2/8/18: Chicago “Wishing You Were Here”
I don’t know how I became obsessed with this song over the last 24 hours, but I don’t mind. This is one tune that’s good for calming down a bit. It’s such a nice, soothing, relaxing song…and it’s a combination of 2 classic groups. Chicago was in the studio in 1974, recording its next album, which would be “Chicago VII.” Some of the members of The Beach Boys happened to stop in, too, and before you know it there was one of those spur-of-the-moment magic moments. Al Jardine, Carl Wilson, and Dennis Wilson ended up providing back-up vocals with Chicago’s Peter Cetera, who had written the song. Terry Kath took the lead on this one, and what resulted was incredibly harmonious.
The song just barely missed cracking The Top 10, and personally, I think it’s a great song. I could take or leave a lot of Chicago’s mellow stuff, but this one’s special. And if you listen closely, you can definitely tell The Beach Boys were a part of it. Especially, Carl Wilson, who had an amazingly smooth, sweet voice. Just listen to this beautiful offering from not one great group, but a couple of them getting together, and enjoying themselves.
I’m guessing these guys had a good time recording it. It’s “Wishing You Were Here,” and it’s today’s “Music In My Head” on 97.9 The Hill…WCHL.