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Jun 16 17 8:14 AM
Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall Of FameTwo years ago, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Thursday night in New York City, Chicago members Robert Lamm and James Pankow were each inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Chicago's celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, but Lamm told reporters they're not ready to call it quits.
"At a certain point in your career, you start getting these lifetime achievement awards, [and] you think maybe it's the universe telling you you need to stop," Lamm laughed. "But in spite of that, we find that in our 50th year, we're going stronger than ever."
"We're just pinching ourselves with this incredible ride," added Pankow. "We're looking forward to the next 50 years and we're taking the fans with us."
In fact, Pankow gave the fans credit for the honor, saying, "It's about these people, these wonderful listeners who embrace this music and give life to it. And the Songwriters Hall of Fame is the ultimate validation for that."
The two men were inducted by Train singer Pat Monahan, who also performed Chicago's hit "Just You 'N Me," written by Pankow.
Other inductees Thursday night included legendary Motown founder Berry Gordy, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, the songwriting and production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewisand Max Martin, who's written more Billboard Hot 100 #1 hits than anyone except John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
In addition, pop star Ed Sheeran and Broadway and Disney composer Alan Menken were honored with special awards at the ceremony.
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Jun 16 17 8:15 AM
by ROGER WINK, VVN MUSIC on JUNE 16, 2017
In February, the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced their 2017 inductees and, among the honored, were the Chicago trio of Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera.
When the ceremony takes place tonight (June 15) in New York, Cetera will not only be absent but his name will not appear as an inductee.
It seems that the Songwriters Hall of Fame will not induct you unless you attend the ceremony (or you are dead); however, Cetera already had a concert tour scheduled when the date when the induction would take place.
I was honored to be, what I thought was, inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. And, ‘Oh yes, are you going to come to the event?’ And I said, ‘Well, when is it?’ And when they told me, ‘Two of the guys from Chicago and you are going to be there and we want to know if you can perform?’ And I said, ‘Wait a minute, it’s probably not a good idea.’ ‘And it’s right in the middle of when I’m going to be on the road, anyhow. I think I’m going to have to pass.
That’s when Peter found out the clause that said “no attendance – no induction”.
We talked to Cetera two weeks ago (listen below) and he made it pretty clear a couple of times that his priority was his fans; however, the previous situation with his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame also must be considered as part of the mix.
When the Rock Hall announced that Chicago would be inducted, there was some question as to how the members of the band and Cetera would handle their differences. Cetera offered to play 25 or 6 to 4 with the band saying they could “walk onstage together one last time as a group” but, in the end, both the members of Chicago and the Rock Hall declined the offer and Peter did not attend the ceremony.
The difference here, though, is the Rock Hall still put Peter in with the group.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame has offered to differ Cetera’s induction until next year so that he can attend but, so far, there is no confirmation that he will accept.
For the record, here is who will be inducted tonight with examples of their songs:
Shawn “Jay-Z” CarterUmbrellaCrazy in LoveBaby Boy
Robert Lamm & James Pankow (Chicago)25 or 6 to 4 (Lamm)Saturday in the Park (Lamm)Just You ‘N’ Me (Pankow)Old Days (Pankow)
Kenneth “Babyface” EdmundsWe Belong TogetherI’ll Make Love To YouThe End of the Road
Jimmy Jam & Terry LewisThat’s the Way Love GoesI Didn’t Mean to Turn You OnAll For You
Max MartinShake It OffCalifornia GurlsSince U Been Gone
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