Danny Seraphine was one of the architects of the band Chicago Transit Authority,
soon thereafter after known simply as Chicago. As the band’s original drummer, Danny performed and contributed his songwriting talents for over 22-years, 1967-2000. During his tenure, Chicago was the leading singles-charting group of the 1970’s. Collectively, the band generated sales of over 130-million units in the US with 22-gold, 18-platinum, and eight multi-platinum albums. During the course of their career, the band charted five number one albums and 21-top-10 hits. Chicago is one of the longest-running and most successful U.S. pop/rock and roll groups, second only to the Beach Boys in terms of singles and albums.
Danny has been recognized as one of the worlds most highly-respected and influential jazz-rock/rock drummers of all-time, making Rolling Stone’s list of All-time Top 100 Drummers. The legendary Buddy Rich often noted that Danny was one of his favorite young drummers.
Following Danny’s departure from Chicago, he went on to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at both the Cape Breton and Montreal Drum Festivals. He was honored as Songwriter of the Year by the American Society of Composers Artists and Publishers (ASCAP) as a co-writer for Pitbull’s Know You Want Me during the 27th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards.
In 2006, he formed his new band, CTA (California Transit Authority), which he continues to tour and record with today, while carrying on the jazz/rock legacy Chicago Transit Authority started in 1969.
Danny, along with the six surviving, original members of Chicago will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 8th in Brooklyn. Seraphine says, "I never thought it was ever going to happen, so I didn't know how it would feel. It’s an honor to be included with the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and all the other great artists that have been inducted. What I'm most proud of is that after 49-years, our music still sounds fresh."
As part of the induction ceremony, Danny will join the six surviving, original band members, including Peter Cetera, performing together for the first time in 25-years (30-years for Cetera). "I'm looking forward to this opportunity to play with my band one last time and to clear the air and hopefully overcome any bad blood between us,” Seraphine said. We are going to give our fans what they've longed for so many years; a reunion performance with the original members. It's going to a night for the ages. One I will cherish forever.
Danny's Clinic starts at 12:00 noon