Terry Kath (guitar, vocals) 1967-1978
Peter Cetera (vocals, bass) 1967-1984
Robert Lamm (keyboards, vocals)
Walter Parazaider (horns)
Danny Seraphine (drums) 1967-1989
James Pankow (trombone)
Lee Loughnane (trumpet)
Laudir De Oliveira (percussion)
Donnie Dacus (guitar) 1978-
Bill Champlin (keyboards, vocals) 1981-
Jason Sheff (vocals, bass) 1984-
DeWayne Bailey (guitar) 1988-1995
Tris Imboden (drums) 1989-
Keith Howland (guitar) 1995-
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Their original name was "Chicago Transit Authority," and their first album had the same name. The group was forced to shorten it to "Chicago" after the city of Chicago said: you can't use that name, period!
Chicago was a spin-off of the group The Buckinghams. The Buckingham's "Foreign Policy" sounds exactly like Chicago, with a political agenda that dominated their early albums.
Chicago focused on protest and political songs but they discovered the money was in Rock 'n' Roll love songs so they dropped the political agenda and concentrated on commercial pop-rock after the third album. On their 4-record release Chicago At Carnegie Hall, there are several references to the evils of the "military industrial complex," air pollution and America's most famous crook, Richard Nixon. (thanks, David - Lubbock, TX, for all above)
Into the vaults for this talk with Bolton from the '80s when he was a focused on writing songs for other artists.
Ville Valo of HIM
The lead singer for HIM shares some surprising insights about their songs, which he says can take years to complete.