Terry Kath, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Terry Kath

American musician, former member of Chicago

Date of Birth: 31-Jan-1946

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Date of Death: 23-Jan-1978

Profession: singer, singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Terry Kath

  • Terry Alan Kath (January 31, 1946 – January 23, 1978) was an American musician and songwriter, best known as a founding member of the rock band Chicago.
  • He played guitar and sang lead vocals on many of the band's early hit singles.
  • He has been praised by the band for his guitar skills and Ray Charles-influenced vocal style. Growing up in a musical family, Kath took up a variety of instruments in his teens, including the drums and banjo.
  • He played bass in a number of bands in the mid-1960s, before settling on the guitar when forming the group that became Chicago.
  • His guitar playing was an important component of the group's sound from the start of their career, and he sang lead on several of the group's singles.
  • He used a number of different guitars, but eventually became identified with the Fender Telecaster fitted with a humbucker pickup and decorated with numerous stickers.
  • Kath was also said to be Jimi Hendrix's favorite guitarist.Kath struggled with health issues and drug abuse towards the end of the 1970s.
  • He died in January 1978 from an accidental gunshot wound to the head.
  • The bereavement tempted Chicago to consider disbanding, but they ultimately decided to resume as is signified by their memorial song "Alive Again".
  • To commemorate his musicianship, they issued the 1997 album, The Innovative Guitar of Terry Kath.

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