Four high school musicians, singer-guitarist Dennis Tufano, bassist Nick Fortuna, guitarist Carl Giammarese and drummer Jon Poulos got together as The Centuries in 1965. After adding keyboard player Dennis Miccoli the group won a local Battle of the Bands contest they became a regular on WGN-TV’s variety show called “All Time Hits” in 1966. That brought on a name change to The Buckinghams, named after London’s Buckingham Palace.
A local label, USA Records, signed The Buckinghams leading to the groups first trip to the Hit Parade and #1 national hit, “Kind of a Drag” in early 1967 after extensive airplay on Chicago’s WLS and WCFL radio stations. “Laudy Miss Claudy” followed before the Buckinghams moved to Columbia records, where they once again struck gold with “Don’t You Care” and “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” both in 1967, followed by “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song” and “Susan” in the same year.
The Buckinghams toured extensively, appearing on American Bandstand and The Ed Sullivan Show, but the band dissolved in early 1970. Ten years later in 1980, Chicago’s WLS radio programming executive, John Gehron, currently a board member of the Hit Parade Hall of Fame, was instrumental in Tufano & Giammarese reforming The Buckinghams for a station promotion. Audience reaction was so positive that they decided to continue playing concerts to the delight of thousands of fans in Chicago.
The Buckinghams were inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2009.
See The Buckinghams web site here.