The Legendary Music Group Chicago

Chicago 1970's

Chicago 1978  James Pankow; Robert Lamm;  Donnie Dacus; Lee Loughnane;  Peter Cetera; Danny Seraphine;  Walt Parazaider; Laudir DeOliveir
Chicago 1978 James Pankow; Robert Lamm; Donnie Dacus; Lee Loughnane; Peter Cetera; Danny Seraphine; Walt Parazaider; Laudir DeOliveir

The music of Chicago just makes you want to break out in song.

It's Saturday in the park, does anybody really know what time it is? It's only the beginning, I just want to celebrate. Colour my world with love, make me smile. Wishing you were here, you're the inspiration. It's hard to say I'm sorry, but I'm feeling stronger everyday. Baby what a big surprise, you're a hard habit to break. If you leave me now, lonliness is just a word. Just you 'n' me.

It does me!

Last June I had the opportunity to go to a Chicago concert at the Pechanga Resort and Casino, located in Temecula, California, it was fantastic. Although the lead singer Peter Cetera was not with the band anymore, the new members gave the group the sound they needed to still have that jazz, pop, and rock they are famous for.

First Ever Band Photo 1967

  James Pankow; Lee Loughnane;  Walt Parazaider; Robert Lamm;  Terry Kath; Danny Seraphine
James Pankow; Lee Loughnane; Walt Parazaider; Robert Lamm; Terry Kath; Danny Seraphine

Chicago 1980's

Chicago 1980  Lee Loughnane; James Pankow;  Robert Lamm; Danny Seraphine;  Walt Parazaider; Peter Cetera;  Laudir DeOliveira
Chicago 1980 Lee Loughnane; James Pankow; Robert Lamm; Danny Seraphine; Walt Parazaider; Peter Cetera; Laudir DeOliveira

It was only the beginning....

Originally called The Big Thing, the group started in March 1967 as a cover band and played mostly in clubs on and off campus at the DePaul University, in Chicago. When the group released their first album they changed the name of the band to The Chicago Transit Authority. The original group consisted of seven members, featuring traditional rock instruments combined with a versatile list of brass instruments including a saxophone, trombone, and trumpet. Their first album was a risky investment as it was a double album, almost unheard of for a debut album. It included instrumentals, extended jams with Latin percussion and experimental guitar abstractions involving the use of "feedback" as a new sound.

Chicago Logo

Chicago 1990's

Lee Loughnane; Walt Parazaider;  Jason Scheff; Robert Lamm;  Tris Imboden; James Pankow;  Keith Howland; Bill Champlin
Lee Loughnane; Walt Parazaider; Jason Scheff; Robert Lamm; Tris Imboden; James Pankow; Keith Howland; Bill Champlin

Logo over ego.

The band gained it's popularity by receiving heavy air play on the FM radio band, with three shortened versions of "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?", "Beginnings", and "Questions 67and 68." Shortly after the release of this double album, the band shortened its name to simply Chicago, which has remained. The unique quality that the band had from the beginning is notoriety from its logo and the facelessness that went with it. This was in keeping with the style of the 1960s, an era that valued group effort over individual ego.

Chicago 2003

Jason Scheff; Keith Howland;  Bill Champlin; Lee Loughnane;  James Pankow; Walt Parazaider;  Robert Lamm; Tris Imboden
Jason Scheff; Keith Howland; Bill Champlin; Lee Loughnane; James Pankow; Walt Parazaider; Robert Lamm; Tris Imboden

Longevity

The band continued to grow in popularity as they have released over 31 albums through the years they have been together. Most of their albums are simply referred to by a number, like Chicago II, Chicago III, and so on down the line. In 2006 they released their newest album entitled, Chicago XXX. This group has achieved something that very few groups in the musical industry do, longevity. The have been producing music now for 40 years, that is quite an accomplishment.

Chicago

I have always wondered myself, how they came up with the name Chicago. The clue is given on the notes of their first album, "If you must call them something, speak of the city where all save one were born, where all of them were schooled and bred. Call them Chicago."

Chicago and The Doobie Brothers 2010

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Britneys Fan Club 7 years ago

Hi there Yeah music makes my world go round its what i need every day to lift up my mood and soul :))

played the guitar many years

like your hub its very informativ

pls come by visit my music hub as well

greetz c ya soon ;)


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midnightbliss 7 years ago from Hermosa Beach

I love them and their music,


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Rob Lattin 7 years ago from Born in Chicago, now I'm in Mostly Michigan

I've been a Chicago fan since they were only an FM station favorite back in the 70's. Back then, they could not get on the AM Top 40 of WLS or Super CFL until Saturday In The Park was released. The rest is history. I like your handling of this legendary group in your hub. Maybe you can write about the most creative member of the band, Robert Lamm and cover some of his solo work. Keep up the nice job.


AudiophilePhil 7 years ago

I love the Terry Kath-era Chicago and I hate the new band.

To me, the real Chicago was the classic lineup from 1969-1977.

Longevity is not so important. The only reason why Chicago should be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is because of their first eleven albums with Terry Kath and Jim Guercio as the producer.


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Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

I've loved Chicago ever since my older sister brought their albums home, back in the '60s. Saturday in the Park, Wishing You Were Here, If You Leave Me Now, and all the classic stuff from their first few albums still sound as good to me now as the songs did back then.

Great band, thanks for the hub.


Deb Gray 6 years ago

Great synopsis of the band's history! For fans of Chicago co-founder and original lead guitarist: Terry Kath, check out the new site!! Enjoy rare photos, songs, and meet/chat with other fans.


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

lol...I have all their songs on my Ipod! I still love them!


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d luck 6 years ago

chicago is the real legend, i love their love ballad songs like You're the inspiration and hard to say i'm sorry. great band.


topangawindow 6 years ago

Chicago's heyday definitely ended in the late 70's. Alive Again was great, Thunder and Lightning might have been a clue which direction they were heading. The 80's and 90's stuff bore no similarity to the 69-78 stuff. Heart and Cheap Trick sold out too, but they proved that once in awhile they could put out some actual rock music. (Black on Black 2, Woke up With a Monster).


Diane (Mikolajczyk) Jessee 6 years ago

Went to CVS High School with Bobby Lamm and there is a "CVS Reunion" this Septemver 18th. What a "Hoot" if Bobby could attend. P.S. I used to sing back-up for him in H.S. when he was the "Trondells" with Roland Gomez, etc. E-mail me at dianejessee@verizon.net.........Thanks


marvl 6 years ago

Great band in the 60s and early 70s. The loss of Terry Kath and the addition of Peter Cetera ruined Chicago. Someone should have taped a bag over Peter Cetera's head. Bleck.


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music messenger 6 years ago

Great band. Great hub! I have music reviews on my hubs. I collect music on all formats but I love vinyl. Take a look.


Mark K 6 years ago

"marvl 9 days ago"

"Great band in the 60s and early 70s. The loss of Terry Kath and the addition of Peter Cetera ruined Chicago. Someone should have taped a bag over Peter Cetera's head. Bleck."

Umm.....that great band in the 60's and early 70's included founding member Pete Cetera. So, apparently, Chicago was ruined when they recorded their very first album?


rubin kaplan 6 years ago

at your concert at mohegan sun on the 7th of july my wife and i will be there in the first row balcony

this is our 36th anniversary. our wedding song was colour my world

thanks

rubin and eileen kaplan


Lisa 6 years ago

Does anyone know of an address i can write to chicago band and have them send me something signed for my hubby's 40th bday???? help help..having a surprise party in august for him.


Lisa 6 years ago

if anyone knows please email me at rnwildfire128@yahoo.com thanks


drs2011 6 years ago

I am a HUGE Chicago fan!!!! I think They are One of the Greatest Groups in the History of Music!!! Amazing Horn Sections, Incredible Vocals, Timeless Songs(No Tell Lover, Love Me Tomorrow, 25 or 6 to 4, Will You Still Love Me, etc.), and Just Great Music.


Samanta 5 years ago

I love Chicago, specially Jason Scheff and Bill Champlin (that's not more in the bnand). Hope thedy come to Brazil again :)


Samanta 5 years ago

I love Chicago, specially Jason Scheff and Bill Champlin (that's not more in the bnand). Hope thedy come to Brazil again :)


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kerats 5 years ago

Nice hub about a great band!


Mark 5 years ago

Hey marvl,

In the late 60s and early 70s, who played bass for Chicago and sang the lead vocals on stuff like QUESTIONS 67 and 68 and 25 or 6 to 4?

Get your facts about the band right ...


Danny 5 years ago

Nice site about CHICAGO. like to see them put out a covers CD. Do More Today Than Yesterday. Vehicle. Got To Get You Into My Life. There is a lot they could cover with the horns they play. Other bands are doing this they just have a way of doing songs like no other band can they are the greatest band with horns.


Hank 4 years ago

I have been a huge Chicago fan since their inception and have been to many of their concerts. I especially like the 2005 Concert from the Greek Theatre with Earth, Wind & Fire. I just viewed their 2009 concert from The Gibson Ampitheatre, and have to say that I believe that Jason Scheff is a much better singer than Lou Pardini. Unless his voice is giving out, Jason should use that impressive talent.


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

Great hub! Color My World was THE slow dance song back in the early 70's (along with anything by Bread and a Santana song called Samba Pa Ti) but these guys could rock too; check out I'm A Man....


kim 4 years ago

CHICAGO was the group that my then boyfriend, now husband of 38 yrs. was our favorite. So many of their songs bring back wonderful memories.


Derek in Joburg 4 years ago

Have been a Chicago fan since I was a teenager in the early 70's.

They are incredible musicians and the brass sound in their songs makes them so unique and versatile.

Despite the tragic loss of Terry Kath (world's greatest guitarist), and Peter Cetera, Keith Howland and Jason Scheff are truly worthy successors.

Their 2003 Sound Stage live performance in 2003, is a musical masterpiece and still my favourite music dvd.

Bands today don't (and can't) make music like this anymore..


labaron stallworth 4 years ago

i am aloyal fan of chicago and the doobie brothers band. there music is so clear and just plane dam good. not to many black people are fans of these bands but i am and always will be. thank for shareing there music with me


la baron stallworth 4 years ago

i have been a fan of chicago and the doobie brothers since the 70s. there music is so smooth and clear.,not like the junk u hear today. thank for shareing there music with me and others.oh by the way i am a black male that just loves their music and thank you


jennifer 4 years ago

I thought "Saturday here in the Park" was written about Riis Park at Belmont Central (north side of Chicago). was I wrong? Was it about central park? Also I thought some of the members were music students from DePaul University. Can anyone clarify?

Thanks

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