Buckner & Garcia







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Buckner & Garcia

Buckner & Garcia

Jerry Buckner & Gary Garcia are a singing duo who began their careers in 1980. They wrote the song, Merry Christmas in the NFL, which was about Howard Cosell as Santa Claus. The song reached number 82 on the Billboard Charts. Howard Cosell found the song offensive. They also wrote the sone, Footprints In the Sand, in 1981 which was a country song and was performed by Edgel Groves. They also wrote the lyrics to the extra verses of the WKRP in Cincinatti theme song in 1982. The most popular and well known song that became a novelty hit in 1982 was, Pac-Man Fever, and it became the number 9 hit in the United States. Later in that same year they signed a record deal with Columbia Records. It was not their intention to become famous for writing music for video games but it looks like that is exactly what they did. The Columbia Records company insisted that they write a whole album of video game music. They did it even though it was not what they really wanted to do. Their other band members were Ginny Whitaker, who played drums, Larry McDonald (bass guitar), Chris Bowman (lead and rhythm guitar), and Rick Hinkle (lead and rhythm guitar). They played Pac-man Fever, Mousetrap, Goin’ Berserk. Mike Stewart (Moog synthesizer on Mousetrap and Goin’ Berserk, and David “Cozy” Cole (syndrum), Steve Carlisle and Sharon Scott did the background vocals on Pac-Man Fever.

After the group faded into the spotlight, they still kept busy writing songs for others. They wrote On and On, for Anne Murray which was a 1985 hit. It was written by Jerry Buckner. They also wrote jingles for commercials. The Pac-Man Fever album was re-released on a cd in 1999. Buckner and Garcia could not get their original recordings of 1982 because they were not allowed to have them. They had to reform the band and do the songs again. Stewart became their drummer this time around. Whitaker had passed away. Danny Jones was put in the group as bass guitar player because none of the other players came back. They wrote and played, Now & Then, which was an album which was released for mp3.com only. This included 4 new songs. None of these were based on video games but one was on Pogs, plus there was a new recording of E. T., I Love You. There was also karaoke versions of it and Pac-Man fever.

The pair still write and perform many original songs on the Waffle House Jukebox. Some of them were released on albums. Jerry also wrote and released a solo album of instrumental songs called, Somewhere in Time.

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