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Considered one of the longest running and most successful pop/rock 'n' roll groups in history, Chicago is the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine's list of Top 100 artists of all time, coming in at #13.
Lifetime achievements include a Grammy Award, multiple American Music Awards, elected as Founding Artists to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor, and Keys to and Proclamations from an impressive list of US cities.
Formed in 1967 in Chicago, the "legendary rock band with horns" released their first album "Chicago Transit Authority" in 1969. Since then, they have had record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 34 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards.
In 2014, their debut album "The Chicago Transit Authority" was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame. This was followed by announcement of their 2014 summer tour with REO Speedwagon, a televised performance on the 2014 Grammy Awards CBS broadcast, and the scheduled release of "NOW" Chicago XXXVI in July 2014.
For a more in-depth look at the band:
A Chicago Story.
Robert wrote many of the band’s biggest hits, including “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?,” “Beginnings,” “Saturday in the Park,” “Dialogue” & “25 or 6 to 4.” His vocal and keyboard performances are instantly recognizable – a huge part of Chicago’s “signature” sound.×
In addition to playing trumpet, Loughnane’s songwriting contributions for Chicago have included the hit singles “Call on Me” from Chicago VII and “No Tell Lover” from Hot Streets, as well as album cuts such as “Together Again” on Chicago X and “This Time” on Chicago XI.×
Trombonist James Pankow has composed many songs for Chicago, including thehits “Make Me Smile” and “Colour My World” (both from his suite Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon), “Just You ‘N’ Me,” “(I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long,” “Old Days,” “Alive Again,” and is responsible for most of Chicago’s horn arrangements.×
Parazaider’s primary musical role in the band has consisted of playing saxophone, flute, and woodwinds. His compositional contributions include (“It Better End Soon: 2nd Movement”, “Free Country”, “Aire”, “Devil’s Sweet”, “Window Dreamin'”). Parazaider’s highly recognizable flute solo in the Chicago hit “Colour My World” is a Chicago classic. In 2008, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by DePaul University.×
At age 23, Jason joined Chicago in mid-1985 when Peter Cetera left to pursue a solo career. His ability to closely duplicate Cetera’s vocal parts, and play bass guitar, allowed the band to continue its touring/recording efforts without a hitch; he debuted on lead vocals on their 1986 hit single “Will You Still Love Me?” Besides performing the band’s classic material, Scheff has composed several original songs for the band, including their 1989 Top 10 single “What Kind Of Man Would I Be?.” He is the oldest son of well-known session bassist Jerry Scheff, who toured for several years with Elvis Presley.×
Prior to joining Chicago in 1990, as well as during his tenure as the band’s drummer, Imboden has had a successful career as a studio session player. Among his works have been sessions for Neil Diamond, Kenny Loggins, Firefall, Richard Marx, Steve Vai, Roger Daltrey and Crosby, Stills & Nash. He has also toured as a drummer with Kenny Loggins, Al Jarreau, Firefall, Cock Robin and others. Imboden was one of the founding members of the band Honk in 1970.×
Since 1995, he has been the lead guitarist for Chicago. After graduating from James Madison University in 1986 with a degree in communications, Keith moved to Los Angeles , performing and making invaluable contacts in the music industry. Being a long-time fan of the band he showed up to auditions thanks to a chance meeting with Jason Scheff (the band’s bassist). He was offered a job the same day!×
Lou is an American Grammy-nominated keyboardist, songwriter, and vocalist. He has worked with notable musicians such as Stevie Wonder and Santana, and, as of August 2009, has replaced Bill Champlin in Chicago. He has also written songs for artists such as Smokey Robinson and The Temptations.×
Not surprisingly, this “one man percussion show” has gathered an impressive list of gigs over the years, including touring and / or recording with: Carlos Santana, Traffic, Steve Winwood, Jackson Browne, Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, David Lindley, Ricki Lee Jones, Richard Marx, Sergio Mendes, Smokey Robinson, Robbie Robertson, Joe Sample, Boz Scaggs, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, Johnny Hallyday, Khaled,Lindsey Buckingham and many others.
Because of his versatility, Walfredo is one of the most in demand musicians in the world today. He currently lives in the Los Angeles area where he continues to expand his talents to recording, producing, composing, education, live performance and touring -currently as a member of Chicago. Welcome Wally!×
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