1946 Born January 31, 1946 in Chicago IL. Lived with Parents Raymond Elmer Kath, Evelyn Meline Haugen, and Brother Rod, in Norwood Park.
1965 Graduated Taft HS
Music in school, later DePaul U. Terry took up a variety of instruments in his teens, including the drums and banjo. He played bass in a number of bands in the mid-1960s, before settling on the guitar. Terrys’ first guitar was a Kay. First Bass was a Fender Jazz, followed by an Eko then a Register.
1963 Early bands
– The Mystics 1963, Jimmy Rice and the Gentlemen 1965, Jimmy Ford and the Executives, Toured with Dick Clarks roadshow, The Missing Links 1966
1967 The Big thing
Walter Parazaider, Danny Seraphine and Terry, decided to form a rock band with horns along with James Pankow, Lee Loughnane, and Robert Lamm, they added Peter Cetera on Bass. Hooked up with James William Guercio producer/manager, who urged them to move out to California.
1968 California, the band all lived in the same house, experimenting, rehearsing, and playing locally.
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) renamed and recorded their first Album in NYC in two weeks.
Chicago: CTA shortened to, after the real CTA threatened to sue. Toured endlessly even today. Played all the Colleges and Univ. developed a cult like following before radio picked them up and soared to greater heights.
- 1969 The Chicago Transit Authority
- 1970 Chicago
- 1971 Chicago III
- 1971 Chicago at Carnegie Hall
- 1972 Chicago V
- 1973 Chicago VI
- 1974 Chicago VII
- 1975 Chicago VIII
- 1976 Chicago X
- 1977 Chicago XI
- 1997 Chicago Presents The Innovative Guitar of Terry Kath
- 2011 Chicago XXXIV: Live in ’75
1970 Personal life High school sweetheart Jackie Goudie, Married Pamela Robinson in 1970 Divorced in Jan 1974, Later lived with Camelia Ortiz, and had a Baby girl Michelle in May 1976.
Hobbies: Gun collecting, fast cars, motorcycles, dogs, guitars
Homes: 1770 Grandview Glendale and 22038 Pacific coast highway Malibu Beach CA
Downfall: Drugs, Guns
Electric Glide in Blue produced by JWG, Sung Title track “Tell me”
The Terry Kath Experience (2016) a Film, produced by his daughter Michelle Kath Sinclair
1977 Final show at Oakland Coliseum December 1. American Music Award and Grammy Award.
Jan 23, 1978 by gunshot. 5754 Fallbrook ave Woodland Hills CA. Buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park #6681, Glendale CA
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016 member, Taft/DePaul Scholarship in his name, Best guitar player award 1970, ‘71 and ‘72.
Film: The Terry Kath Experience produced by Terrys’ daughter Michelle, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival.
On January 26, Terry was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Terrys daughter Michelle accepted the award on his behalf.
Without Terry Kath, many believe Chicago would never have made it as far as they did.