Day 49: Kind Of A Drag

Song: “Kind Of A Drag” by The Buckinghams
Reached #1: February 18, 1967 (their first, 2 weeks)

Kind of a hit…

The Buckinghams were a band out of Chicago that hit hard, hit fast, and disappeared completely.

Yeah, that’s about right.  “Kind Of A Drag” is an example of mid-‘60s “sunshine pop”, the upbeat, quick, easily singable form of pop music that had a brief moment between the Beatles and the Summer of Love.  The Buckinghams were one of the best at it, with 5 top-15 hits in 1967-68… and then they fizzled out as the music business changed.

The two leads continued as a duo for a while, which ended in the early ‘70s.

Then, in 1980, the legendary WLS radio was putting together a show for the 1980 ChicagoFest.  The Buckinghams decided to give it a shot, and played Navy Pier.

They’ve been touring ever since.  They’ve done more touring and released more music in the ‘00s than they did in the ‘60s – which, I think, proves that good music is good music whenever it was made.  And since the songs are short and uptempo, you can butcher them at your local karaoke bar and get off-stage quickly.  No, I haven’t done that.  But if I’m ever forced (at gunpoint) to sing karaoke, I have an out…

Tomorrow, a song whose lyrics you have absolutely, definitely, completely gotten wrong at some point in your life.

Other songs that reached #1 on February 18:
1956 –
Two songs reached #1 on this date:
”Rock and Roll Waltz” by Kay Starr (her first, 7 weeks, Best Sellers in Stores chart)
”The Great Pretender” by The Platters (their first, 2 weeks, Top 100 and DJ charts)


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