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Terry Kath Caricature, illustrated here circa 1970, age 24.
Kath was an American musician and songwriter, best known as a founding member of the rock band Chicago. He played guitar and sang lead vocals on many of the band’s early hit singles. He has been praised by the band for his guitar skills and Ray Charles-influenced vocal style.
Growing up in a musical family, Kath took up a variety of instruments in his teens, including the drums and banjo. He played bass in a number of bands in the mid-1960’s, before settling on the guitar when forming the group that became Chicago. Kath was also said to be Jimi Hendrix’s favorite guitarist.
Kath was regarded as Chicago’s bandleader and best soloist; and his vocal, jazz and hard rock influences are regarded as integral to the band’s early sound. He has been praised for his guitar skills and described by rock author Corbin Reiff as “one of the most criminally underrated guitarists to have ever set finger to fretboard”.
Kath sang lead vocals on several of Chicago’s early songs, including “I’m a Man”, “Colour My World”, “Make Me Smile”, “Dialogue (Part I & II)”, “Wishing You Were Here” and “Brand New Love Affair”.
By the mid-70’s, Kath was regularly carrying guns around and enjoyed shooting them.
On Monday, January 23, 1978 after a party at the home of roadie and band technician Don Johnson, in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, Kath began to play with his guns.
He spun his .38 revolver on his finger, put it to his temple, and pulled the trigger. The gun was not loaded. Johnson warned Kath several times to be careful. Kath then picked up a semi-automatic 9-mm pistol and, leaning back in a chair, said to Johnson, “Don’t worry about it … Look, the clip is not even in it.” Those were his last words. To assuage Johnson’s concerns, Kath showed Johnson the empty magazine.
Kath then replaced the magazine in the gun, put the gun to his temple and pulled the trigger. Apparently unbeknownst to Kath, the semi-automatic had a round in the chamber.
He died instantly from the gunshot, eight days shy of his 32nd birthday.
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Archival Conservation Mat is included with your purchase. Mat is a high quality, 4 ply (1/16″) surround mat. These frame mats are acid-free & Lignin-free made with 100% virgin alpha-cellulose surface, core and backing papers. So your caricature with mat will fit into a standard comparable frame either “20” x 24″ or “16” x 20″ depending on the print size, (frame not included). Price also includes a Backer Board.
32″ x 40″ stretch canvas print is produced by Giclee printing process and are hand stretched over heavy duty American made white pine. The canvas print is varnished twice after printing. The canvas prints are ready to hang (complete with hanging wire).
|Dimensions||16 × 20 × .25 in|
32" x 40" Stretched Canvas Prints $495, 11" x 14" Watercolor Print $95, 16" x 20" Watercolor Print $175