Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams


Dec 2 2020 • 37 mins

In the late ‘60s, there were a lot of great groups coming out of Chicago, but the most successful were The Buckinghams – with five major Top 40 hits in the space of little more than a year -- kicked off by "Kind of a Drag"...atop the charts for two weeks in early '67.

In this episode, we talk with the guitarist and singer who continues to perform with the group -- Carl Giammarese. We cover a bunch of topics including...

  • How the band got a big break (and its new name) on a local weekly TV show.
  • How those TV appearances led to the band's first contract with a local record label.
  • How "Kind of a Drag" became a hit.
  • What it was like to have a #1 record while still in high school
  • Signing with CBS Records after the success of "Kind of a Drag."
  • How four of the group's hits were written by a member of another Chicago group...all about his breakup with a girlfriend named Susan.
  • Why the band's success didn't make them much money.
  • How the band crashed when the '60s ended, and how he coped with it.
  • Recording in L.A. with legendary producer Lou Adler
  • Returning to Chicago and success as a jingle singer.
  • The band's reunion at a Navy Pier concert.
  • The '80s resurgence of The Buckinghams and other late '60s bands, fueled by Baby Boomers.
  • And... MUCH MORE!