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. Ever as 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. Families book vacations around their regular appearances. 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. In 2009, The Buckinghams were inducted into the prestigious Hit Parade Hall of Fame. Their 2010 DVD/CD, “Up Close”, features The Buckinghams live in concert at the Star Plaza Theatre. American Entertainment Magazine recently highlighted The Buckinghams as one of their Top 10 bands.
After highly acclaimed 25th and 26th Anniversary reunion tours, Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna return to perform on the 2012 Happy Together Tour, as The Buckinghams join The Turtles, Micky Dolenz, Grass Roots, and Gary Puckett for this national tour. Whatever time of year, venue, or tour, The Buckinghams deliver performances that are truly “Solid Gold”.