It started with Kind of a Drag, the #1 Billboard hit recorded by five teenagers from Chicago’s west side. The trademark opening horn notes on this #1 hit became a signature of the Chicago horn sound as identifiable as The Buckinghams themselves.
The Buckinghams were just neighborhood kids drawn together my music. That all changed when they landed a spot on WGN-TV’s All Time Hits for 13 weeks. When USA Records released Kind of a Drag, no one anticipated the demand, as the single rocketed to #1 across the country. In 1967, Cash Box Magazine named them The Most Promising Vocal Group in America, and they delivered. In total, they recorded 12 singles.
Quickly, the band moved to Columbia Records for their follow up singles, Don’t You Care; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; Hey Baby; They’re Playing Our Song, and Susan. Television appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Jerry Lewis Show, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, confirmed The Buckingham’s stardom.
In 2004, PBS invited The Buckinghams to join in The Sixties Pop Rock Reunion, a national program that chronicles the best music of the times. In 2005, they were invited to play the Twilight on the Prairie Inaugural Ball at the White House.
Their succession of hits led them to being named The Most Listened to Band in America in 1967 by the radio trade papers. The Buckinghams in concert today, blend their hits with others made popular by Blood, Sweat and Tears, Chicago, the Spencer Davis Group, James Brown, Three Dog Night, Billy Joel and Motown’s biggest acts.
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