Questions 67 And 68

Album: Chicago Transit Authority (1969)
Charted: 24
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  • 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.
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Comments: 34

  • Tom from Toronto, CanadaFavourite Chicago song and one of my favourite songs ever, love the very late-60s-esque instrumental horn-break a la Classical Gas/Macarthur Park. Chicago were a great band for 6 albums. Considering 4 of them were doubles it's more like 10 albums, a body of work any band would kill for. They get a bad rap from critics and hipsters but f--k 'em. Most artists have at most 10 years at their peak. They all get old and get different priorities at some point. Chicago's classic period still holds up.
  • Howard from LevittownChicago's ballad style starts here, right out of the box. It would continue through "Wishing You Were Here," "Feeling Stronger Every Day," "Baby What A Big Surprise," You can't blame it all on David Foster, although he put his layer of slickness on it. My favorite period, when there were three lead singers, like there were in The Beatles, Moody Blues, CSN and what the heck, the Monkees.
  • Chris from Kennesaw, GaThis is my #1 song of all time. I'm a (currently) 48 year-old (born in '66), and a HUGE music lover. Love Beatles, Stones, ELO, Collective Soul, Angels & Airwaves, Boston, Journey, Styx, etc., among rock bands, and love some pop, some soul and R&B, jazz, a little country. But THIS SONG sends chills down my spine and is continually doing so right now as I type. Wow. It just hits me right in the heart. I did not know until today that this was their first single release. I just saw Chicago this past Sunday (8-24-14) at Chastain Park in Atlanta with REO Speedwagon. That was the best concert I've ever seen. They were just on, sounding great, having a blast. Saw them last year at Verizon Amphitheather in Atlanta as well, and both times they played this song, which were the only times I've seen them play it. Thank you, Chicago, for 45 years of amazing music. I LOVE the old stuff, but Chicago XXX was their greatest album IMO, and I'm sad that they don't play any of those songs in their shows. It's hard to get on the radio when you're an "old" band, no matter how good your music is. Love it that so many of the original members are still going strong. Back to the music...
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1969 {August 3rd} "Questions 67
  • Larry from Marietta, GaDanny's S's drum roll at the beginning really sets this song up beautifully.
  • Pat from St. Paul, MnThis song is played often by Paul Shaffer's CBS Orchestra on the Late Show with David Letterman, going into or coming out of a commercial break. I think they've played other Chicago hits as well, which is no surprise since the instrumental makeup of the CBS Orchestra is almost the same as Chicago's.
  • Mark from Lunenburg, MaLove the brass section in the last third of the song. Always pictured a summer day, watching the sailboats going by.
  • J from Los Angeles, CaI want to know (A) What questions 1 through 66 were (Yes I read about 1967 and 1968 above), or what was written in this letter mentioned that was/will be auctioned/sold, etc. I know that more than once a person in love has written out either a list of questions to ask, or especially all the reasons why they love someone. I want to know more about the inspiration behind this song...
  • David from Fairfax, VaOkay folks, Questions 67 & 68 is an awesome song. CTA has numerous eonderful songs, but this has to be one of their best songs.Granted, sll of their music was incredible but this has to be one of my favorites. I saw them in concert shortly after Terry'd passing.They were not the same with out him, and they never will be. However, they are still to this day, the best brass band ever.
  • Dan from Milwaukee, WiThis song is indeed about a girl he was dateing at that time. I have the love letter he wrote to her stateing it was about them. See atticweasel . com as the letters are for sale.
  • Don from B G, KyLess I get throw in with tone deaf Rick in Columbus GA, please let me clarify. My 69 question is different. It is of a sexual nature.
  • Don from B G, KyQuestion 69 needs to be asked as well.
  • Micky from Los Angeles, CaHave to agree with Bill from Downers Grove, IL-----the guy most assuredly has to be an idiot to utter something like that. Chicago is one of the greatest horn bands of all time!
  • Dave from Easton, PaI've listened to Chicago songs all my life and have seen them in concert 3 straight years, and will again this year. They're the tops, but i'm hoping that someone in this forum would answer this question: Why isn't Chicago in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? They are more than deserving of the honor, don't you think?
  • Lance from Pittsburgh, PaThis might be the only top 40 hit ever to end in the title of the song without ever being sang anywhere during the song. Questions 67 & 68 were only mentioned at the very end. Great song!
  • Paul from Boston, MaRobert Lamm said it's about a girl he was dating during 67-68. There's nothing political about the song, just good ole' rock and roll- enjoy my friends.
  • Jimmy T from Nyc, OrDo you realize that this band is STILL touring, and reportedly HAS been, every year since they started in the late '60s. This kind of longevity in amazing!
  • J from Everett, MaQuestions 67 & 68 refers to the time period that inspired the questions in the song. 1967 & 1968.

    The years before the album came out in 1969.
  • Gary Jay from Fredericksburg, VaHow can anyone wish this band play russian roulette. If he wants I'll send him a plane ticket to Somalia. Maybe he would be happier.

    Chicago was a group of guys ahead of there and our time. There use or horns , back beats and double riffs had not been heard before. What does it matter if you understand a song? If you like it and it makes you feel good than you've won the prize.

    S.., Fl.
  • Keely from Bronx, NyTo Kirsten re the title: My take is that Questions 67 & 68 refer to the infinite questions you have when you're in the first excitement of loving somebody new . . . the song's lyrics are mostly questions anyway, so I think the song is about being filled with one question after another. (I never get tired of the way he shouts it at the end - almost like another question.) Keely
  • Kirsten from New York, NyWhy did they add the line "Questions 67 and 68" at the end of the song and then call it that? That seems kind of tacked on. Is there a story about it? I love the song, though.
  • Cindy from Edwardsville, IlPlease, the CTA album is stunning, the music & lyrics garnering among the highest on my "goosepimple quotient".

    "Can this feeling that we had together, suddenly exist between?"

    God, that hurts. The same poignancy of Clapton's "Bell Bottom Blues" and "Layla" and Atlanta Rhythm Section's "Another Man's Woman".

    Genius. To the core, "Questions 67 & 68" is the real deal.

    Cindy--Edwardsville, IL
  • Jeff from Centennial, CoOn Chicago IV, the live at Carnegie Hall album, Terry Kath wryly notes while introducing "Questions 67 and 68" that it was the band's "first boss hit-bound single that wasn't a boss hit-bound single."
  • Bill from Downers Grove, IlRick from Georgia (the post right after me) is OBVIOUSLY an idiot so please skip his dribble. This song is amazing in concert and the band is phenominal.
  • Rick from Columbus, GaThe 69th question ought to be why this band ever got a record contract. I grant you they're good musicians, but the music is terrible. Too bad they all don't play russian roulette.
  • Joshua from Twin Cities, MnThe U.S. chart information is not correct. XM Satellite Radio carries old episodes of the American Top 40 radio show, and a few weeks ago they ran a 1971 episode with this song in the Top 40. Further research on the Web site of Charis Music Group (the organization that's restoring the AT40 episodes for XM) shows that the song got at least as high as #24 in November of 1971.
  • Peter from Ocala, FlHeard Q67&68 live at a concert from the 8th row center in 1972 and Cetera's voice and resonance around the the stadium cut me right down the middle and I have never been the same since. Terry Kath's guitar near the end of the horn instrumental sounded like a banjo and his strum hand was a blur. I thought they were like a 35 piece orchestra from the sound but when I looked there were only 7. One of the best love songs ever written.
  • Bill from Richmond, VaYeah the songfact is indeed wrong where it says it was not released as a single until 1971. Questions 67 & 68 was the first single, not Beginnings. (Columbia 4-44909) Completely different mono mix than heard anywhere else. Radio station copy had an edit on one side, different than the 1971 single edit, other side was the full LP version mixed to a very hot compressed mono mix. Never again released in this state.
  • AnonymousThis song is a musical master piece along with the rest of this 1969 album " chicago transit authority" What a great album and some great songwriters and great musicians! Mike C from Pottstown Pa
  • Dave from Pomeroy, OhThe first five Chicago were full of AWESOME music
  • Howard from St. Louis Park, MnThe instrumental portion in the middle was used for several years as the theme for The Bud Grant Show in the 70s on a local Twin Cities TV station when he was the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Logan from Downs, IlTHe Best song ever by Chicago is by far Poem 58
  • Andrew from TorontoOne of my favourite Chicago tunes,the other being Feeling Stronger Every Day.
  • Robert from Chicago, IlThis song was actually released as their first "hitbound" single in the summer of '69, as late guitarist Terry Kath said. However, the song barely made the charts.
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