Gary Puckett & the Union Gap
Gary Puckett & the Union Gap tore up charts in the late sixties and continue to tour internationally to this day. The band recently returned from England and will be heading to Australia in February of 2019, but stateside shows (sometimes close to 100 a year) like the one November 9th in Stafford, Texas continue to be a staple of the iconic band’s schedule.
6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Gary Puckett
- Gary has performed on a staggering thirty-plus network television shows and prime time specials during his career. Their Civil War Union Soldier uniforms became iconic and the band still dons similar garb today.
- They played a command performance at the White House for Prince Charles and Princess Anne by special invitation of the President. Dig the video below of Gary performing live at the White House and Richard Nixon coming up to shake his hand after the performance.
- During their reign of terror, Gary and the boys garnered six consecutive gold records. Many of the most successful artists of all time have not achieved such a feat.
- In 1968 Gary Puckett and The Union Gap sold more records than any other recording act… including the Beatles! Hits like “Young Girl”, “Woman, Woman”, “Lady Willpower”, “Over You” and “This Girl is a Woman Now” solidified the band’s place in fan’s hearts for decades to come. These songs still get rousing ovations at every show, even though its been 50 years.
- Gary was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1968. (Jose Feliciano prevailed in the category that year.)
- One of the most-requested songs as Gary’s live shows was never a hit for the band. It’s a song called “Home”, released in 2001 and, as Gary says, “dedicated to the men and women defending our country with their lives.”