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Music Groups - Chicago

Chicago is an American pop rock/jazz fusion band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. The band began as a politically charged, sometimes experimental, rock band and later moved to a predominantly softer sound, becoming famous for producing a number of hit ballads. They had a steady stream of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Second only to the Beach Boys in terms of singles and albums, Chicago is one of the longest running and most successful U.S. pop/rock and roll groups. According to Billboard, Chicago was the leading U.S. singles charting group during the 1970s. They have sold over 120 million albums worldwide, scoring 22 Gold, 18 Platinum, and 8 Multi-Platinum albums. Over the course of their career they have charted five No. 1 albums, and have had twenty-one top ten hits.

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1 Peter Cetera leaves Voice of the band
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2 Never Boned Still rocks.
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3 death of Terry Kath soul of the band, guitar on "25 or 6 to 4"
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4 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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5 Dropped "Transit Authority" Became less experimental.
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6 mid 1970s went Adult Contemporary
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1 ParkerTillman, I know he was with the band from the beginning, I just mean when the songs were tailored more towards his soft rock ballad style instead of the jazz rock fusion of earlier albums. When Kath died, he kind of became the de facto leader, so in a way there was a Peter Cetera era from about 1977 to 1985 when he was the creative leader of the group. Kind of like how Phil Collins was with Genesis when Peter Gabriel was the leader and then he took a more creative control role after Gabriel left, which is why people call it the "Phil Collins" era even though he was a member of the band before Gabriel left. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on July 20, 2012, 6:46 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 There was no "Cetera era". He was their bassist and vocalist (at least on some songs) from day 1. -- Submitted By: (ParkerTillman) on July 20, 2012, 4:56 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Chicago Transit Authority started off as a ground breaking, boarder line experimental, jazz fusion band, with a sound that was powerful, funky, yet tight as a knot. Then Terry Kath shot himself and the band became a top 40 machine that sold out and churned out sappy power ballads. Sad, really; but sometimes one person does make that much of a difference. -- Submitted By: (dcvianc) on May 9, 2011, 11:13 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 The band started it's move away from jazz-rock fusion when Terry Kath died. I still liked the Peter Cetera era (80s power ballads at their best), but the band completely lost their soul by the time he left the band. Good news is that the band pretty much sticks to the classics when they tour now. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on March 9, 2011, 10:42 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 While I do like the Cetera era Chicago, it hardly compared to that with Kath. This group hit a hard downslide after the loss of a key member and only slid more when they lost a second. They should have used a different name. -- Submitted By: (TheObject) on March 9, 2011, 5:24 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 JohnDiFool's got it right. Nobody who knows the early (true) Chicago considers Pete Cetera the lead singer. Their best stuff happened before that -- fluffy after. -- Submitted By: (HistoryProf) on November 4, 2010, 9:47 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 No, you've got it wrong-it was when Peter Cetera _took over_ the band, essentially, that it got Boned (partially but not wholly due to Kath's death, so that's what I voted). This was c. 10-15 years before he left. Before they became "adult contemporary" fodder, this was a thriving ensemble band-sure, they were recording lightweight fluff from the first album onwards, but there was enough rock and jazz and fusion here and there to maintain a certain level of gravitas. But then they decided to just focus on "soft rock" (oxymoron warning) with Cetera singing lead on just about every track, and their creativity & eclecticism simply died. -- Submitted By: (JohnDiFool) on August 20, 2010, 9:08 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 I have to agree with that. When the lead singer goes it is time to hang up the instruments. They should have enough money to retire. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on October 1, 2009, 8:29 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Anytime a band loses its lead singer and decides to keep recording and touring, all you have is basically a live karaoke band. There is one exception and that would be Van Halen with Sammy Hagar -- Submitted By: (JoeBagODonuts) on September 11, 2009, 7:48 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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