The Buckingham's Carl Giammarese Salutes Long-Time Fan

by VVN Music

It isn't often that an artist goes on at length about a special fan.

On Wednesday (May 31), the Buckinghams' Carl Giammarese wrote on Facebook about the passing of Kent Follett who he saluted, along with his wife Jules Follett, for "the time they took from their busy schedules to share times, create memories and show us all true friendship over the decades are an unparalleled gift of love."

Giammarese wrote:

On behalf of The Buckinghams family, I'm writing to express our profound respect and regard for our longtime friend, Kent Follett, who passed away over the Memorial Day weekend. Those of you who have been friends of The Buckinghams and have traveled with us over the years, especially on our cruises, know that Kent and his dear wife Jules have been right there with us. The Fotos by Folletts beautiful pictures of The Buckinghams through the years were their gifts to us. More importantly, the time they took from their busy schedules to share times, create memories and show us all true friendship over the decades are an unparalleled gift of love. In his professional career, he was an internationally respected CEO; but around the music, he was just "our friend, Kent," who loved our music. We mourn his loss with his widow, our dear friend Jules, and all of his family members. The family requests privacy at this time, but I am sharing the news here so that you may know his name and perhaps offer a prayer of thanks for his life. Through his camera he was an artist and we are fortunate to have known him and become good friends. Godspeed, Kent, and thank you, Carl http://www.legacy.com/obituar…/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx…

Giammarese was an original member of the Chicago-based band The Pulsations who later adopted the name The Buckinghams at the suggestion of the producers of a local TV show to capitalize on the British Invasion.

The band went on to have five top twenty hits including the chart topping Kind of a Drag (1966), Don't You Care, Mercy Mercy Mercy, Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song) and Susan (all 1967). The band broke up in 1970 and Carl went on with bandmate Dennis Tufano to form Tufano & Giammarese, recording three albums.

The band reformed in 1980 at the request of radio station WLS for a special event and have been playing shows ever since.


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