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The Buckinghams

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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.

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  • CDPETE01

    never heard until tonight and played the Time and Changes album,sounds like lots of American 60s bands but I like it.

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Ramiyller

    love his songs.

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • olga_gavrikova

    по моему отлично

    3 Apr 2012 Reply
  • KinomiyaMichiru

    You gotta love a group when they can take a Beatles song (*I'll Be Back*),and make a remake of it that is even better than the original.

    4 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Rapture5212011

    Good group from the 'baby boomer' generation of the 60s & 70s whose music was very appealing to most radio listeners. Now enjoying fond memories via the digital revolution of the internet. God bless~!

    2 Oct 2010 Reply
  • BackBrace

    @gregconway. thats just for the last week.

    17 Aug 2010 Reply
  • GregConway

    89,945 total plays The chart can't be right when the top song has 200 plays..

    15 Feb 2010 Reply
  • L0RYN

    Wow, the plays are very low. Oh well, if vinyl counted on here then these guys would have more plays from me. hehe.

    21 Jul 2009 Reply
  • BlueJean1951

    so few plays makes no sense, maybe they were just added recently?

    15 May 2009 Reply
  • Dunk_a_roos

    love it!

    6 Mar 2009 Reply
  • ElectricSoul921

    Wow there is no justice for such little plays on here. C'mon now.

    27 Sep 2008 Reply
  • red_cleric

    Can't believe I found this song... I was really smitten with a Susan in high school. What a heart break song. I love it. Great memories. Susan hope things are well with you.

    10 Jul 2008 Reply

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