Remembering Chicago’s Terry Kath
Terry Kath was the bluesy voice of the band Chicago, and their lead guitarist, on January 23, 1978 his life ended, and the band changed forever.
One of my all time favorite bands is the group Chicago, one of the ultimate progressive rock bands of the 60's 70's and 80's.
Next month they will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the heart of the band Terry Kath will forever be absent.
Terry was the soul of Chicago, the amazing voice behind the songs 'Color My World', 'Make Me Smile', and the phenomenal guitarist on the song '24 or 6 to 4'.
On January 23 1978 Terry Kath went to the home of a roadie, Terry was an avid gun collector and had brought a couple of guns with him including a 38 and a 9 mm pistol. He was playing around with the guns, and the roadie told him to be careful. Terry said there was no clip in the gun, it won't fire, and he held the gun up to his temple fired it. The gun went off, and he was killed instantly.
The band continued to perform and make albums, but I always felt that the band lost the gritty bluesy rock edge after Terry Kath died.
There is a documentary on Terry's life in the works, it's being put together by his daughter Michelle Sinclair, who was 2 years old when he died.
It's called 'Searching for Terry' and it is suppose to come out soon.
Don McLean wrote about the day the music died in his epic American Pie, I think for me and many Chicago fans, that day was January 23, 1978, the day Terry Kath died.
Enjoy some video clips of the band and info on the up coming documentary below.