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ChicagoChicago is an American rock band that became popular in the 70’s and the 80’s. They were formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1967, hence their name. They were formed by a group of DePaul University students who began playing on and off campus. They were composed of a versatile line-up of instrumentalists that eventually grew and became a seven-member group.
As a professional band, Chicago was composed of guitarist Terry Kath, keyboardist Robert Lamm, drummer Danny Seraphine, and bassist Peter Cetera along with three other instrumentalists- saxophonist Walter Parazaider, trombonist James Pankow, and trumpet player Lee Loughnane. The band was then known as The Big Thing.
The band gained some success as a cover band, continually working on original material along the way. By 1968, the band moved to LA where they were able to sign up with Columbia Records. The band then took on a new name, Chicago Transit Authority. In 1969, they were able to release their self titled debut album.
This album was special in that it was a sprawling double album containing songs with jazzy instrumentals and other unique features when it comes to musical styles. It was quite an ambitious attempt of an album debut for a new band. It did well and eventually became a hit in both the US and the UK. During this time, the band shortened their name to Chicago when the real Chicago Transit Authority threatened legal action against the use of the name.
The band had their breakthrough with the release of their second album, Chicago in 1970. The album went on to produce several top 40 hits for the band which included the 13-minute classically inspired song, "Ballet For A Girl In Buchannon". Other successful albums and singles followed.
The band kept busy through the 70’s which was capped by their album Chicago X in 1976 which contained their first number one single, "If You Leave Me Now". The hit single also earned for the band their only Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group in 1977. The success of this album eventually led Chicago to rely on power ballads for their subsequent albums.
The band went on to several ups and downs until the beginning of the 80’s. In 1981, the band saw a resurgence of their career with a new label in Warner Brothers as well as some line-up changes (the first one brought about by the accidental death of erstwhile band leader, Terry Kath). Their album, Chicago 17 in 1984, became the band’s biggest selling album. It reached six times platinum in sales in the US alone and contained the hits "Hard Habit to Break" and "You’re the Inspiration".
The band had gone through a number of personnel changes and currently still keeps active, a good four decades after the band was formed. The band is known as one of a few major rock bands that had never broken up or taken a hiatus from performing. The band continues on to perform in venues all over the world, dishing out their own style of jazz, pop and rock influenced music.
Did You Know? Despite the personnel changes over the years, the group is still active four decades after its founding. They are one of the few major rock groups that have never broken up or even taken an extended hiatus.
Doobie BrothersThere’s no separating the unparalleled legacy of the Doobie Brothers from their newest HOR Records release World Gone Crazy, not that anyone would want to. Nevertheless, the new album may be most remarkable for the extent to which it stands completely on its own. Yes, World Gone Crazy is another chapter in one of the great American music stories, but it’s neither comeback nor nostalgia. An exhibition of aggressive and emotional performances, evocative storytelling, unapologetic attitude and world class musicianship, the collection is its own justification.
In a sense, World Gone Crazy is an analogy for the Doobie Brothers as a whole. With founding members Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons, and 30 year-plus veterans John McFee and Michael Hossack, the Doobies have perfectly honored the band’s legacy with an offering that grows in unexpected new directions.
The songs on World Gone Crazy all feature Johnston and Simmons as writers and lead vocalists. Adding dimension to the project, in some cases there were co-writers involved, as well as some notable contributions or guest appearances by other vocalists.
Long time Doobie drummer Michael Hossack, of whom producer Ted Templeman has said, “He’s the first band member-drummer in a rock group that was as good as or better than any session player out there,” is the rhythmic backbone of the album, continuing a tradition that began with his drumming on the band’s first hit single, Listen to the Music.
Multi-instrumentalist Doobie veteran John McFee says “I just tried to do what I could on this project as a team player to serve the songs and the band.” Modest words from an in demand musician whose work can be heard on classic recordings with such artists as Van Morrison, Steve Miller, the Grateful Dead, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Rick James, Link Wray, Glen Campbell, Huey Lewis and the News, the Beach Boys, and many, many others.
“This album has been in the mix for five years, but we didn’t seriously start putting the nuts and bolts together until three years ago,” Johnston says. Simmons adds, “We had been compiling songs with the idea we would eventually do a record. Our old producer Ted Templeman came by tour rehearsals one day and was impressed with how we were sounding. He asked if we were doing any new material or thinking about recording. And that’s where it really started.”
Aside from a few years of inactivity in the mid-eighties, the Doobie Brothers have continued to perform, create and record for over 21 consecutive years. “The Doobies have always been about playing live,” Johnston says. “We’re not a studio hot house group and we’re not a concept album band. We’ve always just brought in the tunes we had, put them together and made an album. That’s the way it’s been from the very first album and that’s still the way it’s being done.”
Reuniting with Templeman, whose first hit record as a producer included the playing of the Doobies’ own John McFee (Van Morrison’s Tupelo Honey album featuring the song Wild Night), and who produced all the band’s albums through 1980, greatly influenced the project. “I’ve got a lot of songs on my home studio hard drive,” Johnston says. “That was a boon of having Teddy involved. He came up to my house in Northern California and we went through everything.”
“Tommy gave him some demos and I did the same,” Simmons says. “It took off from there. He got together with both of us at different times, went through the material and collected certain songs he wanted to start with. We did a little warm up at a couple places and ended up cutting the basic tracks at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles.”
McFee recounts “Teddy kept asking me to submit songs, but I really felt like this project was the time for me to step back from the songwriting and let Tommy, Pat, and Ted get back to the chemistry that got this train rolling in the first place.” This from a Grammy nominated songwriter with numerous BMI awards to his credit.
Co-writers run the full spectrum from an enthusiastic young fan (P.J. Heinz) Simmons met years ago to musical icon Willie Nelson. The former contributed to the bittersweet love song Far From Home after years of musical encouragement from Simmons. The latter was a vocal collaboration as well, with Nelson joining Simmons in the studio for the recording of their composition I Know We Won, which features Doobie Brother John McFee (who, as a member of the group Southern Pacific was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Walkway of Stars) on banjo, mandolin, and lead guitar.
Like the nation that spawned the many musical styles they’ve adopted, the Doobie Brothers’ deepest traditions are change, growth, striving and an abiding faith in the future. And so World Gone Crazy pays tribute to the Doobie Brothers legacy the most appropriate way possible by moving resolutely forward.
Did You Know? Johnston attributes the band's eventual name to friend and housemate Keith "Dyno" Rosen, who noted the guys' fondness for "doobies" (slang for marijuana cigarettes). They considered the new moniker an improvement over their current name Pud.