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Daniel Peter Seraphine (born August 28, 1948) is an American drummer, record producer, theatrical producer and film producer. He is best known as the original drummer and founding member of the rock band Chicago, a tenure which lasted from February 1967 to May 1990.

Danny Seraphine
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Danny Seraphine
Background information
Birth nameDaniel Peter Seraphine
Born (1948-08-28) August 28, 1948 (age 71)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresRock, Jazz.
InstrumentsDrums, percussion
Years active1967–present
Associated actsChicago, California Transit Authority, David "Hawk" Wolinski
Websitewww.ctatheband.com

Early lifeEdit

Daniel Peter Seraphine was born in Chicago to John and Mary Seraphine.[1] The family lived in the Dunning neighborhood on Chicago's northwest side. He started playing drums at the age of nine while attending St. Priscilla Catholic grade school. When he was 15 years old, Seraphine withdrew from Steinmetz High School.[2] Outside of school he joined a local gang called the JPs.[3]

In December 1965, after deciding to give up on making a living playing drums, he got an invitation to join a band called Jimmy Ford and the Executives, Dick Clark's road band. Already in the band were Terry Kath on bass and Walter Parazaider on saxophone.[4] After being let go from Jimmy Ford and the Executives when it merged with another local band, Little Artie and the Pharaohs (under the new name, The Mob) the three of them were invited to join a cover band called The Missing Links.[5]

He studied privately with famed percussionist Bob Tilles at DePaul University, where future members of Chicago were also studying. Seraphine cites his influences as Buddy Rich, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, Grady Tate, Ringo Starr, Mitch Mitchell, and Hal Blaine.[6]

He continued his education with big band drummer Chuck Flores, followed by two years of study under jazz drummer Jo Jones (also known as Papa Jo Jones) in the mid-1970s.[7]

Chicago Transit AuthorityEdit

Early in 1967, Seraphine approached his two new friends Walter Parazaider (saxophone and woodwinds) and Terry Kath about leaving the cover band they were in and starting a new with a horn section. Kath switched from bass guitar to guitar, his first love. After the addition of Lee Loughnane (trumpet), James Pankow (trombone), Robert Lamm (keyboards) and Peter Cetera (bass), the band began performing initially as a cover band called The Big Thing (sometimes called The Big Sound), before settling on Chicago Transit Authority, which was soon shortened to Chicago because of threatened legal action by the actual Chicago Transit Authority.[8]

ChicagoEdit

Their producer and manager, James William Guercio, moved the group to Los Angeles[9] where they landed a regular gig at the Whisky a Go Go.[10] They subsequently obtained a contract with Columbia Records and recorded their first album — a double album — in two weeks. This eponymous album Chicago Transit Authority was released in 1969. Second only to the Beach Boys in terms of Billboard singles and albums chart success among American bands, Chicago are one of the longest-running and most successful pop and rock groups.

Seraphine co-wrote several songs for the band: "Lowdown"[11] (a Top 40 hit for the band), the instrumentals "Prelude to Aire", "Aire", and "Devil's Sweet" from the album Chicago VII, "Little One", "Take Me Back to Chicago", "Show Me the Way", "Birthday Boy" and "Street Player". His writing partner was often David "Hawk" Wolinski, the keyboardist for Rufus featuring Chaka Khan. His song "Street Player" was sampled by The Bucketheads for the dance hit "The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall into My Mind)", and later by rapper Pitbull for the hit "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" from the album "Rebelution". The song samples "75, Brazil Street" by Nicola Fasano versus Pat Rich, which itself samples "Street Player". "I Know You Want Me" has also been featured in Dance Central, the dancing game for Kinect, Dance Dance Revolution X2 for PlayStation 2, and SingStar Dance, the dancing game for PlayStation Move.

He started a production company in partnership with Hawk Wolinski called Street Sense Productions. He used his new home studio to record the demos. A deal was signed with Epic Records.[12]

In 1974, during the peak of the band's career, Seraphine invested in and was a moving force in the establishment of B'Ginnings, a music venue with capacity of almost 1,000, in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.[13]

Seraphine was let go from Chicago in May 1990, after disagreements with the band that were chronicled in his book Street Player: My Chicago Story.[14][15] After his departure, veteran session drummer Tris Imboden joined the band in time for Twenty 1.

Post-ChicagoEdit

In early 2006, Danny Seraphine debuted a new band, California Transit Authority (CTA), featuring himself on drums, Marc Bonilla on lead guitar, Mick Mahan on bass guitar, Ed Roth and Peter Fish on keyboards, Mike Wallace on guitar, and Tower of Power singer Larry Braggs on vocals. Seraphine and Bonilla initially put the band together to play for several charity benefit shows. Their repertoire included several Chicago songs.

CTA released their first studio album, Full Circle, on August 14, 2007, followed by a tour of the United States. The band's second CD Sacred Ground was released on March 21, 2013.

2009 saw the release of Lonely Street, a film for which Seraphine served as an executive producer and the music supervisor. In 2010 he published his aforementioned autobiography Street Player: My Chicago Story.[14][16] In the same year, he released the biographical and instructional DVD "The Art of Jazz Rock Drumming" produced by The Drum Channel.

Awards and achievementsEdit

Seraphine has been ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 100 drummers of all time. In 2010, Seraphine received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Cape Breton Drum Festival. In 2011, he also won a Lifetime Achievement Award, Montreal Drum Festival. Additionally, he was recognized by the ASCAP as a co-writer of Pitbull's "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)".

On May 9, 2015, the City of Chicago dedicated the 3500 block of North Normandy Avenue on Chicago's northwest side "Honorary Danny Seraphine Way".[17][18]

Seraphine was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Chicago on April 8, 2016.[19]

EndorsementsEdit

Seraphine plays DW drums, pedals & hardware, Aquarian drumheads, Zildjian cymbals and drumsticks. He had previously endorsed Rogers, Slingerland and Yamaha drums in the past prior to endorsing DW in 1988. With Chicago, Seraphine used Rogers and Slingerland drums; and in the 1970s, he used an array of Slingerland drum kits in both recording and touring and in a variety of configurations. He switched to Yamaha Drums around 1984 before the departure of singer and bassist Peter Cetera. In 1988, he switched to Drum Workshop, which he has been with ever since. He had previously used Pro-Mark drumsticks, but eventually switched to using Danny Seraphine signature drumsticks, a line created for him by Zildjian, and for many years, he used Remo heads.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Seraphine, Danny (2011). Street Player: My Chicago Story. John Wiley & Sons Inc. pp. 6–7. ISBN 9780470416839.
  2. ^ Seraphine, Danny (2011). Street Player: My Chicago Story. John Wiley & Sons Inc. p. 20. ISBN 9780470416839.
  3. ^ Seraphine, Danny (2011). Street Player: My Chicago Story. John Wiley & Sons Inc. pp. 20–26. ISBN 9780470416839.
  4. ^ Seraphine, Danny (2011). Street Player: My Chicago Story. John Wiley & Sons Inc. pp. 27–29. ISBN 9780470416839.
  5. ^ Seraphine, Danny (2011). Street Player: My Chicago Story. John Wiley & Sons Inc. pp. 38–39. ISBN 9780470416839.
  6. ^ Seraphine, Danny (2011). Street Player: My Chicago Story. John Wiley & Sons Inc. p. 44. ISBN 9780470416839.
  7. ^ Seraphine, Danny (2011). Street Player: My Chicago Story. John Wiley & Sons Inc. p. 138. ISBN 9780470416839.
  8. ^ Seraphine, Danny (2011). Street Player: My Chicago Story. John Wiley & Sons Inc. pp. 47–72. ISBN 9780470416839.
  9. ^ Seraphine, Danny (2011). Street Player: My Chicago Story. John Wiley & Sons Inc. p. 65. ISBN 9780470416839.
  10. ^ Seraphine, Danny (2011). Street Player: My Chicago Story. John Wiley & Sons Inc. p. 77. ISBN 9780470416839.
  11. ^ Seraphine, Danny (2011). Street Player: My Chicago Story. John Wiley & Sons Inc. pp. 122–123. ISBN 9780470416839.
  12. ^ Seraphine, Danny (2011). Street Player: My Chicago Story. John Wiley & Sons Inc. pp. 150–151. ISBN 9780470416839.
  13. ^ Seraphine, Danny (2011). Street Player: My Chicago Story. John Wiley & Sons Inc. pp. 142–145. ISBN 9780470416839.
  14. ^ a b Seraphine, Daniel; X., Adam (2011) [2010]. Street Player: My Chicago Story (Book and eBook). Chicago (Musical group) (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9780470416839. OCLC 463675584. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  15. ^ "22-Sept-2013 Interview on Outsight Radio Hours". Archive.org. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  16. ^ "22-Sept-2013 Interview on Outsight Radio Hours". Archive.org. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  17. ^ "Honorary Danny Seraphine Way Dedication Ceremony". Steinmetz Alumni Association. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  18. ^ Office of the City Clerk. "Document Tracking Sheet". City of Chicago. Retrieved December 7, 2015. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  19. ^ Graff, Gary. "Chicago on Their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2016.

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