Charted singles:

“Kind of a Drag” (1*), December 1966

“Laudy Miss Claudy” (41), March ’67

“Don’t You Care” (6), March ’67’

“Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” (5), June ’67

“Hey Baby (They’re Playing Our Song)” (12), September ’67

“Susan” (11), December ’67

“Back in Love Again” (57), June ’68


Kind of a Drag

Time and Charges


In One Ear and Gone Tomorrow Greatest Hits

Matter of Time (1985)

Still at it: Nick Fortuna has played with a number of local bands, on Rush Street and elsewhere.

Carl Giammarese sang in a duo with former Buckinghams member Dennis Tufano. Known as Tufano and Giammarese, they made a few albums for Ode in the early 70s. Giammarese has sung on a number of commercials, including “Fly the Friendly Skies” for United Airlines. (He says that Tufano is now living in Los Angeles and pursuing an acting career.)


Charted singles:

“Gloria” (10), March 1966

“Oh Yeah” (39), June ’66

“Bad Little Woman” (91), September ’66

“I’m Gonna Make You Mine” (90), December ’66

“Shake” (46), October ’68



Back Door Man

Still at it: Jimy Sohns currently works in a delicatessen and as a food deliveryman.


Charted Singles:

“I Confess” (80), February 1966

“Love You So Much” (61), February ’67

“I Will Always Think About You” (22), March ’68

“Can’t You See Me Cry” (52), June ’68

“Things I’d Like to Say” (16), December ’68

“I Could Never Lie to You” (50), May ’69

“I Want You to Know” (65), August ’69

“Barbara, I Love You” (78), January ’70

“Roll On” (56), August ’71

“Long Time to Be Alone” (93), December ’71




Attacking a Straw Man

Still at it: Bruce Gordon runs one of the largest sound-equipment-leasing businesses in the country.

Ray Graffia taught for a while in a high school equivalency program and in a Catholic grammar school. He now works for a firm that leases industrial equipment.

Occasional player: Ronnie Rice has worked steadily as a solo oldies act, including a long run at Rich Melman’s restaurant Lawrence of Oregano. He now tours, playing about 100 dates a year, and joins the Six for an occasional show.


Charted singles:

“Sugar and Spice” (49), July 1966

“I Wanna Meet You” (85), November ’66

“It Could Be We’re in Love” (85), August ’67

“Up on the Roof” (85), April ’68

“Young Birds Fly” (99), June ’68


Sugar and Spice

A Scratch in the Sky


The Best of the Cryan” Shames (1984)

Still at it: Tom “Toad” Doody works as a real estate broker in California. He flies into the Chicago area about 15 times a year to sing with the new Shames.

Jim Pilster, formerly “J.C. Hooke,” works as a real estate agent outside Chicago. In addition to concerts with the Shames, he occasionally plays percussion for local bands.

Not playing: Jim Fairs recently returned to Chicago, where he continues his work as a record producer; he also plans to embark on a solo performing career.


Charted singles:

“Step Out of Your Mind” (24), June 1967

“Bend Me, Shape Me” (5), December ’67

“Green Light” (39), February ’68

“Ready, Willing, and Able” (84), May ’68

“Anyway That You Want Me” (88), August ’68


American Breed

Bend Me, Shape Me

Pumpkin Powder Scarlet & Green

Lonely Side of the City

Once Again (forthcoming)

Still at it: Al Ciner has returned from Los Angeles, where he worked as a session musician. He has toured with Quincy Jones and has appeared on a number of albums, including one that featured Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme singing Jewish folk songs.

Immediately after the demise of the American Breed, Ciner joined Chuck Colbert to form Ask Rufus, which later became Rufus. With Chaka Khan, Rufus made the hit single “Tell Me Something Good” in 1974. Colbert currently works as an independent producer in the Chicago area.

Gary Loizzo runs Pumpkin Recording Studios in Oak Lawn, where he has worked on albums for Dennis DeYoung and Liza Minnelli, among others.


Ron “King B” Britain, former morning jock at WCFL, now works the afternoon drivetime shift at WJMK, “Magic 104.”

Dex Card, host of the old WLS Silver Dollar Survey, lives in a northern suburb and owns radio stations in Racine and Appleton, Wisconsin.

Paul Geallis, record promoter, is still in the business.

Jim Golden, coproducer of the Cryan’ Shames and partner of Bill Traut, is in the artist-management business.

Bob Monaco, manager and coproducer of the Cryan’ Shames, runs a couple of exercise spas in California and has authored a book about the record industry called The Platinum Rainbow.

Bill Traut, manager and producer of the American Breed, the Cryan’ Shames, and the Shadows of Knight, is a manager and music-business attorney in California.

Clark Weber, former DJ and program director at WLS, is now heard on WJJD.

* Numbers in parentheses indicate highest Billboard chart position.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos/courtesy Michael G. Bush, Gloria Knuth and Marlene O’Malley.