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Terry Kath

American musician and songwriter

Terry Kath

American musician and songwriter
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birthday
31st
January, 1946
Death
23rd
January, 1978
Birth Place
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Birth Sign
aquarius
Biography

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. He used a number of different guitars, but eventually became identified with a Fender Telecaster fitted with a single neck-position humbucker pickup combined with a bridge position angled single-coil 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 unintentional self-inflicted 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.

instruments played
bass
Guitar
Vocals
Associated Acts

Chicago

Birth Name

Terry Alan Kath

Genres

Rock, hard rock, blues rock, jazz rock

Years Active

1963 1978

Name

Terry Kath

Nationality

United States of America

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