The American Sunshine Pop Band from Chicago: The Buckinghams
along with An American Rock Band From Memphis: The Box Tops
The Buckinghams formed in 1965 in Chicago at the height of the British Invasion. They won a “Battle of the Bands” contest sponsored by a Chicago TV Show, “All Time Hits”, and were awarded a 14-week gig on the show. Within one year, the group signed a contract with USA Records and first recorded covers of hit songs like James Brown’s “I’ll Go Crazy”, The Beatles, “I’ll Call Your Name”, The Hollies’ “I’ve Been Wrong Before” until their first national hit “Kind of a Drag” debuted, which sold more than a million copies and went to #1 on the national pop charts. The group soon left USA Records for the much larger Columbia Records, and had back to back hits with “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and “Don’t You Care” reaching #6 on the national charts. The band soon became a hot property on TV teen and variety shows, appearing on such programs as The Ed Sullivan Show and American Bandstand. It was during this period that they came out with another hit, a remake of “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” “Susan”, and “Hey Baby” and "They’re Playing Our Song.”
The Box Tops, an American rock band and members of the Memphis Hall of Fame, was formed in Memphis in 1967 and was considered America's premier blue-eyed soul group of the period. Their music combined elements of soul music and light pop. They are best known for hits like "The Letter" which was an international hit selling over four million copies, earning a gold disc, and receiving two Grammy Award nominations. "Cry Like a Baby" was a million-seller in 1968 and has been covered by several performers. Many of their lesser known Top 40 hits, including "Neon Rainbow", "I Met Her in Church", and "Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March" are considered minor classics. The Box Tops “Now” CD has been recently released featuring founding members Bill Cunningham and Gary Talley singing selected songs pulled from show set lists, to fulfill requests by fans for an album to remember what they experienced.