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HateItAl
05/04/2013

Chicago 3

People often forget just how massively popular Chicago were in the 1970s. They released an album every single year that decade and scored huge hits with "Saturday in the Park," "Old Days," "If You Leave Me Now," "Call on Me" and many others. When they launched an arena tour in 1973, Bruce Springsteen was opening for them. The hits continued through the 1980s, but they never quite recovered from singer Peter Cetera's departure in 1985. They've been eligible for the Hall of Fame since 1995, but have yet to appear on a single ballot.



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HanzUff
04/08/2013

Chicago 5

This funk powerhouse dominated the 1970s with classics like “Saturday in the Park” before parlaying that success into a string of chart-topping ‘80s ballads like “You’re the Inspiration” "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love.

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WuzUp
03/14/2013

Chicago 1

Yes, after DEEP PURPLE

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gangdalton
03/07/2013

Chicago 5

I was never a great fan of Chicago. But jesus, look at the body of work. Pure politics. this group should have been an automatic.

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numbah16tdhaha
12/20/2012

Chicago 5

If you play their music backwards it contains Satanic messages... don't mind me, I saw that in a movie.

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sfalconer
12/20/2012

Chicago 1

Calling Chicago Rock is like saying Ozzie is easy listening. Once again there are no boundries!

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Dianne67
04/17/2012

Chicago 5

Chicago had such a tight line up through their early years and produced 7 excellent charting albums in this time period - most of which were doubles. The musicianship was impeccable and the style was very unique. They should not be left out just because they chose to do things differently from the mainstream or because their sound didn't catch on because no one could imitate them.

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WTFLOL
11/18/2011

Chicago 2

if i cant fit a band on my front porch then thats too many for my hall.

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70sMusicFreak
07/16/2011

Chicago 5

When I toured the Hall last week, I couldn't believe this band was not an inductee. I expect them to be in in 2012.

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Ken GoodSmith
06/16/2011

Chicago 5

I know actual musical talent is of little interest to the RARHOF, but these guys were brilliantcomposers and performers. Hard to think of any group that so seemlessly incorporated horns into a truly original rock sound, and Kath was a guitarist of amazing abilities (and, while he died way too early, was with them through somethinhg like 8 albums). Alice Cooper is in the RARHOF and Chicago isn't.....(shakes head).

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DailyHabIt
04/19/2011

Chicago 5

According to Billboard chart statistics, Chicago is second only to the Beach Boys as the most successful American rock band of all time, in terms of both albums and singles. Judged by album sales, as certified by the R.I.A.A., the band does not rank quite so high, but it is still among the Top Ten best-selling U.S. groups ever. If such statements of fact surprise, that's because Chicago has been singularly underrated since the beginning of its long career, both because of its musical ambitions (to the musicians, rock is only one of several styles of music to be used and blended, along with classical, jazz, R&B, and pop) and because of its refusal to emphasize celebrity over the music. The result has been that fundamentalist rock critics have consistently failed to appreciate its music and that its media profile has always been low. At the same time, however, Chicago has succeeded in the ways it intended to. From the beginning of its emergence as a national act, it has been able to fill arenas with satisfied fans. And beyond the impressive sales and chart statistics, its music has endured, played constantly on the radio and instantly familiar to tens of millions. When, in 2002, Chicago's biggest hits were assembled together on the two-disc set The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning and the album debuted in the Top 50, giving the band the distinction of having had chart albums in five consecutive decades, the music industry and some music journalists may have been startled. But the fans who had been supporting Chicago for over 30 years were not.

Chicago marked the confluence of two distinct, but intermingling musical strains in Chicago, IL, in the mid-'60s: an academic approach and one coming from the streets. Reed player Walter Parazaider (born March 14, 1945, in Chicago, IL), trumpeter Lee Loughnane (born October 21, 1946, in Chicago, IL), and trombonist James Pankow (born August 20, 1947, in St. Louis, MO) were all music students at DePaul University. But they moonlighted in the city's clubs, playing everything from R&B to Irish music, and there they encountered less formally educated but no less talented players like guitarist Terry Kath (born January 31, 1946, in Chicago, IL; died January 23, 1978, in Los Angeles, CA) and drummer Danny Seraphine (born August 28, 1948, in Chicago, IL). In the mid-'60s, most rock groups followed the instrumentation of the Beatles -- two guitars, bass, and drums -- and horn sections were heard only in R&B. But in the summer of 1966, the Beatles used horns on "Got to Get You into My Life" on their Revolver album and, as usual, pop music began to follow their lead. At the end of the year, the Buckinghams, a Chicago band guided by a friend of Parazaider's, James William Guercio, scored a national hit with the horn-filled "Kind of a Drag," which went on to hit number one in February 1967.

That was all the encouragement Parazaider and his friends needed. Parazaider called a meeting of the band-to-be at his apartment on February 15, 1967, inviting along a talented organist and singer he had run across, Robert Lamm (born October 13, 1944, in New York, NY [Brooklyn]). Lamm agreed to join and also said he could supply the missing bass sounds to the ensemble using the organ's foot pedals (a skill he had not actually acquired at the time).

Developing a repertoire of James Brown and Wilson Pickett material, the new band rehearsed in Parazaider's parents' basement before beginning to get gigs around town under the name the Big Thing. Soon, they were playing around the Midwest. By this time, Guercio had become a staff producer at Columbia Records, and he encouraged the band to begin developing original songs. Kath, and especially Lamm, took up the suggestion. (Soon, Pankow also became a major writer for the band.) Meanwhile, the sextet became a septet when Peter Cetera (born September 13, 1944, in Chicago, IL), singer and bassist for a rival Midwest band, the Exceptions, agreed to defect and join the Big Thing. This gave the group the unusual versatility of having three lead singers, the smooth baritone Lamm, the gruff baritone Kath, and Cetera, who was an elastic tenor. When Guercio came back to see the group in the late winter of 1968, he deemed them ready for the next step. In June 1968, he financed their move to Los Angeles.

Guercio exerted a powerful influence on the band as its manager and producer, which would become a problem over time. At first, the bandmembers were willing to live together in a two-bedroom house, practice all the time, and change the group's name to one of Guercio's choosing, Chicago Transit Authority. Guercio's growing power at Columbia Records enabled him to get the band signed there and to set in place the unusual image the band would have. He convinced the label to let this neophyte band release a double album as its debut (that is, when they agreed to a cut in their royalties), and he decided the group would be represented on the cover by a logo instead of a photograph.

Chicago Transit Authority, released in April 1969, debuted on the charts in May as the band began touring nationally. By July, the album had reached the Top 20, without benefit of a hit single. It had been taken up by the free-form FM rock stations and become an underground hit. It was certified gold by the end of the year and eventually went on to sell more than two million copies. (In September 1969, the band played the Toronto Rock 'n' Roll Festival, and somehow the promoter obtained the right to tape the show. That same low-fidelity tape has turned up in an endless series of albums ever since. Examples include: Anthology, Beat the Bootleggers: Live 1967, Beginnings, Beginnings Live, Chicago [Classic World], Chicago Live, Chicago Transit Authority: Live in Concert [Magnum], Chicago Transit Authority: Live in Concert [Onyx], Great Chicago in Concert, I'm a Man, In Concert [Digmode], In Concert [Pilz], Live! [Columbia River], Live [LaserLight], Live Chicago, Live in Concert, Live in Toronto, Live '69, Live 25 or 6 to 4, The Masters, Rock in Toronto, and Toronto Rock 'n' Roll Revival.) To Guercio's surprise, he was contacted by the real Chicago Transit Authority, which objected to the band's use of the name; he responded by shortening the name to simply "Chicago." When he and the group finished the second album (another double) for release at the start of 1970, it was called Chicago, though it has since become known as Chicago II.

Chicago II vaulted into the Top Ten in its second week on the Billboard chart, even before its first single, "Make Me Smile," hit the Hot 100. The single was an excerpt from a musical suite, and the band at first objected to the editing considered necessary to prepare it for AM radio play. But it went on to reach the Top Ten, as did its successor, "25 or 6 to 4." The album quickly went gold and eventually platinum. In the fall of 1970, Columbia Records released "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?," drawn from the group's first album, as its next single; it gave them their third consecutive Top Ten hit.

Chicago III, another double album, was ready for release at the start of 1971, and it just missed hitting number one while giving the band a third gold (and later platinum) LP. Its singles did not reach the Top Ten, however, and Columbia again reached back, releasing "Beginnings" (from the first album) backed with "Colour My World" (from the second) to give Chicago its fourth Top Ten single. Next up was a live album, the four-disc box set Chicago at Carnegie Hall, which, despite its size, crested in the Top Five and sold over a million copies. (The band itself preferred Live in Japan, an album recorded in February 1972 and initially released only in Japan.) Chicago V, a one-LP set, released in July 1972, spent nine weeks at number one on its way to selling over two million copies, spurred by its gold-selling Top Ten hit "Saturday in the Park." Chicago VI followed a year later and repeated the same success, launching the Top Ten singles "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" and "Just You 'n' Me."

The next Top Ten hit, "(I've Been) Searchin' So Long," was released in advance of Chicago VII in the late winter of 1974. The album was the band's third consecutive chart-topper and another million-seller. "Call on Me" became its second Top Ten single. Chicago VIII, which marked the promotion of sideman percussionist Laudir de Oliveira as a full-fledged bandmember, appeared in the spring of 1975, spawned the Top Ten hit "Old Days," and became the band's fourth consecutive number one LP. After the profit-taking Chicago IX: Chicago's Greatest Hits in the fall of 1975 came Chicago X, which missed hitting number one but eventually sold over two million copies, in part because of the inclusion of the Grammy-winning number one single "If You Leave Me Now." Chicago XI, released in the late summer of 1977, continued the seemingly endless string of success, reaching the Top Ten, selling a million copies, and generating the Top Five hit "Baby, What a Big Surprise."

But there was trouble beneath the surface. The band's big hits were starting to be solely ballads sung by Cetera, which frustrated the musicians' musical ambitions. They had failed to attract critical notice, and what press attention they were given often alluded to Guercio's Svengali-like control as manager and producer. Chicago determined to fire Guercio and demonstrate that they could succeed without him. Shortly afterward, they were struck by a crushing blow. Kath, a gun enthusiast, accidentally shot and killed himself on January 23, 1978. Though he, like most of the other members of the band, was not readily recognizable outside the group, he had actually had a large say in its direction, and his loss was incalculable. Nevertheless, the band closed ranks and went on.

Guitarist Donnie Dacus was chosen from auditions and joined the band in time for its 12th LP release, which was given a non-numerical title, Hot Streets, and which put prominent pictures of the bandmembers on the cover for the first time. The sound, as indicated by the first single, the Top 20 hit "Alive Again," was harder rock, and the band's core following responded, but Hot Streets was Chicago's first album since 1969 to miss the Top Ten. Chicago 13 then missed the Top 20. (At this point, Dacus left the band, and Chicago hired guitarist Chris Pinnick as a sideman, eventually upping him to full-fledged group-member status.) Released in 1980, Chicago XIV, the last album to feature de Oliveira, didn't go gold. By 1981, with the release of the 15th album, the poor-selling Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, the band parted ways with Columbia Records and began looking for a new approach.

They found it in writer/producer David Foster, who returned to an emphasis on the band's talent for power ballads as sung by Cetera. They also brought in one of Foster's favorite session musicians, Bill Champlin (born May 21, 1947, in Oakland, CA), as a full-fledged bandmember. Champlin, formerly the leader of the Sons of Champlin, was a multi-instrumentalist with a gruff voice that allowed him to sing the parts previously taken by Kath. With these additions, the band signed with Full Moon Records, an imprint of Warner Bros., and released Chicago 16 in the spring of 1982, prefaced by the single "Hard to Say I'm Sorry," which topped the charts, leading to a major comeback. The album returned Chicago to million-selling, Top Ten status. Chicago 17, released in the spring of 1984, was even more successful -- in fact, the biggest-selling album of the band's career, with platinum certifications for six million copies as of 1997. It spawned two Top Five hits, "Hard Habit to Break" and "You're the Inspiration."

The renewed success, however, changed the long-established group dynamics, thrusting Cetera out as a star. He left the band for a solo career in 1985. (Pinnick also left at about this time, and the band did not immediately bring in a new guitarist.) As Cetera's replacement, Chicago found Jason Scheff, the 23-year-old bass-playing son of famed bassist Jerry Scheff, a longtime sideman with Elvis Presley. Scheff boasted a tenor voice that allowed him to re-create Cetera's singing on many Chicago hits. The split with Cetera had a negative commercial impact, however. Despite boasting a Top Five hit single in "Will You Still Love Me?," 1986's Chicago 18 only went gold. The band recovered, however, with Chicago 19, released in the spring of 1988. Among its singles, "I Don't Want to Live Without Your Love" made the Top Five, "Look Away" topped the charts, and "You're Not Alone" made the Top Ten as the album went platinum. Another single, "What Kind of Man Would I Be?," originally found on the album, was included as part of the 1989 compilation Greatest Hits 1982-1989 (which counted as the 20th album) and became a Top Five hit, while the album sold five million copies by 1997.

At the turn of the decade, Chicago underwent two more personnel changes, with guitarist DaWayne Bailey joining and original drummer Danny Seraphine departing, to be replaced by Tris Imboden. Chicago Twenty 1, released at the start of 1991, sold disappointingly, and Warner rejected the band's next offering (though tracks from it did turn up on compilations). Chicago, however, maintained a loyal following that enabled them to tour successfully every summer. In 1995, Keith Howland replaced Bailey as Chicago's guitarist. The same year, the band regained rights to its Columbia Records catalog and established its own Chicago Records label to reissue the albums. They also signed to Giant Records, another Warner imprint, to release their 22nd album, Night & Day, a collection of big-band standards that made the Top 100. They were now able to combine hits from their Columbia and Warner years, resulting in the release of the gold-selling The Heart of Chicago 1967-1997 and its follow-up, The Heart of Chicago, Vol. 2 1967-1998 (their 23rd and 24th albums, respectively). In 1998, they released Chicago 25: The Christmas Album on Chicago Records, and they followed it in 1999 with Chicago XXVI: The Live Album. In 2002, Chicago began leasing its early albums to Rhino Records for deluxe repackagings, often with bonus tracks. And the success of The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning demonstrated that their music continued to appeal to fans. Feeding off the renewed interest, the band reappeared in 2006 with the new album Chicago XXX on Rhino. The rejected Warner album from 1993 was finally released by Rhino in 2008 as Stone of Sisyphus: XXXII.

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mstegal
02/21/2011

Chicago 5

They pioneered the jazz/rock movement. Terry Kath and Danny Seraphine are among the best at their instruments in the history of rock and roll. 100 million records sold and being the second all time American group in chart sales says quality all over. Over forty years of continuous performance as one of the longest running groups ever. Grammy award winners. What else needs to be said?

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obxshark
10/15/2010

Chicago 5

An absolute travesty that this band has been completely ignored. Go back and listen to their first 5 albums, and tell me that sound is not fresher than ANYTHING being put out there today.

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dowagiac52
09/07/2010

Chicago 5

This is such an oversight that I can't believe we're still waiting for Chicago to be inducted. Their first album stands out and the 6 albums after, too. They are so deserving of being inducted that I don't understand absents. Let's get them inducted and soon.

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raiaj
08/09/2010

Chicago 5

scott muni,wnew fm nyc, the greatest rock d.j.said it best,success speaks for it-self CHICAGO: terry kath, peter cetera, danny seraphine, robert lamm, jimmy pankow, walt parazaider, lee loughlin, any questions? pound for pound this line-up can hold it's own with any rock band on the planet, CHICAGO- feeling stronger every day !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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philtheirish
07/15/2010

Chicago 5

How ridiculous that they're not in when you look at the inductees who no one has ever heard of, or who were inducted after Chicago was eligible but unquestionably shouldn't be inducted before Chicago. Remember, this is supposed to be the "Rock and Roll" Hall of Fame. Here's a partial list:
Never heard of : Hank Ballard, Ruth Brown, Little Willie John, Solomon Burke, The Moonglows,

Inducted after (key word "after") Chicago was eligible but just shouldn't be inducted before (key word "before") Chicago: The Allman Bros, Al Green, Buffalo Springfield, Parliament - Funkadelics, Gene Vincent, Staple Singers, The Flamingos, Ritchie Valens, Isaac Hayes, Gene Pitney, Ramones, The Dells, The O'Jays, The Pretenders, Percy Sledge, Miles Davis, Sex Pistols, The Ronnettes, Patti Smith?, Leonrad Cohen, The Ventures, Run-DMC, Bobby Womack, ABBA?, Jimmy Cliff, The Stooges.

And I'm being nice. While success shouldn't be the only criteria taken into account when choosing the members, the fact that Chicago has sold more records than any American band other than the Beach Boys should certainly be taken into consideration. If it really is just because Jann Wenner doesn't like them, then in the words of a true Chicagoan, he's a "jagoff"

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Oldiesjock
06/25/2010

Chicago 5

Write your Congressman...stage a sit in at Carnegie Hall...start a hunger strike -- no more Chicago-style deep dish pizza -- until these pioneers of jazz rock are inducted into the HOF. How can a group that still sells out concerts after 40 years and paved the way for so much of the good rock n' roll of the 70's and 80's not already be a member? It just doesn't make sense. I'm not going to the HOF or Cleveland again until this travesty of justice is righted! (Was that last sentence a little over the top? Sorry. I get worked up, sometimes).

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marymo
05/27/2010

Chicago 5

They are not only successful, but a legend. Their music is legendary and doesn't sound like the same song over and over. Style varies. No other band performs like they have continuously for over 40 years and has a following of fans from the age of 10 to 90. They are true musicians! not just a group that got lucky with some hit songs

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scafish
05/17/2010

Chicago 2

Too much crap on top of some decent early stuff.

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Jester002
05/02/2010

Chicago 4

I guess this is another WTF moment for me. These people should have been in years ago. What astounds me is that you create another genre of music and don't get in to the HOF. How in the hell do you let Madonna and her cone tits into the HOF and ignore true music pioneers.

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ScottSS
04/24/2010

Chicago 5

One word why Chicago should be in.....ABBA

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Jamie McBain
03/15/2010

Chicago 5

They should be in there one day. Yes, I am aware that their work from the 70's, is liked a lot more, than their music, from the 80's, which some consider middle of the group, and sappy, but still there should be in there some day, preferably before this century ends.

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rucb1alum
02/23/2010

Chicago 4

Chicago (60's and 70's) had a bigger impact on music than critics care (or like) to admit. They've certainly made more consistently good music than 7/8 of the acts in the Hall of Fame.

The horn section is perpetually magnificent. And the rhythm work of Cetera, Seraphine, Lamm and Kath was unstoppable. Terry Kath is an unsung genius. Is it a crime to tour and make records after some members leave due to 'artistic differences' and in one case, death? I don't think so. Or do you just not get in because you cheesed off Jann Wenner?

This band - at least on the albums produced by JWG - needs to be in the RRHOF. Hell, JWG needs to be in, too. And I'm no huge fan of JWG, the person. He strikes me as an arrogant, manipulative SOB but he knew how to make the band sound great.

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beach0905
12/10/2009

Chicago 5

There is no way this band should not be in the Hall. Basically created jazz/rock fusion genre of rock and roll. One of the best selling bands ever and widely played for over 30 years on radio. I don't know if the industry feels they "sold out", but I'm tired of hearing that about commercially successful bands. The musicians are a highly talented and musically educated. Maybe instead of pinheads voting, they should poll producers, composers and musicians who have played their compositions to judge their Hall of Fame worthiness.

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fitman
11/13/2009

Chicago 5

Five stars because they're famous.

Couldn't stand their annoying records myself, but who am I to stand in the way of popularity?

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AudiophilePhil
10/10/2009

Chicago 5

First of all, you posted the wrong photos of the band. WHOEVER POSTED THE BAND PHOTO ABOVE, PLEASE REPLACE IT WITH THE PHOTO OF THE ORIGINAL BAND (1969-1977).

That's not the Chicago lineup that we are hoping to be inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They have nothing to do with the real Chicago legacy.

The real legacy of Chicago came from the Terry Kath -era Chicago (1969-1977) when they were recording for Columbia Records and produced by James William Guercio.

The original Chicago lineup that deserves to be inducted are Terry Kath (guitar/vocals), Robert Lamm (keyboards/vocals), James Panlow (trombone), Peter Cetera (bass/vocals), Danny Seraphine (drums), Lee Loughnane (trumpet/flugelhorn), and Walt Parazaider (woodwinds/flute). The current lineup who are still performing but not making any memorable albums since the late 80's does not do any good for "Chicago". They just drag down Chicago's chances of being inducted. Yes, it's true that the current incarnation of the band who still call themselves "Chicago" extends "Chicago's" longevity, but it actually does more harm than good to the band's real legacy from 1969-1977. Longevity is not so important to the Hall because there were other bands who are already inducted even with much shorter existence as a band or group. The more important aspect is the quality of works and not quantity (no. of years of existence).

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Metslover4Life
09/23/2009

Chicago 5

Chicago should have been in years ago. A great combination of hits, musicianship, and longevity. The RRHOF needs to get it together and put them in ASAP!!!!

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14carrocks
09/16/2009

Chicago 5

ABSOLUTELY they should be inducted! Now they let in these anything-but-rock artists such as Grandmaster Flash into the ROCK HOF? Yes, Chicago should be inducted ASAP, and have a one time reunion with Cetera taking the vocals for a song or two on the night they go in.

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Chicago 2

Adult contemporary HOF, yes. Rock HOF, no way.

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Lindy3953
08/15/2009

Chicago 5

Absolutely. These guys revolutionized the horn section in Rock. And they've paid their dues.

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LoFidelity
05/31/2009

Chicago 5

25 or 6 to 4

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nabe
04/26/2009

Chicago 5

Their longevity and their early recordings were ahead of their time. It's not everybody's music but this is not a popularity contest.

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devasic1
04/23/2009

Chicago 5

Despite their afwul 80s and 90s material, this band should already be in based on their groundbreaking 60s and 70s work which along with Blood Sweat and Tears helped fuse jazz and rock together and pave the way for Steely Dan, who are already in!

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BrotherHanson
03/24/2009

Chicago 5

Only the Beginning!

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GuardianAngel
03/22/2009

Chicago 5

25 or 6 to 4

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take403
03/09/2009

Chicago 5

I had written the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year suggesting their induction. In the early days, Chicago was one of the most innovative rock bands out there. They actually came before Blood, Sweat and Tears, though BST's album came 1st. Though 2 key members are no longer in Chicago (the late, great Terry Kath and Peter Cetera), they continue to make music to this day. One guy said they were uninteresting and unoriginal. I wonder if the guy ever heard their version of Steve Winwood's "I'm A Man" the entire "Ballet For A Girl In Buchanon" or "Dialouge Parts 1 and 2." If not, that's his loss. Anyways, that's all I need to defend this band. We want to see some progress in 2010 for Chicago!

"We can make it happen"

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maxjwinters
01/16/2009

Chicago 5

This group has a unique and accessible sound, and Peter Cetera is one of the top 5 rock singers of all time!

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faceman7381
12/30/2008

Chicago 5

They made an entire musical tradition. How can they NOT be in? I give the fact that since Peter left they were never the same, but I mean REALLY?

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Zibby
12/22/2008

Chicago 5

Chicago V is a classic!

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Katrinabena
07/05/2008

Chicago 2

I grew up on 80's music and listened to a lot of Chicago. I like them fine but they are not Hall of Fame material.

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Steamroller3
07/04/2008

Chicago 1

Maybe I just don't know their music as well as I should but what exactly is original about Chicago? Cheesy songs and mediocre musicianship. They definitely don't belong.

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bammbamm62
06/13/2008

Chicago 5

Two words: Terry Kath.

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Casperguylkn
05/25/2008

Chicago 5

Terry Kath era Chicago should be reason enough why they should already be in. The Rock Band With Horns, indeed.

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Exp_Chiefs
04/01/2008

Chicago 5

Chicago has been around for over 40 years now!

The 60's and 70's list of songs was ground breaking.  In the 80's in the david foster era, Chicago did ALOT with Love songs and ballads while mixing them in with some rock as well.  in the 90's and 2k's, they have toured almost every year to sold out houses and venues around the world and contine to be a STRONG vegas act that draws in fans old and new.

Both my daughters Love chicago and keep turning on there friends to the wide variety of songs and the Unique sounds of the horns that you only hear in a handful of songs today.

Why they are NOT in the RnRHoF is BEYOND me?  Much lesser srtists like have been inducted when were 1 hit wonders?

It is an injustice for Chicago to be left out.
 

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Travelerdiogen es
03/30/2008

Chicago 1

One of the singularly LEAST unique groups of all time. Every song to me sounds the same. And forgettable.

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fmflip15
03/11/2008

Chicago 4

How can they not be included in the Hall of Fame.  They were on top in the 1970's and 1980's and are still around today.  Although they had numerous hits, their early stuff was groundbreaking.  How many other bands merged the big band sound with rock and roll, prior to them?  In the baseball hall of fame there is some sort of criteria to make it.  The subjectiveness used for the Music Hall of Fame has no rhyme or reason.  Grand Master Flash is more of an influence on music then Chicago?  Chic? Get real.

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JandC
03/08/2008

Chicago 5

I think that Chicago is one of the first American Bands that used horns.

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Pesky143
03/02/2008

Chicago 5

They have been around for over thirty years and still fill the arenas all over the world. Yet, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame manages to induct Grandmaster Flash. I couldn't, off of the top of my head, recite too many of his "rock and roll" hits. There is a very blatant conspiracy that we don't know about that is keeping Chicago out of the Hall. I would love to know what it is.

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CecilJaymz
02/07/2008

Chicago 5

Chicago Rocks, unique with its blend of rock and roll and blues kicks it up a notch

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detroitdiezel
01/30/2008

Chicago 5

They should have been inducted years ago.

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