Chicago is a highly acclaimed and veteran rock band that became famous beginning in the late 1960s. They started out as primarily a horn band playing edgy jazz-influenced rock, and by the mid-late 1970s, had made a major stylistic shift to mostly soft romantic ballads. Chicago debuted in 1969 with the enigmatic "Questions 67 And 68," which was followed by a very long string of hits on both the Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts through the late 1990s. Their best known songs include "25 Or 6 To 4" (1970), "Saturday In The Park" (1972), "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).
Formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois and first known as The Big Thing, the band changed its name soon after to The Chicago Transit Authority and recorded its eponymous debut album under that name before finally shortening it to Chicago. 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 is among the world's all-time top-selling bands with sales of over 100 million records to date. The original lineup was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, and the band's numerous other honors and accolades include a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1992) and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2020).
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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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