Chicago: Behind the Music #133

Season 1 Ep 13310/15/2000

The rock group Chicago is a musical institution, playing their unique brand of horn-based rock and roll for over thirty three years. The bands career has been defined by unimaginable success and marked by unthinkable tragedy. In 1967 Chicago musicians Robert Lamm, James Pankow, Walter Parazaider, Lee Loughnane, Terry Kath, Peter Cetera and Danny Seraphine formed a group with one dream. By 1978 Chicago was one of the biggest acts in the world, garnering Grammy Awards and platinum albums. But tragedy would soon follow. On January 23rd, 1978 founding member, singer and guitarist Terry Kath died from a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Although Chicago continued on without their friend and band mate, things would never be the same for the band. The following 3 years would be a struggle with lackluster record sales, and a lack of direction. The 1980's, however, would spell a new era of popularity and success for the band. Throughout the years Chicago has endured many changes but after 33 years of touring and recording they continue to ROCK!