niemi

1947-1965

1947 Feb. 14 (Valentine's Day): Timothy Charles Buckley III is born in Washington, D.C. c.1947-56 Buckley family lives in Amsterdam, NY, an isolated industrial city on the Mohawk River about 40 miles northwest of Albany.

1952 Hears his first progressive jazz (his mother is a Miles Davis fan). 1956 Buckley family moves, cross-country, to Bell Gardens, California (a Los Angeles suburb).

1960 Tim (age 13) begins to take banjo lessons and joins friend Dan Gordon & others to form a folk group; subsequently takes up guitar.

1962 Tim (age 15), a freshman at Buena Vista High, makes the junior varsity football team; also makes the baseball team (later claims he was a varsity quarterback).

1964 At the end of his sophomore year, decides not to play football anymore; claims to have joined Princess Ramona & the Cherokee Riders, a touring country band (that was probably a figment of Buckley’s imagination); subsequently forms two bands with school chums Larry Beckett & Jim Fielder (i.e., The Bohemians and Harlequins 3).

1965 Buckley family moves from Bell Gardens to Anaheim (50 miles south of L.A.); Tim transfers to Loara High School; his parents separate; Tim meets Mary Guibert in French class.

June: graduates from Loara High School. Summer: plays at a neighborhood club called Two Tables (Bell Gardens).

September: attends [Fullerton Junior] College for a week then drops out.

September 3: Tim & Larry Beckett attend Bob Dylan concert at Hollywood Bowl.

October 25: marries Mary Guibert at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Anaheim Fall: works at a Mexican restaurant by day, continues to play Orange County bars, nightclubs, and coffeehouses at night (e.g., the Paradox in Anaheim).

1966

February 5: Tim & Jim Fielder meet Mothers of Invention drummer, Jimmy Carl Black at The Trip (8572 Sunset Strip) and Black introduces them to Herb Cohen (The Mothers’ manager); Cohen becomes Tim’s manager.

Mothers of Invention drummer Jimmy Carl Black talks about meeting Tim in Anaheim
April-May: plays extended engagement at the Night Owl Cafe in New York City’s Greenwich Village; during this period Tim lives on the Bowery with his new girlfriend, Jainie Goldstein.

August: Elektra Records founder, Jac Holzman, hears Buckley play at the Night Owl and signs him to a recording contract on the strength of a 6-song demo tape; Tim records first album, Tim Buckley, in 3 days in Los Angeles.

September: plays The Galaxy club and Bido Lido’s (1608 N. Cosmo St.) near Sunset Strip in Hollywood.

October: divorced from Mary Guibert after a year of marriage.

November: opens for Joan Baez at Santa Monica Civic Center.

November 17: Son, Jeffrey Scott, is born.

December: Tim Buckley released; Elektra also releases a single - Wings and Grief In My Soul.

December 22-31: plays a weeklong engagement at the Balloon Farm (23 St. Mark’s Place, NYC), opening for The Mothers of Invention.

   


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