My brother is a private person, so we won't tell him about this blog. Growing up, my brother was the king of cassettes. He had entire catalogs of some really cool bands. He also had a lot of crap and some bad albums by bands that had fallen out of favor.Today's guilty pleasure is America's most underrated band, Chicago.
I'm not talking about the post 1980, my ears are bleeding, falsetto whining, Pete Cetera pop centric, horns in the background horror show of a band.
I'm talking about jazz/pop/rock fusion powerhouse of the 60's and 70's...CHICAGO. Don't confuse the two. Before the death of Terry Kath, Chicago was about the music and not the fame. The creative and artistic drive was to take a handful of trained musicians and a handful of street players and make them into the rolling thunder of Rock and Roll.
The dream came to an end in 1978. Terry Kath accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun (this is not a joke)
a personal favorite
We can't forget about the song writing talents of Trombonist James Pankow. The Balladeer of Chicago.
Bobby Lamm on Vocals
and finally, a song for the fallen Terry Kath and the end of an era
there are tons more songs by this amazing band. If the 60's were about the Beatles, The 70's. belonged to the blue eyed soul of Chicago.
I'd like to thank my brother Stephen for introducing me to this band. If you think Chicago was lame, look in the mirror, point, and say the word LOSER.
Peter Cetera - bass, lead & background vocals
Terry Kath - guitar, lead & background vocals
Robert Lamm - keyboards, lead & background vocals
Lee Loughnane - trumpet, background vocals
James Pankow - trombone
Walter Parazaider - woodwinds
Danny Seraphine - drums
Laudir de Oliveira - percussion