Chicago and Saturday In The Park

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“Everyday’s The Fourth Of July” when you hear Chicago‘s “Saturday In The Park”.

The song is played at Saturday afternoon baseball games at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Nationals Park in Washington, Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Yankee Stadium and Citi Field in New York, and Coors Field in Denver.

Chicago Alto Saxophone player Walter Parazaide recalls:

“I was rooming with (Chicago vocalist and piano player Robert Lamn), and we were in Manhattan on the Fourth of July,”. Robert came back to the hotel from Central Park very excited after seeing the steel drum players, singers, dancers, and jugglers. I said, ‘Man, it’s time to put music to this!’” Lamm had films of his adventures in the park and later edited the film and wrote “Saturday In The Park” as a kind of score.”

 “Eh Cumpari” a 1953 hit by Julius La Rosa is the Italian song referenced in the man selling ice cream singing Italian songs”.

Fun Fact: the Italian lyrics were completely improvised on the spot. The first part of the Italian lyric is “Eh Cumpari”, and then a bunch of nonsensical Italian words.

Newly inducted Rock Hall members Chicago are playing The Hollywood Bowl this weekend.  Expect them to turn the Bowl into a Park.


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