Kind of a Drag

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"Kind of a Drag"
Single by The Buckinghams
Released 1966
Genre Sunshine pop
Label USA Records
Writer(s) Jim Holvay
The Buckinghams singles chronology
"Kind of a Drag"
"Don't You Care"

"Kind of a Drag" is a song written by Jim Holvay and recorded by The Buckinghams. The single reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in February 1967, becoming the first #1 single within the new calendar year and remaining in the top position for two weeks. It was the first of the band's three Top 10 hits in 1967.

The song was written by Chicago-based songwriter Jim Holvay, who had been performing with a group called The Mob[disambiguation needed], and spent two weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1967. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[1] The co-producers of "Kind of a Drag" were the band's first personal manager Carl Bonafede and big band leader Dan Belloc, owner of the Holiday Ballroom in Chicago. The arranger of the horn sound was Frank Tesinsky. The engineer at the first recording sessions held at Chess Records in Chicago was Ron Malo. Following this, the band's debut album, also entitled Kind of a Drag, was released and featured the band's early recordings.[2]


  1. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 202. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  2. ^ Nite, Norm N. (1978). Rock On: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock N' Roll, volume II. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, p. 58, Norm N. Nite's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock N' Roll.
Preceded by
"I'm a Believer" by The Monkees
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
February 18, 1967 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Ruby Tuesday" by The Rolling Stones