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.
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).
Tim (age 13) begins to take banjo lessons and joins friend Dan Gordon & others
to form a folk group; subsequently takes up guitar.
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).
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).
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
graduates from Loara High School. Summer: plays at a neighborhood club called
Two Tables (Bell Gardens).
attends [Fullerton Junior] College for a week then drops out.
September 3: Tim & Larry Beckett attend Bob Dylan concert at Hollywood
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).