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  posted on 1/23/2008 at 08:11 PM
A tremendous talent gone way too soon. When I think of it, it most probably was his voice more than his guitar that gave me the willies. Just a perfect combination of nasty guitar, ragin raspy voice & tons of energy on stage, The leader of Chicago.
No telling what he might have accomplished with or without Chicago.
Still, such a waste.

Take it Uptown, Terry.

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  posted on 1/23/2008 at 08:25 PM

Musician. Born the son of Raymond and Evelyn Kath in Chicago, Illinois; as a child he played the drums, the banjo, and finally taught himself to play the guitar. As a teenager, he formed a group to cover such bands as the Ventures. While attending De Paul University in 1966, Kath formed The Big Thing with Walt Paradaizer and Danny Seraphine. Within a year the lineup also included trombonist James Pankow, trumpet player Lee Loughnane, keyboardist Robert Lamm, and bassist Peter Cetera and became the Chicago Transit Authority. The band would become the opening act for Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Hendrix was reported to have said Kath was the better guitarist. In 1968, the band signed with Columbia Records and began recording; releasing their debut album, ‘Chicago Transit Authority' in 1969. ‘Chicago II' was released in March, 1970 and topped out at #4 on the American charts. The following year, ‘Chicago III' climbed one slot. In 1971 they released the massive ‘Chicago at Carnegie Hall' which remains the best selling four LP set ever recorded. The album a year formula continued with ‘Chicago V' in 1972, their first effort that was under one hour in length. ‘Chicago VI' came out in 1973, topping the charts. The following year, Kath married Camelia Ortiz with whom he had one daughter. He had developed an interest in guns and had numerous weapons in his home and often on his person. It was not unusual for him to go target practice or hunting while off the road. ‘Chicago VII,' ‘Chicago VIII,' and ‘Chicago IX' released between 1974 and 1977 all reached the top slot on American charts; and Kath began work on a solo album. On January 23, 1978 at a party at roadie Donnie Johnson's home in Los Angeles, Kath was drinking heavily and showing off one of his automatic pistols. He was asked to put it away. He ejected the magazine to show that the weapon was unloaded. He returned the clip and placed the barrel against his temple. Reassuring everyone that it wasn't loaded, Kath pulled the trigger. The chambered round that he neglected to unload killed him instantly. The Los Angeles County coroner ruled the death an accidental gunshot inflicted under the influence of alcohol and drugs. In 1997, Chicago compiled an album that showcased Kath's best performances.



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  posted on 1/23/2008 at 08:27 PM
wow time fly's

I really like the first few Chicago lps.....good stuff

 

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  posted on 1/23/2008 at 10:10 PM
Sure do miss him Such a great talent gone to early.

 

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  posted on 1/23/2008 at 10:23 PM
We use to stay at Ray and Evies resort on Lake Placid in Hayward WI back in the early 70's
got to meet Terry and lots of the band, they would practice in the bar . All very nice people.

 

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  posted on 1/23/2008 at 10:37 PM
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A tremendous talent gone way too soon. When I think of it, it most probably was his voice more than his guitar that gave me the willies. Just a perfect combination of nasty guitar, ragin raspy voice & tons of energy on stage, The leader of Chicago.
No telling what he might have accomplished with or without Chicago.
Still, such a waste.

Take it Uptown, Terry.


Chicago was NEVER the same without him. He was the soul of the band.

 

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  posted on 1/24/2008 at 12:16 AM
terry kath was another of the great ones who's talent is overlooked and under appreciated today. r.i.p. terry.



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  posted on 1/24/2008 at 10:15 AM
Still one of the top 2 or 3 shows i was ever at. In 1972 Chicago at Ravinia Park (Just north of Chicago). My college roommate was best friends with Terry Kaths cousin. Terry's cousin called my roommate within a couple hours after his demise, and it was pretty intense, we were all stunned.

 

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  posted on 1/24/2008 at 10:22 AM
I have footage of a 1970 concert that just knocks me out!! I cry every time I watch it. Terry had EVERYTHING going for him! A major loss.

 

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  posted on 1/24/2008 at 10:32 AM
blew me away when I heard the tragic news.
A talent that will not be forgotten.

 

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  posted on 1/24/2008 at 10:49 AM
The first two albums ... Chicago Transit Authority and Chicago II ... are two of my all time favourite albums ... RIP Terry ...

 

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  posted on 1/25/2008 at 03:06 PM
Hendrix thopught he was the best out there at the time.

 

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  posted on 1/25/2008 at 03:52 PM
One of my all-time favorites. My father loved Terry's music, and I loved Terry. Still do,always will...

Rest in peace,brother.

 

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  posted on 1/25/2008 at 05:42 PM
Was lucky enough to catch CTA with Kath open for Jimi Hendrix Feb 68 at Anaheim Convention center. Both bands blasting.

 

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  posted on 1/26/2008 at 07:07 AM
Most people listen to Chicago and think of all the pop songs they produced, which were nice, but there was an edge there when Terry Kath was in the band that made them much more than a pop band. I always have considered Terry Kath to be one of the 5 best guitarists I ever heard play - period. His sound was somewhere in between Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman, with a ton of soul and passion in every note he played, and his phrasing was impeccable. He played guitar parts, but he also could play "horn" parts if needed in a song. I got to see Chicago several times in 1969-1972, and Kath always proivided that extra spark that took the music over the top. He could play, sing, write, and lead what was at that time one of the most original bands around. His vocals on "Colour My World" remain one of the best that Chicago ever did
Rest in peace, Terry Kath. You remain one of the truly great ones, an innovator from a time when the music was really changing, and you are missed today as much as ever.
Peace always,
Willie Howard (from Mayberryetta, a suburb of Hot'lanta)

 

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  posted on 1/26/2008 at 08:13 AM
I agree Willie, Bill..... I saw Chicago 2 times in 70 and 71... was a fantasic show... It was such a shame about Terry ...

 

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  posted on 1/26/2008 at 08:14 AM
BTW, for those of you who are a little unfamilar with Terry's vocals, Take a listen to the song - "Tell Me" - off the Electra Glide in Blue LP. The song was also featured on the last episode of Miami Vice. If you close your eyes and really listen, you may think it is Ray Charles (at least to my ears)

I was lucky enough to see Chicago with Terry about 9 times. 1974 at MSG was terrific. 1975 at Nassau Coliseum was awesome as well. I remember Terry Standing in front, alone, playing leads & rythyms going iton his Herndrix tribute, Thank you great spirit....and then Chicago goes right into Poem 58 and Terry again tears it up.

Besides Chicago as a whole not being the same, I don't think Robert Lamm (keboards, vocals & song writer) was ever the same. They were musical soul mates in a way.
I always thought that Lamm almost wrote his most daring compositions either having Terry in mind or knowing that Terry would add that lil somethin' that would take that song over the top.

In a recent interview, Lamm was asked who he would like to duet with. And it was Terry Kath.

What is sad about Chicago's past is for a band that toured 100's of days out of the year and was in a way a jammin band - there is very little live documentation of them - very sad.

 

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  posted on 1/26/2008 at 08:21 AM
One of the biggest mysteries in the music world is why the critics did not like CHICAGO AT CARNEGIE HALL. Some say it sounded bad and there were other reasons such as the performances.

I feel this is their best album. The production is fine and the performances are good. They had a lot of energy those nights. It's a long album but worth the energy definitely comes through. The new Rhino mini CD box set is spectacular!

 

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  posted on 1/26/2008 at 10:22 AM
Love these guys as well.....so many great passionate songs.....
I always love the rubby feel of Terrys guitar playing.....
a sound that made him unique as well....

 

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  posted on 1/26/2008 at 12:02 PM
Man, he was so great. I can still get angry when I think of what a wasteful, avoidable death he suffered.
There was no telling where he could have gone.
The live show CaptSkip sent me is constantly playing here.

 

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  posted on 1/26/2008 at 10:21 PM
i got to see chicago before terry left us.... what a great show ...it was my second concert ever.... i can't belive it's been 30 years...i'm a man yes i am and i can't help but love you so...........................................................

 

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  posted on 1/26/2008 at 10:54 PM
I dig their Live In Japan album over the Carnegie Hall, although it's difficult to find. They were a great band with Kath, although they were beginning to phase him out little by little. Sort of reminded me on how Lowell George was getting alienated from his Feat.

Kath's daughter is Kiefer Sutherland's step-daughter.

 

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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 08:15 PM
31 years ago today
a lifetime ago

 

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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 08:23 PM
Kath was soooooooooo great...Man,he is missed !

 

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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 08:36 PM
never saw them but agree with just about everything above.
CTA and Chicago II are among the best rock albums ever. No doubt Terry is the most under-rated guitar player of the period; not to mention his writing and singing.
RIP

 
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