Mammal’s Merry Memories: Chicago – 25 or 6 to 4
There were two giant jazz-rock bands in the early 1970s, Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears. Chicago was the more rock-oriented band. Their line-up included two of the most talented artists of the day in Terry Kath (guitar) and Peter Cetera (vocals).
This song became the biggest hit from their second album, simply titled Chicago, in 1970. In the guitar solo Kath uses plenty of wow-wow guitar pedal. That was a common style back then in the years before metal.
Chicago’s first few albums completely charmed me. Along with BS&T, this band inspired my enduring love of jazz-rock. Like too many great bands of the era, however, Chicago tried to become more mainstream by turning to schlocky music. Cetera went his own way down the same road to dreary solo mediocrity that was trodden by the likes of Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney and Sting.