The Buckinghams

The Buckinghams were an American pop-rock band that released multiple 1966–67 singles on the Chicago-based U.S.A. Records label, including the 1967 Billboard No. 1 “Kind of a Drag.” On Columbia, they released three albums and scored further hits with “Don’t You Care,” “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” and “Hey Baby (They’re Playing Our Song).” They were an early client of producer James William Guercio. Their brass-pop sound presaged the brass rock of Guercio’s subsequent clients Blood Sweat & Tears and Chicago.

Members: Carl Giammarese (guitar, lead vocals), Dennis Tufano (lead vocals, 1965-70, 1980-83), John Poulos (drums, vocals, 1965-70), Nick Fortuna (bass, vocals, 1965-68, 1980-present), Dennis Miccolis (keyboards, vocals, 1965-66), George LeGros (lead vocals, 1965-66), Larry Nestor (keyboards, 1966-67), Marty Grebb (keyboards, vocals, 1967-68), John Turner (keyboards, vocals, 1968-70), Curtis Bachman (bass, vocals, 1968-70)

The Buckinghams formed in 1965 in Chicago.


  • Kind of a Drag (1967)
  • Time & Charges (1967)
  • Portraits (1967)
  • In One Ear and Gone Tomorrow (1968)


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