Download Combine big band with rock’n’roll and what do you get? Chicago! No, not the city. Not even the Cubs. Chicago is just probably the best rock band ever! And this was their best song… in my most humble opinion.
“Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is” (might be the longest song title ever too), was recorded by The Chicago Transit Authority (later shortened to just Chicago) in 1969. It was the band’s third top ten single – behind “Make Me Smile” and “25 or 6 to 4”. I’ve heard that the original version had a “free form” piano solo as an introduction before the horns come in, but I’ve never heard it. I’ll bet it’s tasty.
The band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois and were originally called “The Big Thing”. They worked primarily as a cover band for a year or so before moving into original material. They were politically charged and sometimes experimental and formed a huge following in the “Windy City”. But they weren’t making any money. They softened their message, composed more moderate songs and the rest is history. And over a hundred million records sold makes for quite a history. I arranged this back-up sequence years ago and it’s served us well. Give it a try. Take note of my “fake” backup vocals. Love this keyboard!!!
[midi is on the Pop/Rock List]