Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Buckinghams Perform at the Music in the Park Concert Series in Bensenville, August, 2010

Early in the afternoon of August 4, 2010, the rain had come and gone from Bensenville, and cooled off a hot summer's day. The rain had prepared the air for a tremendous evening concert by The Buckinghams for Bensenville's Music in the Park concert series. A capacity crowd of music-lovers showed up with camp chairs in hand, all set to enjoy an outdoor concert. Photos courtesy of S. D. Aigo Photography (used with permission).


Dave Zane and Carl Giammarese on Fender Stratocasters, singing the songs of the 60s, starting the evening's entertainment.


Bruce Soboroff sings "Make Me Smile," while Dave Zane, Carl Giammarese, and Nick Fortuna play.


A fan had brought a copy of the 1969 Columbia release, "The Buckinghams' Greatest Hits" and Carl and Nick enjoyed holding up the album, asking the crowd if they still looked the same as they did back then.


Dave Zane playing to perfection, while singing "I'll Go Crazy." The crowd loved it.


Group shot on stage, L to R: Dave Zane, Rocky Penn, Carl Giammarese, Nick Fortuna, Carlo Isabelli, and Rich Moore.


Bruce Soboroff, Dave Zane and Carl Giammarese perform "Good Lovin'" in the show.


Bruce Soboroff's soulful voice is always a great accompaniment to his keyboard wizardry.


Rocky Penn combines a great singing voice with superb talent on the drums.


Dave Zane is Guitarman.


Nick enjoys the crowd's reaction to his on-stage comments.

Thanks to S. D. Aigo for these photos of summer fun in Bensenville with The Buckinghams.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Nation Records Includes The Buckinghams' "Terra Firma" in Gifts to U.S. Navy Troops


Our friend and my co-producer in The Buckinghams' "Terra Firma" CD, Phil Vaughan, recently shared some very special correspondence with us. Phil is the owner of the Nation Records label and head of the nonprofit Secret Agent Foundation, which honored Nick Fortuna as their "Man of the Year" this past Spring.

One of the charitable endeavors of the Secret Agent Foundation is to make musical instruments available to talented youngsters who would not otherwise have the option to study music. Another worthwhile endeavor is Phil's personal gift of CDs from Nation Records, in conjunction with the Foundation, to make music available to our men and women currently serving in the military.

It is heartwarming and humbling to know that Phil sent copies of our CD, "Terra Firma" to the troops aboard these two Navy vessels. We are grateful that Phil also shared copies of correspondence he received in response to his generous gifts. As we did in the 1960s, and as we do today, we pray for world peace and the safety of our men and women who wear the uniforms of our military branches, and we salute each person who gives their service to our country.

We can only hope and pray that those serving on these ships will be able to come home safely to their loved ones and give us the opportunity to perform for them, in person, when they return. Our thanks to Phil, the Secret Agent Foundation, and for all Buckinghams’ fans who continue to enjoy this CD and write and tell us so.

Carl Giammarese

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Special Request to All Bucks' Fans & Reflections of the Happy Together Tour 2010

Reflections of a Wonderful Summer with the Happy Together Tour (originally posted on Facebook here) We want to thank all our fans for helping make The Happy Together 25th Anniversary Tour a huge success! We are blessed to play alongside so many talented entertainers, including The Turtles' Flo and Eddie, the great ones, Micky Dolenz and Mark Lindsay, The Grass Roots' Rob Grill, Dusty Hanvey and Mark Dawson, and the exceptional guitar of Wayne Avers. Touring for many weeks with our friends gave us great opportunities to catch up and experience the joy of an exciting tour, reminiscent of the whirlwind schedule we kept in 1967. No matter how many times we sing our songs, we sing them new for you each concert. We thank you for the opportunities to be, again, a part of your lives in song. It was a privilege to meet many of you after the show, and many emotional, poignant moments were shared when you brought vinyl albums and pictures from our 'first' tours in the late 1960s. Its humbling to be a part of your greatest memories, and we appreciate you honoring us, yesterday and today, choosing our music as part of the soundtracks of your lives. It was also rewarding to find many new fans among teenagers and young adults who grew up hearing our music on their parents' stereos, and later CD players. We were very fortunate to work with one of the most professional, fabulous bands this tour. We salute Godfrey Townsend on Guitar and vocals, John Montagna on Bass and vocals, Manny Focarazzo on Keyboards and vocals, and Steve Murphy on Drums and vocals. They accompanied us with the same pro style they've shown with the Alan Parsons Project and numerous outstanding touring artists. Their backing vocals were an added bonus, and they brought enthusiasm that recreated the fun of the 1960s tours again. You can hear them again as the Yellow Submarine (thanks, JM) is on the road for Hippiefest throughout the country right now. No tour can be successful without a professional crew...Jason Craig, Earl Driggers, Warren Fambrough and Larry Green were integral to our success, worked quickly and tirelessly to make each show happen and then packed it up and got on the road--their days and nights were endless as they traveled less glamorously between shows, yet they're pros, and kept a bright outlook, even at the most demanding times. Our producer and tour production manager, Ron Hausfeld, ran a tight ship and kept everything running smoothly. Ron was a gracious director of the Happy Together Tour, and a great gentleman with whom it was a pleasure to work. Once again, thanks to all of you, our fans, who keep our music alive for coming out to the show and supporting us. Because of you, we are confident there will be another Happy Together tour. A Special Request to All of Our Buckinghams Fans Next year's tour is likely, but it is not a 'done deal' that we'll be back on the tour. Decisions on the groups on the tour belong to The Turtles, creators and talent behind the hit song of the same name, as well as the Happy Together Tour. If you attended the concerts, you heard Mark Volman (Flo) and Howard Kaylan (Eddie) tell the audience that they want to hear from you as to which groups you want on the tour next year. They weren't joking. Whether or not you attended the Happy Together Tour this year or whether you wanted to see us but we weren't in your city, YOU can help assure we're on the tour next year. Please take a few minutes to write Flo and Eddie, and let them know that you enjoyed us being on this year's tour with The Turtles and wants us back with them again next year. If you didn't make it to a show, let them know that you'll come next year if we're there, too. And, you can ask them to bring the tour to your city as well. EVERY person who writes will make a difference. E-mail Mark Volman (mvolman@theturtles.com) and and Howard Kaylan (hkaylan@theturtles.com) and request that The Buckinghams return with The Turtles in 2011. And when you write, why don't you post a note for us on our Facebook page so we'll know we can count on your support? Carl and Nick, The Buckinghams P.S. Many of our Fans have posted on Facebook That You Enjoyed the Happy Together Tour. Feel free to add your name to this list, and thanks to those of you who wrote The Turtles already. EVERY e-mail will make an impact. Ian Abreu Cape Cod, MA Celia Alessandro Daytona, FL Ellen Auld Daytona/Clearwater Wendy Reeves Bath Clearwater, FL Tammy Bettencourt-Selee Clearwater, FL Sharon Zondory Brittain Soboba, CA Nate Calzetoni Big Flats, NY Lesley Clack Pomona, CA Janet Knipping Climer Clearwater, FL Gemma Raby Colford Atlanta, GA Jody Herron Cote Chumash Casino Robert Crocco Connecticut Joanne Davidson Daytona, FL Charlene Wago Decker Peekskill, NY Rich Demartino Clearwater, FL Kristi Domke Daytona, FL Carol Fairman Hard Rock, FL Beth Clay Farriens Atlanta, GA Susan Jordan Fell Atlanta, GA Anthony Foggia Glenside, PA Jerry Frostig Atlanta, GA Diane Furlong Peekskill, NY Marie Galin Jacksonville, FL Bill Train Wreck Glover Maria Gonzalez Hard Rock, FL Arnie Goodrich Cape Cod, MA Mary Gurley Clearwater, FL Joe Hely Asbury Park, NJ Alan Howell Cincinnati, OH Dana Cecil Johnston Atlanta, GA Tina Tomczyk Kooistra Westbury, NY Diane Cameron Kosciowiat Asbury Park, NJ Tammy Correa Kumanchik Daytona/Clearwater Stella Oriel Link Fox, St. Louis Maria J. Sciallis LoPrete Glenside, PA Jim & Julie Marsella Phoenix, AZ Jim Marsella Phoenix, AZ Joanne Goodfellow McElligott Westbury, NY Sandy Jones Miller R. E. Morgan Peekskill, NY Donna Muratore Soboba, CA Theresa Eleanor Ohland Daytona, FL Jay Pendleton HTT Desiree Peritore Phoenix, AZ Kim Krall Polette Fox, St. Louis, MO Rosemarie Praino Big Flats, NY Anne Rapisarda Clearwater, FL Jean Reese Daytona, FL Judith Anne Reese Daytona, FL Robert Reichel Deborah Dobbs Robb Clearwater, FL Andi Swaab Rothenberg DTE, MI Rosemarie Ryan Daytona, FL Judy Schroeder Sauber Sylvania, OH Sandy Schnittler Big Flats, NY Karen Baird Scott Atlanta, GA Ginny Sears Cohasset, MA Stephanie Slayton Fox, St. Louis Jmyob (Judy) Smith Daytona, FL Robert Snyder Glenside, PA Patricia A. Dawson Sperillo Glenside, PA Stephanie Stayton Fox, St. Louis David Stubbe Clearwater, FL Cathleen Sullivan Cohasset, MA Susan Eskenazi Sweeney Cohasset, MA Gayle Szabo Sylvania, OH Susan Cartwright Thomas Cleveland, OH Becky Vest Thomas Cleveland, OH Ralph Dr. Sax Thomas Jacksonville, FL Rona Turner Glenside, PA Christy Trollinger Webb Atlanta, GA Rudy Wright Daytona, FL Mike Younce Jacksonville, FL Leila DeJesus Hard Rock, FL Kimberly (just Kimberly)

Reflections of a Wonderful Summer with the Happy Together Tour

We want to thank all our fans for helping make The Happy Together 25th Anniversary Tour a huge success! We are blessed to play alongside so many talented entertainers, including The Turtles' Flo and Eddie, the great ones, Micky Dolenz and Mark Lindsay, The Grass Roots' Rob Grill, Dusty Hanvey and Mark Dawson, and the exceptional guitar of Wayne Avers.

Touring for many weeks with our friends gave us great opportunities to catch up and experience the joy of an exciting tour, reminiscent of the whirlwind schedule we kept in 1967. No matter how many times we sing our songs, we sing them new for you each concert. We thank you for the opportunities to be, again, a part of your lives in song. It was a privilege to meet many of you after the show, and many emotional, poignant moments were shared when you brought vinyl albums and pictures from our 'first' tours in the late 1960s. Its humbling to be a part of your greatest memories, and we appreciate you honoring us, yesterday and today, choosing our music as part of the soundtracks of your lives. It was also rewarding to find many new fans among teenagers and young adults who grew up hearing our music on their parents' stereos, and later CD players.

We were very fortunate to work with one of the most professional, fabulous bands this tour. We salute Godfrey Townsend on Guitar and vocals, John Montagna on Bass and vocals, Manny Focarazzo on Keyboards and vocals, and Steve Murphy on Drums and vocals. They accompanied us with the same pro style they've shown with the Alan Parsons Project and numerous outstanding touring artists. Their backing vocals were an added bonus, and they brought enthusiasm that recreated the fun of the 1960s tours again. You can hear them again as the Yellow Submarine (thanks, JM) is on the road for Hippiefest throughout the country right now.

No tour can be successful without a professional crew...Jason Craig, Earl Driggers, Warren Fambrough and Larry Green were integral to our success, worked quickly and tirelessly to make each show happen and then packed it up and got on the road--their days and nights were endless as they traveled less glamorously between shows, yet they're pros, and kept a bright outlook, even at the most demanding times.

Our producer and tour production manager, Ron Hausfeld, ran a tight ship and kept everything running smoothly. Ron was a gracious director of the Happy Together Tour, and a great gentleman with whom it was a pleasure to work.

Once again, thanks to all of you, our fans, who keep our music alive for coming out to the show and supporting us. Because of you, we are confident there will be another Happy Together tour.