In 1966, Bingham was signed to a publishing contract with Elektra Records. After a brief stint at Elektra in Los Angeles and one single, he returned to Bloomington. There he joined the avant-rock group The Screaming Gypsy Bandits and also began his own indie label, Bar-B-Q Records. In 1975, he moved to New York City, forming the Social Climbers.
In 1982, he moved to New Orleans. He started The Boiler Room, New Orleans recording studio and in 2001 opened Piety Street Recording. Piety Street closed in 2013.