Let me introduce you to The Buckinghams who came from Chicago, Illinois. They were known as an American Sunshine Pop group which meant that they played a very upbeat and happy type of music. They came together in 1966 and reached popularity in 1967 finally disbanding in 1970 but coming together to tour for their fans in 1980 and still traveling all over the U.S. today.
Originally this band consisted of Carl Giammarese on guitar, Nick Fortuna on bass, Dennis Miccolis on the keyboard, John Poulos on drums and vocalists George LeGros and Dennis Tufano. They started off being known as the Pulsations. However, once they won a competition it was suggested that they adopt a name that would remind people of the British Invasion bands and so they became The Buckinghams.
They shot up to stardom with their first hit number one single ”Kind of a Drag” which stayed at number one for two weeks straight on the Billboard Hot 100 in February of 1967 and eventually this song was awarded a Gold disc. Among their other hits are” Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”, °Don’t You Care”,” Hey Baby”, and” Susan”. In 1967 the Buckinghams were also named as the” Most Listened to Band in America” by Billboard Magazine.
The Buckinghams were part of the Solid Gold 1960s Tour in 2001 and they performed at the Twilight on the Prairie Ball for one of President George W. Bush’s Inaugural Balls in 2007. In that same year, the band signed with Fuel Records and released the CD Reaching Back which also included eight new songs and completely new recordings of five of their top hits.
To the delight of many of their fans, The Buckinghams continue to tour and delight everyone with their great music.