Peter Ceterawas born on September 13, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois. Peter is an American singer, songwriter, bass guitarist, and producer. He is best known as a member of the rock band, Chicago. After leaving the group Chicago, he had a successful solo career. Peter was number two of six children. He was born of a Polish-American descent. He bought his first guitar from the Sears Department Store when he was 14 years old. He took up bass guitar after he finished high school and played in several bands in the Chicago area. In 1967, Peter decided to go early for a show so he could watch the band called, The Big Thing. He was so impressed with the horn section the band used combined with the rock and roll, he left The Exceptions and joined The Big Thing band within 2 weeks.
The Big Thing changed their name to Chicago Transit Authority, then eventually just shortened it to Chicago. The group released their self titled debut album, The Chicago Transit Authority on the Columbia Record label in 1969. Peter sang lead on three of the eleven songs on the album. His tenor voice blended well with the other two lead singers in the group who had baritone voices. They were Robert Lamm (keyboard player), and Terry Kath (guitar player). His singing style was developed because he had his jsw wired shut for a period of time because he got into a fight at a Los Angeles Dodgers game in 1970. The groups second album, Chicago II, put the group into the limelight and opened up the opportunities for them. They quickly became popular throughout the world. The song, 25 or 6 to 4, was their first major hit single and Peter sang lead vocal. Peterís first effort at song writing was, Where Do We Go From here, was also a hit. Later in the 1970's, Peter contributed the songs, Wishing You Were here and Happy Man which were recorded on the Chicago VII album in 1974. His biggest single was, If You Leave Me Now, which reached number one worldwide. His next song, Baby, What A Big Surprise, was also a big hit.
In 1980 Peter went solo and his first solo album was released in 1981 on the Warner Bros. Records label. Peter brought in David Foster as the producer and this resulted in Chicago 16. The album was a major comeback for the group. The album included the hit single, Hard To Say Iím Sorry. Also from the album was the single hit, Love Me Tomorrow. Peter and Chicago went their separate ways in 1985 because Peter wanted to do a solo album and the group did not agree with him. Peter has been in two movies and released more albums and singles.
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