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Chicago’s Saturday In The Park [PHOTOS/VIDEOS]

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1975 “Best Of Chicago” Compilation. (Craig Allen photo)

Driving home after the Sunday night show last weekend, I heard J.R. play “Saturday In The Park” from Chicago. Its a great song…with a story!!

Robert Lamm, a founding band member, (going back to the 1960s as “The Big Thing” and then “Chicago Transit Authority”) and writer of the song, answered a few questions in a recent interview.

Lamm states that the park in “Saturday In The Park” is New York City’s Central Park.  He says that for about a two year period around the writing of the hit song (#3/1972), the band spent a lot of time in the city. And, in his spare time, he walked around with his movie camera. Often, in Central Park.

Robert Lamm states that “Saturday In The Park” was inspired by his movie clips, and was essentially written as a soundtrack for his edited home movie.

If you really listen to the words, this makes sense: “people dancing, people laughing,” “a man selling ice cream, singing Italian songs.” “Another day in the park, I think it was the 4th of July.” “People talking, really smiling.” “A man playing guitar.” I could go on, but you get the picture. Literally. Individual scenes put to words and music.

According to Billboard magazine, “the rock band with horns” is one of the longest-running and most successful bands in history! It was the leading singles-charting group of the 1970s. They have sold over 38 million records in the US, with 22 gold, 18 platinum, and 8 multi-platinum albums. To date, Chicago has recorded 5 number-one albums, and 21 top-10 singles!

2011 Chicago Christmas album. (Craig Allen photo)

Chicago has just returned from a multi-country tour of Asia, and has just released a new 2-CD Christmas music album…just in time for you to find it in your Christmas stocking!

Catch up with the band, at Chicago’s Official Site here!

And now…you know the story behind “Saturday In The Park,” one of “Jersey’s Favorite Hits!”


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