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Gary Puckett & The Union Gap


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Gary Puckett & The Union Gap (initially credited as The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett) was an American pop rock group operating in the late 1960s. Their biggest hits were “Woman, Woman,” “Young Girl,” and “Lady Willpower.” Singer Gary Puckett (born October 17, 1942, Hibbing, Minnesota) grew up in Yakima, Washington - close to the city of Union Gap - and Twin Falls, Idaho. He began playing guitar in his teens, and graduated from Twin Falls High School before attending college in San Diego, California. There, he quit college and played in several local bands before joining the Outcasts, a local hard rock group comprising bassist Kerry Chater (born August 7, 1945, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada),[1] keyboardist Gary ‘Mutha’ Withem (born August 22, 1946, San Diego), tenor saxophonist Dwight Bement (born December 28, 1945, San Diego), and drummer Paul Wheatbread (born February 8, 1946, San Diego).
In 1966, the band toured the Pacific Northwest without Wheatbread, who was recruited as the house drummer on the television series, Where the Action Is; he later rejoined the line-up. Under manager Dick Badger, the band were renamed The Union Gap in early 1967, and fitted themselves out with Union Army-style Civil War uniforms as a visual gimmick. They then recorded a demo, which was heard by CBS record producer and songwriter Jerry Fuller. Impressed by Puckett’s baritone voice and the band’s soft rock leanings, Fuller signed them to a recording contract with Columbia Records.


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  • Moonlight__Dawn

    @MoonlitSea My mom was a teen in the 60s - this was one of her favorite bands. Why? Some people prefer a softer sounding rock/pop music. And the music is beautiful - for those "romantic" moments. I grew up listening to this band in the 70s and I sincerely like them. Go figure I like a lot of the music my mom likes :D

    28 May 1:32pm Reply
  • Moonlight__Dawn

    Good 60s soft pop rock band. Just a shame that Spotify scrobbles to Last.FM only as Gary Puckett.

    28 May 1:25pm Reply
  • RussellChap

    Young Girl is probably Gary Glitters & Jimmy Saville's fav song

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MoonlitSea

    Melodramatic and overblown, how exactly was this popular?

    15 Jul 2011 Reply
  • flowerchile

    Gary, my sweet husband, I love you. <3 :)

    10 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Amethyst_chick

    I love this song, so glad my nan played this to me :)

    14 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Dennisian

    Ahh, there's nothing like Gary Puckett & The Anal Gap!

    10 Jan 2010 Reply
  • tylerstravis

    This was my first concert ever at 4 year old! I got to meet him after the show. That started the obsession with live music!

    22 May 2009 Reply
  • leonasiqueira

    que saudade....

    1 Feb 2009 Reply
  • tea5girl

    Im much too old now:(,but still lovin this song:)

    27 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Music-maker

    great voice and song

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • JukeBoxHero48

    Miss those guys :-)

    4 Dec 2008 Reply
  • rockingdaddy

    The times I had to say that on the fair ground a very long long time ago

    28 Oct 2008 Reply
  • groovemo

    God I love Gary and the Gap. Just can't help myself. The soundtrack of my youth.....

    20 Sep 2008 Reply
  • maximumrnr

    Over you is the best song from this band and of one of the most beautiful songs ever written.

    29 Mar 2008 Reply
  • enjoli

    I know this is a shameless plug, but Gary's nephew and my brother have a little musical duo.

    23 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Pilchard Chops

    Did Gary just stop singing?

    13 Jul 2007 Reply
  • neilsgirl63

    great voice

    12 Nov 2006 Reply
  • martu12

    One of my dad's favorites. Don't have to say much more than that, ha.

    4 Nov 2006 Reply
  • meanmrmustard

    gary fuckin' puckett, man

    23 Oct 2006 Reply
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