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Terry Kath

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Although Chicago is frequently regarded as a ballad-based gentle rock outfit, in early stages within their career, guitarist/singer Terry Kath brought a more rock-based edge towards the band. Kath became an important person in the group, who was simply appeared up to as an on-stage innovator by the additional users, but a senseless tragedy silenced Kath’s acoustic guitar playing once and for all in the past due ’70s. Created on January 31, 1946 in Chicago, IL, Kath discovered guitar totally by hearing, and by his teenaged years was playing Endeavors covers in regional outfits. Through the entire early to mi-’60s, Kath performed in such overlooked organizations as Jimmy Grain & the Gentlemen and Jimmy Ford & the Professionals, the latter which served because the back-up group at one stage for Dick Clark’s Caravan of Celebrities (Kath also doubled on bass sometimes for these rings, aswell). From the later area of the 10 years, Kath had authorized on with other Chicago-based music artists to create a rock-band that could start using a horn section, and during early 1967, the Chicago Transit Expert was born. It had been after an early on CTA functionality that Kath received possibly the highest accolade any guitarist could get, when Jimi Hendrix informed sax participant Walter Parazaider, “Your guitarist is preferable to me.” Afterwards shortening their name to simply Chicago, the music group would soon continue to become among the best rock bands through the pursuing 10 years. Kath’s fine electric guitar chops could possibly be sampled on such Chicago strikes as “25 or 6 to 4” (from 1970’s Chicago II) along with the lesser-known “Free of charge Form Electric guitar” (off Chicago’s self-titled 1969 debut). Showing up on a complete of 11 Chicago recordings from 1969 through 1977 (which at attained a minimum of gold qualification) and many sold-out tours, there is no reason to trust that Chicago’s amazing streak of strikes wouldn’t continue continuous for a long time to arrive. But at a celebration at his home on the night time of January 23, 1978, Kath (who was simply a longtime weapon aficionado) required out one of is own weapons to completely clean, so when asked to place it away, place the weapon to his mind. Reassuring everyone it wasn’t packed, Kath drawn the trigger, as well as the weapon did grow to be packed — instantly eliminating the guitarist hardly a week timid of what could have been his 32nd birthday. Chicago would keep on with a number of different guitarists over time attempting to fill up Kath’s shoes, however the outcomes were by no means quite exactly the same. In 1997, Chicago put together a 14-monitor recording that spotlighted Kath’s finest shows, The Innovative Acoustic guitar of Terry Kath, and many years later on, Kath’s tragic story was retold within an bout of VH1’s Behind the Music series that centered on Chicago. Furthermore to his experienced guitar function, Kath also possessed an excellent singing tone of voice, as evidenced on such Chicago music as “Intro,” “I’m a guy,” “Free of charge,” and “Wishin’ YOU HAD BEEN Right here,” plus such strike singles as “Make Me Smile” and “Color My Globe.”

Quick Facts


Full Name Terry Kath
Died January 23, 1978, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Actor, Guitarist, Songwriter
Education DePaul University
Nationality American
Spouse Camelia Kath, Pamela Robinson
Children Michelle Kath
Parents Raymond Elmer, Evelyn Meline Haugen Kath
Siblings Rod Kath
Music Groups Chicago
Music Songs 25 or 6 to 4, If You Leave Me Now, Saturday in the Park, Beginnings, Make Me Smile, Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?, Wishing You Were Here, Colour My World, Old Days, Feelin' Stronger Every Day, Questions 67 and 68, Just You 'N' Me, Searchin' So Long, Baby What a Big Surprise, Happy Man, Call on Me, South California Purples, Dialogue, I'm a Man, Low Down, Mongonucleosis, Harry Truman, I Don't Want Your Money, Now That You've Gone, A Hit by Varèse, Another Rainy Day in New York City, Fancy Colours, Introduction, Little One, Poem for the People, Happy 'Cause I'm Going Home, What Else Can I Say
Albums The Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, Chicago III, Chicago at Carnegie Hall, Chicago V, Chicago VI, Chicago VII, Chicago VIII, Chicago IX: Chicago's Greatest Hits, Live in Japan, Chicago X, Chicago XI
Movies Electra Glide in Blue


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#Fact
1 He and Chicago were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6438 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
2 His widow, Camelia Kath, is the ex-wife of actor Kiefer Sutherland.
3 Daughter, Michelle Kath Ortiz (b. 1976)


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

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Miami Vice 1989 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Electra Glide in Blue 1973 performer: "Tell Me"

Actor

Actor

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Electra Glide in Blue 1973 Killer

Music Department

Music Department

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Electra Glide in Blue 1973 musician: electric bass - uncredited

Self

Self

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The Terry Kath Experience 2016 Documentary Himself
Top of the Pops 1976 TV Series Himself - Interview
Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly 1973 TV Special Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

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Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago 2016 Documentary Himself

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1 Fender Telecaster guitar


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