U.S.A. Discography
By David Edwards, Mike Callahan, Patrice Eyries, Randy Watts and Tim Neely
Last update: July 24, 2012






The Del Tones Jim Golden started the U.S.A. label as part of Chicago's Allstate Distributors in 1960. The first single, "And the Angels Sang" [USA 711], a group vocal by a Chicago quartet known as the Del Tones (or Deltones), was listed on the "New Records to Watch" section of the WJJD local chart in January 1961. The group, who had recorded several singles for Vee-Jay as early as 1958, were Sammy Basile (lead), Ron Buonaro (first tenor), Ronnie Howard (baritone), and Tommy Burton (bass). Later in 1961, they changed their name to the Parlaments and recorded another (unsuccessful) single for U.S.A. [719]. Of the remaining ten or so singles that year, none of the others even registered a blip. Three of these were by Tobin Matthews, who had had a hit in late 1960 with "Ruby Duby Du" (#1 WJJD, #1 WLS, #30 Billboard) on Chicago's Chief label [7022], but even a recent local #1 hit couldn't get his U.S.A. records played.

U.S.A. did most of their recording in the Chess studios. Aside from the fact that they were located across the street, Allstate was also the regional distributor for Chess, so this relationship resulted in Chess pressing many of the early U.S.A. records. In fact, the first U.S.A. album, a various artists disc called Silver Dollar Specials [U.S.A. LP 100], produced for a radio station in Arkansas, was an exact reissue of Chess LP-1458, Golden Gassers.

Starting in 1962, the album side and the singles side at U.S.A. took decidedly different turns. Four of the next six albums were polka albums and another was a comedy album, while the singles concentrated on pop and blues. The lone rock album was Let's Have a Party by the Rivieras in 1964 [U.S.A. LP 102], a great album that actually reached #115 on the national LP charts. The odd part about this was that the Rivieras weren't even on U.S.A.! Their singles were on their own label, Riviera, which was distributed by U.S.A. When it came time to collect all the singles for an album, it was much easier for U.S.A. to work out all the details than for Riviera to try to do it themselves.

Willie Mabon 1962 brought about another dozen singles, mostly pop and rock. Don Bailey's "Wedding Day" [U.S.A. 723] also made the "Up'N'Coming" mention on the TUNES list in January, 1962. In November, Cory Wade's "Day Dreamin' (With You)" [U.S.A. 732] reached #36 on the WLS chart. Both of these were straight ahead pop vocals.

Starting in 1963, however, singles took a sharp turn towards blues and R&B, with Willie Mabon, Junior Wells, Koko Taylor, J.B. Lenoir, and others, all Chess artists, undoubtedly another benefit of the relationship with Chess. Willie Mabon had had hits as far back as 1952, and tended towards records with lyrics that made one smile, like the line in "Poison Ivy" [Chess 1580] that said a guy last night was messing with his niece, now he's wearin' a sign that says "rest in peace." In late 1962, Mabon had a minor hit with "Got To Have Some" on Formal 1016 (a Chess subsidiary), with a song about needing money. As a followup, his first U.S.A. single was "Just Got Some" [U.S.A. 735], which had every high school boy in the Chicago area singing the line "I just got a taste of her meat and bread" which sounded for all the world like, "I just got a taste of her meat in bed." Although the song didn't chart, seems like everyone heard it on the r&b stations and was singing it despite the pop radio stations avoiding it. The U.S.A. blues records were compiled on a 2002 CD listed in the discography below.

Spectra-Sound 003 From 1963 to 1966, things continued with blues and pop records on the singles side, with more and more of the local garage bands working their way into the mix. The only local chart side during that time was "Liverpool" by the Chicago-based Viceroys [U.S.A. 761] which made #24 on the WLS charts in the heady days of Beatlemania in February, 1964. Among the other names on singles were Elmore James, G.L. Crockett, longtime Chicago singer/songwriter Bobby Whiteside, the legendary Chicago club band Baby Huey and the Babysitters, and Gary & the Knight Lites (later to become the American Breed).

In early 1966, U.S.A. signed a contract with another local group, the Buckinghams. The group had started in 1965 with four high school boys from uptown Chicago calling themselves the Centuries. They were Dennis Tufano (lead vocal and guitar), Carl Giammarese (lead guitar), Nick Fortuna (bass), and Jon Poulos (drums). After getting better and gaining some local notoriety, they added keyboardist Dennis Miccols and changed their name to the Pulsations. It was as the Pulsations that they played enough gigs to become quite proficient, winning a large battle of the bands in Chicago and landing as the "house band" on Channel 9's "All Time Hits" television show. The show's producers were less enthusiastic about the group's name, and suggested something more "modern" = "British sounding." They chose the Buckinghams, and sold it to Chicagoans by saying the name came from the Buckingham Fountain downtown.

Carl Bonafede 45 with Jimmy Holvay song Meanwhile, another longtime Chicago music figure was Dan Belloc, who had grown up with big band music and recorded several records with his orchestra. Belloc was the owner of the Holiday Ballroom on Milwaukee Avenue in Northwest Chicago, a popular venue for appearances of big bands for the adults as well as being a popular dance scene for teenagers. The Centuries/Pulsations/Buckinghams, as did many other local groups, played the Holiday Ballroom and Belloc liked what he heard. Belloc and the Buckinghams' manager, Carl Bonafede, another Chicago musician-turned-disc-jockey who regularly deejayed at the Holiday Ballroom, decided to record the group for Belloc's Spectra-Sound label. The result was "Sweets for My Sweet", the Searchers' song, backed with "Beginners Love," co-written by Belloc [Spectra Sound 003]. Although the record didn't chart, it did get some airplay, and Bonafede played it on his show on WVOI ("The Voice of Italy"). Bonafede and Belloc took the record to Jim Golden at U.S.A. and Golden agreed to give them a 12-song contract, with Belloc and Bonafede as co-producers.

Golden brought the group to Chess Studios across the street from U.S.A.'s offices, and recorded all of the songs in a marathon 4-day session. As the boys were trying their sound on R&B songs (James Brown's "I'll Go Crazy;" Lloyd Price's "Lawdy Miss Clawdy") or British covers ("I've Been Wrong" by the Hollies, "Summertime" by the Zombies, "I'm A Man" by the Yardbirds, "I Call Your Name" by the Beatles), their manager, Carl Bonafede, was frantically out searching for some original material. He knew Jimmy Holvay of the group the Mob to be a good songwriter from previous use of his songs (see Bonafede single at left), and already had a couple of his songs for the Buckinghams ("Makin' Up & Breakin' Up" and "Love Ain't Enough"), but needed another one to fill out the album. Bonafede grabbed Holvay while the Mob was at a gig and said, "Quick! I've got to have another song for the Buckinghams." Holvay grabbed a guitar and sang "Kind of a Drag" into a small tape recorder.

The Buckinghams, 1966 When Bonafede returned to the studio, the group didn't particularly like the song at first, but added some horn parts and did some vocal arranging until they liked it well enough to think it should be their first U.S.A. single. The U.S.A. management disagreed, and didn't think much of the song at that point even when it was finished, considering it not fast enough. Belloc contributed the masters for "Sweets for My Sweet" and "Beginners Love," and the Buckinghams recorded eleven other songs at the session in late February or early March.

First single released from the session was "I'll Go Crazy" [U.S.A. 844], which began being played on WLS the week of March 18, 1966. The next week, March 25, it entered the WLS top 40 at #39 and eventually reached #19 on both the WLS and WCFL charts. In May, it made it to the Billboard Bubbling Under chart, mostly on the strength of its Chicago sales, topping out at #112. Next came "I Call Your Name" [U.S.A. 848], released in late May and entering the WLS top 40 on June 3. It was a fast, danceable rendition of the Beatles tune, and it eventually reached #14 on WLS and #17 on WCFL, but it didn't catch on elsewhere. A third single was released in August, the Hollies cover "I've Been Wrong" [U.S.A. 853], which reached #13 on WLS and #15 on WCFL, but again, it failed nationally.

The Buckinghams, 1967 By November, U.S.A. was running out of Buckinghams material, and there weren't any options for renewal. They decided to release "Kind of a Drag" as the group's swan song single on U.S.A., not expecting much and not doing much promotion. To almost everyone's surprise (except maybe the group's), the song started getting heavy radio play, first on WLS and then WCFL, and shot up to #2 on both stations; by late December it had entered the Billboard Hot 100. Possibly the most surprised was Jimmy Holvay. A friend who had been there when he sang "Kind of a Drag" into Carl Bonafede's tape recorder came in that November and said, "Hey! Remember that song you sang last winter for Carl? I just heard it on the radio!" Kept out of the #1 spot in Chicago by the New Vaudeville Band's "Winchester Cathedral," there was no such hindrance nationally two months later as the song went to #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 in February.

Since their contract was up with U.S.A., the Buckinghams signed with Columbia. Golden opted to release "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" (one of the only songs he had left that hadn't been on a single already) as a follow up, but it only reached #41 nationally in the face of the slick new Columbia single "Don't You Care" [Columbia 44053], which made #6. Shortly thereafter, Golden sold the Buckinghams masters to Columbia. The Buckinghams racked up several top 10 Columbia hits, most written by Jimmy Holvay and his bandmate Gary Beisbier, and put three albums and a greatest hits package out on Columbia. After the group disbanded in 1970, Dennis Tufano and Carl Giammarese formed a duo, Tufano-Giammarese, who had an additional two albums on Ode. In 1980, the group reformed with some new members, and have been performing and putting out new material since then.

During their 1966-67 heydays on Chicago radio, the Buckinghams could also be heard doing commercials. One memorable one was for Mr. Norm's Grand-Spaulding Dodge ("Get with the go group, the in-the-know group...") putting them squarely in the hip drag racing scene. A very cool group indeed to the Midwest teenagers of the time.

Second, revised, pressingFirst pressing Just after the Buckinghams left the label, U.S.A. found a band from Minnesota — then in Milwaukee — called the Messengers, and released their remake of "Midnight Hour" on U.S.A. 866. It was a Midwest hit, making #5 on both WLS and WCFL, and getting to #116 on Billboard. Almost immediately on release of the record, however, the band signed with Motown for their new Rare Earth subsidiary, leaving U.S.A. with a hit but no band. To fix this, U.S.A. changed the name of the group on the single to "Michael & the Messengers," misspelling the name as "Mesengers." They then imported the Del-Mars, a group from Leominster, Massachusetts, that sounded reasonably like the Messengers, and renamed them as Michael & the Messengers. Followup singles by Michael & the Messengers were by the new group (Jack DeCarolis, Paul Cosenza, Ron Cagnon, Tom Fini, and Wayne Beckner), who from night to night would pick a member to be "Michael" at gigs. The followup to "Midnight Hour", a remake of the Reflections' "(Just Like) Romeo & Juliet" [U.S.A. 874], reached #12 on WLS and #14 on WCFL (#129 Billboard) in the summer of 1967, but that was their last chart hit in Chicago, although "Gotta Take It Easy" [U.S.A. 897] did scrape the bottom of the Milwaukee radio charts the next year.

The final Chicago chart hit for U.S.A. was an interesting folk-like song written and produced by Bobby Whiteside called "Face the Autumn" by The Family. The vocal harmonies were nice, set against music that was primitive enough to sound almost amateurish, resulting in a record that was both innocent and hypnotic. It reached #12 on WLS in the Autumn of 1967.

By the end of 1967, ABC-New York basically told WLS that they couldn't play local records like they had been doing. To avoid suspicion of payola, they had to henceforth pretty much stick to the national hits. This was a blow to U.S.A. and the other independents, and was the death knell to the excitement of local Chicago bands on the radio, essentially putting an end to the Chicago local band era. But from those bands came the Chicago horn sound that James Guercio, the Buckinghams' producer, made extensive use of with his other bands, and spawned the sound of groups like Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, and the Ides of March.

Looking back on the U.S.A. recordings, there is a wealth of material that represents the sound of the Chicago bands in the mid-1960s, the sound that could be heard at dances and at the Holiday Ballroom and other venues any night of the week. Bob Irwin of Sundazed Music has put out a 2-CD set called 2131 South Michigan Avenue which provides a great cross section of the songs rarely heard outside Chicago in the 1960s.


The first U.S.A. label (far left) was for an album pressed by Chess, and the label resembled the Chess labels. The back cover of the first three albums (at least), all distributed by Chess, resembled the Chess album backs (example at near left).
The second U.S.A. label was either light blue (far left) or dark blue (near left). It had the USA logo at the top in three boxes. Albums like the Rivieras LP have been found with either the light blue or dark blue labels.
The third U.S.A. label had just the label name in block letters at the top. Stereo issues of LP-107 used the light blue label seen at far left, while mono used a dark blue label (near left).
The fourth and final U.S.A. label (far left), used for ST-111, was red with the U.S.A. logo in an outline of the lower 48 of the US. The Buckinghams also released a couple of USA titles on Hip Pocket Records (near left).





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U.S.A. ALBUM DISCOGRAPHY

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Number - Title - Artist - [Release Date] (Chart) Contents


U.S.A. LP 100 Series:

LP 100 - Volume One: Silver Dollar Specials as Featured on KAAY, the Mighty 1090 - Various Artists [1961] This is the same album that was released as Chess LP-1458 (Golden Gassers). It was pressed in a number of covers for different radio stations, but mostly on the Chess label itself. This particular version was pressed by Chess for the hometown U.S.A. label as the latter's first album issue. It was pressed for radio station KAAY in Little Rock, Arkansas! Issued in monaural only. We Belong Together - Robert & Johnny/Sincerely - Moonglows/So Young - Students/10 Commandments Of Love - Moonglows (3:56)/A Kiss From Your Lips - Flamingos/Book Of Love - Monotones//Happy Happy Birthday Baby - Tune Weavers/Let The Little Girl Dance - Billy Bland/Over The Mountain, Across The Sea - Johnnie & Joe/Most Of All - Moonglows/I'll Be Home - Flamingos/Long, Lonely Nights - Lee Andrews & Hearts

LP 101/LP 101 Stereo - Best of Marion Lush - Marion Lush [1962] Young Years Polka/Play Little Gypsy Waltz/Young Girl Polka/As Time Goes By Waltz/Here We Come Polka/Happy Bachelor Polka/Hey Cavalier Polka/Lonely Flower Waltz/Our Favorite Dish Polka/Bright Star Polka/Oh Yeah, Polka/Open The Window Polka

LP 102 - Let's Have a Party - Rivieras [1964] (6/64, #115) The content here was recorded for the small Chicago-based Riviera label owned by Bill Dobslaw and used for the group of the same name. The version of "Let's Have a Party" included on the album is much faster than - and generally acknowledged as inferior to - the single version released on Riviera 1402. Issued in monaural only. California Sun/Danny Boy/Twist & Shout/Little Donna/Church Key/Killer Joe//Let's Have A Party (LP version)/Rockin' Robin/H.B. Goose Step/Keep A Knockin'/Oh, Boy/When The Saints

LP 103 - Marion Lush and the Musical Stars Play the Best of Little Wally - Marion Lush and the Musical Stars [1964] Lovely Girl Polka/Under the Bridge Polka/Take Me Baby Polka/Wish I Was Single Again Waltz/Our Breakup Polka/Ooh-La-La Polka/Seven days and Seven Nights Without You Polka/Merrily I Sing Polka/Our Mary Waltz/Sophie Polka/Wilted Bush Polka/Lucky Stop Waltz

LP 104 - Meet the Fun Master Benny Kelly Live! at the Old East End - Benny Kelly [12/64] Vacationing In Hollywood/The Bully/The Judge/The Hunting Trip/The Letter From Pa, Part 1//The Letter From Pa, Part 2/Iron And Steel Business/Childhood Sweetheart/A Soldier Of The Colors/I Had To Leave There/I Went To Church Today

LP 105/LP 105 Stereo - The Best of Dyno, Volume I - Various Artists [12/64] This is a polka album compilation from the Dyno label, featuring Marion Lush, the Ampolairs [aka Ampol Aires], Steve Fornek and Ed Zima. Oj Joj Joj Polka/Why Oh Why Waltz/Daddy's Trouble Polka/K P Polka/Waterfalls Waltz/Heights Polka/Black Raven Polka/My Mother's Waltz/Country Style Polka/Theresa Polka/My Only Love Waltz/Why Not's Polka

LP 106/LP 106 Stereo - The Best of Dyno, Volume II - Various Artists [12/64] This is a polka album compilation from the Dyno label, featuring Marion Lush, the Ampolairs [aka Ampol Aires], Steve Fornek and Ed Zima. Oj Dana Dana Polka/Black Hills Oberek/Blue Waters Waltz/(others)

LP 107 (mono first pressing) - Kind of a Drag - Buckinghams [2/67] Some early mono pressings included an almost 5-minute cover of the Yardbirds' workup of Bo Diddley's "I'm A Man" (as opposed to the Spencer Davis song of the same name) instead of "Kind of a Drag" as the last track on side two. This gave rise to a rumor that a "13-track" version of the album exists, but in fact, the alternate pressing still only has 12 tracks and leaves off the title track!! The alternate album can be identified by looking at it without playing it, as one collector who has this version said, "There's this really wide band at the end of side 2. 'Kind of a Drag' is nowhere to be found!" I'll Go Crazy/Don't Want To Cry/Virginia Wolf/Beginners Love/Sweets For My Sweet/I've Been Wrong//I Call Your Name/Makin' Up & Breakin' Up/You Make Me Feel So Good/Summertime/Love Ain't Enough/I'm A Man

LP 107 Mono/LP 107 Stereo - Kind of a Drag - Buckinghams [2/67] (3/67, #109) Corrected mono pressing; stereo pressings all had the correct 12 tracks. I'll Go Crazy (S)/Don't Want To Cry (S)/Virginia Wolf (S)/Beginners Love (S)/Sweets For My Sweet (S)/I've Been Wrong (S)//I Call Your Name (S)/Makin' Up & Breakin' Up (S)/You Make Me Feel So Good (S)/Summertime (S)/Love Ain't Enough (S)/Kind Of A Drag (S)



Note: It is possible that one of the next few catalog numbers was reserved for the Cryan' Shames' album Sugar and Spice, which was prepared for the Destination label (U.S.A.'s companion label), but sold to Columbia before an album could be issued.

LP 108

LP 109

LP 110

ST 111 - Freda Payne In Stockholm - Freda Payne with Don Gardner Quintet with Dee Dee Ford & Jimmy Ricks [1971] This material was recorded in 1965 for the Sonet label in Sweden, and reissued in the US after Freda's success with the Invictus label in 1970. Side one was recorded with Freda fronting a large orchestra arranged and conducted by Swedish jazz musician Bengt-Arne Wallin. Side two was recorded while Freda was appearing in Sweden as part of a small soul jazz combo led by Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford. Let It Be Me/False Love/Who Can I Turn To/Once Upon A Summertime/Bluesette/The Friendliest Thing//Nobody Wants You When You Down And Out/See See Rider/More/On Broadway/A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening/It's Time



RELATED LPs:

Columbia CL 2669 (mono)/CS 9469 (stereo) - Time and Charges -Buckinghams [5/15/67] Don't You Care (S)/Pitied Be The Dragon Hunter (S)/And Our Love (S)/Why Don't You Love Me (S)/You Are Gone (S)//I'll Be Back (S)/Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (S)/Remember (S)/The Married Life (S)/Foreign Policy (S)

Columbia CS 9598 - Portraits - Buckinghams [12/27/67] C'mon Home (S)/I Love All Of The Girls (S)/We Just Know (S)/We Just Know - Reprise (S)/Inside Looking Out (S)/Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song) (S)//Susan (S)/The Mail (S)/Big Business Advisor (S)/Have You Noticed You're Alive (S)/Just Because I've Fallen (S)/Any Place In Here (S)/Any Place In Here - Reprise (S)

Columbia CS 9703 - In One Ear & Gone Tomorrow - Buckinghams [7/22/68] Back In Love Again (S)/Simplicity (S)/Can I Get A Witness (S)/Our Wrong To Be Right (S)/Can't Find The Words (S)//Song Of The Breeze (S)/What Is Love (S)/I Know I Think (S)/Till The Sun Doesn't Shine (S)/Are You (S)/Time Of My Life (S)

Columbia CS 9812 - Buckinghams Greatest Hits -Buckinghams [1969] Don't You Care (S)/Lawdy Miss Clawdy (S)/Back in Love Again (S)/Why Don't You Love Me (S)/I'll Go Crazy (S)/Susan (S)//Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (S)/And Our Love (S)/Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song) (S)/Foreign Policy (S)/Kind Of A Drag (S, new mix)

Ode SP-77017 - Tufano-Giammarese - Tufano-Giammarese [1973] Music Everywhere/Wednesday Down/I'm A Loser/Rise Up/Just A Dream Away/Here We Are//Communicate/Show Me If You Can/She Takes Me There/Can You Say What You Need/Take Me Back/Give Yourself A Dream

Columbia KG 33333 - Made in Chicago - Buckinghams [1975] Reissue of Columbia CS 9469 and Columbia CS 9598 as a 2-LP set. Don't You Care (S)/Pitied Be The Dragon Hunter (S)/And Our Love (S)/Why Don't You Love Me (S)/You Are Gone (S)/I'll Be Back (S)/Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (S)/Remember (S)/The Married Life (S)/Foreign Policy (S)/C'mon Home (S)/I Love All Of The Girls (S)/We Just Know (S)/We Just Know -Reprise (S)/Inside Looking Out (S)/Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song) (S)/Susan (S)/The Mail (S)/Big Business Advisor (S)/Have You Noticed You're Alive (S)/Just Because I've Fallen (S)/Any Place In Here (S)/Any Place In Here - Reprise (S)

Epic/Ode PE 34969 - The Other Side - Tufano-Giammarese [1977] Nightrider/You're The One/The Other Side/City Guise/Believe In The Music//Memories/I Can Fly/I'm In Love With You Now/On The Road/My Woman

Red Label ST 73101 - A Matter of Time - Buckinghams [1985] Best That I Can Do/Veronica/More Than Enough/Liar//Can We Talk About It/You Said/Matter Of Time/Made To Love You

Sundazed 907 715 245-1 - 2131 South Michigan Avenue: 60s Garage and Psychedelia from USA and Destination Records - Various Artists [5/2009] 3-LP set on red, blue, and gold vinyl. All tracks mono. Disc 1: One Girl Man - Lost Agency/I'll Make You Pay - Shady Daze/Got To Have Your Lovin' - Oscar Hamod & the Majestics/Take Me Back And Hold Me - Foggy Notions/Echoes - Lord & the Flies/Midnight Hour - Messengers//If You Ever Go - Ronnie Ross & the Good Guys/Soul Finger - Oscar Hamod & the Majestics/I'll Never Let You Go - Jokers/Do You Still Love Me - Sheffields/I'm The One For You - Great Society/Ben Franklin's Almanac - Cryan' Shames; Disc 2: Need A Little Lovin' - Foggy Notions/I Can't Explain - Oscar Hamod & the Majestics/Don't Want To Cry - Buckinghams/Come With Me - Boyz/You're Gonna Lose That Girl - Cryan' Shames/I Cannot Stop You - Cherry Slush/Time To Dream - Lost Agency//Stop Cheating On Me - Counts/Til The End Of The Day - Trafalgar Square/Hard Times All Over - Boyz/You Made A Fool Of Me - Lord & the Flies/I Don't Want You - Ricochettes/Hard Hard Year - Messengers/Rowe Jukebox Promo - Buckinghams; Disc 3: No Chance Baby - Oscar Hamod & the Majestics/What'cha Gonna' Do - Jokers/I Don't Need Your Help - Gary & the Knight Lites/Are You The Kind - Flock/Help Me Boy - Daughters Of Eve/I'm A Man - Buckinghams//My Girl Is Waiting - Oscar Hamod & the Majestics/Lips (Don't Mean Nothin') - Michael & the Messengers/The Trip - Park Avenue Playground/I Know - Park Avenue Playground/Gotta Take It Easy - Cherry Slush/What Would You Do If The Sun Died - Flock/Time To Dream (Alternate Vocal) - Lost Agency/Daughters Of Eve Radio Spot



RELATED CDs:

Columbia CK 9812 - The Buckinghams' Greatest Hits - Buckinghams [1988] Don't You Care (S)/Lawdy Miss Clawdy (S)/Back in Love Again (S)/Why Don't You Love Me (S)/I'll Go Crazy (S)/Susan (S)//Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (S)/And Our Love (S)/Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song) (S)/Foreign Policy (S)/Kind Of A Drag (S, Columbia mix)

Columbia/Legacy CK 47718 - Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (A Collection) - Buckinghams [8/91] Kind Of A Drag (S, original USA mix)/Lawdy Miss Clawdy (S, with studio talk and guitar intro)/I've Been Wrong Before (S)/I'll Go Crazy (S; some recording distortion at start)/I Call Your Name (S)/Makin' Up And Breakin' Up (S)/Don't You Care (S)/Mercy Mercy Mercy (S)/Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song) (S, with studio talk and later fade)/Susan (S, LP version with electronic collage)/Back In Love Again (S)/You Misunderstand Me (S)/Where Did You Come From (S)/This Is How Much I Love You (S)/It's A Beautiful Day (S)/Difference Of Opinion (S)/I Got A Feelin' (S)/You (S)

Nation 1003-2 - Terra Firma - Buckinghams [1998] No Turning Back (S)/I Knew You When (S)/I Think About You (S)/Say It Ain't Love (S)/Terra Firma (S)/99.9 (S)/Kind Of A Drag (Acappella Version) (S)/World Without Love (S)/Nothing Left To Cling To (S)/Jean Jacket And Lace (S)/Next Bend In The River (S)

Sundazed SC 6126 - Kind of a Drag - Buckinghams [9/98] I'll Go Crazy (S)/Don't Want To Cry (S)/Virginia Wolf (S)/Beginner's Love (S)/Sweets For My Sweet (S)/I've Been Wrong (S)/I Call Your Name (S)/Makin' Up & Breakin' Up (S)/You Make Me Feel So Good (S)/Summertime (S)/Love Ain't Enough (S)/Kind Of A Drag (original stereo mix) (S)/Lawdy Miss Claudy (S)/I'm A Man (S, with take announcement)/Buckinghams Ad for Rowe-AMI Stereo Jukeboxes (M, hidden track)

Sundazed SC 11073 - Time & Charges/Portraits - Buckinghams [5/99] Don't You Care (S)/Pitied Be The Dragon Hunter (S)/And Our Love (S)/Why Don't You Love Me (S)/Are You Gone (S)/I'll Be Back (S)/Mercy Mercy Mercy (S)/Remember (S)/The Married Life (S)/Foreign Policy (S)/C'Mon Home (S)/I Love All Of The Girls (S)/We Just Know (S)/We Just Know-Reprise (S)/Inside Looking Out (S)/Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song) (S)/Susan (S)/The Mail (S)/Big Business Advisor (S)/Have You Noticed You're Alive (S)/Have You Noticed You're Alive-Reprise (S)/Just Because I've Fallen Down (S)/Any Place In Here (S)/Any Place In Here-Reprise (S)

Sundazed SC 11074 - In One Ear and Gone Tomorrow - Buckinghams [5/99] Reissue of original LP with nine bonus tracks. Back In Love Again (S)/Simplicity (S)/Can I Get A Witness (S)/Our Wrong To Be Right (S)/Can't Find The Words (S)/Song Of The Breeze (S)/What Is Love (S)/I Know I Think (S)/Till The Sun Doesn't Shine (S)/Are You There (With Another Girl) (S)/The Time Of My Life (S)/You Misunderstand Me (S)/Where Did You Come From (S)/This Is How Much I Love You (S)/It's A Beautiful Day (For Lovin') (S)/Difference Of Opinion (S)/I Got A Feelin' (S)/It Took Forever (M)/You (S)/I Just Don't Know How To Say Goodbye (S)

Fuel 2000 302 061 209-2 - The U.S.A. Records Blues Story - Various Artists [6/2002] Figure Head - Lonnie Brooks/The Duck Walk - Eddy Clearwater/Some Time I Wonder - Willie Mabon/From My Heart - Fenton Robinson/Going or Coming - Ricky Allen/Forget It - Jimmy Burns/It's Bad to Make a Woman Mad - Detroit Junior/You Better Stop - Andrew Brown/Hard Times (Follow Me) - Mighty Joe Young/Like Heaven to Me - Koko Taylor/I Feel So Good - J.B. Lenoir/I'd Rather Fight Than Switch - A.C. Reed/Just Got Some - Willie Mabon/Too Many Cooks - Jesse Fortune/Crossroads - Homesick James/I Have Made a Change - Ricky Allen/She's a Sweet One - Junior Wells/Through All Your Faults - Jimmy Burns/Call My Job - Detroit Junior/Momee, Momee - Eddy Clearwater/Something Can Go Wrong - Andrew Brown/I'm Not Going Home - Lonnie Brooks/Say You're Leavin' - Fenton Robinson/My Baby's Sweet - Homesick James/Honky Tonky - Koko Taylor/Good Things - Jesse Fortune

Paradise Musicwerks 699 102 744-2 - Live and Well - Buckinghams [6/2004] Live recording; reissued in November, 2011. Back in Love Again/Don't You Care/Good Lovin'/I'll Go Crazy/Hey Baby (They're Playin' Our Song)/Gimme Some Lovin'/I Knew You When/Mercy, Mercy, Mercy/Expressway (To Your Heart)/Domino/When a Man Loves a Woman/The Letter/Susan/Kind of a Drag

Fuel 2000 302 061 726-2 - Standing Room Only: Greatest Hits and More - Buckinghams [2/2008] Live recording; reissue of Live and Well. Back in Love Again/Don't You Care/Good Lovin'/I'll Go Crazy/Hey Baby (They're Playin' Our Song)/Gimme Some Lovin'/I Knew You When/Mercy, Mercy, Mercy/Expressway (To Your Heart)/Domino/When a Man Loves a Woman/The Letter/Susan/Kind of a Drag

Fuel 2000 302 061 729-2 - Reaching Back - Buckinghams [3/2008] A combination greatest hits package and CD with new material. The last five tracks and "You Misunderstand Me" are originals from the 1960s; the other tracks are new. Reaching Back/I'll Never Say Goodbye/We Were Living A Dream/Love Is You/Autumn Of My Life/No Way To Know/Here We Are (Prelude)/Here We Are/You Misunderstand Me/Reaching Back/Kind Of A Drag/Don't You Care/Mercy, Mercy, Mercy/Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song)/Susan

Sundazed SC 11201 - 2131 South Michigan Avenue: 60s Garage and Psychedelia from USA and Destination Records - Various Artists [5/2009] 2-CD set. All tracks mono. Disc 1: One Girl Man - Lost Agency/I'll Make You Pay - Shady Daze/Got To Have Your Lovin' - Oscar Hamod & the Majestics/Take Me Back And Hold Me - Foggy Notions/Echoes - Lord & the Flies/Midnight Hour - Messengers/If You Ever Go - Ronnie Ross & the Good Guys/Soul Finger - Oscar Hamod & the Majestics/I'll Never Let You Go - Jokers/Do You Still Love Me - Sheffields/I'm The One For You - Great Society/Ben Franklin's Almanac - Cryan' Shames/Need A Little Lovin' - Foggy Notions/I Can't Explain - Oscar Hamod & the Majestics/Don't Want To Cry - Buckinghams/Come With Me - Boyz/You're Gonna Lose That Girl - Cryan' Shames/I Cannot Stop You - Cherry Slush/Time To Dream - Lost Agency/Rowe Jukebox Promo - Buckinghams; Disc 2: Stop Cheating On Me - Counts/Til The End Of The Day - Trafalgar Square/Hard Times All Over - Boyz/You Made A Fool Of Me - Lord & the Flies/I Don't Want You - Ricochettes/Hard Hard Year - Messengers/No Chance Baby - Oscar Hamod & the Majestics/What'cha Gonna' Do - Jokers/I Don't Need Your Help - Gary & the Knight Lites/Are You The Kind - Flock/Help Me Boy - Daughters Of Eve/I'm A Man - Buckinghams/My Girl Is Waiting - Oscar Hamod & the Majestics/Lips (Don't Mean Nothin') - Michael & the Messengers/The Trip - Park Avenue Playground/I Know - Park Avenue Playground/Gotta Take It Easy - Cherry Slush/What Would You Do If The Sun Died - Flock/Time To Dream (Alternate Vocal) - Lost Agency/Daughters Of Eve Radio Spot

ItsAboutMusic.com - Up Close - Buckinghams [2/2011] Live DVD with companion CD of the performance. Recorded live at the Star Plaza in 2009. Lawdy Miss Clawdy/Don't You Care/You Misunderstand Me/I'll Go Crazy/We Were Living A Dream/Time Won't Let Me/Hey Baby (They're Plaing Our Song)/Reaching Back/C'Mon Home/Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is/Make Me Smile/Worst That Could Happen/Susan/Mercy, Mercy, Mercy/Expressway (To Your Heart)/Domino/Kind Of A Drag/Dance To The Music-Higher (with Jim Peterik)




U.S.A. SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY

The first U.S.A. singles label (far left), used from 1961-63, had just "USA" at the top. This was followed by a second variation (near left), used in 1964, with the letters in individual red boxes.
The third U.S.A. label was red, white and blue, with a logo in the shape of the United States at the top (far left). This was used starting in late 1964. Due to the high volume of sales for "Kind of a Drag," many labels were quickly printed in just blue and white (near left).
D.J. Copies generally had a D.J. overprint as the example at far left. U.S.A. also had a custom sleeve as shown at near left.



Number - Artist - Content (Chart: BB=Billboard; CB=Cashbox; UnC=WJJD/TUNES)

1961

711 - Del Tones - And The Angels Sang (1-61, UnC)/Please Talk To Me
712 -
713 - Frankie Gem - Crystal Rock/Return To Me
714 - Adam & Eva - Need You/Lonely
715 - Tobin Matthews - Oh Julie/Pretty Sue
716 - Tobin Matthews - Slippin' And Slidin'/Groanin'
717 - Silvertones - Chance's Boogie/Hong Kong
718 - Tobin Matthews - Think It Over/Love Has Funny Ways
719 - Parlaments - My Only Love/To Be Alone
720 - Tony & The Knights - Twistin' Mary Jane/The Fink
721 -

1962

722 - Chuck & Anita - What You Don't Know/Row Row Your Boat
723 - Don Bailey - Wedding Day (1-62, UnC)/Be My Own
724 - Co-Eds - Heartthrob/The Magic Of Your Love
725 -
726 -
727 -
728 - Tony & The Knights - Bacon Fat/Blue Eyes
729 - Oscar Boyd - Twist With Ossie Lee/She's My Baby
730 - Brick Barton - The Fool/Rollin' Ray
731 - Belgianettes - You're Far from Home/Do the Crank
732 - Cory Wade - Day Dreamin' (With You) (11-62 #36WLS)/Our Love Will Always Be The Same
733 - Cory Wade - Not For a Penny/Before It's Too Late

1963

734 - Joey Madrid - Mr. Lucky/See Saw
735 - Willie Mabon - Just Got Some/That's No Big Thing
736 - Junior Wells - Ev'ry Goodbye Ain't Gone/I'll Get You Too
737 - Geraldine Hunt - Sneak Around/It Never Happened Before
738 - Jessie Fortune - Too Many Cooks/Heavy Heartbeat
739 - TV Slim - You Can't Love Me/Hold Me Close to Your Heart
740 - Freddy Young - Monkey Business/Someday Baby
741 - Willie Mabon - Too Hot to Handle/I'm the Fixer
742 - Junior Wells - When the Cat's Gone the Mice Play/She's a Sweet One
743 - Cory Wade - Most but Not Quite/Our Summer Love
744 - J.B. Lenoir - I Feel So Good/Sing Um the Way I Feel
745 - Koko Taylor - Like Heaven to Me/Honky Tonky
746 - Homesick James - My Baby's Sweet/Crossroads
747 - Jessie Fortune - Good Things/God's Gift to Man

1964

748 - Perk Lee - The Docks/Peanut Butter Sandwich
749 - Jay Johnson - Karen/Married to Sherri
750 - Willie Mabon - I'm Hungry/Ruby's Monkey
751 - Billy Emerson - Hotspring/I Get That Feeling
752 - Jimmy Lanse - I Often Wonder/Blue
753 - Four Uniques - Endlessly/Maybe Next Summer
754
755
756
757 - Archie and Al Perkins - You Can Belong to Someone/Really
758 - Vandels - A Small Silver Ring/Bumble Bee
759 - Willie Mabon - Some More/New Orleans Blues
760 - Al Perkins - Kuz'n Bill/She's Alright
761 - Viceroys - Liverpool (2-64, #24WLS)/Tonk
762 - Scott Brothers - Let's Dance/Rain
763 - Etons - Cause I'm Her Man/The Frug
764 - Bel Air Five - Bring Back My Baby to Me/Time Has Come
765 - Al Perkins - You Left Me/Love Me Baby
766 - John Gary - Pray Today/How Can My Heart Forget You
767 - Willie Mabon - Harmonica Special/Somebody Gotta Pay
768
769 - Dynamics - Summertime, U.S.A./Coast to Coast
770 - Larry Evans - 42nd Street/Fool of the Year
771 - Jimmy Burns - Through All Your Faults/Forget It
772 - Chick and the Nobles - I Cry/Island for Two
773 - Edward St. Ann - More Luck to You Baby/Hey Little Girl
774 - Bobby Whiteside - I'm Goin' Your Way/Wendy
775 - Bobby Whiteside - I'm Goin' Your Way/Wendy
776 - Mona Thomas - There He Goes/Just in Between
777 - Billy Emerson - I Took It So Hard/When It Rains It Pours
778 - Andrew Brown - You Better Stop/Something Can Go Wrong
779 - Ricky Allen - Going or Coming/Don't You Ever Forget It
780 - First Lt. Don Knepp - Cuba, Cuba, Cuba is My Home/Hello Leeward Tower
781 - First Lt. Don Knepp - Big Iron/Thunder Road
782 - First Lt. Don Knepp - U.S.M.C./Defex Blues
783 - Chancellors - My Girl/Jenny, Jenny
784 - Betty Freeman - Be Good to Your Baby/Once He Loved
785 - Larry Evans - Country Girl/Walk Along
786 - Al Perkins - Step It Up Baby/Nothing But the Pure in Heart
787 - Willie Mabon - Lonesome Blue Water/Sometime I Wonder
788 - Nobles - Marlene/That Special One
789 - Lonnie Brooks - I'm Not Going Home/Figure Head
790 - Junior Wells - Lovey Dovey Lovey One/Come On In This House
791 - Jackie and Jill - I Want a Beatle for Christmas/Jingle Bells
792

1965

793 - Wiley Terry - Follow The Leader, Part 1/Follow The Leader, Part 2
794 - Showmen - Ghost Train/I Wonder
795
796 - Jimmy Peterson - Kathy My Darlin'/Half the Time
797 - Swinging Livers - Swinging Livers/I Found My Girl
798 - Doug Anderson - I Need Someone/Teardrops
799 - Doug and Dave - Let's Monkey Too/Don't Know Much About Love
800 - Knights - I've Got the Feeling/Forgive Me
801 - Baby Huey and the Baby Sitters - Just Being Careful/Messin' with the Kid
802
803 - Al Perkins - I Can See a Thousand Miles Away/Thanks to You
804 - Wiley Terry - Joker Wild Dance/Shake It Baby
805 - Willie Mabon - Baby Sweets/Something for Nothing
806 - King Zbornik - I Like It Like That/?
807 - Detroit Jr. - It's Bad to Make a Woman Mad/Talk Fast
808 - Ricky Allen - I Have Made a Change/Messed Around and Fell in Love
809
810 - Tempos - Why Don't You Write Me/A Thief in the Night
811 - Intensions - She Needs Somebody/You Love Me
812 - Al Perkins - Love Me Like I Love You/Homework
813 - A.C. Reed - I'd Rather Fight Than Switch/I've Got Money to Burn
814 - Detroit Jr. - The Way I Feel/Call My Job
815 - Elmore James - Cry for Me Baby/Take Me Where You Go
816 - G.L. Crockett - Look Out Mabel/Did You Ever Love Somebody
817
818
819 - Wanderers - The Only Time/Come On Please
820 - Peter Palmer - The Twelfth of Never/Son of Honky Tonk
821 - Gary Brown - Lonely Summer/Cold Day in June
822 - Al Perkins - So Long/I Feel All Right
823 - Willie Mabon - Got to Have Some/Why Did It Happen to Me? [Reissue of Formal 1016]
824 - Freddy and the Dynamics - I'll Be Forever Loving You/In Time
825 - Junior Wells - Messing with the Kid/Universal Kid
826 - Idols - Check Her Out/Why Am I So Blue

1966

827
828 - Lord and the Flies - You Made a Fool of Me/Come What May
829
830 - Miss Ann Littles - I Will be Got Dog/I Wanna Squeeze Your Lemon
831 - Lou Washington - Any Old Time/When We Meet Again
832
833 - Gary & the Knight-Lites - Big Bad Wolf/I Don't Need Your Help
834 - Mary Crystal - Don't Tell on Me/Who Are They?
835 - Crestones - My Girl/The Chopper
836 - Mike Tomasetti - Memories of Yesterday/Come See What I Got
837 - Phil Orsi and the Little Kings - Stay/Whoever He May Be
838
839
840 - Amanda Humphrey - Call on Me/Power of Love
841 - Phil Orsi and the Little Kings - Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)/Whoever He May Be
842 - Fenton Robinson - Say You're Learning/From My Heart
843 - Detroit Jr. - All Through With Love/Come On In
844 - Buckinghams - I'll Go Crazy (3-66, #19WLS, #19WCFL, #112BB)/Don't Wanna Cry
845 - Billy "Curley" Barrix - A World You've Destroyed/Big Blue Monster
846 - Apocryphals - Gloomy Sunday/Tossin' and Turnin'
847
848 - Buckinghams - I Call Your Name (6-66, #14WLS, #17WCFL)/Makin' Up and Breakin' Up
849 - Phil Orsi and the Little Kings - Sorry I Ran All the Way Home/Whoever He May Be
850 - Cambridge Five - Floatin'Heads/I Win
851 - Oscar and the Majestics - I Can't Explain/My Girl is Waiting
852 - Tut Sutton - No Appreciation/I Can Feel the Tears
853 - Buckinghams - I've Been Wrong (8-66, #13WLS, #15WCFL)/Love Ain't Enough
854 - Carole Waller - Say Say Chicken Man/I'll Never Get Away
855 - Rory-O - Just Like Changes/?
856
857 - Lord and the Flies - Come What May/Echoes
858 - Ricky Allen - I Ain't Never/Hurt Look on My Face
859
860 - Buckinghams - Kind of a Drag (11-66, #2WLS, #2WCFL, #1BB, #3CB)/You Make Me Feel So Good
861 - Mighty Joe Young - Ain't Nobody Home/Hard Times (Follow Me)
862

1967

863 - Carole Waller - This Love of Mine/Stop and Get a Hold of Myself
864 - Bobby Jones and the Para-Monts - Beware a Stranger/Check Me Out
865 - Skunks - The Journey/Elvira
866 - Messengers - Midnight Hour (3-67, #5WLS, #5WCFL, #116BB)/Hard Hard Year
866 - Michael & the Messengers - Midnight Hour/Up 'Til News
867 - Mister Hipp - Sloopy and the Red Moron/?
868 - Screaming Wildmen - Good Old Days/St. Louie Here I Come
869 - Buckinghams - Laudy Miss Claudy (3-67, #27WLS, #24WCFL, #41BB, #41CB)/Makin' Up and Breakin' Up
869 - Buckinghams - Lawdy Miss Clawdy [Corrected title]/I Call Your Name
870 - Jimmy Null and the Inversions - Good, Good Lovin'/I Still Care for You
871 - Good Griefs - Shy Girl/Oop-Oop-Pah Doo
872 - Robin Lee and the Revels - Pretty Patty/Flyin' High
873 - Buckinghams - Summertime (5-67, #31KGGF)/Don't Want to Cry
874 - Michael and the Messengers - (Just Like) Romeo and Juliet (6-67, #12WLS, #14WCFL, #129BB)/Lips (Don't Mean Nothin')
875 - Cambridge Five - I Hate to Laugh Alone/Keep on Running
876 - Alan Gari - Too Bad It Didn't Work Out/Good Lovin' Woman
877 - Elders - Music for Everyone/Theme for Adults
878 - Oscar Hamond and the Majestics - Soulfinger/Got to Have Your Lovin'
879 - Bobby Whiteside - And Then I Saw Her Cry/I Saw You With Him
880 - Skopes - She's Got Bad Breath/Tears in Your Eyes
881 - Lost Agency - Time to Dream/One Girl Man
882 - Five Bucks - Without Love/Breathe of Time
883 - Shady Daze - I'll Make You Pay/Love is a Beautiful Thing
884 - Lee Wilson - A Lonely Boy/If I Would Lose You
885 - Chris Campbell - Lil' Liza Jane/You Gotta Pay Dues
886 - Family - Face the Autumn (10-67, #12WLS)/So Much to Remember
887 - Bondsmen - Shotgun/Patricia Anne
888 - Earl Hines - Thank You Baby/We're Gonna Party
889 - Michael and the Messengers - Run and Hide/She Was the Girl
890 - Trafalgar Square - Til the End of the Day/It's a Shame Girl
891 - Daughters of Eve - Symphony of My Soul/Help Me Boy
892 - Carnival of Slush - I Can't Remember/Don't Come Around
893 - Martinis - Holiday Cheer/Bullseye

1968

894 - Family - San Francisco Waits/Without You
895 - Cherry Slush - I Cannot Stop You/Don't Walk Away
896 - Ernie Hines - Rain, Rain, Rain/Sincerely Mine
897 - Michael and the Messengers - Gotta Take It Easy/I Need Her Here
898 - Chicago Fire - Candy and Me/Come See What I Got
899 - New Breed - I'm Comin' to Ya/?
900 - Sonny Williams - Sweetest Little Girl in Town/You Didn't Find Her That Way
901 - Affluents - Get Ready/Tom's Song
902 - Invaders - Flower Song/Without a Tear
903 - Circus - Sink or Swim/Gone Are the Songs of Yesterday
904 - Cherry Slush - Gotta Take It Easy/Day Don't Come
905 - Trolls - I Got to Have You/Don't Come Around
906 - Main Street - Miss Magee/White Picket Fence
907 - McKinley Sandifer - Sweet Little Woman/Get Up
908 - Trademarks - Fat Jaws/Soul Bop
909 - Hermie - The Littlest Flower/Hermie's Prayer
910 - Flock - Magical Winds/What Would You Do If the Sun Dies?
911 - Frankie Newsome - It's a Shame/Taunting Love
912 - Lincoln Park Zoo - Greatest Moments/Symphony of My Soul
913 - John Eric and the Isoseles Popsicles - I'm Not Nick/Like Him
913 - Patty Clayton/Russ Carlyle - Untrue Love/Natividad
914
915
916
917

1969

918 - Benny Dixon and the Rebels - It's My Heart/I'll be the Last
919 - Park Avenue Playground - I Know/The Trip
920 - Ralph Hutmaker - 1010 Polka/Pussy Cat Waltz
921 - Greasy Spoonful - Shimmick/Spoonful
922 - Factory - High Blood Pressure/Lonely Path


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