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Chicago

1967-1998
Terry Kath(guitar, vocals)1967-1978
Peter Cetera(vocals, bass)1967-1984
Robert Lamm(keyboards, vocals)
Walter Parazaider(horns)
Danny Seraphine(drums)1967-1989
James Pankow(trombone)
Lee Loughnane(trumpet)
Laudir De Oliveira(percussion)
Donnie Dacus(guitar)1978-
Bill Champlin(keyboards, vocals)1981-
Jason Sheff(vocals, bass)1984-
DeWayne Bailey(guitar)1988-1995
Tris Imboden(drums)1989-
Keith Howland(guitar)1995-

Artistfacts for Chicago

  • Their original name was "Chicago Transit Authority," and their first album had the same name. The group was forced to shorten it to "Chicago" after the city of Chicago said: you can't use that name, period!
  • Chicago was a spin-off of the group The Buckinghams. The Buckingham's "Foreign Policy" sounds exactly like Chicago, with a political agenda that dominated their early albums.
  • Chicago focused on protest and political songs but they discovered the money was in Rock 'n' Roll love songs so they dropped the political agenda and concentrated on commercial pop-rock after the third album. On their 4-record release Chicago At Carnegie Hall, there are several references to the evils of the "military industrial complex," air pollution and America's most famous crook, Richard Nixon. (thanks, David - Lubbock, TX, for all above)
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Comments: 20

Chicago was hip for all of five minutes, in a matter of speaking. Like Blood, Sweat and Tears, they came at a time when rock radio was just getting off the ground. Because of that, they relied more on top 40 to get airplay, although they sound like they set out to be a progressive jazz-rock band. Top 40 exposure entailed recycling "Beginnings" and "Does Anyone Know What Time It Is?" from the "Transit Authority" LP. Some, if I read right, screamed "sellout." Rock radio has not played anything after their first two LPs since and that seems to be criteria for the Hall. Rather, if you look like a rock band, but go the wrong way, you're out. But if you're any other kind of pop success like Madonna or Donna Summer, you're in.Howard - Levittown, Pa
Chicago died when Terry Kath died. What a great band!!!!Randy - San Diego, Ca
Christine from Chicago - Actually, The Mothers of Invention album, Freak Out, was the first double lp debut. It was released in June of 66, while CTA was released in April of 69.Mike - Chicago, Il
In my opinion (from seeing them once in concert, and from other people that have seen them, like my wife a few years before we met), Chicago is one of those bands that sounds much better in the studio than they do live. The albums/CDs are great, but their concerts aren't all that great. BB King blew them away in the concert I attended, and Chicago got all upset (particularly Cetara) because BB got two standing ovations.Pat - Albuquerque, Nm
The lead singer on Saturday In the Park, IIRC, is Robert Lamm. Also, the chocolate bar cover was Chicago X. Chicago XI had the map of the city of Chicago on its cover.Tina - Norcross, Ga
WHO SINGS LEAD VOCALS ON THIS SONG WERE THEY SAY SATURDAY IN THE PARK I THINK IT WAS THE 4TH OF JULYL? IS IT Walt Parazaider?

IF ANYONE CAN ANSWER THIS PLZ- EMAIL ME AT reo_speedwagon_girl@yahoo.com

Thanks again
Alisha from GA!
Alisha - Clarkesville, Ga
If Terry Kath was waving a handgun around and he had shot himself in the head, that isn't 'accidental'- that's called 'negligence'... The same holds true if you have unprotected sex and you do knock up a chick, that is also called 'NEGLIGENCE'. Terry Kath may have been a skilled marksman- but anyone who knows about firearms can tell you, they aren't designed to shoot yourself- so if you do shoot yourself, that is due to pure negligence.Randy - Colerain Twp., Oh
Chicago is one of those bands who is definitely known for their stylized logo, designed by John Berg and Nick Fasciano. Aside from the Chicago Transit Authority album and Chicago 21, the band's logo has been featured on every album in various styles, such as the Chocolate Bar on Chicago XI, or engraved in wood like on Chicago V.Cliff - Vancouver, Wa
Terry Kath was cleaning an automatic pistol, but he was stoned. A friend told him to put the gun up, but he refused. He took the clip out and removed the bullets, but a there was still a bullet in the chamber. He then waved the pistol around saying it wasn't loaded, but the pressure from his finger made the gun go off on his head. He was dead instantly, and the cops ruled his demise as accidental.Cliff - Vancouver, Wa
How did Terry Kath die? Was he playing russian roulett, just playing with a clipless but bullet chambered gun or cleaning a loaded gun? Suppossedly a skilled marksman it doesn't seem like so much of an accident as a stupid mistake.Shawn - Athens, Ga
Chicago has done everything a band can possibly do including remaining popular with almost 40 years under their belt. The critics have always disliked them for some reason and that is outrageously obvious since they are not in the Rock n' Roll Hall Of Fame. Chicago more than fits thier criteria to be enshrined where they belong. What is annoying is you got bands in the Hall that don't belong and they are still on the outside looking in....I just don't get it!Brett - Bensalem, Pa
I saw Chicago and earth wind and fire perform a few weeks ago in Charlotte NC, a few weeks ago on August 6, 2005. The show was incredible, and the best part was toe two bands performing together!!!!!!!!!!! It totally rocked!!!!!!Stefanie Magura - Rock Hill, Sc
Chicago is one of the most important groups from the late 60's & early 70's era. And very underrated. What is it with Rolling Stone Magazine & whatever they had against Chicago? I've never understood that.

Chicago 17's release, four videos in the VH1 Top 10 Countdown. On the verge of megastardom. Then Cetera leaves. One of the best rock voices ever, I think. Jason Scheff is great, his heart is with the group, but he's just not Cetera's equal, imho.

They are still touring in 2005, I'm glad to see. I hope to make it to at least one last concert before they get too old to keep going. I got to meet James Pankow & Bill Champlin once, after a concert. Great guys to talk to, very intelligent. James Pankow is always so much fun to watch in concert, dancing with his trombone.

Not nearly enough background information on Chicago out there that I've found, was great to find their website, http://www.chicagotheband.com/
Don - Atlanta, Ga
In my opinion, Chicago is an American treasure and America's greatest band.Scott - Marietta, Ga
first rock band to have a lead brass section. Sadly not in the R&R hall of fameEvan - Houses Of The Holy
The group didn't have a release a single LP until Chicago. The first three were double LP's and the fourth was a live four LP set recorded during a weeklong series of concerts recorded at Carnige HallDave - Pomeroy, Oh
Clearly one of the best debut albums of all time. Check out the guitar playing of Terry Kath on "Chicago Transit Authority" In 1969, Hendrix caught the band in a club and told Terry Kath "you're a better guitar player than me." Awesome praise from one of the masters. Give this a listen. What do you got to lose?Don - Pittsburgh, Pa
Chicago was the first band to earn a platinum record album award for Columbia Records.Christine - Chicago, Il
At the time, Chicago was the only band who's very first l.p. was a double l.p.Christine - Chicago, Il
Chicago fired their long-time manager James William Guercio after "Chicago XI". Phil Ramone produced the next album "Hot Streets". Sometime after that David Foster took the production reins.Charles - Charlotte, Nc