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  • Years Active

    1965 – present (58 years)

  • Founded In

    Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States

  • Members

    • Barb Unger (1983 – 1984)
    • Bob Abrams (1986 – 2010)
    • Bruce Soboroff (1986 – present)
    • Carl Giammarese (1965 – present)
    • Curtis Bachman (1968 – 1970)
    • Dave Zane (2010 – present)
    • Dennis Miccolis (1965 – 1967)
    • Dennis Tufano (1965 – 1980)
    • George LeGros (1965 – 1966)
    • John Cammelot (1980 – 1986)
    • John Poulos (1965 – 1970)
    • John Turner (1968 – 1970)
    • Larry Nestor (1966 – 1967)
    • Laurie Beebe Lewis (1983 – 1986)
    • Marty Grebb (1967 – 1970)
    • Nick Fortuna (1965 – present)
    • Rocky Penn (2010 – present)
    • Tom Scheckel (1983 – 2010)

There are two different groups called The Buckinghams, the by far most successful being the group listed as #1, from Chicago, IL, United States.

1. The Buckinghams is an American sunshine-pop band from Chicago formed in 1966. They went on to become one of the top-selling acts of 1967, charting their only five Top 40 hits in the U.S. that year. The band dissolved in 1970, but re-formed in 1980 and as of 2019 they continue to tour throughout the United States.

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.

2. Not to be confused with the more famous Chicago hit-makers, The Buckinghams were a 1960s pop/beat band from Islington, North London, United Kingdom. They released two 45s on Pye Records: 'I'll Never Hurt You No More' b/w 'She Lied' (may 1965), quickly followed by 'To Be or Not To Be' b/w 'I Was Your First Guy'.

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