Carl is best known to 60s music fans as Founding guitarist/backing vocalist of The Buckinghams, a pop rock group whose long line of hit singles atop on Billboard's national charts in 1966 found them named Cashbox's "Most Promising Vocal Group". A renowned guitarist whose signature playing style lends itself to the blues as easily as rock, Giammarese began at age 15, playing in bands in Chicago's famed Old Town clubs. That same special northside neighborhood launched the careers of more than a dozen prominent, beloved bands.
Part of America's Favorite Classic Rock Era—From 1965 to 1970, The Buckinghams had 7 national chart hits, 15 singles and 8 acclaimed albums for Chicago's USA Records and Columbia Records, with the distinction of 3 singles on the national charts simultaneously. Those hits include the #1 Jim Holvay composition, "Kind of a Drag", the trio of Jim Holvay/Gary Beisbier hits: "Don't You Care", "Hey Baby, They're Playing Our Song", "Susan", Lloyd Price's "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", Josef Zawinul's "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" (lyrics by Johnny Watson and Larry Williams), and Marty Grebb's "Back in Love Again". In 1967, Billboard proclaimed them "The Most Listented to Band in America".
'70s Singer/Songwriter Duo, Tufano & Giammarese
The 1970s was the heydey for the singer/songwriter. Together with former Buckingham Tufano, Carl Giammarese wrote music and co-wrote songs for 3 albums released in the 70s. Signed by Lou Adler to Ode Records, their first release was Giammarese's composition, "Music Everywhere", which charted on Billboard's Top 100. At Ode, Carl had the chance to learn from producers Lou Adler, Jack Richardson, and Tom Scott in seeing his songs come to life under guidance of skilled music producers. Recording in studios next door to Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Poco and other legends was unforgettable, and inspirational.
80s Lead Singer/National Commercial Jingle Recording Artist
On radio and TV, in the business of national commercial jingles, no faces or names are known, except inside the industry. Instead, simply 'the voice' of a radio or TV music-based commercial is what audiences hear and respond to, and whom ad agencies request. A lesser-known aspect of Carl's music experience is as a successful commercial jingle recording artist in the 1980s. Upon the recommendation of Bonnie Herman, Carl auditioned for several of Chicago's advertising agency producers. He was selected as an individual and group voice on over 160 national commercial spots for companies such as McDonald's, RC Cola, United Airlines, Sunkist, Montgomery Wards, Whopper's Candy, and Lava Soap.
Three Decades of Reinventing The Buckinghams
Carl's lead vocals, with Nick Fortuna on bass/vocals, guided the reformation of The Buckinghams permanently in 1982. Today their band remains in demand nationally, after 30 years of classic rock concerts at festivals, casinos, private/corporate events, and tours with other national acts, such as the Happy Together Tour, as well as annual ocean cruises. The music of The Buckinghams is alive and well, still finding new fans daily.
New Music for The Buckinghams and Writing for Other Artists
The past 10 years, Carl has written or co-written a respected catalog of the Buckinghams' newest music, and he produced/co-produced 8 of their recent CDs and DVDs. Today, this talented songwriter has compositions now recorded and released by other singers. Carl's latest compositions are also being licensed for use in TV commercials and programs, as well as international anime films. Recently, Carl has branched out into producing new releases for other talented vocalists when time permits. Music is, and remains, Carl's passion, in addition to being his lifetime avocation.
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