Songs By Chicago The Band
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Songs By Chicago The Band

Thanks for stopping by my songs by Chicago the band page where you'll find a collection of demo covers and full lesson tutorials available for purchase along with several free chord sheets in .pdf format. 

I'm also using Chicago album covers below so you know which album is associated with each song.


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Songs by Chicago The Band
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1. Baby What A Big Surprise

Baby What A Big Surprise hit the airwaves in the fall of 1977 from the bands album "Takin It On Uptown".

The track reached #4 in the US and #3 in Canada.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: A, E, D, Esus, G, C, Gbm, E7
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2. Beginnings

Beginnings is a number from the early days of the band going back to 1969, The song was released asa single from their 2nd album "Poem 58".

The song failed to chart in the initial released but did chart at #1 with re-release in 1971.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: use a steady up and shuffle with some chop strumming
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: Amaj7, G6, Dmaj7, Cmaj7, Fmaj7, G
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3. If You Leave Me Now

If You Leave Me Now was a monster #1 hit song in many countries when it was released back in the summer of 1976.

The track is from the album "Together Again".


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 4th fret
  • Rhythm: down up stop up down up 
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, D/Gb, Em, Bm, A7, D, E, C7, Fm, C, Gbm, B7, Am7, G6, Cm
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4. Old Days

Old Days is a number from 1975 off of their album "Hideaway".

The song reached #3 in the US.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and some chop strumming and shuffles
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: Em, Dm, F, G, C, Esus, E, Am, Am/Ab, Am/D, D/Gb, Gsus
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5. Saturday In The Park

Saturday In The Park hit the airwaves in 1972 and hails from the bands album "Alma Mater". 

The one peaked at #3 in the US and #2 in Canada.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down up stop up .. some steady up and down shuffle strumming and lots of accents
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: Am-D7-G7-C, Bm, Dmaj7, Em, G/F, D, G, G/E, Gm, A#m, Eb
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6. Will You Still Love Me

Will You Still Love Me was released as a single in 1986 from the album Chicago 18.

By this time Peter Cetera had departed and bassist Jason Scheff had taken over a lead vocalist.

This was their first bit song reaching #2 in the US with Scheff singing lead. 

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 1st fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down down and repeat
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: F, G, C, G/E, D, C/B, Am, Dm, Dm/B, Ddim, D/Gb, G#, Gsus, Dm7, G6
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7. Wishing You Were Here

Wishing You Were Here is a track from 1974 form the bands album entitled "Life Saver". It was the only single from that album.

The song topped the charts in the US.


  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down down up and repeat - arpeggio as well
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = Dm, E7, Eb, A#, C, A, D, Gm
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