Name

  The Buckinghams

  Also Known As

  The Centuries, The Pulsations.

  Origins

  Chicago Illinois, USA

  Genre

  Rock and Roll, Soft Rock

  Instruments

  Vocals, saxophone

  Years Active

1966 1970
1975
1980 present

  Labels

 USA Record Company
Columbia Records

  Website

 Buckinghams Web Site

Members

Dennis Tufano (Lead Vocals)  Dennis Miccolis (Keyboards)

Nicholas Fortuna (Bass)  Carl Giammarese (Guitar)  Jon Jon Poulos (Drums)

Back In Love Again Lyrics
Don't You Care Lyrics
Hey Baby They're Playing Our Song Lyrics
I Call Your Name Lyrics
I Knew You When Lyrics
I'll Go Crazy Lyrics
Kind of a Drag Lyrics
Lawdy Miss Clawdy Lyrics
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy Lyrics
Susan Lyrics

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      The Buckinghams are an American rock band which saw enormous radio popularity in 1967, becoming one of the top-selling rock groups of that year. In 1965, four high school musicians in Chicago, Illinois -- bassist Nick Fortuna, guitarist Carl Giammarese, drummer Jon Poulos, and singer/guitarist Dennis Tufano -- formed a band they called The Centuries. They added keyboardist Dennis Miccolis, changed their name to The Pulsations and landed a job as the house band on a local (WGN-TV) variety show.      

       Popular attractions while still in high school, the quintet changed its name from the Pulsations to the Buckinghams (the name is also that of a notable Chicago landmark, Buckingham Fountain)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 cowrote "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, and by 1970 the group was kaput. Two original members, guitarist Carl Giammarese and bassist Nick Fortuna, have since revived the Buckinghams for oldies tours.
 

 Reference  *All Music Guide/Wikipedia

 

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