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The Buckinghams

If everyone on the northwest side of Chicago who claims to have hung out with the Buckinghams during their heyday had faithfully bought all their releases, the rock group might have sold more records than the Beatles. Popular attractions while still in high school, the quintet changed its name from the Pulsations to the Buckinghams to reflect the British Invasion craze and signed with Chicago's USA Records in 1966. Backing Dennis Tufano's buoyant lead vocals with prominent harmonies and punchy soul-styled brass, the group came across the wistful "Kind of a Drag," and in short order, the Buckinghams had a million-selling pop chart-topper on their hands. They quickly graduated to recording for Columbia. As long as songwriter Jim Holvay supplied more material of the same high quality as "Kind of a Drag," the Buckinghams were sitting pretty. Holvay co-wrote "Don't You Care," "Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song)," and the pseudo-psychedelic "Susan," and they all proved to be major hits for the band. The group's R&B roots surfaced on a vocal adaptation of Cannonball Adderley's jazz standard "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," their second-biggest hit.

But the Buckinghams' fortunes soon changed drastically -- one of the top-selling rock groups of 1967, they managed only one hit after early 1968. Two original members, guitarist Carl Giammarese and bassist Nick Fortuna, have since revived the Buckinghams and began touring full-time again in 1982. ~ Bill Dahl, Rovi
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Ugh, kind of disappointed to hear Kind of Drag WITHOUT Dennis singing it. Wish we had the original - this is pretty substandard,
@pam12287--y o u ' r e right about Dennis Tufano--such a great voice and he's still performing.
Jon pulos the drummer was one of best on drums, to bad he died at an early age,, RIP Jon
They were one of the Big Blue Eyed Pop Soul Bands of the 60's
Favorite band of all time. No one can sing a song like Dennis Tufano.
trooperlouie
great group
Anyone follow the career of Marty Grebb?? I took music lessons from his father, Harry, as a kid. Marty's done some impressive studio work...
Dennis Tufano was probably the best pure singer of any of the front men of the '60's. What a great voice!
If you lived in the mid-west you heard this Chi-Town band on am radio station WLS with Larry Lujack. Old Fossil
60's were GREAT!
linda-lewis
Just saw Dennis Tufano perform last night and he was AMAZING!! He even covered Bobby Darin and The Rascal's tunes. His voice was as good as it was 50 years ago! Make sure to check him out if he gets to your area. In fact, if you are interested in booking him, reach out to me!
A very talented group and their music was definitely part of the soundtrack of the '60's.
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!!!
Good song for karaoke
mendez_lomba r d o
I always thought they were part of the British invasion. Had no idea they were from Chi town, Damn!
red25377
still very good song even for today group can still preform well saw them 3 years ago
Make that an organ with a Leslie...
one of ny all time favorite bands and songs. That Farfiso (sp?) organ, TOO COOL.
n.vsslv
:)
duanedrowe
very cool , blues swing.
Thanks, man.
Dennis Tufano is touring as a solo artist. He does some gigs with Sonny Geraci (Outsiders, Climax).
Whatever happened to Dennis?
adtherenegad e
Gratsound.
adtherenegad e
Still sounds fresh after all these years.
williek56
Don't miss Dennis Tufano on tour everywhere in this country. Tremendous show featuring Buckingham music and a tribute to Bobby Darin. Outstanding performer. Worth the price of any admission.
bagend123
The song Susan needed a third verse to really complete it. The break in the song limited it's popularity and, in my opinion, lead to there loss of subsequent hits. Always great to hear.
great late '60's band--soulfu l and smooth and nobody sang lead like Dennis Tufano--wish they'd lasted longer w/ that distinctive sound, but hearing them brings back special times
They got a lot of airplay in '67 here in the southeast US. Each of the mentioned songs were popular on the leading AM stations of the time (though it was during the same year that FM started broadcasting in the mainstream; most FM stations had a more "underground " format).
Their hit "Susan" was getting air while other psychedelic bands such as Vanilla Fudge (You Keep Me Hangin On," a Supremes cover) and Iron Butterfly (the definitive "Innagaddada v i d a " ) got play.
Hermosa cancion...me trae recuerdos hermosos!!
linda8045
Love the Buckinghams, went to the 25th Happy Together Tour 2010. It was great.
@ TG- I thought I was the only one who noticed that! I love the song, but OMG the quality of the track is terrible...
mgrnovi
Lived in Chicago for 5 years and saw the Buckinghams at least 10 times at various neighborhood festivals. Always great! Also saw them as part of the Happy Together tour with the Turtles in 1984 or 85. Just bought tickets today for the 25th Anniv. Happy Together Tour 2010. Turtles, Buckinghams, Grass Roots, Mickey Dolenz (Monkees)& Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere & Raiders) Can't Wait!!
nothing bad about this artist but their music is in desperate need of a re-master. Just listened to "kind of a drag" and after listening to the previous song this one sounded muddy and lacked spark.
dillpickle4
come on gang these guys did some awsome music 60ish driving up and down the main drags of town lean back on your car with your feet crossed and talking to some cool chic!!!you want to ride in my car?

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