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
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
for their long-awaited induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Happy Birthday Jimmy!