Friday, February 7, 2014

The Beatles and Their Influence on America's Teenagers for the Rest of Their Lives

The Buckinghams looked like this in 1966, because of the influence of The British Invasion and, primarily, The Beatles. Rock and roll was never the same again!

This week of February 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of when John, Paul, George, and Ringo, influenced by Elvis Presley and "Hound Dog" and a lot of American rock and roll, came over to America, for a date on the Ed Sullivan Show, and changed American music forever.

NWI Times journalist Tom Lounges, who is also a popular radio host in the northern Indiana area, wrote a thoughtful column published Feb. 6, 2014 about The Beatles' influence. Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams is one person Tom interviewed.

Click on the link to read Tom's complete story:

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

More Fun in Anticipation of "Groovin' The 60's" The Buckinghams, Gary Puckett and Christie Copeland in Concert, Valentine's Day in Chicago

One of the backstage scenes from Orchestral Events' Mariano Longo (Arranger and Conductor) and Jeanne Bavaro, Writer and Director for the "Groovin' The 60s" show on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 in St. Charles, Illinois, at the Arcada Theatre.

In one evening, you'll hear a catalog of songs you know and loved from the 1960s.
Check out this video and enjoy listening to Jeanne and Mariano, a little like Keely Smith and Louis Prima back in the day.

It's not just another concert; it's not like anything you've ever seen before. It's like The Hollywood Palace, and a return to the days of real variety shows with new duets, new songs, and old favorites, in arrangements you've never heard before.

The Buckinghams
Gary Puckett and The Union Gap
Christie Copeland
Together with a Full Symphony Orchestra, Conducted by Mariano Longo

Tickets available at: Tickets start at $49. Your Valentine's Day is here, with us at The Arcada.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Early Preview of Valentine's Day Concert for Chicagoland!

This is a concert like you've never heard Gary Puckett and The Buckinghams before.
They have a brand new show, symphonic pops arrangements, a full symphony orchestra and a guest singer, Christie Copeland, who will present an evening of must-see entertainment. Cannot wait to hear it.

Now here's a great YouTube by Mariano Longo, the highly regarded Las Vegas arranger and conductor who put this music together for the evening. He wrote the arrangements and will conduct the orchestra on Feb. 14th.

Now that you've seen the sneak preview, get your tickets early. The perfect Valentine's Day for you, and for those you care about.

Tickets: $49-$79

Saturday, December 14, 2013

So, What's New and Different about The Buckinghams and Gary Puckett Performing on Valentine's Day 2014 at The Arcada?

Are you still shopping for Christmas presents for your friends and family? Here's an idea: Get your Valentine's evening event lined up and put these tickets in your stockings this Christmas! Two holiday gifts with one click of the mouse. What's new and different about this show? Ask Arcada owner, Ron Onesti. He'll tell you. It was his idea to present a show that his audiences will find exciting, new and dynamic.

You may have seen The Buckinghams and Gary Puckett in concert together as part of the Happy Together 2012 tour, and you may well already think you know what you might hear when you get your tickets for the upcoming "Groovin the 60s" Concert that's on the Upcoming Events Calendar at St. Charles' Arcada Theatre. But, in fact, you do not. The Buckinghams have a special invitation for you:
Click HERE to order your tickets.

Join us on Valentine’s Day, for a tremendous evening of musical entertainment, Groovin’ the 60s. Orchestral Events presents beloved classic rock artists The Buckinghams & Gary Puckett, in an all-new concert concept for their hit songs that Chicagoland will be first to hear. Conductor/Arranger Mariano Longo brings these artists and their bands together for an evening that will celebrate the songs you fell in love to, with a 22-piece symphony orchestra for a night of the pops!

Ensemble production numbers highlighting the hits of a generation, you’ll love these artists performing “River Deep, Mountain High” (Tina Turner/The Animals), “Touch Me” (The Doors), “Working’ My Way Back to You” (Four Seasons), “He Ain’t Heavy— He’s My Brother (The Hollies), “Everybody Get Together” (The Youngbloods), “ “Let’s Hang On” (Four Seasons), and more.

You’ll also meet lovely Christie Copeland, a highly acclaimed singer from home base Las Vegas, to add her talents as the ensemble includes “Downtown” (Petula Clark), “To Sir With Love” (Lulu), “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” (Dusty Springfield), “Wedding Bell Blues” (The 5th Dimension), plus a Phil Spector medley by the entire group. It’s a new variety concept show that brings the rich sounds of a full symphony orchestra with upbeat arrangements of even more songs you have loved all your life, to share that evening with family and friends you love. It’s a perfect Valentine’s Night!

Yes, it’s The Buckinghams and Gary Puckett singing all their hits, too, but the orchestral arrangements of all their hits will blow you away. Conductor Mariano Longo says, “There’s a formal full orchestra together with your favorite artists, BUT no formal wear or black ties required; just dress as you would for any concert and get ready to say, “WOW, I have never heard anything like this before!” So, you can surprise your Valentine or just treat yourself to an unforgettable evening of “Groovin to The 60s”! 

This is the debut of the symphonic arrangements of the hits of The Buckinghams (and Gary Puckett) coming to Chicagoland for Valentine's Saturday night. You won't want to miss it.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

WGN-AM Radio host Pete McMurray invites Carl Giammarese on his show

WGN Radio host Pete McMurray (above) invited Carl Giammarese to be his guest on the Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 broadcast of Pete's show (11p-2a), which followed a tremendous Chicago Blackhawks victory. Also present on the air was a longtime friend of The Buckinghams, WGN's Scott Miller, who joined Pete and Carl. It was a fun time to visit and Carl did some songs in-studio. If you missed the broadcast, here's the link to listen in here:

Here's a photo of Carl and Scott Miller, who was even present at the 30th Anniversary Buckinghams' concert at The Vic back in the day.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Groovin' the 60s--The Buckinghams, Gary Puckett, and Christie Copeland at Chicago's Arcada Theatre, set for Valentine's Day 2014 -- ALL NEW CONCERT EVENT!

Baby Boomers know well the 1960s excitement of watching The Ed Sullivan Show, The Hollywood Palace, The Kraft Music Hour, and a multitude of other variety showcases. Las Vegas-based Orchestral Events has created a dynamic new variety showcase for the Arcada Theatre on February 14, 2014, featuring two of your favorite classic rock artists, The Buckinghams and Gary Puckett, going far beyond simply presenting their Billboard million-selling hits. It's not the standard concert format that you're used to, it's nothing like the Happy Together Tour. This evening debuts a special showcase of talent that will make you so glad you were there.
You'll be treated to tremendous new symphonic arrangements, and hear your favorites performed with a full symphony orchestra. Imagine "Kind of a Drag," "Hey Baby, They're Playing Our Song," and more, with strings, horns, and percussion backing your favorite singers and their full bands. Hear "Young Girl," "Woman, Woman," and "This Girl is a Woman Now" like you've never heard them before. But that's not all.
You're invited to join us for a Symphonic/Pops "Time Capsule of the 60s." Your favorite musicians will join together on stage to perform music by The Doors, The Hollies, Tina Turner, the Four Seasons, Joe Cocker, The Fifth Dimension, and Phil Spector's Wall of Sound Artists. The orchestra will be led by Conductor Mariano Longo, who created these beautiful arrangements of songs that are part of the soundtrack of your life, from back in the day. 
Meet a beautiful, talented singer, Christie Copeland, whose renditions of the hits of Petula Clark, Bobbie Gentry, Lulu, and Dusty Springfield will also transport you back to a day and time when life was simple, joyful, the way you remember it best.
The evening features two hours of solid entertainment, with intermission, a showcase unlike anything you've seen since, well, the 1960s! Join us for Groovin' The 60s, for Valentines Day at Ron Onesti's historic Arcada Theatre. Tickets start at $49 and are available at Get them early!

Directions to the Arcada Theatre:!directions--parking/cs4y
105 E. Main Street
St. Charles, Illinois 60174

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Buckinghams songs from the 1960s Are Prominent in New Book by Dann Isbell

Dann Isbell has released his new book "Ranking the '60s: A Comprehensive Listing of the Top Songs and Acts from Pop's Golden Decade." The book was released August, 2013 and is advertised as "the ultimate 1960s music countdown with more than 6,800 songs and over 1,800 acts ranked for popularity based upon national weekly chart performance."

Use the "Search Inside" feature and find The Buckinghams mentioned 18 times!

The book is available on right here, and is the perfect stocking stuffer for all of your favorite music lovers. Click here to order today.

Thanks to Kent Kotal and his Forgotten Hits blog for the heads-up on the great comprehensive book.