Call on Me

Album: Chicago VII (1974)
Charted: 6

Songfacts®:

  • This was written by Lee Loughnane, who is a founding member and trumpet player for Chicago. On The Chris Isaak Hour, he explained: "I was at the end of a marriage, and I wanted to remain friends with her. I put that in the lyric: you can call on me even though we're not going to be together anymore, but it seems like the right thing to do. Since then I've changed my mind, of course."
  • The group's bass player Peter Cetera sang lead on this track. Various members of Chicago handled vocals, but Cetera sang the lion's share of their hits, including "You're the Inspiration" and "Hard to Say I'm Sorry."
  • Chicago VII was a double album with more jazz-influenced tracks than their previous two. "Call on Me" was the second single from the set, following "(I've Been) Searchin' So Long" and preceding "Wishing You Were Here." It made #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, the second time the band made the top spot on the tally ("Beginnings" was their first). The band would eventually score eight AC #1s.

Comments: 1

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 16th 1974, the ABC television network aired the Chicago special 'Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch', featured guests were Anne Murray and Charlie Rich...
    At the time Chicago's "Call On Me" was in its second week at #6 on Billboard's Hot Top 100, that would be its peak position on the chart...
    Two days after the special aired, on August 18th, the record would reach #1 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    The song was track two of side four on the group's sixth studio album, 'Chicago VII', and on April 21st, 1974 the album peaked at #1 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
    Two other tracks from the album also made the Top 100 chart; "(I've Been) Searchin' So Long" {peaked at #9 for 3 weeks on May 5th, 1974} and "Wishing You Were Here" {reached #11 for 2 weeks on November 4th, 1974}...
    And for what it’s worth; the day the special aired the #1 record on the Top 100 was "The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace.
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