“Chicago- Make Me Smile”

28 Jul
“Chicago- Make Me Smile”

“Make Me Smile” is a song written by James Pankow for the rock band Chicago with the band’s guitarist, Terry Kath, on lead vocals. Part 1 of Pankow’s 7-part Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon song cycle/suite, it was recorded for their second album, Chicago (often called Chicago II), which was released in 1970.

A radio-friendly edit of “Make Me Smile” (incorporating the end of “Now More Than Ever,” the final track from the Ballet) was released as a single in March 1970, becoming the band’s first Top 10 record, peaking at number nine on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1] When


released their compilation album The Very Best of: Only the Beginning in 2002, they featured a new edit of the song, with the

“Make Me Smile”

and “Now More Than Ever” parts segued together again, but without the numerous cuts—the full intro and the guitar solo of the former part, and the full outro of the latter part, were thus included.

Since the death of Terry Kath in 1978, the vocals for live performances of “Make Me Smile” were handled by Bill Champlin, who joined the band for the recording of Chicago 16, until he departed the group in August 2009. On shows that Champlin did not attend, Robert Lamm sang the lead vocal. Champlin’s replacement Lou Pardini has now taken over the singing of “Make Me Smile”.


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8 responses to ““Chicago- Make Me Smile”

  1. aruna3

    May 30, 2016 at 7:20 pm



  2. D. Wallace Peach

    June 1, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Boy, does this bring back memories – Chicago on my dinky stereo in my college dorm. Thanks for the listen. :-)

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Wally Fry

    June 2, 2016 at 1:18 am

    One of my favorite songs! I love Chicago too in general.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Eddie Two Hawks

    June 2, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    They always made me smile.
    So does seeing and hearing this great post

    Liked by 1 person

  5. America On Coffee

    June 2, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Yes, Eddie Two Hawks, Chicago’s songs and style make us smile.:-) Their music is very uplifting and entertaining! They are unique!!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. America On Coffee

    June 3, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Chicago has great, fun, lively music ! I love all of their songs.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Wally Fry

    June 3, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    I love the horns. Nobody does anything like that anymore and it’s sad almost


  8. Relax...

    July 28, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Back when music was MUSIC, right? Awesome.



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