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Questions 67 And 68 by Chicago
Album: Chicago Transit AuthorityReleased: 1969Charted:
This song was written by Robert Lamm, who was the band's primary songwriter. "That was a love song that dealt in terms of questions I was asking myself about this particular relationship that was going down," he said. "I wasn't sure whether it was good or bad."
The title refers to the years 1967 and 1968, which is when the relationship Robert Lamm wrote about took place. The title doesn't appear until the last line in the song.
In later years, Chicago emphasized vocals and keyboards (often in ballads), but the horns were the star of the show when they recorded this song. Their trombone player James Pankow
explained in a 2000 interview with Goldmine
, "I used to write horns very harmonically. 'Questions 67 & 68' is probably a very good example of how I used to approach horns. I had no rests. We played from the first bar of the song, which is not very musical anymore. We got away with that then."
Chicago used a variety of vocalists on their songs; on this one Robert Lamm and Peter Cetera shared lead.
This was Chicago's first single. Released in July, 1969 ahead of their debut album Chicago Transit Authority (that was their original name), it made #71 in the US. This version ran 4:45, which was very long compared to most singles of 1969.
In 1971, a more compact edit of the song, running just 3:25, was released, this time making #24.