What Makes This Song Great? Ep.108 CHICAGO “Make Me Smile”

Rick Beato
Visualizações 966 047
99% 36 000 1

In this episode of "What Makes This Song Great?" I breakdown Chicago's "Make Me Smile".

🎸 October Sale - 50% OFF The NEW Quick Lessons Pro Course - Use Code RB500 ⇢

👂October Sale - 50% OFF The Beato Ear Training Program - Use Code RB500 ⇢

📚 October Sale - 50% OFF The Beato Book 4 Bundle - Use Coupon Code: RB500 - Get It Here: ⇢

To donate to the channel go here:

For recurring support go here:





My Links to Follow:

BRvid - / rickbeato

Follow my Instagram -


Special Thanks to My Supporters:
Catherine Sundvall
Clark Griswold
Ryan Twigg
Martin Small
Kevin Wu
Robert Zapolis
Jeremy Kreamer
Sean Munding
Nat Linville
Bobby Alcott
Peter Glen
Robert Marqusee
James Hurster
John Nieradka
Grey Tarkenton
Joe Armstrong
Brian Smith
Robert Hickerty
Peter DeVault
Phil Mingin
Tal Harber
Rick Taylor
Bill Miller
Gabriel Karaffa
Brett Bottomley
Frederick Humphrey
Nathan Hanna
Stephen Dahl
Scott McCroskey
Dave Ling
Rick Walker
Jason Lowman
Jake Stringer
steven crawford
Piush Dahal
Jim Sanger
Brian Lawson
Eddie Khoriaty
Vinny Piana
J.I. Abbot
Kyle Dandurand
Michael Krugman
Vinicius Almeida
Lars Nielsen
Kyle Duvall
Alex Zuzin
tom gilberts
Paul Noonan
Scott Thompson
Kaeordic Industries LLC
Duane Blake
Kai Ellis
Zack Kirkorian
Joe Ansaldi
Marc Alan
Rob Kline
Calvin Wells
David Trapani
Will Elrics
Debbie Valle
JP Rosato
Orion Letizi
Mike Voloshen
Peter Pillitteri
Jeremy Hickerson
Travis Ahrenholtz


Publicado em


13 Out 2021



Baixar vídeos:

Carregando o link.....

Adicionar a:

Minha playlist
Assista mais tarde
Comentários 5 922
Gwen Reader
Gwen Reader 8 meses atrás
Chicago is one of those bands that make you grateful that you grew up in the age we did.
Lizzy Folks
Lizzy Folks 2 meses atrás
I love Chicago and have for decades. I even got to see them live about 10 years ago when they were on tour. Even without Peter Cetera and (unfortunately) Terry Kath, they were powerful. They’re one of the reasons I became a band/music teacher. Unlike too much of today’s smorgasbord, this is music: musically trained musicians performing.
Peztopher 4 meses atrás
Well, the 70s Chicago. That yucky 80s soft stuff, no.
peanutbutterisfu 4 meses atrás
I didn’t grow up then my dad did he grew up on Chicago, I love the band too. They have such a great feel to their songs. Everyone in the band were great musicians and man so many great singers in the band! It’s not very common to have so many great musicians in one band usually it’s one or 2 really good musicians in a band.
Internet 2050
Internet 2050 4 meses atrás
1980s is better thanks.
DT 4 meses atrás
And I was gonna say (echo).....AMEN! CTA=LIFE CHANGING ! Then, Make me smile...maybe my VERY favorite. Kath's so SO soulful..even if he wasn't one of THE great guitarists. Just you & me; Searchin', Beginnings; Feelin' Stronger; Purples; THEIR I'm a man...Colour my world was at EVERYBODY'S wedding. WHAT A BAND! I feel sorry for those who did not grow up w/ them, The Dan, Allmans, EW&, SO blessed, man. GREAT episode. Thank you. My son's (trumpet/guitar/vocals) high school jazz band (Currently he's a school band director himself) played LOTS of Chicago years ago...& THAT ALWAYS "made me smile" (sorry).
Lamarr Avery
Lamarr Avery 8 meses atrás
Seraphine was such a talented drummer, he often gets overlooked from all the talent in this legendary band. Every musician was a master with their instruments in this band, spectacular they were.
Walter Todenhoft
Walter Todenhoft Mês atrás
When Buddy Rich was asked if he liked any of the new drummers back in the early 70s Danny Seraphine and Bobby Colomby (Blood, Sweat and Tears) were the only two he mentioned.
John Christopherson
John Christopherson 4 meses atrás
Howie Rubin
Howie Rubin Anos atrás
Terry Kath was undoubtedly the heart and soul of Chicago. THIS PROVES IT!!!
Jake2023 3 meses atrás
Ricky D
Ricky D 3 meses atrás
Lance Sabin
Lance Sabin 8 meses atrás
One of my biggest influences to this day, just when I think I am so clever I realize I got it from Terry Kath!!! Great singer love his voice, however his guitar playing is what I took from him!!! Thank God for him, I can’t get enough of his playing
Chris Flach
Chris Flach 9 meses atrás
Even Hendrix raved about Terry's guitar playing.
Virtual Pilgrim
Virtual Pilgrim Anos atrás
This episode helped me understand that Chicago is the definition of a quintessential "band" not just a few guys who got together to play some music but a real technical sophisticated display of artistry working together to produce their music.
Miguel Morales
Miguel Morales 19 dias atrás
" A real technical sophisticated display of artistry"... I couldn't have said it better.
Music 1968 - 72
Music 1968 - 72 Anos atrás
Some nice videos on YT about how they got started: Jim Pankow's interview for the Musician's Hall of Fame and Danny Seraphine's interview are both really interesting.
Vinny D
Vinny D 9 meses atrás
I'm so happy that Rick pointed out Danny Seraphine's incredible drumming in this song. Danny doesn't get the recognition he deserves. He's also a great guy.
dgrblue 4
dgrblue 4 Anos atrás
Terry Kath is so underrated and a singer, hell, as an artist. He was gone way too soon. Make me smile is a definite hidden gem from that rock band with the horns 🤘
Humphrey Gruntwhistle
Humphrey Gruntwhistle 4 meses atrás
It was never hidden. It was released as a single shortly after the album was released and received a lot of radio airplay.
John Petitt
John Petitt Anos atrás
Rick, you never disappoint, but hearing Terry's isolated vocal was a spiritual experience.
Robert Gruber
Robert Gruber Mês atrás
@JoJo BarDavid Clayton-Thomas is the singer‘s name of BST
Becky Farrington
Becky Farrington 3 meses atrás
Jimi Hendrix spoke openly of his admiration for Terry Kath’s chops. He was an incredible musician whom we lost way too soon.
Curtis Everett
Curtis Everett 6 meses atrás
gave me goose bumps
jack armstrong
jack armstrong 7 meses atrás
Wasnt that something? HOly crap, that was good
Vextract 9 meses atrás
Heaven is when we get to do this all we want forever without getting hungry or frustrated because there's an eternity to get it down.
Scott James
Scott James Anos atrás
Terry Kath is underrated MASSIVELY in every sense: Guitar Vocal Composer One of the most talented guys ever.
LISA LOTTA 11 meses atrás
Ich liebe Chicago schon seit meiner Jugend . . . great Big Band sound with lovely voices one of the best worldwide . . .warm greetings from Frankfurt, Germany in April 2022
Delta Queen
Delta Queen 3 meses atrás
Cheers! 🍻🍻🍻
Karen 3 meses atrás
Hearing Terry’s voice always get a little teary 😢he was gone too soon. What a talent he had!
Mandy Harewood
Mandy Harewood 3 meses atrás
Simply the best, better than all the rest! When I 'm fed up of humans I listen to Chicago. Again and again and again. This is real music with real musicians, creativity in melody and lyrics. Perfect!
John Testa
John Testa Mês atrás
Terry's isolated vocals give me the chills. So soulful.
Tony Papas
Tony Papas Anos atrás
I know Rick says that most people would recognize Chicago from Peter Cetera's lead vocals in the 1980s, but their catalog from the 1970s is far superior.
zgfit 3 meses atrás
@Love Supreme Sorry No. But yes different
Brad Baldovin
Brad Baldovin 4 meses atrás
@CT Z I agree, It's 2 totally different styles of music. Not unlike the Eagles. Early stuff was more a country style but when they got Walsh in the band, WOW that is some serious RnR!!!!!!! Like both but depending on your tastes usually you like one or the other more. For me the Early CTA is what I prefer and I like the later Eagles.
Winston Beech
Winston Beech 4 meses atrás
@Kineahora I have a friend who "hates" Chicago, but I doubt he has ever heard the early songs, or if he has, did not realize even who it was. I occasionally post a song I like on FB, maybe he'll listen if I don't say who it is.
BernieZazz 5 meses atrás
I agree absolutely. I can’t stand most of Peter cetera’s songs
Michael Parker
Michael Parker 5 meses atrás
There are a lot of factors that people seem oblivious to. The Chicago/Genesis comparison, the 70's vs 80's, the post Kath sell out, the Cetera ballads, etc. Nothing stays the same, adapt and survive. Only the listener can remain frozen on Groundhog Day. I'm actually new to early Chicago. Seen the albums in the racks but only ever heard 80's pop. I heard '25 or 6 to 4' covered a few years back and sought out the original. Then I found Rick's analysis and realised there was much more to them, now this. Wow! Chicago could make some excellent music. I listened to the album with '25 or 6 to 4' on... 🙄
Ginny Shaffer
Ginny Shaffer Anos atrás
Yes! Chicago had so much going on in their music that captured your Attention and just held it 💕❤️💕
Steven Rubin
Steven Rubin Anos atrás
What a timeless song! The lead vocal is insane when you isolated it. Does it get more soulful than that vocal? Brilliant songwriting. Thank you Rick for breaking down that masterpiece.
jane braun
jane braun 11 meses atrás
Shows you how spoiled were we back then to have Chicago, feel so nostalgic hearing this, there will never be another band like this with so many melodic tunes!
Glenn Dailey
Glenn Dailey 6 meses atrás
plus the went soft with sappy ballads sucking up their playlist.
John Ceragioli
John Ceragioli 10 meses atrás
Danny Seraphin was the secret to Chicago’s sound. One of the most underrated drummers of all time.
Treff 5 meses atrás
Danny was a beast! Insane chops!
John Cohrs
John Cohrs Anos atrás
Thankful for Rick Beato, such a joy to listen and watch his explanation and interpretation
Matt Carlson
Matt Carlson Anos atrás
The amazing thing about Chicago is how there was no weak member of the band - everyone was phenomenal. Three lead singers with very different sounds who could also blend for harmonies, a incredibly tight horn section, one of the greatest guitarists ever, one of the most underrated bassist (Cetera), a drummer with chops galore, and like 6 songwriters (composers really) who could write and arrange for each player’s instruments better than anyone. I can’t imagine a more talented band. 🤯
W Cooman
W Cooman Anos atrás
Former sax/flute/clarinet player here. Chicago's use of dynamics was unparalleled. They played music; not the noise that gets called music now.
Will Gray
Will Gray 11 meses atrás
Rewatched this because it's one of my all time favorite Rick Beato videos. I always loved Chicago and this song especially, but Rick helped me understand WHY I like it, all the subtle musical things going on that work so perfectly together. Rick is just fabulous at explaining the musical intricacies without losing the emotional content of a song. Love you, Rick. There's really nobody like you.
david breen
david breen Anos atrás
i always liked Chicago's music because the songs were so in sync. with the horns, guitars, drums, everything was just wow!
John Doh
John Doh 2 meses atrás
Their original drummer was a BEAST. He was as good as any rock drummer at that time. And Chicago played such a wide variety of music for their first 3 albums that it wasn't such an easy thing to be a drummer for.
theaterdream Anos atrás
There are just some guys that had more musical talent than us mere mortals. Terry Kath was one of them. He was a god…a god on the guitar, and his voice, so soulful…. Oh, God. Listening to Make Me Smile simultaneously brings joy to my heart in the moment, and then leaves me tremendously saddened thinking of how much more great music we were cheated of. RIP, Terry. Your fans are legion. Than you for sharing your gift with the world. And thank you, as always, Rick, for showcasing this incredible composition and performance as only you can. Every time…every time I watch your videos, something just resonates. Hearing Terry’s isolated vocal sent chills down my spine. By the way, that’s a gorgeous Strat.
Daniel Grove
Daniel Grove Anos atrás
When the band held auditions to replace Terry, I took the leap. Bittersweet in many ways, to be sure. But they were the nicest guys, Peter in particular. I was set up next to him and he was very encouraging. What an experience.
Delight Schwartz
Delight Schwartz 11 meses atrás
More Details - great story, let us everyday mortals live vicariously thru you please!!
Ken Wolf
Ken Wolf Anos atrás
Wanna hear more.
RaincloudmusicTFS6 Anos atrás
Classically trained, and would have choked, sitting there.
Jay Russell
Jay Russell Anos atrás
Just EDIT this post !
Jay Russell
Jay Russell Anos atrás
Yeah...that's a story EVERYONE wants to hear more of, even if you didn't make it ! Please edit
Miguel Morales
Miguel Morales 9 meses atrás
Chicago is one of the best bands ever. Their compositions are just amazing, especially in their earlier years.
Mike J
Mike J 10 meses atrás
Chicago took music in an entirety new direction in the 70s. Even Jimi Hendrix wanted to go in that direction after seeing them. Truly a great band.
jorge garcia
jorge garcia Anos atrás
Tank you Rick to teach us the science behind this master piece of music
Dale B
Dale B 6 meses atrás
Terry Kath's voice was unmatched in 70s rock music. A heartbreaking loss.
Don nascargas Hartwick
Terry was a force of nature. Also a massively underrated guitar player. His loss was tragic. Leaves me to wonder what might have been. What music we dont have because he isnt there to sing or play it.
Michael Fox
Michael Fox Anos atrás
Terry Kath was so underrated as both a singer and guitarist he was special
Richard Durand
Richard Durand 7 meses atrás
Terry was NEVER underrated by those who really listened.
J handle
J handle 7 meses atrás
Not underrated by everyone. Jimi Hendrix once called him the world's greatest guitarist. Jimi said that about several people, but never about himself.
Cynthia B
Cynthia B 7 meses atrás
@Doug Wittrock actually Rory Gallagher was Hendrix’s fav. But Kath was up there too
Richard Furlott
Richard Furlott 11 meses atrás
Never a question !!
Matt Agnew
Matt Agnew Anos atrás
@SigmaTomcat I'll call bullshit anytime someone says "(Great Guitarist) says why don't you ask (lesser known guitarist)" These are 98% urban legends, and exist for almost every great musician. Tim Minchin straight up asked Paul McCartney if he ever said that about Neil Finn. Of course he denied it. Please stop saying things like this unless you can cite a published interview, otherwise it's just another urban legend.
Philip Giacalone
Philip Giacalone 7 meses atrás
Thank you, Rick. It's fantastic to hear isolated parts of songs. Nobody does it like you. Hearing those isolated vocals made me really appreciate just how incredible they are!
Rob Svm
Rob Svm 3 meses atrás
So much going on in this song: This era was the height of Chicago: The rest of the guys could never reach that amazing creativity without Terry's presence.
Robert Sipes
Robert Sipes Anos atrás
I remember when this first came out, some guy (I didn't even know) was carrying the album, walking down the street and he grabbed me and said, "You gotta hear this!" Well the next thing I knew we were headed to the closest library and checking out headphones. We went into one of the sound rooms and put the album on a turntable. We listen to both albums, front to back and for the next over an hour, I had THE greatest musical experience, I can ever remember. Later I hooked a tape player to my bicycle and went to the park. I choreographed a bicycle ride to "I'm a Man", which drew some attention. I will say Chicago (CTA) gave me an energy standard which I held all rock 'n' roll bands to, after that day in 1969. I never did find out who that guy was, but I want to thank him!
TheGreatEnzoMolinari 4 meses atrás
Beautiful ❤️
takao robinson
takao robinson 7 meses atrás
Awesome story.
Richard Durand
Richard Durand 7 meses atrás
I had a similar experience with this album. After school I met a classmate in the record shop and he had just bought the C.T.A. album. I had never heard of them so he invited me to come to listen to it. He and his older brothers had a great sound system - and WOW! I was blown away. I had the priviledge to see them live 3 times by the time the 3rd album came out. They were great!
jack armstrong
jack armstrong 7 meses atrás
I am 64, and when I was in HS my Mom walked into my bedroom to Ballet for a Girl in Buchanon. Even she started moving to the beat. She loved it!
NYC Songman
NYC Songman 7 meses atrás
You could do that in 1969; above the chaos, there was hope, and love still around.
Art Vandelay
Art Vandelay 10 meses atrás
I've written transcriptions of the horn and some of the rhythm parts of the entire "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon" and as I wrote down what I heard, I was amazed at what Pankow did with some of the harmonies in that thing. It's amazing that guys that young could come up with such an amazing piece of art at such a young age. And today, we get people making a gazillion dollars putting vulgar and offensive words of hate to rhythm and calling it "art."
Ross Campbell
Ross Campbell Anos atrás
Terry Kath was a force of nature. Great voice, great rhythm and lead guitar.
Daniel Frost
Daniel Frost Anos atrás
So sad that Terry left us too soon. He was the heart and soul of Chicago. The original lineup was some of the greatest musical talent ever assembled.
Larry Hall
Larry Hall Anos atrás
@Steve Jennings I'm going to check that song out. Thank you.
Steve Jennings
Steve Jennings Anos atrás
@Larry Hall sorta agree although some of their mid-late seventies “disco” era material is pretty sick. Thinking of Street Player in particular… kinda iconic song with an unbelievable horn line
Larry Hall
Larry Hall Anos atrás
@ranatlas Oh, wow! I didn't know he messed with The Tubes!
ranatlas Anos atrás
@Larry Hall Foster watered down too many recording artists. My pet peeve is what he did to The Tubes.
Daniel Frost
Daniel Frost Anos atrás
@Larry Hall He was great on bass which goes to the point that the original Chicago lineup was some of the greatest musical talent ever put together.
Juan Carlos Olivero
Juan Carlos Olivero 7 meses atrás
I love when Rick is overflowing with enthusiasm and passion. 🙌
Robert Burke
Robert Burke 28 dias atrás
The boys of Chicago always exuded joy in their music making. They make ME smile!
Jazz Fusioner
Jazz Fusioner Anos atrás
Adore the punchy horn section....Lee, Walter, and Jimmy.....Danny just killin' it on the kit......And then there's Terry...what can you say.....and the vocal layers of Bobby, Peter and Terry.....
Sexy Sax Man
Sexy Sax Man 6 meses atrás
I’m a huge Chicago fan and this is definitely one of my favorite tunes!!
Holaloha59 Anos atrás
I love how you broke down this song. LOVE the song beyond measure, but now truly appreciate it even more. You breathed new life into it for me, Rick. And, confirmed for me that Chicago is one of the great bands in R&R and very under-appreciated. Thank you for this, it was a treat.
Patriot Tex
Patriot Tex Anos atrás
Danny Seraphine is a criminally underrated drummer. On those 70s albums he is amazing. I love his style you'd swear they were using two drummers.
Sunny Seacat
Sunny Seacat 8 dias atrás
That happened with a guitar teacher years ago. He did not show for 8 out of 16 lessons. And had the nerve to blame his roommate.... What ? He was a recent Berklee of Music graduate so his maturity was questionable. He was a terrific guitarist, explained music so simply... but was a flake Oh well. Met another guitar teacher later. Had some flake-filled drum teachers, too. Sheesh! Love of music continues unabated nonetheless. Cheers. Keep playing.
RedRoosterParty Anos atrás
@Patriot Tex Agree
Patriot Tex
Patriot Tex Anos atrás
@RedRoosterParty yeah, I found that out, but it's still a hell of a drum part!
RedRoosterParty Anos atrás
On the studio version of 25 or 6 to 4 Danny in fact dubbed a second drum part.
Lloyd Alsman
Lloyd Alsman Anos atrás
@Christopher Winkler His best.
Scott Horbal
Scott Horbal 6 meses atrás
This song break down has tears rolling down my face. What a great composition and performance.
Chris Sapien
Chris Sapien 3 meses atrás
When I want to sit, laugh, smile and remember how wonderful life is, I come back to this video Rick! We will never have music that can move us quite like the music of our adolescent years in the 70's. God really delivered back then.
Rick Deevey
Rick Deevey Anos atrás
This song blew me away the first time I heard it as a kid, and it still blows me away now as a middle-aged man. It doesn't come any better than this.
Gerber Bernstein
Gerber Bernstein 9 meses atrás
Danny Serafino and Terry Kath made Chicago special. Great jazz style drumming, and Terry was known as the White Ray Charles. Great soul in his voice. His guitar playing is undisputed.
YTSlide Anos atrás
What makes me smile? Watching Rick showcase this amazing band and song. Terry Kath played like Hendrix and sang like Ray Charles. Chicago was the first concert in the mid-70s and have loved them forever.
Marshian Music
Marshian Music Anos atrás
Rick, it’s great to see you getting into some Chicago - one of the most skilled and musically advanced bands of all time. There’s about 15 other Chicago tunes that would also qualify as a What Makes This Song Great episode. Danny Seraphine was really killing on this recording, as was Kath’a vocal, and Pankow’s amazing horn arrangement. More Chicago breakdowns, please.
Stephen Lindemann
Stephen Lindemann 3 meses atrás
I’d love to hear a breakdown of Beginnings. The percussion ending is insane 🤯.
Doug Glendening
Doug Glendening Anos atrás
How about Introduction? First song on the first album set the whole thing up...
wking42 Anos atrás
@Scuba Diva I agree. A breakdown of Questions 67 and 68 would be great. It’s an all-time favorite song of mine, and I’m sure of others as well. Great melody, and once again, Danny Seraphine’s drumming on the song is exceptional.
Ace Mechanical
Ace Mechanical Anos atrás
Brian O'Connor
Brian O'Connor Anos atrás
@Tommy Collins I couldn't agree more
Patrick Kelly
Patrick Kelly 7 meses atrás
Bravo!!! This song was an anthem when I was 16. Cranked to the max while cruising around in my buddy's car ... this song made me smile more than I care to admit. Watching the video performance of this song live, Terry Kath's contributions give me goosebumps, and bring home the tragedy of his senseless passing.
Kevin Staggs
Kevin Staggs Anos atrás
This is my second time watching this video. I must say Danny Seraphine is one badass drummer. He is very underrated but anyone that listens to Stronger Everyday knows he is talented and can hold his own with anybody.
Rob Jones
Rob Jones Anos atrás
the Terry Kath years of Chicago were outstanding, they were always one of my favorites growing up. everyone was listening to Kiss and I was rocking to 25 or 6 to 4
Robert Burns
Robert Burns 11 meses atrás
Color My World one of the great slow dance tunes of all time many cherries popped after the dance !
BPen61 11 meses atrás
@David Floro Guilty.
David Floro
David Floro 11 meses atrás
@BPen61 Smart a**…. I’m one myself.
David Floro
David Floro 11 meses atrás
Know just what you mean. And you win!
mjnc367 11 meses atrás
@Tyler B Terry Kath was only 23 in 1970 when this was recorded. His voice was so unique and powerful, it will never be duplicated.
The Founding
The Founding 11 meses atrás
I absolutely freak out whenever I hear this song! Everything Rick describes about this song has been apparent to me since I first heard it as a grade school kid. When a song makes a 10 year old stand up and go "What is this song?" "Who is this?!!!!" And I became a fan of 70's Chicago! This song is a timed commitment with 100% conviction..........the confidence of everyone playing............outstanding!!!!
texasRoofDoctor Anos atrás
I am not a musician but I remember how badass this song seemed when I was a kid in 1976 maybe. It really is a masterpiece. I enjoyed hearing you break it down from a musicians perspective and appreciate it even more now. Keep up the good work and thank you for your expertise.
pjones8404 Anos atrás
Way back in Jr. High, (1975) our concert band was rehearsing for our spring concert and one of the songs we played was a Chicago medley. I was in 7th grade and the drummer who was playing set was an 8th grader. They were rehearsing the chorus section of "Make Me Smile" and the drummer just wasn't getting the feel right. He wasn't able to make it swing and he missed many of the punches. The director was getting frustrated and the whole band was starting to stir because they had to keep replaying this chorus over and over so the drummer could get it right. The director looked at me....I looked at him. Repeat....and like a baseball manager who knows his starting pitcher was done....looked at me again and he did it. He effectively walked out to the mound to change pitchers. He said, "Peter... (me) you know this don't you?" to which I shook my head in the positive. "Why don't you go play it please." Deep silence and a death stare from the older drummer as I grabbed my sticks and kicked the living crap out of it! Note for note just like the original recording. The band erupts in cheers while the "looks that kill" from the other drummer turned into..a silent acknowledgement that I had in fact crushed it. So....the thing was the director KNEW I could play it because he allowed me to use his office every day during my lunch period so I could use his record player and listen to music. Well I spent nearly half of that year listening to nothing but Chicago. Especially Chicago IV "Live at Carnegie Hall" and he knew I had spent hours and hours playing along to Chicago records!! The other drummer was asked to play because he was graduating and he wanted to respect that. But he just didn't have the experience with that music so I played it for the Spring Concert. I told Danny Seraphine many, many years later that I learned more playing along to the first eight Chicago albums than I did listening and play to any other drummer. Including my heroes Ian Paice, Ginger Baker, Mitch Mitchell, Buddy Rich, Joe Morello and others. I learned to swing, groove, play in odd tempos, set up horn punches, support a singer, play with a soloist, fills and extended solos. Simply one of the most important bands of my entire musical journey.
Vinny D
Vinny D 9 meses atrás
@pjones8404 Well, it's cool you were able to at least do that.
pjones8404 9 meses atrás
@Vinny D I wasn't able to relay the Jr. High story to him. Just that I thanked him for teaching me so much about drumming at a critical age and how it helped shape me as a player.
Vinny D
Vinny D 9 meses atrás
I'm so happy you got to relate your story to Danny. I met him 3 years ago at Alice Cooper's charity concert, and he was such a nice guy. He also kicked butt when he played that night.
d vz
d vz 9 meses atrás
Excellent story.
Bill Coldwell
Bill Coldwell Anos atrás
Cool story. Every drummer's (pitcher, quarterback, goalie,... fill in the bank) dream. "Gimmie the ball, coach." That's confidence - that your hard work has given you what it takes. Right on, man.
Jim Erwin
Jim Erwin 5 meses atrás
I absolutely love the way you broke this song down. It doesn't have a single weak spot and the vocals (which for most people are the most important part) are stellar!
Maybe David
Maybe David 10 meses atrás
What an incredible production on every level. And it’s NEVER been played on any radio station I’ve ever heard.
Michele Parker
Michele Parker 4 meses atrás
Gee, heard it all the time here in Chicago...😁❤️
Frank Marsh
Frank Marsh 10 meses atrás
It went to number 9 on the Billboard pop charts and it was a classic rock staple throughout the seventies and eighties and into the nineties. Today you can still hear it on some of the classic rock stations on XM radio like 70s on 7 and Classic Vinyl...
Ron Morey
Ron Morey Anos atrás
I never get tired of Rick’s enthusiasm and air drumming. Great song!
jack armstrong
jack armstrong 7 meses atrás
He tells you WHY they were great. The complexity of the music is off the charts.
jake owsley
jake owsley 8 meses atrás
Indeed. Reminds me in high school as semi-music aficionados, we listened to various R&R pieces, we'd all do "air drums" in unison. Priceless!
Jon Goforth
Jon Goforth 10 meses atrás
He still is.
R J 11 meses atrás
Hairmetallurgist 11 meses atrás
This song holds such a place in my memory and heart. Hearing the isolated parts just brings out more to love about this song and Chicago. Musicianship as tight as new Fruit-of-the-Looms!
Edward Loomis
Edward Loomis 4 meses atrás
Great marching band song played by many thousands of high schoolers.
Eric Minch
Eric Minch 7 meses atrás
Make me simile.
Richard Kazmirchuk
Richard Kazmirchuk Anos atrás
Leonid and Friends brought a whole new life and level of this excellent music to life again!!!❤️🎹😎
Tex Drinkwater
Tex Drinkwater 3 meses atrás
We had great front row seats to see them for the second time a couple of weeks ago. Keeping that original Chicago sound alive!
Alexandre Fonseca
Alexandre Fonseca Anos atrás
I have listened to this song hundreds of times since my youth, and still Rick manages to open a new window into it. This is sheer magic. It is a great gift, to give you a renewed light into something you already love. Thank you for that!
Nat 20
Nat 20 11 meses atrás
Totally agree with you Alexandra fonseca 👏🏽🙌🏽
David K Boyter
David K Boyter Anos atrás
This guy is a genius…and I can’t even figure out what he’s saying!!!
Richard Hamilton
Richard Hamilton Anos atrás
Very well put! Rick did an awesome breakdown.
William Rucker
William Rucker Anos atrás
Well put and appreciated
Chris Adams
Chris Adams Anos atrás
It was a gift
Peter Hemm
Peter Hemm 9 meses atrás
I played the hell out of this and other Chicago albums as a teenager in the 1970s. Thank you Rick for showing me one of my favorite songs in a new light!
Adrian Borgust
Adrian Borgust 10 meses atrás
I so loved this whole side of the album this track came from. Kath was a truly exceptionally gifted talent!!
kevin p
kevin p 9 meses atrás
I only got into old Chicago maybe 10 years ago. Outstanding band. Totally different band from the 80s output. If you haven't dug into them do the homework, it's worth it!
Gene O'Brien
Gene O'Brien 8 meses atrás
Beginnings is a drumming tour de force by Danny Seraphine, as the song approaches its mid point he plays the most amazing passage. Its almost like he decides basically, "you guys go on, I'm going to play a solo!" I never get tired of listening to the song.
Ynot Edaw
Ynot Edaw 8 meses atrás
I have always admired this performance. Nobody puts more of themselves into a performance as Terry Kath!
Surfinturfer Anos atrás
Favorite Chicago song. Balls out from beginning to end. Sustained energy without screaming, auto-tune, drum triggers, or computer-enhanced effects, played and sung by real musicians. You can't hide from isolation and they killed it in every way.
Rudolph Guarnacci
Rudolph Guarnacci Anos atrás
Couldn't have said it better.
Peeka boo
Peeka boo Anos atrás
Really eh and at such a talented level for their young years.
Brian O'Connor
Brian O'Connor Anos atrás
@William Stefens wow! You took the words out of my mouth that I've always wanted to say as to describing the difference between old school vs modern music
William Stefens
William Stefens Anos atrás
@Jeff Burnham truly agree, it is as if the instruments are Merely a guide to keep the singer in time in whatever song they are singing. As apposed to classic rock bands where the instruments are as much a part of the song as vocals, as well as giving the song complexity and depth and life. You don't get the chord progressions and complex layers in the songs in Today's songs.
Jeff Burnham
Jeff Burnham Anos atrás
Any band from that era that plays their own instruments and doesn't rely on distortion or other gimmicks is always going to sound better than just someone singing while all the instruments are computerized effects added in studio.
Johanna Jorgensen
Johanna Jorgensen 10 meses atrás
I love Rick's sentimental anecdotes of the first time he ever heard a song, this one included. Nothing like a musician appreciating other musicians with such fervent enthusiasm!
Eric Leigh
Eric Leigh 9 meses atrás
Awesome job on breaking that down Rick, thank you as always.
Vintage Sim Pilot
Vintage Sim Pilot 11 meses atrás
New to Rick's channel. I dig the way he breaks down the chord progressions, harmonies, resolves, all of it. I don't understand most of his theory, but to have that kind of grasp on what makes great songs is enviable. Chicago always put so much thought and energy into what they were doing. Their first album blew me away so massively when I was seventeen, nothing after that could measure up quite as well. Simply the best, but I loved all their work.
Daniel Kren
Daniel Kren 8 meses atrás
This song brings back so many memories. I remember the single, then heard the longer version on the radio. So I had to get the album. To my surprise, the song was actually 17 minutes long, and Colour My World was in the middle of that?! Man, what a song!
sunburst strat
sunburst strat Anos atrás
Brilliant band.Growing up with this great music...maybe we took for granted just how GREAT IT was( is)!!
Glenn Dailey
Glenn Dailey 6 meses atrás
What did I know. It was always that way until I got older, times change and music went down hill. good bye yellow brick road, oops!
Kevin Allison
Kevin Allison 11 meses atrás
Yes, for sure I did as a teenager. It's great living in this age where we can go back and listen to and increase our knowledge of production etc from Maestros like Rick breaking it down for us!!! 😃
Patrick Bolmeyer
Patrick Bolmeyer Anos atrás
Chicago played at my high school in 1969. They were known as 'Chicago Transit Authority' as their second album 'Chicago' was not quite yet released. Their first album is still a favorite of mine over 50 years later. I'll never forget that concert as long as I live.
Pound Sand
Pound Sand Anos atrás
I think I must have been in your area then because I think they came to mine in '68! They were known as "Chicago Transit Authority" and had to change their name, because government!
billy bob
billy bob Anos atrás
Still prefer transit authority myself
fragwagon Anos atrás
That's some historic show, man! Awesome!
Sal Scalici
Sal Scalici 9 meses atrás
Literally Top 5 all time song in MAKE ME SMILE from my second favorite all time Band. Terry Kath is a LEGEND, will forever be a LEGEND. The man played like Jimi Hendrix, sang like Ray Charles. GOAT!
Jo Momma
Jo Momma 10 meses atrás
The band always called him Ray Charles. He also could play lead and sing at the same time. He really was amazing.
Tony Paduano Jr
Tony Paduano Jr Anos atrás
What an eye opener when Rick started to isolate each intruments (that's including the vox and the backups) with how awesome the entire band was. I have heard this song since i was a kid in the 70's and since my parents were also musicians I develop this extra appreciation on the band's musicianship (any bands), but that even took it to another level when Rick started to point out everyone in the band's great deliveries. Thank you Rick!
Benjamin In Korea
Benjamin In Korea 4 meses atrás
I often don't finish Rick's videos-- because I get so excited by his enthusiasm that I run off to listen to whatever song or group he's talking about. What an absolute legend of the musical culture Rick is!
Vextract 9 meses atrás
Stunning live vocals wow I never heard that since I was born in 69 Chicago was before my time at least the original, no auto tuners back then kids.
slidetbone K4NCO
slidetbone K4NCO Anos atrás
I had tears in my eyes when you played Terry's isolated vocal. This has been one of the most emotional episodes you have made, not only because it is my favorite but to hear the tracks and understand the genesis of this song makes it more than great. What an experience! Thank you Rick!
JoseB Anos atrás
@James Hicks Yes I think he would have probably quit, but the question is whether he could have overcome his drugs/alcohol problem. TK in a power trio a la Hendrix/StevieRayVaughn would have been AWESOME.
E-money Anos atrás
Talk about singing from the heart!
James Hicks
James Hicks Anos atrás
Agree. What a dumb loss that was. I can only imagine what he would have been. I like to imagine that he would have left Chicago during the Cetera fetish years and had a wonder blues career. Such a great voice and guitar talent
PinkOld Anos atrás
@ferox965 Yep, "The Terry Kath Experience" was well worth seeing. It was such a loving tribute from his daughter, too.
ferox965 Anos atrás
Kath was the whole package. The doc about him is great.
Johndgx Shelnutt
Johndgx Shelnutt Mês atrás
I have just rediscovered Terry Kath's amazing voice and guitar playing. A truly underrated rock artist!
Glenn Goryl
Glenn Goryl 8 meses atrás
No idea Terry's voice was so powerful.
Kevhead1 7 meses atrás
People who only know Chicago from If You Leave Me Now onward and MTV don't have a clue of how great this band was at the onset. All the pieces in place perfectly.
Cynthia B
Cynthia B 9 meses atrás
In addition to the absolutely phenomenal vocals of Kath, the band had Cetera and Lamm along with background vocals all within one band. The talent gathered in early Chicago is almost beyond comprehension. Add Kath‘a guitar, Seraphine’s drums, Cetera bass Lamm keyboards, Pankow, et al and is off the chain
Treff 5 meses atrás
We won't see another band this loaded with monster musicians again - keep your albums close!!!
Richard Durand
Richard Durand 7 meses atrás
Absolutly Cynthia! They had it all back then.
Matt Schubeck
Matt Schubeck 7 meses atrás
You hit the nail on the head discussing their vocals, and really highlights a lot of what Rick mentioned in this breakdown. Their harmonies moved from major chords to sus chords and created a totally unique sound when added to the unique brass and percussion that they incorporated. Hence why Chicago is one of the top selling groups of all time... people know good music when they hear it.
c2itccase9 Anos atrás
When I saw Chicago in the 70’s, Seraphine did a drum solo that stole the show.
Matt Schubeck
Matt Schubeck 7 meses atrás
@c2itccase9 I think they've only had 3 drummers in 50 years - amazing by itself - but each of their concerts still highlights a phenomenal drum solo that goes on for around 10 minutes and still steals the show. (At least until their brass solo that does the same thing!)
Tom Lemmon
Tom Lemmon 10 meses atrás
Seriously. Right before I listen to this, I listen to your run through of the 10 songs that are nominated for a grammy this year. Oh my God how ridiculous. Yes I know I'm an older guy but the quality of this Chicago song and so many others is so far beyond some of the crap that gets a claim these days.
Dio Dimebag Kilmister
My grandparents owned the local bar in the town I grew up in. They bought a new jukebox in 1975 and they let my father have the old one. It worked perfectly and was a Rowe AMI with the purple/pink/red lighted front and it was 100% electromechanical. You pushed B7 and you could hear the all the gears and levers move to grab the 45 from its slot and place on the platter. This song was D4. When I heard the first drum groove opening I immediately was transported to that jukebox. C1 was CCR Fortunate Son, G7 was Rolling Stones Paint it Black. I still remember all the records and their slots inside for some reason. F5 was broken. We had to skip that slot for some reason. God, what am I rambling about? Lol
Matt Agnew
Matt Agnew Anos atrás
This is the power that music has for us! So many old my childhood memories are keyed to music, and hearing a song will trigger them.
Julie Heikes
Julie Heikes Anos atrás
Fabulous rambling!
Mike Reinke
Mike Reinke Anos atrás
Ramble on
mykalimba Anos atrás
Please, mister, please don't play B17.
Roberto A. Fernandez
Roberto A. Fernandez 4 meses atrás
I was smiling throughout this video, and not because of the song’s title. Rick’s enthusiasm and knowledge did the trick for me. Plus I love this song -particularly its extended version. This was fun, Rick; and soulful too!
Robbie Garnz
Robbie Garnz 8 meses atrás
Just amazing! Kath’s composition skills are unrivaled! And those vocals are incredibly soulful.
fireman746 8 meses atrás
I’ve always thought that was one of Chicago’s best songs along with Feeling Stronger Everyday and Questions 67 & 68.
Kyle Young
Kyle Young 6 meses atrás
Alan Taylor
Alan Taylor 11 meses atrás
I so enjoy this . . . Early 1970's my Navy band got most of the current Chicago charts, including all the horn parts. We played Make Me Smile almost daily, traveling to around a dozen NATO countries from Lisbon to Helsinki. Audiences would sing along in English. Such experiences became a foundation for my future musical life . . .and life is good
John Doh
John Doh 2 meses atrás
I don't know if you can get anymore soulful than that with a vocal part.
Perry Barton
Perry Barton Anos atrás
This is excellent. Also, a little love for James Pankow, who wrote the entire suite as well as those killer horn charts. 😎
Phil 4 meses atrás
Love for Jimmy should start with properly pronouncing his name (that includes you Rick Beato). It’s Pan-koe.
Steve T
Steve T 7 meses atrás
@Jay Gischer Yes, and all the other hits Lamm wrote when CTA first hit the airways like Beginnings, Does Anybody Know What Time it Is, Questions 67 & 68, and Listen. Lamm wrote them all.
JP Kaneshida
JP Kaneshida 7 meses atrás
@Craig Birchfield Exactly; much like Greg Adams with Tower of Power (who did a little side work with Chicago). Both brilliant unsung musicians/arrangers who defined the sounds of their bands.
JAMES MURPHY 10 meses atrás
@Ernie Negrete I had a band director in high school (Dave McDonald) who was related to J. Pankow!! He also played trombone. Would LOVE to see him again!
sirjer73 Anos atrás
Yeah a St. Louis boy, respect!!!
Suzanne Coholic
Suzanne Coholic 8 meses atrás
I never get tired of these "What Makes This Song Great" videos. I learn so much! I remember seeing Chicago in the 70s and Yes, they really were that Great!
Joel Barr
Joel Barr 10 meses atrás
Thank you Rick, and I love the love this song is getting! Like a lot of you, this song hits my childhood at the sweet spot. This band just meant summer to me. When I finally moved to Chicago for college, I got it at a whole 'nother level. Rick, you loved the 45, but I'm hoping you had the experience of sitting with the double album, vinyl, and the foldout and lyrics on your lap. Make Me Smile is just a part of a whole album side that is just a part of 4 sides of masterpieces. Their first album was double, too. Does anybody have guts like that, anymore? I had the good fortune to play the tenor sax part to this song with a band of good friends. Rodney Zawacki, who played trumpet and sang the lead vocal, has passed on from us, but his voice on that recording still gives me chills.
Michael Smith
Michael Smith 7 meses atrás
Chicago's live album at Carnegie Hall was stupendous even though the group hated it. Talk about a group that was into a groove! Plus they had horns!
David Price
David Price 2 meses atrás
Saw Chicago at Ravinia in the summer of 1972. They had just finished a world tour and this was their homecoming in Chicago. It is the best concert I have ever attended.
Dana Stearns
Dana Stearns 3 meses atrás
About time someone acknowledges Danny Seraphines' drumming talents. so under--recognized too. The group under-appreciated for the amount of talents they brought together to give us this incredible music.
John Angelucci
John Angelucci Anos atrás
Terry’s isolated vocals floored me. Now you have to ask yourself, “was he more underrated as a guitarist or a signer?” Astonishing talent!
Glenn Jelich
Glenn Jelich Anos atrás
Great comment John......I always admired Terry Kath as a guitarist but as you said when his vocals are isolated. Wow what a voice. Sadly we lost him to early.
Ed Lawn
Ed Lawn Anos atrás
As great of a soloist Terry was, he was absolutely one of the best rhythm guitarists there ever was.
Scott Larson
Scott Larson Anos atrás
The thing is... he's not solidly hitting any note perfectly. It sounds great because it's his style.
Cujo Cujo
Cujo Cujo Anos atrás
Welcome Machine
Welcome Machine Anos atrás
jmasno5 11 meses atrás
Chicago's first 9 albums are really good. After Terry was gone they were never the same. Also, Peter was a very under-rated bass player in those early albums.
Thomas Serrell
Thomas Serrell 11 meses atrás
"After Terry was gone they were never the same." Exactamundo... A friend of mine used to see Chicago at Jones Beach on Long Island, where they did an annual concert. He really didn't like it when I would say that that it wasn't really Chicago. He would correctly point out that I was quite ******* obnoxious. Guilty, your honor. Anyway... terrific work detailing this masterpiece, Professor Beato.. Thank you
B Lies
B Lies 11 meses atrás
This is one of my all time favorites! The vocals and music are so beyond anything I’ve heard done in the last 30 years. So complex, yet maintains the musicality and emotion. Perfection.
moonbeanification Anos atrás
I feel lucky to have grown up with music like this playing everywhere all the time ♥♥♥
Let's Talk About The Doobie Brothers!
What Makes This Song Great? Ep.99 THE CARS
Chicago "Make Me Smile" [live 1970]
Visualizações 2 600 000
What Makes This Song Great? Ep.104 Pink Floyd
The Keith Jarrett Interview
Visualizações 507 000
What Makes this Song Great? Ep.63 RUSH (#2)
지민 (Jimin) 'Set Me Free Pt.2' Official MV
MC Hariel - Tropa Do H (Clipe Oficial)
Americana na Vaquejada
Visualizações 972 057