Chicago









Chicago

was formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. They had many hits in the 1970's and 1980's. They were right up there with the Beach Boys in popularity. They are considered to be one of the longest running and most successful U. S. Rock and roll groups. The were the leading United States singles charting band in the 1970's.

Chicago formed their band from a group of DePaul University students who got together to jam at clubs on and off of campus. They added more players as they went along and eventually ended up with seven players to make up their band. The members of the band included Walter Parazaider (saxophonist), James Pankow (trombonist), Lee Loughnane (trumpet player), Terry Kath (guitarist), Robert Lamm (keyboard), Danny Seraphine (drummer), and Peter Cetera (bass player). The group moved to Los Angeles, California in 1968and worked on their own original songs. With the help of their manager, James William Guercio, they signed with Columbia Records. Their first record was released in 1969 and the band changed their name to Chicago Transit Authority. Their first album was called The Chicago Transit Authority, and it was a double album, which was very unusual for a new rookie band. Soon after the album was released the band shortened their name to Chicago.

The bandís second album was also a double album and included several top 40 hits.. The second album was called Chicago or Chicago II. The band was releasing more than two LP discs per year from their third album in 1971 and on through the 1970's. In 1971 they released a quadruple album live. It was called Chicago at Carnegie Hall, Volumes I, II, III, and IV. This set was made up of songs from live performances and music from their previous three album. This set became the best selling box-set in the music world and stayed that way for 15 years. In 1972 their first single disc was released. It was called Chicago V. This set reached number one on the Billboard pop and jazz album charts. Some members of the band starred in the movie Electra Glide In Blue, which starred Robert Blake and aired in 1973. The group also appeared on the soundtrack of the movie. There were other successful albums to follow. Their first number one single was in 1976 and it was the ballad, If You Leave Me Now. This song also won the group an Grammy Award. For the best pop performance by a duo or group in 1977.In 1992 & 1993 the band wrote their 22 album, Stone of Sisyphus but the album was never officially released because the Warner Music Group was not satisfied with it. Chicago continues to tour world wide and have yet another compilation called The Best Of Chicago $0th Anniversary.