Chicago Transit Authority was both the name of the band as well as the 1969 eponymous first album. These seven guys in the original band Chicago Transit Authority were so good, in so very many ways, that they blew away all of the conventional wisdom about what a rock band could be, so uncommonly talented that their debut in 1969 required it to be a double album. Chicago’s line-up then was led by under-recognized triple threat singer/songwriter/guitarist Terry Kath, bass guitar/vocalist Peter Cetera, drummer Danny Seraphine, trombonist Jim Pankow, trumpet player Lee Loughnane, sax and woodwinds by Walter Parazaider, and keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter Robert Lamm.
Chicago Transit Authority spawned three big hits, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”,”Beginnings”, and “Questions 67 & 68”, while peaking at #17 sales in the US & an even better showing of #9 in the UK. The double album debut spent 171 weeks on the sales charts, eventually topping sales of over two million. One of three lead singer/ songwriters, keyboard player Robert Lamm is my guest for part one of this classic rock interview. – Redbeard