Chicago is a pop-rock band that became famous in the 1970s. Formed in 1967 in Chicago, this band was first known as The Big Thing, then it changed its name to The Chicago Transit Authority and recorded its first album which was self-titled under that name. Led by bassist-vocalist Peter Cetera, the original lineup also consisted of Walter Parazaider (saxophone), Terry Kath (guitar), Danny Seraphine (drums), James Pankow (trombone), Lee Loughnane (trumpet) and Robert Lamm (keyboards). Over the years, there were many personnel changes, and Cetera left the band in 1985 to be replaced by Jason Scheff.
Chicago began as primarily a horn band playing edgy jazz-influenced rock, then switched to mostly soft romantic ballads in the mid-late 1970s. In 1969, Chicago debuted with "Questions 67 And 68" which was followed by a very long string of hits on both the Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts to the late 1990s. Best known songs by Chicago include "25 Or 6 To 4" (1970), "If You Leave Me Now" (1976), "Hard To Say I'm Sorry" (1982), "You're The Inspiration" (1985), "Look Away" (1988), and "Here In My Heart" (1997).
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The song(s) featured on this page are on:
- Chicago Transit Authority
- The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning
- Chicago II
- The Best Of Chicago 40th Anniversary
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- 25 or 6 To 4 1970
(A new version of this song charted in 1986.)
- Beginnings 1971
- Colour My World 1971
(Alternate title spelling: "Color My World")
- Dialogue (Parts I & II) 1972
- Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? 1970
- Feelin' Stronger Every Day 1973
- Free 1971
- Just You 'N' Me 1973
- Lowdown 1971
- Make Me Smile 1970
- Old Days 1975
- Questions 67 And 68 1969
(This song is the longer version. Chicago later also had a hit in 1971 with a shorter version of "Questions 67 And 68.")
- Questions 67 And 68 1971
(This song is the shorter version. Chicago previously had a hit in 1969 with a longer version of "Questions 67 And 68.")
- Saturday In The Park 1972
- Wishing You Were Here 1974
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