Kind of a Drag

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"Kind of a Drag"
Kind of a Drag - Buckinghams.jpg
Single by The Buckinghams
from the album Kind of a Drag
B-side "You Make Me Feel So Good"
Released December 1966
Genre Sunshine pop
Length 2:05
Label USA Records
Songwriter(s) Jim Holvay
Producer(s) Carl Bonafede, Dan Belloc
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.[1] It was the title track of their debut LP. 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.[2] It was the first of the band's three Top 10 hits in 1967, including five total Top 40 hits for that year.

The songwriter, Jim Holvay, was Chicago-based and had been performing with a group called The Mob (Chicago band). Not only did the song spend two weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, it also sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc.[3]

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.[4] The final mixed recording of Kind of a Drag was the due to the genius of chief engineer Ron Malo. The producers Dan Belloc and Carl Bonafede wanted to speed up the tempo of the final release. Ron Malo had the ability to increase the tempo of the recording without changing the key. According to lead guitar player Carl Giammarese, Ron Malo was able to keep Kind of a Drag in the key of G after increasing the tempo.[5] Following this, the band's debut album, also entitled Kind of a Drag, was released and featured the band's early recordings.[6]

Chart performance[edit]


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  2. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2002
  3. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 202. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  4. ^ "Screaming Wildman: Carl Bonafede, Joel Bierig: 9781539420965: Books". page 231 Retrieved 2017-04-03.
  5. ^ "Screaming Wildman: Carl Bonafede, Joel Bierig: 9781539420965: Books". page 232 Retrieved 2017-09-14
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ List_of_number-one_singles_of_1967_(Canada)
  8. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  9. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2002
  10. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  11. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1967/Top 100 Songs of 1967". Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  12. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1967". 1967-12-23. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 

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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