Make Me Smile – Chicago

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………….on March 21st of 1970  “Make Me Smile” by Chicago is released as a single off their second LP “Chicago” aka “Chicago II”. This song was written by James Pankow, a founding member of Chicago whose primary instrument is the trombone. This was an excerpt from the musical suite “Ballet for a Girl from Buchannon” on the group’s second album. The band at first objected to the editing considered necessary to prepare it for AM radio play, but it went on to reach the Top 10 in spring 1970. Chicago’s original guitar player/vocalist Terry Kath sang lead on this track. After Kath died in 1978, other members of the band, including Bill Champlin and Robert Lamm, would handle the vocals when they performed the song live. The song became the band’s first Top 10 record, peaking at number nine on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. When Chicago released their compilation album The Very Best of Chicago: 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. The song was not released as a single in the UK.