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Robert Lamm

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Robert Lamm


Robert Lamm (13 October 1944, Brooklyn, N.Y.) is an American composer.

Lamm was raised in Chicago, Illinois. His parents had a collection of jazz records, which were an early influence on him. At his church, he performed in the boys' and men's choir. He studied art in high school, particularly drawing and painting, but changed direction in college by enrolling in the music program at Roosevelt University in Chicago. In a 2003 interview, Lamm said, "My first musical training came as a member of the choir at Grace Episcopal Church, Brooklyn Heights, New York. It was a very good choir (Harry Chapin and members of his band were also in this choir at around the same time). It exposed me to some of the great sacred music from the Middle Ages, right up through Bach and into some of the 20th Century composers."

Lamm formed a trio with Gerry Beckley of the band America and Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys. In 1974, Lamm released Skinny Boy, the only solo album from a member of Chicago before the 80's. He would release further solo albums starting in the 90's. He has been a guest lecturer on music production at Stanford University. In 2012, he lectured at New York University on the subject of songwriting.

He was an original member of the jazz-rock ensemble known as Chicago and composed many of the songs on their record albums. His most popular works were Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? and 25 or 6 to Four.

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