Looks like Chicago will be receiving more Hall of Fame honors in 2017.
Following their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, Chicago’s primary songwriters Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera will be part of this year’s class of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The 2017 induction class also includes Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Max Martin, Jay Z and Barry Gordy, who postponed his initial 2016 induction.
In a statement, Lamm said, “So proud of my band mates, flattered to be in the company of the other inductees. Songwriting, composing music, is all I ever wanted to do, and I'm touched to have been acknowledged by my peers. Grateful to our manager, Peter Schivarelli, and our long time producer Jimmy Guercio.”
The induction ceremony is set to take place Thursday, June 15th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Inductees usually perform at the ceremony, but considering the drama around Chicago performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, who know what will happen.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel. (True story.)