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Colour My World by Chicago
Album: Chicago IIReleased: 1970Charted:
This was written by Chicago's trombone player, Jimmy Pankow, and sung by Terry Kath. After Kath's death in 1978, the band did not play this song for several years. It became a concert favorite once again, with Bill Champlin singing it when they started playing it again. Robert Lamm sings it now. (thanks, Dave - Pomeroy, OH)
On The Chris Isaak Hour, Pankow explained: "It's a small segment of a multi-movement piece on our second album which is basically a tribute to my first love. I had been listening to Bach - the Brandenburg Concertos, and they had all those arpeggiated melodies. I sat at a piano and started messing around with these arpeggios. That cycle of arpeggios became the foundation of the song.
Frank Sinatra called our publicist and said, 'Ask that kid to write another verse for that song.' I thought about it, I called him back and said I can't do it - it's like sewing another arm on your kid, I can't do it."
Walter Parazaider, who was primarily a sax player in the band, played the flute on this track.