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Gary Puckett and the Union Gap

Updated on January 19, 2016

Another American rock group which came on the scene in the late 60s. This band was set apart from other bands due to their music. They had songs which had a combination of great singing and music and touched the heart in many different ways. Their songs are still popular to this day and can be heard over the radio. From the very beginning they were known as The Union Gap featuring Garry Puckett and later on became Gary Puckett & the Union Gap.

Among their well-known and most loved hits are ”Woman, Woman”, ”Young Girl”, and ”Lady Willpower”.

Before there were the Union Gaps Gary Puckett joined a hard rock band calling themselves The Outcasts and in 1966 they toured the Pacific Northwest. They weren’t very successful and only managed to come out with two singles. However their manager had other ideas. He had them renamed The Union Gap and outfitted them in Union Army-style Civil War uniforms. It all came together nicely and with Puckett’s super tenor tones and their music leaning toward soft rock they were signed to Columbia Records.

Their second album Young Girl became RIAA Gold-certified. It included the title song and other songs like “Kiss Me Goodbye”.

Their first fantastic single”Woman, Woman” climbed to number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was later certified as a gold disc. Afterwards came a string of hits enjoyed by their fans such as”Over You” and”Don’t Give In To Him”. However try as they might they just never reached that number 1 spot in the U.S. but their song ”Young Girl” did hit number 1 on the U.K. Singles Chart. Puckett and The Union Gap had the honor to headline at a White House reception for Prince Charles and in 1968 at Disneyland and even though they lost they were nominated for a Grammy Award in 1969 for Best New Artist.

Their fourth album was Incredible and included “Lady Willpower” and “Over You”.

They came out with another hit among their fans in 1969 and even though this song didn’t make it to the Billboard Top 40 it is still played to this very day. The song is”This Girl is a Woman Now”. This song and “Don’t Give In to Him” were on their last album in 1969.

After the band broke up in the early 1970s Puckett tried going it alone for awhile. There was a comeback tour in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1981 and afterwards Puckett became a regular on the national oldies circuit.


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 24 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Glad you enjoyed this Ann. They were another group with great strong voices and songs that simply inspired.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Loved this group. Gary Puckett had such a good, strong voice and 'Young Girl' has always been a favourite of mine. Like Bill, I started singing that in my head as soon as I saw the title! One to add to the iTunes list!


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      They had lovely harmony Ruby.

      Glad this brought back pleasant memories Audrey.

      Their music was kind of special Surabhi.

      Glad this brought back great memories Shauna. When you want to daydream I suggest putting them on YouTube and turning up the volume.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I still know every one of their songs by heart. Gary Puckett and the Union Gap were huge favorites of mine when I was in 6th grade. Whenever I hear them I'm taken to a time when a bunch of us went to a friend's house and listened to records in the basement. I also had my very first kiss to a Union Gap song. Oh, the memories!

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      Surabhi Kaura 2 years ago

      I absolutely love this one.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Absolutely my favorite band in my long ago youth!!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I'd almost forgotten about this group until I listened to ' Woman ' Beautiful voices..

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Yes, incredible talent Bill. That is why their songs still shine today.

      Glad you enjoyed Jodah. This is one group I wish had a lot more number one hits.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      They were a great group and had some wonderful songs. Young Girl especially is a classic. Thank you for sharing especially the videos.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I read the title and began humming "Young Girl." The lead singer had one of the best voices in rock during the 60's...very talented group.