Wild Sound Studios sends out Happy Birthday wishes to Trombonist James Pankow

August 20, 2016

On this day in 1947

Trombonist James Pankow of Chicago is born in St. Louis, Missouri


James Carter "Jimmy" Pankow

American trombone player

songwriter and brass instrument arranger

founding member of the rock band Chicago


Jimmy Pankow met Walter Parazaider

at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois

who recruited him to join a band named 'The Big Thing'

which would become 'Chicago Transit Authority'


Soon after the first album's release

the band's name was shortened to 'Chicago'

Pankow has remained a member of Chicago since its inception


In addition to playing the trombone

Pankow has composed many songs for Chicago

including the hits 'Make Me Smile'

Colour My World (both from his suite Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon)

Just You 'N' Me

(I've Been) Searchin' So Long

Old Days

Alive Again

Feelin' Stronger Every Day (with Peter Cetera)


Pankow has also composed

most of Chicago's brass arrangements over the years

Along with fellow Chicago horns Lee Loughnane and Walter Parazaider


Pankow was featured on Three Dog Night's 1969 #15 hit 'Celebrate'

and Several tracks

of the 1979 Bee Gees' Spirits Having Flown' album


Jimmy has made appearances on several albums for the rock band 'Toto'

1982 Grammy Award winning Toto IV

2006 album Falling in Between

for which he composed the brass arrangements

and performed on the song 'Dying on My Feet'



Five of Chicago‘s original seven members took the stage in early 2016

Robert Lamm

Lee Loughnane

James Pankow

Walter Parazaider

Danny Seraphine

for their long-awaited induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

 Happy Birthday Jimmy!


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