The Buckinghams Biography

Formed in Chicago, Illinois, USA, in 1966, the Buckinghams originally comprised Dennis Tufano (11 September 1946, Chicago, Illinois, USA; vocals), Carl Giammarese (b. 21 August 1947, Chicago, Illinois, USA; lead guitar), Dennis Miccoli (organ), Nick Fortuna (b. 1 May 1946, Chicago, Illinois, USA; bass) and Jon Poulos (b. 31 March 1947, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 26 March 1980; drums). Although their first hit, the US chart-topper ‘Kind Of A Drag’, was their only gold disc, the band enjoyed a consistent run of US chart successes throughout 1967, achieving two further US Top 10 entries with ‘Don’t You Care’ and ‘Mercy, Mercy, Mercy’. Miccoli was latterly replaced by Marty Grebb (b. 2 September 1946, Chicago, Illinois, USA) before the Buckinghams’ staid image was deemed passé by a more discerning audience. Nevertheless, despite those slick, commercial singles, their albums showed a desire to experiment. Produced and directed by Jim Guercio, such releases hinted at the brass arrangements this talented individual later brought to protégés Chicago. Unable to reconcile their image and ambitions, the quintet split up in 1970.

Poulos later managed several local acts, but died of drug-related causes in 1980. Tufano and Giammarese continued to work as a duo, while Grebb later worked with Chicago and the Fabulous Rhinestones. Fortuna and Giammarese subsequently revived the Buckinghams for nostalgia tours, making an occasional return to the recording studio.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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