Terry Kath Rally this Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Northwest Cafe in Chicago

February 11, 2009

Announcing: Terry Kath Rally presented by the Chicago Tribute Team at the Northwest Café, 6088 N. Northwest Hwy (site of the former Norwood Park train station) on Sunday, February 15, 2009 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

The event is free and will feature guest speakers, music, and open discussions about a controversy at Taft High School, Kath’s alma mater (class of 1964). 

Currently there is a split among the Taft High School Alumni Board over whether Terry Kath should be inducted into their Hall Of Fame.  Those against contend that the HOF was established in 1989 to honor only living individuals.  They also argue that Kath’s life style and the way he died do not set positive examples for current students.  Those who support Kath’s nomination feel his contributions to music history outweigh the negatives.  They say it’s time to change the criteria so that Kath, as well as other alumni, living or deceased, who have made worthy contributions, can be honored.  Furthermore, a number of alumni say Kath’s unintentional death could be used to stress the importance of responsible gun ownership.

Terry Kath was a self-taught musician whose brilliant guitar skills even prompted Jimi Hendrix to tell another Chicago band member, “your guitarist is better than me.”

Kath gave a rock edge to classic hits such as: “25 or 6 to 4,” “Feeling Stronger Everyday,” and “Questions 67 & 68.” His fiery guitar combined with Chicago’s brass gave the band its signature sound and paved the way for their success.  Kath’s unmistakably soulful voice graced such classics as: “Make Me Smile”, “Color My World,” “Wishing You Were Here” and “Dialogue.”  In 1977 he shared two Grammy awards with the band for their classic hit:  “If You Leave Me Now.”

February 15 marks Chicago’s 42nd anniversary.  It was on that day in 1967, that Kath, along with original members, Walter Parazaider, Jimmy Pankow, Lee Loughnane, Robert Lamm, and Danny Seraphine made their “gentleman’s agreement” and shook hands to make their rock band with horns official.  Since that time, the band has earned over 120 million in record sales and has toured continuously.

Fans can sign an online petition for Kath to be accepted into Taft’s High School Alumni Hall of Fame by clicking on: www.gopetition.com/petitions/taft-high-school-alumni-honors.html.

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