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The Buckinghams
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    Formed in Chicago, IL
    Originally called The Pulsations
    Original line-up:
    Dennis Tufano-lead vocals
    Carl Giammarese-guitars
    Nick Fortuna-bass
    Marty Grebb-keyboards
    John Poulos-drums
    Recorded 'Kind Of A Drag,' 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy,' 'I've Been Wrong Before,' 'I'll Go Crazy,' 'I Call Your Name,' 'Makin' Up And Breakin' Up,' 'Don't You Care,' 'Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,' 'Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song),' 'Susan' and 'Back In Love Again'
    A security guard for WGN-TV Chicago came up with their stage name.
    It was a combination of having a more British sounding name during the '60s Brit musical invasion and as a Chicago identifier (the city is famous for Buckingham Fountain).
    They did a Chicago car dealership commercial and were given a van as payment.
    Most of their songs (and ALL of their hits) are under 3 minutes long.
    They had no hits after 1968 and by 1970 they said goodbye to the '60s and their career.
    Giammarese and Fortuna are still touring on the oldies circuit under The Buckinghams name.
    They had five Top 10 hits, including 'Kind Of A Drag' which hit #1 on the Billboard charts (February 1967).
    They were one of the first '60s bands to come out after concerts, meet the audience and sign autographs.
    In 1967 they sold more albums than any other American group except The Monkees.
    Poulos died in 1980.
    Giammarese was 'weatherman for a day' on ABC's 'Good Morning America' when the group performed on the show (regular weatherman Tony Perkins was allowed to sing lead for 'Kind Of a Drag' in exchange).

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