The Buckingham’s – “Don’t You Care”

The Buckinghams is an American sunshine pop band from Chicago formed in 1966. They went on to become one of the top-selling acts of 1967, charting their only five Top 40 hits in the U.S. that year. The band dissolved in 1970 but re-formed in 1980 and as of 2019, they continue to tour throughout the United States.

If everyone on the northwest side of Chicago who claims to have hung out with the Buckinghams during their heyday had faithfully bought all their releases, the rock group might have sold more records than the Beatles. Popular attractions while still in high school, the quintet changed its name from the Pulsations to the Buckinghams to reflect the British Invasion craze and signed with Chicago’s USA Records in 1966. Backing Dennis Tufano’s buoyant lead vocals with prominent harmonies and punchy soul-styled brass, the group came across the wistful “Kind of a Drag,” and in short order, The Buckinghams had a million-selling pop chart-topper on their hands. They quickly graduated to recording for Columbia. As long as songwriter Jim Holvay supplied more material of the same high quality as “Kind of a Drag,” the Buckinghams were sitting pretty. Holvay co-wrote “Don’t You Care,” “Hey Baby (They’re Playing Our Song),” and the pseudo-psychedelic “Susan,” and they all proved to be major hits for the band. The group’s R&B roots surfaced on a vocal adaptation of Cannonball Adderley’s jazz standard “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” their second-biggest hit.

But the Buckinghams’ fortunes soon changed drastically – one of the top-selling rock groups of 1967, they managed only one hit after early 1968. Two original members, guitarist Carl Giammarese and bassist Nick Fortuna have since revived the Buckinghams and began touring full-time again in 1982.

Song Lyrics – 

If you don’t love me
Why don’t you tell me?
Instead of runnin’ around
With all the other guys in town

Can’t you see
You’re hurtin’ me?
Don’t you care?
Don’t you care?

If you don’t want me
Why don’t you tell me?
Instead of tellin’ lies
And makin’ me cry

Can’t you see
You’re hurtin’ me?
Don’t you care?
Don’t you care?

Whatever happened
To all the good times
We used to have

The times we cried
And laughed
I wanna know, I wanna know

Will you ever love me again
Or will I find out
That this is the end?
Don’t you care?
Mmm, my, my, my, my, baby

You said that you’d believe me
Then why’d you ever leave me?
I’m standin’ here all alone
Without a girl of my own

Can’t you see
You’re hurtin’ me?
Don’t you care?
Don’t you care?

Don’t you care?
Don’t you care?
Don’t you care?

Don’t you care?
Don’t you care?
Don’t you care?

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