Chicago 16

Chicago 16
Studio album by Chicago
Released June 7, 1982 (1982-06-07)
Recorded January–April 1982 in Los Angeles, California
Genre Rock
Length 41:51
Label Full Moon/Warner Bros.
Producer David Foster
Chicago chronology
Greatest Hits, Volume II
Chicago 16
If You Leave Me Now
Singles from Chicago 16
  1. "Hard to Say I'm Sorry"
    Released: May 17, 1982
  2. "Love Me Tomorrow"
    Released: September 13, 1982
  3. "What You're Missing"
    Released: 1983
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Chicago 16 is the thirteenth studio album by the American band Chicago, released on June 7, 1982. It is the first album in a decade-long association with new label Warner Bros. Records; the band's first project to be produced by David Foster; and their first hit album since 1978's Hot Streets. It is also the first album since Chicago V (1972) not to feature Laudir de Oliveira on percussion. It is also the first studio album to be released two years after the previous, as every other studio album was released once per year.


The band brought in Sons of Champlin founder Bill Champlin as keyboard player and singer, to fill the past vocal parts of the late Terry Kath. The group also retained Chris Pinnick from the Chicago XIV sessions. Through the band's manager, Jeff Wald, and on suggestion of Danny Seraphine, producer David Foster would make contact with the band.[2] Once they agreed to Foster producing the album (the band had considered him for 1980's Chicago XIV), the producer radically redefined Chicago's sound for the 1980s, with all of the latest technologies and techniques and introducing the significant use of outside songwriters and studio players. Three members of Toto lent their expertise to the sessions.

The soft rock leanings of Peter Cetera and Foster permeate much of Chicago 16. The band was moving to a new label after an entire career at Columbia. Robert Lamm was also unavailable for the majority of the album's production because of personal issues, and the once-prolific writer only shared a sole partial writing credit on the release. Percussionist Laudir de Oliveira was dismissed from the band after the Chicago XIV tour, as his Latin-American style would not fit with the new direction of the band.

Upon its June 1982 release, Chicago 16 proved a hit album, especially as "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" became the band's second #1 US single, and the album ultimately went platinum, reaching #9. The single would also be included in its lengthier form "Hard to Say I'm Sorry/Get Away" on the "Summer Lovers" movie soundtrack. "Love Me Tomorrow", the second single lifted off the album, featured a lengthy orchestration at the end. A third single, "What You're Missing", was released and peaked at #81 on the Pop chart.

The Rhino remaster does not include the full-length versions of "What You're Missing" and "Love Me Tomorrow." The former was replaced with its single edit, and the latter had one piece removed near the end. However, it does include a Bill Champlin demo, called "Daddy's Favorite Fool", as a bonus track.

The original UK LP release contains "Rescue You" before "What Can I Say," unlike subsequent releases of this album.

Track listing

Side One
No. TitleWriter(s)Vocals Length
1. "What You're Missing"  Jay Gruska, Joseph WilliamsPeter Cetera 4:10/3:29
2. "Waiting for You to Decide"  David Foster, Steve Lukather, David PaichCetera with Bill Champlin 4:06
3. "Bad Advice"  Peter Cetera, Foster, James PankowChamplin with Cetera 2:58
4. "Chains"  Cetera, Ian ThomasCetera 3:22
5. "Hard to Say I'm Sorry/Get Away"  Cetera, Foster / Cetera, Foster, Robert LammCetera 5:08
Side Two
No. TitleWriter(s)Vocals Length
6. "Follow Me"  Foster, PankowChamplin 4:53
7. "Sonny Think Twice"  Bill Champlin, Danny SeraphineChamplin 4:01
8. "What Can I Say"  Foster, PankowCetera 3:49
9. "Rescue You"  Cetera, FosterCetera 3:57
10. "Love Me Tomorrow"  Cetera, FosterCetera 5:06/4:58
Bonus track of Rhino re-release
No. TitleWriter(s)Vocals Length
11. "Daddy's Favorite Fool"  ChamplinChamplin 3:52


"Remember There's Someone Who Loves You" and "Come On Back" were recorded during from the sessions and remain unreleased.


Additional personnel





Chart (1982) Peak
Austrian Albums Chart[3] 19
Canadian Albums Chart[4] 17
Dutch Albums Chart[5] 33
German Albums Chart[6] 11
New Zealand Albums Chart[7] 24
UK Albums Chart[8] 44
US Billboard 200[9] 9


Year Single Chart Position
1982 "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" US Billboard Hot 100[9] 1
US Adult Contemporary[9] 1
UK Singles Chart[8] 4
1982 Love Me Tomorrow US Billboard Hot 100[9] 22
US Adult Contemporary[9] 8
Canada RPM Top Singles 40
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary [10] 2
1983 What You're Missing US Billboard Hot 100[9] 81


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[11] Gold 50,000^
Germany (BVMI)[12] Gold 250,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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