Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Spotlight on Chicago

Sometimes I wonder if the folks who vote for nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame really know what time it is?

For the legendary band Chicago, the time is way past due for induction. The group that began in 1967 as the Chicago Transit Authority was first eligible for the Rock Hall in 1994 -- 25 years after the release of their first album. 

So their induction, in my opinion, is 19 years over due. Chicago has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, produced 21 Top 10 singles including 11 that reached the top of the chart. 

This versatile "rock and roll band with horns" -- progressive rock, jazz fusion, soft rock ballads -- scored five straight No. 1 albums in the 1970s. Billboard magazine, in 2008, ranked Chicago No. 13 of the top 100 artists of all-time. They can do it all.

Chicago's hits span five decades, and they're second only to The Beach Boys (and R&R Famers) in sales. I think that equates to longevity and popularity.

With Robert Lamm, Peter Cetera, Terry Kath, Danny Seraphine, Bill Champlin, Walter Parazaider, and James Pankow among the band members through the years (Lamm, Parazaider and Pankow have been in the group from the beginning), the group has recorded timeless classics like "If You Leave Me Now," "Make Me Smile," "Colour My World," "25 or 6 to 4" "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" and "Saturday in the Park." 

I always preferred their jazzy and edgy sounds, especially with Kath's guitar before his untimely death in 1978. And Chicago is one of  the first rock group to feature horns. An additional bonus with their early albums were posters -- including one that covered a (dorm) wall.

It's not about time -- it is time -- for Chicago to be inducted into the Rock Hall. 

Now enjoy some of Chicago's great music:

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