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Colour My World – by Chicago ( 1970)

September 3, 2016

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“Colour My World”is a song written by American musician James Pankow, one of the founding members of the rock/jazz fusion band Chicago. Part of Pankow’s “Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon” song cycle/suite, it was recorded for their second album Chicago, also called Chicago II (1970). Terry Kath sings the lead vocal, and Walter Parazaider performs the highly recognizable flute solo.

The song was brought to Acuff-Rose Music in Nashville as a simple five-chord song with lyric line. A&R tech Earl Knosher then expanded and arranged the progression, adding the colorful major 7th and 9th chords that make the song so unique. In fact, the major seventh chord that begins the song has been called, “the most famous major seventh chord in the history of music.”[1] Knosher also arranged the flute solo and played piano on the first demo of the song.

The song was initially released as the B-side…

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