The Buckinghams were the most listened to band in America during 1967. They were given this accolade by prestigious industry magazines Billboard and Cashbox. A band so enormous at the time that almost every single they released was guaranteed to be a hit. Their first single `Kind Of A Drag' not only gave the band a number one hit in the States at the start of 1967, but went on to sell over a million copies.
The Buckinghams played to capacity crowds in arenas and festivals, sharing the bill with Gene Pitney, The Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher, Neil Diamond, America, Tom Jones, The Hollies, The Kinks, The Yardbirds, and The Who. Thousands of teenage girls waited at concerts to rush the stage and rip clothing for souvenirs. Overnight, The Buckinghams became part of American teenage culture. Their faces were splashed onto national magazines, posters and album covers with a look and style that helped define 60s pop rock. Their horn sound turned Chicago's "Royalty of Rock and Roll" into "One of America's Answers to the British Invasion."
"Time & Charges" and "Portraits" created 4 Top 10 singles. Dominating the AM radio airwaves, The Buckinghams set off a chain- reaction of demand nationwide in record stores, with hits including `Don't You Care,' `Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song)' `Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,' and `Susan.'
Only Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortune remain from the glory days of 1967, but there is still considerable interest in The Buckinghams. And when you hear these two albums you understand why the name has become something of a major cult. Because musically they offered and achieved so much. And did it all in such a short space of time.