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Peter Cetera

Cetera's interest in music began at 11 years of age when his parents bought him an accordion instead of the guitar he wanted. When he was 15, some older students from his high school took him to a club to see a band called The Rebel Rockers, which led to his purchasing an acoustic guitar at Montgomery Ward.

He eventually took up the electric bass, and with some high school friends—a drummer, guitarist and saxophone player—Cetera began playing the local dance circuit, dividing lead vocals with the guitarist. Cetera played in several groups in the Chicago area, including a popular local rock band named The Exceptions, which toured the Midwest in the mid-1960s. They never released an LP but they did release several singles and a five song seven inch EP titled Rock 'N' Roll Mass. Cetera is quoted as saying, "By the time I was 18 I was making more money than my dad."


Peter Paul Cetera (born September 13, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.) is an American singer, songwriter, bass guitar player and producer best known for being an original member of the rock band Chicago, before launching a successful solo career
As a solo artist Cetera has scored five top forty singles, including two that reached number 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
In 2004, Cetera released a collection of holiday classics, You Just Gotta Love Christmas, which featured background and duet vocals by his eldest daughter, Claire.
On August 16, 2007, Cetera sang "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at Wrigley Field for a Chicago Cubs game that was televised on WGN-TV.
In 1991, he co-wrote (with David Foster and Linda Thompson) and sang on "Voices That Care," a song and supporting documentary music video intended to help boost the morale of American troops involved in Operation Desert Storm, as well as supporting the International Red Cross organization. The single reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 3 on the Hot 100 Singles Sales, No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay, and No. 6 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks.

 

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