Carl Giammarese began his music career as a founding member of The Buckinghams, as lead guitarist and vocalist, in 1965. The Buckinghams were an important part of creating the sounds of American rock music after the British invasion had arrived and changed everything. The Buckinghams enjoyed No. 1 status and other positions on Billboard’s music charts for 5 years. They released 15 hit singles and 4 albums that charted, and they toured nationally for five years.
Upon The Buckinghams ending in 1970, Carl explored his talents as a singer-songwriter. He teamed up with Dennis Tufano in the 1970s and together they released 4 singles and 3 albums, with one of Carl’s compositions, “Music Everywhere,” making Billboard’s top 100.
Near the end of the 1970s, the singer-songwriter music popularity was slowly giving way to disco sounds, and Carl transitioned into a career as a professional jingle singer from 1977–1980. He also continued to write songs and looked at putting together a band to perform the new music he was writing.
However, in 1980 something magical
happened; with the resurgence of 1960s music now being considered “classic rock,” it was a popular genre once again. When Carl received the call about potentially reuniting The Buckinghams for Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne’s ChicagoFest, it launched renewed interest in The Buckinghams’ full catalog of music. After a handful of dates, and based on popular audience demand, the opportunity to tour again seemed viable.
Carl decided to initiate a full national touring schedule for The Buckinghams; he then became the lead singer in 1982. Together with bassist/vocalist Nick Fortuna, they chose three sidemen to perform with them, and they officially re-formed The Buckinghams. Since then, they have toured nonstop, nationally and internationally, individually, with other classic rock performers and as part of the 1985–1986 and several of the Happy Together reunion tours between 2010–2015, which continue to be so successful. In between touring, they’ve also recorded and released several new albums, CDs, and downloads, keeping pace with the demand for digital media.
All the while, Carl continued to write original music and has just released his third solo CD, “Living in the Moment,” in February 2016, arguably his best work to date. He’s also added the roles of producer and arranger to his other roles as singer, songwriter, and solo artist in the past decade, given that it was important to remain current and versed in the latest technologies for recording and music delivery.
Carl also finds time for solo concert appearances in Chicago, and most recently is part of the CD/DVD and concert tour for WTTW’s “Cornerstones of Rock: American Garage.” The 2015 special was created by Jim Peterik and Joe Thomas and highlights musicians and bands whose careers began in Chicago.
In his spare time, you’ll find Carl at a Chicago Cubs or Chicago Bears game, same as any other devoted fan. Carl and his wife, Barbara, and their Cairn terrier, Lucy, are advocates of several charities, including the Puppy Mill Project in Chicago.
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