On April 30, 1983.

MW

On April 30, 1983, McKinley Morganfield aka Muddy Waters died aged 70. Named as “father of modern Chicago blues”, Waters wrote few classic standards including “I just want to make love to you”, “I’m your Hoochie Coochie Man”, “Got my Mojo working” and had a major influence on many artists including Cream, Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin. The Rolling Stones named themselves after Waters’ 1950 song “Rollin’ Stone”.

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On April 29, 1993.

MR

On April 29, 1883, Michael “Mick” Ronson died aged 47. Being guitarist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer, he is best known for his work with David Bowie, as one of the Spiders from Mars. Ronson have worked with Ian Hunter. Morrissey, Van Morrison, Slaughter & The Dogs, The Wildhearts, The Rich Kids, Elton John, Johnny Cougar and T-Bone Burnett. Ronson also co-produced Lou Reed’s album “Transformer” and released several solo albums, “Slaughter on 10th Avenue” is his best known and most successful solo project.  In 2003 he was named the 64th greatest guitarist of all time by “Rolling Stone” and 41st in 2012 by the same magazine.

On April 28, 1969.

Chicago

On April 28, 1969, Chicago Transit Authority self-titled debut album was released. Later the band changed its name to Chicago and the debut album became known as “Chicago I”. The album material was recorded in the “Columbia Recording Studios” in New York and was produced by James William Guercio. The album was released for “Columbia” label.

Personnel

  • Peter Cetera- bass guitar, vocals, agogo bells
  • Terry Kath- electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Robert Lamm- acoustic piano, Hammond organ, Hohner Pianet, Wurlitzer electric piano, vocals, maracas
  • Lee Loughnane- trumpet, claves
  • James Pankow- trombone, cowbell
  • Walter Parazaider- woodwinds, tambourine
  • Danny Seraphine- drums, percussion
  • James William Guercio – original liner notes
  • Fred Catero – engineer
  • Nick Fasciano – artwork

Track listing:

  1. Introduction – Terry Kath
  2. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? – Robert Lamm
  3. Beginnings – Robert Lamm
  4. Questions 67 and 68 – Robert Lamm
  5. Listen – Robert Lamm
  6. Poem 58 – Robert Lamm
  7. Free Form Guitar – Terry Kath
  8. South California Purples – Robert Lamm
  9. I’m a Man – Steve Winwood, Jimmy Miller
  10. Prologue, August 29, 1968 – James William Guercio
  11. Someday, August 29, 1968 – James Pankow, Robert Lamm
  12. Liberation – James Pankow