The Buckinghams have stayed true to their Chicago roots. Audiences and critics have affirmed the demand for the music of The Buckinghams, proving that success is sweeter the second time around. Original founding members Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna continue to deliver a powerful replay of their hits and solid gold memories.
The trademark opening horn notes on their #1 hit, "Kind of a Drag" became a signature of the Chicago horn sound as identifiable as The Buckinghams themselves. Their first manager/co-producer, Carl Bonafede, signed them to Chicago's USA Records. With big band musician Dan Belloc as co- producer, and arranger Frank Tesinsky creating their horn sound, The Buckinghams recorded 12 singles. Performing on WGN-TV's "All Time Hits," for 13 weeks increased their Midwest reputation. When USA Records released "Kind of a Drag," no one anticipated the demand, as the single rocketed to #1 across the country. In 1967 Cash Box Magazine named them "The Most Promising Vocal Group in America," and they delivered.
The Buckinghams' impact on the music scene didn't end when the band broke up. The musical trend they started in the 1960s was a prelude to shaping other legendary hits. In 1968, Guercio took his experience from The Buckinghams to become a staff producer for Columbia, crafting Blood Sweat and Tears' #1 album. At the encouragement of The Buckinghams, Guercio signed the group "The Big Thing," or as they were renamed, "Chicago," and produced their first 11 albums. The Buckinghams' creativity and talent inspired an award-winning musical legacy that includes three groups and spans four decades.