Groovy 60s rock/pop: #13 "Kind of a Drag" The Buckinghams (1967)

@JohnRoberts (65106)
Los Angeles, California
August 4, 2017 8:58am CST
For one glorious year in 1967 the Buckinghams were practically the most heard band in the US with five top 12 hits including the monster gold #1 “Kind of a Drag.” The group began life in 1966 as the Pulsations in Chicago. Their prize for winning a local battle of the bands was a stint as house band on WEN’s variety show “All-Time Hit.” At this time it was suggested they change their name to the British sounding Buckinghams thus being marketed as Chicago’s answer to the British invasion. The title track to their debut album, “Kind of a Drag” was written by James Holvay and sung by guitarist Carl Giammarese. Despite success, the band suffered continual turmoil and turnover. They fought against the recording company forcing a psychedelic edge to their hit “Susan.” The failure of their fourth album prompted disbanding in 1970. The Buckinghams reunited in 1980 and has been playing the nostalgia circuit ever since.
http://www.squidoo.com/numberonesongsof1967videoshowcase Their number one song from 1967. It was number one for two weeks. http://www.youtube.com/user/number...
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@snowy22315 (54337)
• United States
4 Aug 17
Great tune, I remember that one!
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@Kandae11 (40358)
4 Aug 17
A great song. I also like "Mercy, mercy , mercy.
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@Dena91 (4762)
• United States
4 Aug 17
Haven't heard this song in a long time. Thanks for a trip down memory lane.
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@FourWalls (15820)
• United States
4 Aug 17
I enjoy this. Wish the scant oldies stations would play one of the other four hits occasionally, though....
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@Paocz28 (314)
5 Aug 17
If i can remember this right. We still have the big cd in our ancestral home. We still have the player working until now. This made me remember the old times. I want to go home.
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@teamfreak16 (42042)
• Denver, Colorado
5 Aug 17
Ah yes. Used to play it on the radio. It certainly worked on me. I always assumed they are British.
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• United States
4 Aug 17
Wow, now thats one I would never have thought of even though I really liked it. It is one of those songs that gets stuck in your head.
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@velvet53 (17720)
• Palisade, Colorado
4 Aug 17
I didn't know that they got back together. Very interesting. This is definitely a good song.
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@dgobucks226 (14313)
4 Aug 17
Great song! Excellent choice
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@Corbin5 (119556)
• United States
4 Aug 17
Always pleased when those fellows were on American Bandstand.
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@Kuttu_007 (1164)
• India
4 Aug 17
Sounds great..
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