Tag: Chicago

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

Wednesday 4pm: Sounds of The 70s

This week on Sounds of The 70s we feature music from:  Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Ringo Starr, Donna Summer, Spinners, Chicago, Barry Manilow, Marshall Tucker Band and more . . .

Tuesday 4pm: Sounds of The 80s

This week on The Sounds of The 80s we feature tunes from:  Leslie Pearl, Whitesnake, Chicago, Pretenders, David Bowie, Pebbles, Wham!, Erasure, Billy Idol, Alabama, John Mellencamp and more . . . 

Wednesday 4pm: Sounds of The 70’s

This week on the Sounds of The 70s:  Yes, Wet Willie, Tony Orlando & Dawn, John Mellencamp, Elton John, Rattles, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Abba, Queen, Chicago, Billy Joel, Helen Reddy, Jackson Browne and more . .  

Tuesday 6pm: Sounds of The 60’s

This week on Sounds of The 60’s:  Rascals. Three Dog Night, Chicago, Chubby Checker, Otis Redding, Beatles, Isley Brothers, Kinks, Mary Wells, Johnny Cash, Richard Harris, Nancy Sinatra, Four Seasons, Dion, Elton John, Koko Taylor, Edwin Starr and many many more . . . 

Wednesday 1pm: Sounds Of The 70’s

This we an extended edition of The Sounds of The 70’s.  This week music from – Minnie Ripperton, David Bowie, Supertramp, Addrisi Brothers, Rod Stewart, Hues Corporation, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Chicago and more . . .

Wednesday 12pm: Music of The States – Illinois

Listen every Monday through Friday at 12PM ET as we feature the music of the states, A to Z.  Wednesday we feature music focusing on Illinois in the title or tunes about the state including popular cities like Chicago.

Illinois is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is the 6th-most populous U.S. state and 25th-largest state in terms of land area, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire United States. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in northern and central Illinois, and natural resources such as coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base, and is a major transportation hub. The Port of Chicago connects the state to other global ports around the world from the Great Lakes, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean; as well as the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, via the Illinois Waterway on the Illinois River. The Mississippi River, the Ohio River, and the Wabash River form parts of the boundaries of Illinois. For decades, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world’s busiest airports. Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and politics.

The capital of Illinois is Springfield in central Illinois. Although today, the state’s largest population center is in and around Chicago in the northeastern part of the state, the state’s European population grew first in the west, with French who settled along the Mississippi River, and gave the area the name Illinois Country. After the American Revolutionary War established the United States, American settlers began arriving from Kentucky in the 1780s via the Ohio River, and the population grew from south to north. In 1818, Illinois achieved statehood. After construction of the Erie Canal increased traffic and trade through the Great Lakes, Chicago was founded in the 1830s on the banks of the Chicago River, at one of the few natural harbors on southern Lake Michigan. John Deere’s invention of the self-scouring steel plow turned Illinois’s rich prairie into some of the world’s most productive and valuable farmland, attracting immigrant farmers from Germany and Sweden. The Illinois and Michigan Canal (1848) made transportation between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River valley faster and cheaper. New railroads carried immigrants to new homes, as well as being used to ship commodity crops to Eastern markets. The state became a transportation hub for the nation.

By 1900, the growth of industrial jobs in the northern cities and coal mining in the central and southern areas attracted immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe. Illinois was an important manufacturing center during both world wars. The Great Migration from the South established a large community of African Americans in the state, including Chicago, who created the city’s famous jazz and blues cultures. Chicago, the center of the Chicago Metropolitan Area, became a global alpha-level city.

Three U.S. presidents have been elected while living in Illinois: Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Barack Obama. Additionally, Ronald Reagan, whose political career was based in California, was born and raised in Illinois. Today, Illinois honors Lincoln with its official state slogan, Land of Lincoln, which has been displayed on its license plates since 1954. The state is the site of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, located in the state capital of Springfield, and the future home of the Barack Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. – Wikipedia

Monday 10pm: LP Lounge with Willie B

Tonight we feature in SQ the complete Chicago Album.

Chicago (sometimes referred to as Chicago II) is the second studio album and second double album by Chicago-based American rock band Chicago. This was the first album to use the Chicago logo on the cover, which became an enduring feature on the covers of all of the band’s succeeding studio albums. Released in January 1970 on Columbia Records, Chicago was commercially successful. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in April of the same year of its release, and certified platinum in 1991. It reached No. 4 on the album charts in the United States and No. 6 on the album charts in the UK, and produced three top ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100. The album received three Grammy Award nominations – for Album of the Year, Contemporary Vocal Group, and Best Album Cover.

Saturday 12pm / Sunday 6am: Brit Rock with Dominic Forbes

This week on Brit Rock – Michael Schenker Group, Scorpions, Focus, Concrete Kingdoms, Meme Detroit, Survival Code, Green Day, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Foo Fighters, Styx, Procol Harem, Marillion, Dio, Motorhead, Don Henley, Foreigner, Chicago, Queen, Deep Purple, Genesis, Night Ranger, Allman Bros Band, Fleetwood Mac, REM, Joe Cocker, Rolling Stones, Who, Ozzy Osbourne, Mountain, Rembrandts, C.C.S., Rod Stewart, Aerosmith.  Join Dominic Forbes 12pm or the encore Sunday 6am on RadioMaxMusic.

Monday 11pm: Feature LP: Chicago VI (1973)

Chicago VI is the fifth studio album by American rock band Chicago and was released in 1973. It is the first album to feature percussionist Laudir de Oliveira, who will become a full-fledged member of the band from the following album Chicago VII.

After having recorded all of Chicago’s first five albums in New York City (except for parts of the second album recorded at CBS in Los Angeles), producer James William Guercio had his own Caribou Studios built in Nederland, Colorado during 1972. It was finished in time for the band to record their sixth album the following February. It would remain their recording base for the next four years.

Robert Lamm authored half of the album’s tracks, including his response to some of Chicago’s negative reviewers in “Critics’ Choice”. James Pankow wrote the album’s two hits, “Just You ‘n’ Me” (#4) and “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day” (#10). The latter was co-composed with Peter Cetera, who also wrote “In Terms of Two”, and sang lead vocal on all three songs.

Released in June 1973, Chicago VI was another commercial success, spending five weeks at #1 in the US. The band would not chart in the UK at all until 1976’s Chicago X.

The album was mixed and released in both stereo and quadraphonic. The original U.S. CD release (Columbia CK #32400) was mastered for CD by Joe Gastwirt.

Click here for album contents and comments from Wikipedia

Tuesday 11pm: Feature LP: Chicago – Chicago VII (1974) @chicagotheband

Chicago VII is the sixth studio album by American rock band Chicago and was released in 1974. It is notable for being their first double album of new material since 1971’s Chicago III, and remains their final studio release in that format.

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Monday 6pm: Sounds of The 70’s

s70shourAnother installment of Sounds of The 70s and this week feature music from Chicago, Roberta Flack, Paul Simon, Dave Edmunds, and more…  6pm ET on RadioMaxMusic.