Not surprisingly the Group Chicago came from Chicago and was formed in the late 1960s. To say they were successful is an understatement as in the U.S.
alone they sold over 38 million records giving
them twenty two gold albums. The best-selling band all started at the De Paul
The original five members were Terry
who had over twenty guitars at one point. Apart from being an excellent
guitarist Terry also was a drunk and a drug taker too. He died at the age of 32
in what may have been a freak accident or suicide. He kept firing a gun without
bullets to his head. In front of a friend he picked up another gun and said it
was not loaded. He pulled the trigger and a live round left then chamber. He
died instantly in 1978.
Danny Seraphine was the drummer who played with the band from 1967 all the way through to 1990. According to the Rolling Stones
Danny is ranked in the top 100 drummers I the whole world.
James Pankov was on trombone and Lee Loughnane was on trumpet. In fact around nineteen members have come and gone from the Chicago band. The group has almost had fifty albums out over their entire recording career.
They are only behind the Beach Boys in terms of record sales in the U.S. Billboard charts.
Single wise the group had far more success than in the UK. In 1970 the single Make Me Smile was No.9 in the U.S.
from the album Chicago II. It was the next single that was an international hit
with vocals by Peter Cetera called 25 Or 6 To 4. The single was from Chicago II
also, and was written by band member Robert Lamm. The song appears to be about
the time on a clock, as simple as that.
Several singles followed in the U.S.
including Beginnings which got to No. 1. That was 1971, and that was also the
year of their next cross Atlantic hit called I’m A Man which was a cover of the
1967 British group The Spencer Davis Group and was written by Steve Windwood.
were pumping out the albums like
there was no tomorrow, and Chicago VII scored two U.S. No.1s with Call On Me
and Wishing You Were Here. The second hit had vocals from the Beach Boys on it.
In fact Chicago had ten top thirty U.S. hits during July 1972 to 1976.
A number one all over the worldAs far as the UK was concerned that was the last single to chart in the top thirty in the 1970s. But America kept them well and truly in the charts with another three top thirty singles. But it would not be until 1982 when Hard To Say I’m Sorry made the top ten in most charts
classic If You Leave Me Now from the album
Chicago X. This beautiful song was written by Cetera and sung by him.
The song won two Grammy’s and sold millions in the States alone and launched
even more sales of their albums. The beautiful ballad was lucky to be released
at all. It only appeared on the album at the very last moment, and was not
initially planned for single release.