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Robert Lamm

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Legendary vocalist and keyboardist Robert Lamm was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 13, 1944. His early musical experiences included the Brookyln Heights choir. After his parents divorced, he moved to Chicago at age 15 following his mother’s remarriage. Lamm played in bands throughout high school, and studied music theory and composition at Roosevelt University. He was invited to join what would become Chicago in early 1967.

His songwriting talents made him the default leader of the group in the early years. Lamm-penned hits include, “Beginnings”, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”, “Saturday in the Park” and “25 or 6 to 4”. His clear baritone voice was an asset, as were his stylized keyboarding skills. Fans of the band believe Lamm also served as the group’s social conscience, and many of his best songs (“Free”, “All the Years”, “State of the Union”, etc.) espouse political themes. In the 80s, Chicago’s bassist/vocalist Peter Cetera became the commercial focus, and Lamm seemingly drifted into a period of both personal and professional frustration (which included a vicious cocaine habit in the early part of the decade). In the 21st Century, mostly good-natured interviews find him still committed to Chicago, but somewhat saddened by what the group has become. He seemingly deals with his need to create by putting out both solo projects (e.g., “In My Head”) and collaborations with others (e.g., America’s Gerry Beckley).

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  • guitarlady

    Very sweet))) my lovely samba!!!

    20 Jul 2011 Reply
  • guitarlady

    SWEET & NICE!!

    20 May 2011 Reply
  • Marxism1

    Man great keyboardist.

    24 Nov 2010 Reply
  • nixhex4311

    Listening to Skinny Boy on vinyl...wow! What a buried treasure. Nice one to have dug out of the bins. Robert is a major cornerstone in the Chicago sound...here is proof.

    18 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Teishi

    Robert is, by far, the best part of Chicago. Period. Sad to see the lack of listeners here on Last.fm, even sadder that there's more than I'd expected...

    7 Apr 2008 Reply

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