~ 1942 – Carole King was born
~ Van Halen’s self titled first album came out 40 years ago
~ 1964 – The Beatles give their first live performance in America
~ 1962 – Sheryl Crow’s birthday
~ 1952 – Michael McDonald’s birthday
~ 2005 – Led Zeppelin recieve the Lifetime Achiement Award at the Grammy’s
~ 1950 – Peter Gabriel’s birthday
~ 1942 – Peter Tork of the Monkee’s birthday
February 14 -Happy Valentine’s Day
~ 1977 – The B52’s perform live for the first time in Athens, GA
~ 1947 – Tim Buckley’s birthday
~ 1967 – Chicago officially form under the name The Big Thing – The original band membership consisted of saxophonist Walter Parazaider, guitarist Terry Kath, drummer Danny Seraphine, trombonist James Pankow, trumpet player Lee Loughnane, and keyboardist/singer Robert Lamm. Parazaider, Kath, Seraphine, Pankow and Loughnane met in 1967 while students at DePaul University. Lamm was recruited from Roosevelt University. The group of six called themselves “The Big Thing”, and played top 40 hits. Realizing the need for both a tenor to complement baritones Lamm and Kath, and a bass player because Lamm’s use of organ bass pedals did not provide “adequate bass sound”, they added local tenor and bassist Peter Cetera.
In June 1968, at manager James William Guercio’s request, The Big Thing moved to Los Angeles, California, and signed with Columbia Records. The band changed its name to “Chicago Transit Authority”. It was while performing on a regular basis at the Whisky a Go Go nightclub in West Hollywood that the band got exposure to more famous musical artists of the time. Subsequently, they were the opening act for Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. In 1970 the name was shortened to CHICAGO.