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Wednesday 2pm ET: Feature Artist: Terry Kath (Chicago)

Terry Alan Kath (January 31, 1946 – January 23, 1978) was an American musician and songwriter, best known as a founding member of the rock band Chicago. He played guitar and sang lead vocals on many of the band’s early hit singles. He has been praised by the band for his guitar skills and Ray Charles-influenced vocal style.

Growing up in a musical family, Kath took up a variety of instruments in his teens, including the drums and banjo. He played bass in a number of bands in the mid-1960s, before settling on the guitar when forming the group that became Chicago. His guitar playing was an important component of the group’s sound from the start of their career, and he sang lead on several of the group’s singles. He used a number of different guitars, but eventually became identified with a Fender Telecaster fitted with a single neck-position humbucker pickup combined with a bridge position angled single-coil pickup and decorated with numerous stickers. Kath was also said to be Jimi Hendrix’s favorite guitarist.

Kath had a self-admitted history of drug abuse, including alcohol. Seraphine knew that Kath had a high tolerance for drugs, but later recalled Kath telling him, “I’m going to get things under control … if I don’t, this stuff is going to kill me.” Chicago bandmates have indicated that he was also increasingly unhappy. However, Guercio has said that Kath was finishing writing a solo album before he died, and Pankow adamantly denies that Kath was suicidal.

By 1978, Kath was regularly carrying guns around and enjoyed shooting them. Around 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Monday, January 23, after a party at the home of roadie and band technician Don Johnson, in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, Kath began to play with his guns. He spun his .38 revolver on his finger, put it to his temple, and pulled the trigger. The gun was not loaded. Johnson warned Kath several times to be careful. Kath then picked up a semi-automatic 9-mm pistol and, leaning back in a chair, said to Johnson, “Don’t worry about it … Look, the clip is not even in it.” Those were his last words. To assuage Johnson’s concerns, Kath showed Johnson the empty magazine. Kath then replaced the magazine in the gun, put the gun to his temple and pulled the trigger. Apparently unbeknownst to Kath, the semi-automatic had a round in the chamber. He died instantly from the gunshot, eight days shy of his 32nd birthday.

Kath left a wife Camelia Kath (born Camelia Emily Ortiz), whom he had met in 1974, and a two-year-old daughter, Michelle Kath (now Michelle Kath Sinclair). He married his first wife Pamela Robinson in 1970, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1974.

After his death, his widow married and later divorced actor Kiefer Sutherland. Kath is interred near his mother, Evelyn Kath, in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California, in the Gardens of Remembrance.

The group’s members were devastated over losing Kath and strongly considered disbanding, but were persuaded by Doc Severinsen, musical director of the Tonight Show band, that they should continue. Kath’s position as guitarist in Chicago was subsequently filled by Donnie Dacus, then Chris Pinnick, Dawayne Bailey, and Keith Howland. At Chicago concerts, original members Lee Loughnane (trumpet) and Robert Lamm (keyboards) have, on occasion, performed lead vocals originally sung by Terry Kath.

Thursday 12am ET: Feature LP: Chicago – Group Portrait (1991)

Group Portrait is a compilation album by the American band Chicago, released in 1991 by Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings originally, later reissued on the band’s Chicago Records label. It includes hits and album cuts from the band’s first fourteen albums along with rare tracks.

Group Portrait bears notable differences from most of the band’s other official compilation and live albums including the following: it is not assigned a number in the album title number sequence; its cover art depicts people instead of just a logo art concept; and it includes commentary from band members James Pankow, Robert Lamm, former members Peter Cetera, Walt Parazaider and producer James William Guercio. Unlike the 2003 anthology The Box released later, this collection only covers their tenure with Columbia Records, and does not include Warner Bros. material.

“Introduction” 6:35 Chicago Transit Authority (1969)
“Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” 4:35 Chicago Transit Authority
“Beginnings” 7:55 Chicago Transit Authority
“Questions 67 & 68” 5:03 Chicago Transit Authority
“Listen” 3:22 Chicago Transit Authority
“Poem 58” 8:36 Chicago Transit Authority
“I’m a Man” 7:40 Chicago Transit Authority
“Make Me Smile” 4:35 Chicago (II) (1970)
“So Much to Say, So Much to Give” 1:02 Chicago (II)
“Anxiety’s Moment” 0:57 Chicago (II)
“West Virginia Fantasies” 1:33 Chicago (II)
“Colour My World” 3:00 Chicago (II)
“To Be Free” 1:31 Chicago (II)
“Now More Than Ever” 1:10 Chicago (II)
“Fancy Colours” 5:10 Chicago (II)
“25 or 6 to 4” 4:51 Chicago (II)
“Where Do We Go from Here” 2:50 Chicago (II)

“Flight 602” 2:45 Chicago III (1971)
“Free” 2:16 Chicago III
“What Else Can I Say” 3:13 Chicago III
“Mother” 4:28 Chicago III
“Lowdown” 3:35 Chicago III
“A Song for Richard and His Friends” 6:22 Chicago at Carnegie Hall (IV) (1971)
“A Hit by Varèse” 4:51 Chicago V (1972)
“Saturday in the Park” 3:56 Chicago V
“Dialogue Part I” 2:57 Chicago V
“Dialogue Part II” 4:12 Chicago V
“Alma Mater” 3:52 Chicago V
“Feelin’ Stronger Every Day” 4:14 Chicago VI (1973)
“In Terms of Two” 3:30 Chicago VI
“Critics’ Choice” 2:49 Chicago VI
“Just You ‘n’ Me” 3:43 Chicago VI
“Something in This City Changes People” 3:42 Chicago VI

“Life Saver” 5:18 Chicago VII (1974)
“Happy Man” 3:31 Chicago VII
“(I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long” 4:28 Chicago VII
“Skinny Boy” 5:12 Chicago VII
“Byblos” 6:16 Chicago VII
“Wishing You Were Here” 4:33 Chicago VII
“Call on Me” 4:01 Chicago VII
“Brand New Love Affair, Part I & II” 4:29 Chicago VIII (1975)
“Harry Truman” 3:01 Chicago VIII
“Old Days” 3:29 Chicago VIII
“You Are on My Mind” 3:21 Chicago X (1976)
“If You Leave Me Now” 3:54 Chicago X
“Together Again” 3:53 Chicago X
“Another Rainy Day in New York City” 3:01 Chicago X
“Hope for Love” 3:03 Chicago X

“Take Me Back to Chicago” 5:15 Chicago XI (1977)
“Mississippi Delta City Blues” 4:40 Chicago XI
“Baby, What a Big Surprise” 3:05 Chicago XI
“Prelude (Little One)” 0:52 Chicago XI
“Little One” 5:44 Chicago XI
“No Tell Lover” 4:13 Hot Streets (XII) (1978)
“Closer to You” 4:54 B-side of “Must Have Been Crazy”; recorded during the Hot Streets sessions
“Gone Long Gone” 3:59 Hot Streets (XII)
“Alive Again” 4:05 Hot Streets (XII)
“Must Have Been Crazy” 3:24 Chicago 13 (1979)
“Doin’ Business” 3:25 (1991); from the rehearsal sessions for Chicago XIV (1980)
“Song for You” 3:41 Chicago XIV
“Thunder and Lightning” 3:32 Chicago XIV
“The American Dream” 3:17 Chicago XIV
“Beginnings (Live edited version)” 3:41 Chicago at Carnegie Hall (IV)

Friday 2pm ET: Feature Artist – Chicago

Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois, calling themselves the Chicago Transit Authority in 1968 before shortening the name in 1969. The self-described “rock and roll band with horns” blended elements of classical music, jazz, R&B, and pop music. They began writing songs with politically charged lyrics, and later moved to a softer sound, generating several hit ballads. The group had a steady stream of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In September 2008, Billboard ranked Chicago at number thirteen in a list of the top 100 artists of all time for Hot 100 singles chart success, and ranked them at number fifteen on the same list produced in October 2015. Billboard also ranked Chicago ninth on the list of the hundred greatest artists of all time in terms of Billboard 200 album chart success in October 2015. Chicago is one of the longest-running and most successful rock groups, and one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time, having sold more than 100 million records. In 1971, Chicago was the first rock act to sell out Carnegie Hall for a week.

To date, Chicago has sold over 40 million units in the U.S., with 23 gold, 18 platinum, and eight multi-platinum albums. They have had five consecutive number-one albums on the Billboard 200 and 20 top-ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1974 the group had seven albums, its entire catalog at the time, on the Billboard 200 simultaneously. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. In 2017, Peter Cetera, Robert Lamm, and James Pankow were elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame for their songwriting efforts as members of the music group.

Robert William Lamm (born October 13, 1944) is an American keyboardist, singer and songwriter best known as a founding member of the rock band Chicago. He wrote many of the band’s biggest hits, including “Questions 67 & 68”, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”, “Beginnings”, “25 or 6 to 4”, “Saturday in the Park”, “Dialogue (Part I & II)” and “Harry Truman”. Lamm is one of three founding members (alongside James Pankow and Lee Loughnane) still performing with the group.

Friday 2pm: Feature Artist – Peter Cetera

Peter Paul Cetera (born September 13, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, and bassist best known for being an original member of the rock band Chicago (1967–1985), before launching a successful solo career. His career as a recording artist encompasses seventeen albums with Chicago and eight solo albums.

With “If You Leave Me Now”, a song written and sung by Cetera on the group’s tenth album, Chicago garnered its first Grammy Award. It was also the group’s first number one single.

As a solo artist, Cetera has scored six Top 40 singles, including two that reached number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 1986, “Glory of Love” and “The Next Time I Fall”. “Glory of Love”, the theme song from the film The Karate Kid Part II (1986), was co-written by Cetera, David Foster, and Diane Nini, and was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for best original song from a motion picture.

In 1987, Cetera received an ASCAP award for “Glory of Love” in the category, “Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures”. His performance on “Glory of Love” was nominated for a Grammy Award for best pop male vocal. That same year Cetera and Amy Grant, who duetted on “The Next Time I Fall”, were nominated for a Grammy Award for best vocal performance by a pop duo or group.

Besides David Foster and Amy Grant, Cetera has collaborated throughout his career with other nationally known and internationally known recording artists from various genres of music including: The Beach Boys, Billy Joel, Karen Carpenter, Paul Anka, Agnetha Fältskog, Richard Sterban, Bonnie Raitt, Madonna, David Gilmour, Az Yet, Cher, Chaka Khan, Crystal Bernard, Ronna Reeves, and Alison Krauss. His songs have been featured in soundtracks for movies and television.

In 2014, the first album by the group Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority (Columbia, 1969), with Cetera on bass and vocals, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Cetera was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Chicago in April 2016, and Cetera, Robert Lamm, and James Pankow are among the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees for their songwriting efforts as members of the group. – Wikipedia

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