Remembering Terry Kath

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"Terry Alan Kath (January 31, 1946 – January 23, 1978) was an American musician and songwriter, best known as a founding member of the rock band Chicago. He played guitar and sang lead vocals on many of the band's early hit singles. He has been praised by the band for his guitar skills and Ray Charles-influenced vocal style.

Growing up in a musical family, Kath took up a variety of instruments in his teens, including the drums and banjo. He played bass in a number of bands in the mid-1960s, before settling on the guitar when forming the group that became Chicago. His guitar playing was an important component of the group's sound from the start of their career. He used a number of different guitars, but eventually became identified with a Fender Telecaster fitted with a single neck-position humbucker pickup combined with a bridge position angled single-coil pickup and decorated with numerous stickers. Kath was also said to be Jimi Hendrix's favorite guitarist.

Kath struggled with health issues and drug abuse towards the end of the 1970s. He died in January 1978 from an unintentional self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The bereavement tempted Chicago to consider disbanding, but they ultimately decided to resume as is signified by their memorial song "Alive Again". To commemorate his musicianship, they issued the 1997 album, The Innovative Guitar of Terry Kath."
 

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The Terry Kath Experience is a documentary film made by Terry's Daughter Michelle Kath Sinclair.

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The film can be viewed free with commercials on the Filmrise App.
 

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Terry turns up in a movie called Electra Glide In Blue (1973) in a 'bit part' at the end of the movie and is seen riding in a pick up truck with another guy along a lonely highway when the two are stopped by a highway patrol man who checks out the driver's driving license and then lets them go but the policeman forgets to give the driver his license back and then sets off on his motorbike after them only for Terry to produce a shotgun and then 'blows the cop away' who is left for dead on the highway.

Regarding Hendrix claiming that Terry was his favourite guitarist?. Yeah it's on record that Jimi rated Terry highly as a guitarist plus Jimi also rated Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top highly as well back in 1970.
 
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Terry turns up in a movie called Electra Glide In Blue (1973) in a 'bit part' at the end of the movie and is seen riding in a pick up truck with another guy along a lonely highway when the two are stopped by a highway patrol man who checks out the driver's driving license and then lets them go but the policeman forgets to give the driver his license back and then sets off on his motorbike after them only for Terry to produce a shotgun and then 'blows the cop away' who is left for dead on the highway.

Regarding Hendrix claiming that Terry was his favourite guitarist?. Yeah it's on record that Jimi rated Terry highly as a guitarist plus Jimi also rated Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top highly as well back in 1970.

At least it was just a movie, nowadays they shoot police and leave them for dead for real.

Supposedly Jimi said that Terry was a better guitarist than him. Jimi's opinion, not mine.
 

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