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Robert Lamm


Robert Lamm’s voice is one of the most recognizable voices in the world of music. As an original member of the Grammy Award winning band Chicago, his lead vocal and keyboard skills remain key to the Chicago Sound that has endured 40 years, and is still going strong. They are one of the most successful touring bands, having toured last year with Earth, Wind, & Fire, and are currently on tour with America. This only means that the market for their sound has become not only younger, but also hungrier for their music. As a skilled song writer Robert has penned Chicago classics such as “Beginnings”, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is”, “25 or 6 to 4”, and “Saturday In The Park”. While still extremely committed to the band, Robert is still discovering new horizons as a solo artist when it comes to his music. From his highly acclaimed solo release “Subtlety & Passion” to “Leap of Faith”, he has something to say and isn’t about to let the music stop talking. Inside MusiCast is pleased to welcome Robert Lamm…a true Classic in the music world.

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Reader Comments (14)

Rick & Eddy,

Listening to the interview right now and I wanted to share the link to YouTube for the Chicago performance of "Jump For Joy" on the Duke Ellington special Robert mentioned:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0_bCtF3OVY

As always great interview! I'm looking forward to your future interviews!

Darrin
June 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDarrin
Another great interview from my favorite band! I love the insights you two evoke through your interviews! Thanks for sharing this, and I look forward to more.

Mary
June 23, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMary
One of the founding members of Chicago, his voice as lead vocal has declined over the years, but he has done several solo works, with a Chicago sound. It is rare that a voice has a career of over 40 years. In his early 60's he is nearly as smooth as he always has been.
June 23, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMark
I disagree with Mark. Although Robert has gotten older as we all do, his voice has also changed. I find it richer and deeper with a broader vocal range. Listen to Subtlety & Passion and hear for yourself.

P.S. Great interview!
June 23, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMaria
My previous post should have said his role as lead vocalist has declined over the years in Chicago, his vocal abilities have not, and the second part of the post says that, he is timeless.
June 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMark
You know, I was viewing a video this weekend of Paul McCartney and the Beatles...it was original footage of him them singing Hey Jude. McCartney's voice sounded like a teenager..he was so young. I also noticed a video recorded many years later. The key had dropped at least 2 whole notes. The song sounded better, due to his richer and more mature voice, but it had definately lost that boyness feel sound. That's life. Voices do change. As to Robert, you're right Mark. His role HAS diminished. But his songs are actually some of my favorite. Thanks for your comments, all.
June 25, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEddy
Is there any chance you could add a link to the mp3, please? I listen to the podcasts in the car, and I don't have iTunes. Thanks.
June 25, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJim
DUDES ROBERT IS CHICAGO IF IT WAS NOT FOR HIS WRITING AND SINGING THERE WOULD NOT BE A CHI THE ORIGINALS SUCH AS 25 OR 6 TO 4 BEGINNINGS AND SO ON THIS IS WHAT STARTED THE CRAZE.I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY HE HAS,NT BEEN INDUCTED INTO THE SONGWRITER HALL OF FAME ALONG WITH CHI NOT BEING IN THE R&R HALL OF FAME.JANN WERNER SUCKS!THANKS FOR THE INTERVIEW PLEASE ADD MORE CHI MEMBERS IN THE FUTURE.
June 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRICHARD WEESE
From Jim:

"Is there any chance you could add a link to the mp3, please? I listen to the podcasts in the car, and I don't have iTunes. Thanks."



Jim,

We completely forgot to put this link to the MP3 up. So sorry! Thanks for pointing this out. We will have it up very soon.

Rick SuchInside MusiCast
June 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRick Such
Thanks, guys, for the MP3. I need my Inside Musicast fix, ya know :).
June 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJim
We aim to please. Enjoy.

BTW, Inside MusiCast People's Forum is coming soon, folks!

We want to see you all participate by posting your comments regarding our great guests! It's coming soon!

EC
June 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEddy
Loved the interview. Robert Lamm is so talented and yet so humble.

You guys asked some excellent questions.

Thanks,Mark G.
June 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMark Goldstein
While "Bobby" Lamm has written some wonderfully memorable songs in the past, it's becoming obvious that his songwriting role has diminished considerably. I don't believe it's in Bobby's best interest to continuously mention his old hits and ignore the timeless and creative compositions of today. Chicago 17's "We Can Stop The Hurtin'", Chicago 18's "Forever", Chicago 19's "I Stand Up" and Chicago 30's "90 Degrees and Freezing" are brilliant songs and some or my favorites on those albums. While the are not the hit singles of those albums, I believe they are worthy of being mentioned and recognized as some of Chicago's stronger songs as well. Additionally, his song "When The Rains Becomes" should certainly have been played on the radio countless times and how those deaf, dumb and blind people from the Grammy awards passed on his album "Life Is Good In My Neighborhood" is beyond me. What truly makes Bobby a wonderful musician is his constant and continuous ability to take a song that was a great song in it's infancy and sprinkle his magic upon it bringing it to life and clearly making it a work of art. I do hope Bobby continues to release solo albums to showcase his unuique and irreplacable talent for years to come. Yes, Bobby's older hits are embedded in contrete in time however I'm sure his new and future songs will be able to stand the test of time. Simply said, Robert Lamm...the heart of Chicago!
June 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterScotty Gustafski
Great interview, and great to hear from Robert Lamn. I remember the thrill of hearing Questions 67 & 68 on the radio as a youngster. Chicago Transit Authority has got to be one of the best debut albums ever.

Very interesting to hear that he doesn't consider himself a jazz musician.

A few years ago I worked in an office next to a young woman co-worker who was many many years younger than myself. Through being turned on to the band by her dad, she was the most fanatic Chicago fan I've ever met. She knew every song, every album, and made out of town pilgrimages solely to see the band. A testament to their appeal and longevity.
June 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDonn

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