Dr. Perry Alexander

The University of Kansas

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Chicago in The Hall of Fame

Finally. My boycott of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can officially come to an end. Chicago is in. It simply took far too long for a band that defined a sound, was exceptionally popular in two different incarnations, and whose political activism was as unique as its music to make the hall. Every pep band in the world plays 25 or 6 to 4. Beginnings, Saturday In the Park, and Does Anybody Know What Time It Is? are among the greatest pop/rock songs of all time. 11 number one hits and multiple number one albums. Finally there is justice.

Now I’ll start working for Kansas, but I think the case is less clear. They defined progressive rock in the 70s and 80s, but I don’t think had the influence of other bands. For several years Carry On My Wayward Son was the most frequently played song on classic rock stations. That should say something.

Today is a day for celebrating Chicago so we’ll leave Kansas for another day.