The Buckinghams

Buckinghams, TheFrom: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Originally called The Pulsations, The Falling Pebbles, The Centuries, and The Buckingham Fountain, the band finally settled on The Buckinghams, coming together in 1965. The first big exposure the band ever received was on the WGN-TV show “All Time Hits” in 1965, where they played covers of hits of the day. The original Buckinghams lineup featured Nick Fortune (bass), Carl Giamarese (guitar, vocals), Dennis Miccolis (organ), Jon-Jon Poulos (drums) and Dennis Tufano (guitar, vocals).

The Buckinghams’ first 45 was a cover of the Drifters/Searchers’ “Sweet For My Sweet”. Soon after, they were signed to Chicago-based record label, USA Records. Their first three singles were local hits, but the band’s big break came with the release of “Kind Of A Drag” reached the top of the charts in 1967. Columbia then bought the Buckinghams contract from USA Records, and Jim Guercio, later of the Mothers Of Invention took over as producer. Two more top ten hits came with “Don’t You Care” and “Mercy Mercy”. The Buckinghams first two albums also sold reasonably well, reaching numbers 109 and 58 respectively on the Album Charts.

Unfortunately, the Buckinghams never recovered following a drug bust in 1968. The band continued to record until 1970 and their Greatest Hits compilation released in 1969 reached #73 on the charts.

Artist information sources include: Fuzz, Acid & Flowers by Vernon Joynson

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1968 album In One Ear & Gone Tomorrow
In One Ear & Gone Tomorrow

  • I Know I Think
  • The Time Of My Life
  • You (single) [1999 CD Release]

From the 1969 album Made in Chicago
Made in Chicago

  • I’ll Be Back
  • You Are Gone

Promos

  • In One Ear