Lead singer Gary Puckett was born in Minnesota but spent part of his childhood in Yakima Washington and Twin Falls Idaho. Puckett's time in Yakima would inspire the name of his future hit-making band but the band wasn't originally called The Union Cap.
The Union Gap Band's Name Wasn't Their Original Name
Puckett said in an interview that the band's original name was the Remarkables.
Puckett and the Remarkables toured the Pacific Northwest extensively but it wasn't until the band tried to create an image for themselves that the Union Gap band came to be.
Gary Puckett recalls that being a civil war buff, he'd outfit the band in Union-style soldier uniforms, and that cohesive look lead to the band name change. "Union" and then the place from his childhood "Union Gap" seemed like the perfect marriage.
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