sing?...oh how fame and fortune fade...
I have a
story for you. I don't know if you spell it Peter Cetera or Peter
Setera, but he's the lead singer for the band Chicago.
know that Peter Cetera had a short but sweet acting career??? He
played "Bob Zemko" as a member of Chicago's band in the 1973
movie Electra Glide in Blue. He also played the character role of
Larry Alexander in the 1991 film called Memories of Midnight.
Fight At The Dodger Stadium
break in the touring in the summer of 1969, Peter Cetera was set upon
at a baseball game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
true story on how Jason Scheff replaced Peter Cetera spot in the
Special thanks to Don Mott for his contribution ...
Singer, songwriter and bassist Peter Cetera
has enjoyed a remarkable solo career with two Grammy Award nominations, an
Academy Award nomination and four hit singles landing at #1.
Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Peter Paul Cetera was born
into a large family and learned how to harmonize around the house at a
young age. Although he wanted to learn to play the guitar, his first
instrument was the accordian, selected by his parents. At 14, he had just
finished his first year in a seminary when a friend took him to his first
concert. He immediately realized that this was where he wanted to be and
went out and bought his first guitar.
He took up bass guitar and after finishing high school played in several
groups in Chicago while also attending computer school--following the age
old parental advice that he "have something to fall back on."
Needless to say, his computer career has gone nowhere. Rising to the
height of the local scene in a Top 40 cover band named The Exceptions, he
happened to hear another group playing live with a new sound, and since
they were looking for a bass player, he joined The Big Thing, a group
which later changed their name to Chicago Transit Authority.
The group headed to Hollywood to find fame and fortune and, after landing
a high-profile gig as the house band at The Whiskey A Go Go, they toured
as the opening act for both Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. By the time
their first album, Chicago Transit Authority was released, the group had
shortened the name to Chicago.
As the lead singer and bassist of Chicago, Cetera wrote some of the
biggest hits of the rock and pop music era including "If You Leave Me
Now," "Baby, What A Big Surprise," "You're The
Inspiration," "Stay The Night," "Feeling Stronger
Every Day" and "Hard To Say I'm Sorry." Of their 17 albums,
three went platinum, nearly all of them went gold and their first four
appeared on the best-seller list all at one time. At one point "If
You Leave Me Now" was the #1 song in both the U.S. and Britain.
After a successful run with the group, mutual musical differences led to a
parting of the ways. Cetera then realized a life-long ambition and
launched his career as a solo artist. He won immense popularity and
critical praise with his debut solo album, Solitude/Solitaire, which has
the unmistakable sound and romantic intensity he has been polishing his
The first single released from that album, "Glory Of Love," hit
the #1 spot on the charts. The song was written as the theme for "The
Karate Kid Part II," and garnered both a Grammy Award nomination and
an Academy Award nomination, and brought him the honor of performing at
the Academy Awards ceremony. Another Grammy Award nominee and #1 hit from
that album, "The Next Time I Fall" a duet with popular Christian
singer Amy Grant, set the precedent for his surprising pairings with
top-notch female vocalists.
The hits have continued on his subsequent albums. His second album, titled
One More Story, yielded "One Good Woman," which rose to #1 on
the adult contemporary charts. On 1992's World Falling Down,
"Restless Heart" stayed at #1 for ten weeks; the album also
features a hugely popular duet with Chaka Khan, "Feels Like
Heaven," and the top five hit "Even A Fool Can See."
Cetera has just released his fourth album, One Clear Voice, and the first
single, "Forever Tonight," is skyrocketing up the charts. The
single features Cetera with Crystal Bernard of NBC's hit series
"Wings". Other highlights include pairings with country star
Ronna Reeves and "The Lucky Ones," which features the background
vocals of his daughter Claire.
When not working on his music, Cetera tries to fit in as many sports as
possible, including basketball, mountain biking, soccer and motorcycling.
He lives in Idaho with his daughter and is looking forward to touring in
the near future. Born September 13, 1944,
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