Dennis Tufano, a native of Chicago, was the “Original Voice of The Buckinghams”, 2009 inductees into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. With Dennis’ vocals leading the way, the Chicago-based group scored with a string of five Top Ten hits in the latesixtiesincluding, the No#1 “Kind Of A Drag”, “Don’t You Care”, “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”, “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song”, “Susan” and “Back In Love Again”.
Following his success in the Buckinghams he was part of the song writing duo “Tufano and Giammarese” and recorded three albums with Lou Adler’s custom label, Ode Records (1971 to 1976). In 1978, he wrote the music and performed with Bernie Taupin, Elton John’s lyricist, on Taupin’s album, ” He Who Rides The Tiger “. He has also performed as guest vocalist and co-written with renowned composer and musician Tom Scott. With Scott as composer, Dennis performed the “original title/theme song” for the long running “Family Ties” television show. (first 13 episodes)
In 1982, Dennis toured with Olivia Newton-John and was featured, with Olivia, on her HBO Special in two dramatically inspired duets. In 1995 Dennis was invited, once again, to co-write, co-produce and perform with Bernie Taupin, Robin Le Mesurier and Jim Cregan on the Discovery Records CD “Farm Dogs, Last Stand In Open Country”.
In current release on CD and ONLINE DIGITAL are:
Dennis Tufano LIVE! “I Remember Darin” New Release for Cantare Prods. On CDBaby.com
“The Buckinghams Greatest Hits” on Columbia Records,
“Mercy, Mercy, Mercy a Collection” on Sony Legacy Label
“Kind Of A Drag” CD re-release on Sundazed Records
“Time and Charges” CD Sundazed Records
“In One Ear and Gone Tommorow” / “Portraits”-double CD-Sundazed Records
“Olivia In Concert” on MCA Video/DVD.
“Tufano and Giammarese-33 1/3”- It’s About Music.com
“Tufano & Giammarese Band” – It’s About Music.com
“Tufano & Giammarese – The Other Side” – It’s About Music.com
Farm Dogs-“Last Stand In Open Country”- Discovery Records w/ Bernie Taupin
“He Who Rides The Tiger”- Electra/Asylum new CD Release w/Bernie Taupin
As an actor, Dennis has appeared in theater productions in Los Angeles and has worked in film, television, radio & commercials. He was also one of the founding members of an improvisational voice-ensemble called the “LA.MadDogs”. This group of actors performs on hundreds of movies and numerous television shows and have produced and performed seven “live” radio dramas, three of which Dennis directed, for KMPC RADIO THEATER in Los Angeles. Dennis produced, directed and filmed a documentary in Chicago, “Major Hall:Therapy Tuesday” and is currently preparing it for release.
He is featured on the, “PBS Music Series My Generation, the ‘60s”, and will be included in the award winning PBS-DVD series. Currently, Dennis is starring in “I Remember Darin” a ‘tip of the hat’ tribute to the songwriting / performing genius of the late Bobby Darin. The LIVE CD “I Remember Darin” is available at CDBABY.com. Backed by a full orchestra and under the music supervision of Michael Acosta Grammy winner and former musical director of the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Dennis performs a stunning, highly professional show, including some of his 60’s hits from The Buckinghams, for music lovers everywhere, as well as performing around the world in Classic Rock Shows along with Marty Grebb (original Buckingham), Sonny Geraci, Ron Dante, The Happenings, The Cryan’ Shames, The Cowsills, Jackie De Shannon, Eddie Brigati, Peter Noone, The Association to name but a few.