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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-04 11:25 PM
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Lead singer of old Chicago really kill himself by Russian Roulette?
I heard that rumor....but did Kath really go out that way
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Nlighten1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-04 11:30 PM
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1. Peter Cetera?
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coloradodem2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-04 11:39 PM
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3. Terry Kath.
Cetera sang some during the early years but Kath was the singer most of the time during the early years. He died in the late '70's.
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Stanchetalarooni Donating Member (838 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-04 11:52 PM
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9. Terry Kath was one of the finest blues guitar players.
I believe that he did shoot himself with a pistol.
It was at a party and was a traggic stupid accident, not russian roulette.
Chicago had such an edge, politically as well as musically; masters of classical, jazz, rock and blues all rolled into one fine mix.
They moved out of the political and into High Pop after his death, never to regain that revolutionary zest.
I believe that Terry Kath was schooled by the best that the streets of Chi-town could offer.
His voice let me know that he was in solidarity with the oppressed and the victims of war and strife and oppression.
I been missin' that man's spirit and his music for a long, long time.
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LoZoccolo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-04 11:31 PM
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2. Hahahaha
Oh I'm gonna feel bad if it turns out to be true, but some urban legends are just so morbid you laugh. Like the one about how someone got killed in the studio while the Ohio Players were recording "Love Rollercoaster" (not true: http://www.snopes.com/music/hidden/roller.htm ).
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charliebrown Donating Member (231 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-04 11:41 PM
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4. I dont remember his name now but,
The one that was the lead guitar player and sang, "Colour My World". Shot himself accidentally when showing off his guns. It was a real shame cause he was one of the best git players and had a fine voice.
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charliebrown Donating Member (231 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-04 11:43 PM
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6. Thanks coloradodem2004
Terry Kath was one fine musician. Thanks for the name!!
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Philostopher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-04 11:42 PM
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5. Funny -- Mr. Nownow and I were talking about this earlier.
Edited on Sat May-01-04 11:44 PM by nownow
We play online music trivia at a restaurant in our neighborhood some Saturday nights, and one of the questions was about a Chicago song, and we went off on that line of discussion.

Terry Kath did die of a gunshot wound, but whether it was intentional or not, I don't know. 'Cleaning his gun,' if I recall correctly.

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This from "Allmusic.com" --

<<But at a party at his house on the evening of January 23, 1978, Kath (who was a longtime gun aficionado) took out one of his weapons to clean, and when asked to put it away, put the gun to his head. Reassuring everyone that it wasn't loaded, Kath pulled the trigger, and the gun did turn out to be loaded - instantly killing the guitarist barely a week shy of what would have been his 32nd birthday.>>
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FDRrocks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-04 11:48 PM
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7. I wonder what would posess someone to do that...
put a gun to his head just to show everyone it wasn't loaded. Why not the floor, the wall? I would guess there was drugs/alchohol involved.
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-04 11:48 PM
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8. God every time I hear that story it seems like such a waste!
That's why I'm skeptical - - I just can't bring myself to find that true!

Listening to their Carnegie Show right now - man they were a tight band back then!
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charliebrown Donating Member (231 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-01-04 11:56 PM
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10. I saw them and the Beach boys tour together at MSG in 72-73.
Edited on Sat May-01-04 11:57 PM by charliebrown
It was the Best concert I ever saw. Two hours Beach Boys then Two hours Chicago. Then they did another hour together!!! It was sooo great and cost 10$...lol. Good ole days.
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TheWizardOfMudd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-04 12:04 AM
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11. I was into Chicago and paying close attention at the time
By all accounts it was a freak accident, however dumb. The man had no reason to want to die.
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Spirochete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-04 12:59 AM
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12. He was wasted, and thought the gun was unloaded
Baby, what a big surprise
right before my very eyes...

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bill grasso Donating Member (42 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-02-04 01:12 AM
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13. Great guitar player..
Terry Kath was one magnificent blues/rock guitarist.

I was a major CTA fan in the late 60's - early 70's.. even played in a Chicago cover band for about 2 years after I got out of the army in '71.. a few months ago, my wife and I stumbled into the recent Chicago concert on a PBS fundraiser night.. we were stunned that what was left of this band had not moved on an inch musically since the 70's. Of course, the audience was all old farts like us.. Their current "Greatest Hits" cd is the same.. you can draw a line about 3 tunes into the second disc.. everything after that line is crap..

Once Kath was gone, the subsequent loss of Peter Cetera (who I am certainly no fan of today), doomed the band to mediocrity..
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