In the 1970s, Chicago started out as an experimental rock ’n’ roll band out on a political mission, but with the unexpected success of ballads like “If You Leave Me Know” and “You’re The Inspiration,” the septet shifted its focus towards a softer sound. Ultimately, the group made the right choice and, over the years, became one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than a 100 million records. (Other artists in the 100-million club include Britney Spears, Eminem, Prince and The Who.)
“I think that the original appeal of Chicago, especially the first half-dozen albums, is that it wasn’t all the same genre, because of the different writers and each of us having different influences,” keyboardist/vocalist Robert Lamm told UltimateClassicRock.com back in 2012. “So you weren’t listening to two sides of just blues, you were listening to a lot of different things. I think that now that we have the freedom, that we don’t have to do an album full of power ballads—we certainly could do a power ballad if we wanted to—but now we can do anything that we want to.”
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