Chicago is Finally In

By | Jan 4, 2016

Recently the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their inductee for 2016. For the first time Chicago was nominated. They won the fan vote and will be inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2016.


I, like many others, have wondered why they aren’t already there. They released their first Album, Chicago Transit Authority, in 1969. This meant they were first eligible in 1994. Over 20 years ago.

Sure Chicago of the 1980s became a pop band. So did others. Heart is a prime example and they were inducted into the Hall a couple of years ago.

But look at their music of the 70s. Especially the first 9 albums (of original material) with Terry Kath as their guitarist.

In ways the heart of Chicago died with the death of Kath. Unfortunately he is not mention in the same breath as some of the great Rock guitarist, such as Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. But he was up there with the best. Hendrix, who Chicago opened for in the late 60’s, felt that Kath was one of the best.

They were one of the first to really put horns in as part of the Rock sound. Better than Blood Sweat and Tears and more Rock than some of the later Rhythm and Blues/Soul artist that came in the 1970s.

The make-up of Chicago has changed over the years. There are only 4 members of the Band that are still part of the act. Along with Kath death in 1977, Bassist Peter Cetera, left the group in 1985 to pursue a sol career. And in 1990 drummer Danny Seraphine left the group. Even long time replacement, Bill Champlin is no longer a member of the group.

Will Chicago perform at the Induction ceremony. I sure hope they do.

So what would I like to see for them on stage. The four existing original members, Keyboardist Robert Lamm and horn section, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow, and Walter Parazaider – saxophones. Joining them would be other current members, Jason Scheff on bass guitar, Tris Imboden on drums, and
Keith Howland on guitar. All of these have been with the band for 20-30 years.

Joining this group would be Danny Seraphine and Peter Cetera.

They would open with the classic 25 or 6 to 4 with Cetera on vocals. During the guitar solo, which Terry Kath would excel at during their concerts, they would play a tape performance of one of his solos. I’m sure this would bring down the house.

Then the current line-up would follow into their 13 minute Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon.

Simply the best of Chicago.

The other 4 artist to be inducted in 2015 are:

Deep Purple – Another group that should have long been there. They are often credited as the first Heavy Metal Band.

Steve Miller – with his blues guitar.

Cheap Trick – A punk band, which in my opinion really was just average

N.W.A – You have to think that Straight outta Compton brought them to the attention of the Hall and helped get them in.


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