InTheStudio - CHICAGO 'II'

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Chicago II Anoints Band As Hit Machine
Founding Member Robert Lamm Recalls Sophomore Effort

Dallas, TX - January 6, 2015.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind Historys Greatest Rock Bands speaks to Chicago founding member Robert Lamm on the anniversary of the double album musical colossus Chicago II.

February of 1970, not even a year after their debut album Chicago Transit Authority, the band had shortened their name but not their fourteen-legged lineup. As former Bob Dylan sideman and Blood, Sweat and Tears founder Al Kooper told Lamm, Chicagos sound was the perfect marriage of brass and rock.

Chicago, born out of their city namesake also known as the Second City, made the bold Chicago II, a two disc set that would go on to sell a record two million albums and spawn their first Top 5 hit 25 or 6 to 4 and two Top 10 singles Colour My World and Make Me Smile.

Speaking with InTheStudio host Redbeard, keyboardist, singer, songwriter Robert Lamm sheds light on how three lead singers managed to front just one band. 

For most of the time that we were writing songs, we never thought about what key (its in), is it going to be right for whoevers going to sing it.  We would basically write the song and see how far each one of us could go. So part of the idea about sharing lead vocals was necessity. (laughs).  - Robert Lamm

Footnote: after over 120,000,000 albums sold, the second biggest selling artist in America (behind only the Beach Boys) is still not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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