On the 40th Anniversary of the band\'s creation, help us get Grammy Award-winning Chicago into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their accomplishments and contributions to Rock and Roll have spanned the entire 40 years with hits in every decade since their founding.
Chicago has 20 Top Ten singles, 12 Top Ten albums (five of which were #1), 18 Gold and 13 Platinum Albums with sales of more than 120 million records.
Musically, Chicago has made enormous contributions by helping to explode the notion of what a rock band can and should be. As one of the first Rock band to use horns, and by fusing Rock, Jazz, Swing, Funk and other forms, Chicago inspired musicians all over the world to think about popular music in new ways. Chicago has enjoyed peer respect from early contemporaries such as Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, and from newer stars such as Lenny Kravitz and Rob Thomas. It is a key element to Chicago\'s legacy and something of which the band is justifiably proud.
Commercially, there is no question that Chicago has been one of the most successful musical acts of the past four decades. Chicago is the only American Rock band to chart a Top 40 album in five consecutive decades. Chicago is also known as one of rock\'s preeminent touring bands, and this summer the group will mark it\'s 40th year consecutive year on the road.
Chicago also has a long record of charitable activity. In the early 1970\'s, Chicago initiated one of the first ever rock n\' roll voter registration drives and were chartered as founding artists at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. for these efforts. Over the years, they have championed music in schools (including endowing the Terry Kath Memorial Scholarship at DePaul University in Chicago) and have performed countless benefits. Chicago currently is donating a portion of all ticket sales from their U.S. tour dates to the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation, to help find a cure for the fatal Niemann-Pick Type C Disease.
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