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Peter's Fight At The Dodger Stadium

During a break in the touring in the summer of 1969, Peter Cetera was set upon at a baseball game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. "Four marines didn't like a long-haired rock 'n' roller in a baseball park," Cetera recounts, "and of course l was a Cub fan, and I was in Dodger Stadium, and that didn"t do so well. I got in a fight and got a broken jaw in three places, and I was in intensive care for a couple of days." The incident had two separate effects on Cetera's career. The first was an impact on his singing style. "The only funny thing I can think about the whole incident," he says, "is that, with my jaw wired together, I actually went on the road, and I was actually singing through my clenched jaw, which, to this day, is still the way I sing." The second effect of the incident was Cetera's first foray into compositions. With a broken jaw, the singer had some silent time on his hands.

By History of Chicago

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