Album of the Day
The band's eighth studio album (with live and best-of sets among its predecessors), CHICAGO X boasted Grammy-winning cover art resembling a chocolate bar, and the music within still sounds sweet. The collection made good use of the group's many talents - Terry Kath supplied the opening rocker “Once Or Twice,” Robert Lamm penned the appealing single “Another Rainy Day In New York City,” and James Pankow and Lee Loughnane set aside their horns for rare lead vocal performances. But it was Peter Cetera's song “If You Leave Me Now” that stole the spotlight; later a Grammy winner, the track was the band's first No.1 hit in the U.S., and became its sole chart-topping single in the U.K. this month in 1976. Though that ballad was atypical of the album as a whole, CHICAGO X marks a key turning point in the band's public perception and musical evolution.