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Alternative Name The Big Thing
The Chicago Transit Authority
Group Members Robert Lamm
Lee Loughnane
James Pankow
Walter Parazaider
Jason Scheff
Tris Imboden
Keith Howland
Lou Pardini
Walfredo Reyes, Jr.
Walfredo Reyes Jr.
Ray Herrmann
Neil Donell
Brett Simons
Ramon Yslas
Past Group Members Danny Seraphine
Peter Cetera
Terry Kath
Laudir de Oliveira
Donnie Dacus
Chris Pinnick
Bill Champlin
Dawayne Bailey
Drew Hester
Daniel de los Reyes
Jason Scheff
Tris Imboden
Bruce Gaitsch
Jeff Coffey
Music Genre(s) Rock
soft rock
jazz rock
pop rock
Music Genre Rock
Pop/Rock
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Year(s) Active 1967–present
Record Label Columbia
Warner Bros.
Full Moon
Rhino
Reprise
Balkanton
Melodiya
Chicago Records/Chicago Records II
Frontiers Records
Official Websites chicagotheband.com
Associated Acts The Beach Boys
The Doobie Brothers
Earth, Wind & Fire
Sons of Champlin
Honk
Toto
America
Rufus
David Foster
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Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois, calling themselves the Chicago Transit Authority in 1968 before shortening the name in 1969. The self-described “rock and roll band with horns” began writing politically charged rock music, and later moved to a softer sound, generating several hit ballads. The group had a steady stream of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In September 2008, Billboard ranked Chicago at number thirteen in a list of the top 100 artists of all time for Hot 100 singles chart success, and ranked them at number fifteen on the same list produced in October 2015. Billboard also ranked Chicago ninth on the list of the hundred greatest artists of all time in terms of Billboard 200 album chart success in October 2015. Chicago is one of the longest-running and most successful rock groups, and one of the world's best-selling groups of all time, having sold more than 100 million records. In 1971, Chicago was the first rock act to sell out Carnegie Hall for a week.

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