Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
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.