One of the most beloved and respected Chicago bands ever to explode onto the national scene, The Buckinghams’ live concerts pack power into 60s pop rock. Bringing back great memories with their chart-topping 60s hits, The Buckinghams also perform popular 70s favorites in their powerful sets, electrifying audiences with dynamic vocals and solid harmonies. Since 1985, original Buckinghams Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna and their band have continued to deliver fast-paced, solid shows that bring crowds to their feet to dance along.
Their #1 song, “Kind of a Drag” is a standout favorite that first made them famous. Next came 7 national chart hits, 15 singles, and 8 acclaimed albums. When Billboard Magazine named them “The Most Listened to Band in America,” The Buckinghams became national favorites on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Smothers Brothers’ Comedy Hour, American Bandstand, and more.
Thousands of loyal fans remain devoted today, as their hits continue to be heard on oldies radio, classic rock stations, Sirius/XM satellite and Internet channels. Enthusiastic and effervescent as when their records began their ascents up national charts, The Buckinghams’ Giammarese and Fortuna deliver nonstop, high-energy performances that audiences appreciate and request in shows filled with longtime fans, as well as new friends—teens and young adults.
Today’s stage act is a crowd-pleasing favorite as they deliver a show packed with tremendous music and good humor. Audiences love The Buckinghams today as much as they first did in the 60s. With 3 songs on the Top 10 simultaneously, The Buckinghams enjoyed phenomenal success with hit singles including the powerful “Don’t You Care”, the soulful “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”, and the national anthem of teenage love, “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song”, on the national charts simultaneously. In 1968, the Buckinghams debuted “Susan” on The Ed Sullivan Show. In concerts today, crowds still sing along, “I love you, yes I do,” as audiences love knowing the words to all their songs.
In 2001, The Buckinghams were part of the successful “Solid Gold 60s” tour, which featured Tommy James & The Shondells, The Turtles, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, and The Grass Roots. PBS featured The Buckinghams on “The Sixties Pop Rock Reunion” in 2004. The Buckinghams headline festivals, play arenas, theatres, and casinos, wherever fans want to hear them. Playing the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Ball was a great honor for The Buckinghams. They were again invited to perform at the Bipartisan Agricultural Ball at the Presidential Inaugural festivities at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington, DC, on January 20, 2009.
From 2008–2009, The Buckinghams released 3 new CDs—“Reaching Back”, “Standing Room Only,” and “The Joy of Christmas”, including favorite holiday standards, plus new tunes from their popular annual Christmas shows every year. In 2009, The Buckinghams were inducted into the prestigious Hit Parade Hall of Fame. Their 2010 DVD/CD, “Up Close”, featured The Buckinghams live at the Star Plaza Theatre. American Entertainment Magazine recently highlighted The Buckinghams as one of their Top 10 bands.
The Buckinghams and Gary Puckett debuted ”Groovin’ the 60s,” an Orchestral Events show, featuring symphony and orchestral arrangements of 1960s hits February, 2014 and showcases hit tunes as a full two-act show. A new Buckinghams’ studio CD, “FlashBack!” was released in 2014. Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna were part of the Happy Together 25th+ Anniversary Tours (2010-2012), joining The Turtles, Micky Dolenz, Mark Lindsay, Grass Roots, & Gary Puckett. Once again, they’re on the 2015 Happy Together Tour, including The Turtles, The Cowsills, Grass Roots, The Association, & Mark Lindsay. Year-round, The Buckinghams always deliver concerts that are certified “Solid Gold.”