Monday, October 26, 2009

The Buckinghams Included in Connie Szerszen's New Book

Connie Szerszen, Chicago's First Female Rock DJ on AM Radio, has a new book on the market, a superb collection of memories from her days at WIND-AM and WCFL-AM. Titled "Top Rock Girly Jock," the book is available both at her web site ( and on

Page 70 features a 1968 photo of Connie and Jerry G. Bishop with The Buckinghams during a personal appearance visit to WCFL.

Connie will be a guest on WGN Radio's Steve and Johnnie Program, Tuesday overnight, October 27th/early morning October 28th and share her memories of 1960s Chicago radio, including setting several 'firsts,' which were actually written into the U.S. Congressional Record as the 1st woman with her own prime time show, AM radio, major market, and the 1st woman in America to broadcast "live" on an all-digital radio station. Today, Szerszen does celebrity DJ events, is a talented commission portrait artist, and enjoys writing when time permits.

The book is an important addition to the collection of those who enjoyed listening to 1960s rock and roll on Chicago radio.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Blast from the Past--Don't You Care by The Buckinghams in Wheeling, and YouTube contributors, Jacksdistrict, and MMiiKKee95

Singing their first hit on Columbia Records, Carl Giammarese and The Buckinghams perform "Don't You Care," at the Wheeling Freedomfest in July 2007. Thanks to videographer smctopia for posting this footage:

and, in another 2007 YouTube video, user jacksdistrict does a nice job on the song as well. Timeless music is just that...and holds up well as part of the soundtrack of our lives.

and, if you don't play the guitar, you can still play the radio. Here's user MMiiKKee95 playing the ...stereo with "Don't You Care".

Thursday, October 15, 2009

McCrackin on Location with The Buckinghams

In a video recorded August 15th, McCrackin, Chicagoland's music videographer, interviewed Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna before they took the stage at Wood Dale. A guest appearance by Bob Abrams is at the end of the video. Carl and Nick remember the early days of the band in this segment.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Buckinghams to play Heart of Chicago Festival, Saturday, Oct. 17th

The next Chicagoland performance of The Buckinghams is set for this weekend at the Heart of Chicago Festival, 24th and Oakley, to benefit the Heart of Chicago Association. The weekend-long event starts Friday, and The Buckinghams take the stage on Saturday, October 17th at 8 pm.

From their web site:
All things Italy will be celebrated at the inaugural Heart of Chicago Festival which coincides with October's Italian-American Heritage Month. The festivities run from Friday, October 16, through Sunday, October 18, in the city's Heart of Chicago neighborhood at 24th Street and Oakley.

The three-day fest will feature plenty of culinary delights and wine of the Mediterranean nation as well as music, artisans and a grape stomping contest.

For visitors who may not be familiar with the cozy Heart of Chicago enclave on the city's near southwest side, they'll be treated to a hidden neighborhood jewel that includes the Italian eateries lining Oakley.

The festival coincides with Italian-American Heritage Month, which first debuted nationwide 11 years ago.

Proceeds benefit the Heart of Chicago Association.

2:30pm - Lizzie
3:15pm - Grape Stomping Competition
5:30pm - Peter Oprisko
8:00pm - The Buckinghams

For the full story, visit:

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Buckinghams' Drummer shows how it's done on YouTube

Check out several YouTube videos by Buckinghams' drummer Tom Scheckel. These two segments are just a preview to show the versatility and talent of this excellent musician. Check out YouTube to see all of The Buckinghams' videos from recent live performances.

Here's Tom's drum cam on a Buckinghams' song: