"Peter Paul Cetera" (born September 13,1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American singer, songwriter, and bass player best known for his tenure in the band Chicago. The voice of major Chicago hits such as "25 or 6 to 4," "If You Leave Me Now," and "You're The Inspiration," Cetera is also an accomplished solo artist (including his number 1 single "Glory of Love").
Cetera, known for playing the electric bass, first learned the accordion at the age of 5, and the guitar while attending high school in Chicago. In the late 1960s, he joined and played in a popular local band, The Exceptions, which toured the Midwestern United States. However, in December 1967, Cetera arrived early for a show and watched an act then known as The Big Thing. Impressed by their use of horns combined with rock and roll, Cetera left The Exceptions to join The Big Thing within the span of two weeks.
The Big Thing, later renamed Chicago Transit Authority, and finally, just Chicago, continued to tour the Midwest until releasing their first album in 1969, ''The Chicago Transit Authority'' on the Columbia record label. Cetera was one of the band's three major lead vocalists, his tenor voice comp...
|years active||1981–present (as solo artist)|
|country||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|music genre||Rock and roll|