1979 Chicago – No Tell Lover
James William Guercio began managing the band Chicago when the group still called itself The Big Thing. Over time, he became the producer of their albums between 1972 and 1977. Somewhat annoyed at how earnings from the albums were being allocated, the band left James behind and recruited Phil Ramone to produce their next album in 1978.
Work on the album became difficult after guitar-player/vocalist Terry Kath accidentally shot and killed himself with a gun that he thought was not loaded. After a long series of auditions, the band selected singer-songwriter/guitarist Donnie Dacus as his replacement.
Peter Cetera and Donnie shared lead vocals on Alive Again, the first song the band released with Donnie on board. The single peaked at #14 on the Hot 100 in 1978.
In December, the band released another song with Peter and Donnie sharing lead vocals. No Tell Lover once again took the band to #14 on the Hot 100. The single did better on the Adult Contemporary chart, where it reached #5.
The band’s next album did not fare well: it became their first album that did not have a top forty single. Donnie left after that disappointment and eventually joined Badfinger.
A few more lineup changes occurred, but it would be 1982 before the band returned to the charts with a hit record.
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