Jim Johnson played [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Chicago[/lastfm]’s Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? on Turntable Tuesday!
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Chicago is a rock band that was formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. In the band’s debut, they began as a politically charged, sometimes experimental rock band headed by the three-headed monster of singer/guitarist Terry Kath, singer/bassist Peter Cetera and singer/keyboardist Robert Lamm.
The band featured an unusual and unusually versatile line-up of instrumentalists, including saxophonist Walter Parazaider, trombonist James Pankow, and trumpet player Lee Loughnane, along with more traditional rock instruments — guitarist Terry Kath , keyboardist Robert Lamm, drummer Danny Seraphine, and bassist Peter Cetera (who was the last to join the original group).
The bands original name was ‘The Big Thing’, which changed to ‘Chicago Transit Authority’ when their first album “The Chicago Transit Authority” was released. Soon after the album’s release, the band’s name was shortened to simply ‘Chicago’, when the actual Chicago Transit Authority threatened legal action.
After Kath’s death on January 23, 1978,(and the release of their 9th studio album, Chicago Xi), the band began to explore a softer sound that resembled more the style of 80s pop bands than the jazz-rock fusion that they began with. The reinvented sound produced many hit songs in the 80s, forever settling Chicago as adult contemporary favorites.
In 1985, Cetera insisted that they take a break from touring so that he could concentrate on a solo album and spend more time with his family. After the band rejected his offer to stay in the band while recording a solo album, it was announced that Cetera and Chicago would go their separate ways in July 1985. Cetera was replaced by bassist/singer Jason Scheff.
Band biography provided by last.fm