Song: “Glory Of Love (Theme From The Karate Kid Part II)” by Peter Cetera
Reached #1: August 2, 1986 (his first, 2 weeks)
Peter Cetera’s music career started as a Big Thing. Well, he joined The Big Thing, a Chicago-based rock band that used a horn section… and yes, that was the band that eventually became the Chicago Transit Authority. When the CTA complained, they lopped the last two words off the name.
And I don’t need to spell out the history of the band – almost 20 years and 17 albums with Cetera on lead vocals. In the MTV era, Cetera was – logically – out front in Chicago videos, leading to a bit of personal popularity for Cetera beyond what the band was used to.
And that’s where things went awry for Chicago. Cetera wanted the deal Phil Collins had with Genesis (or, going back further, Frankie Valli with the Four Seasons) – occasional hiatuses from the band for solo projects. The band wasn’t interested, and wanted to get right back into the studio after the Chicago 17 tour. Cetera wanted a break – so he got it by quitting the band.
“Glory Of Love” was his first solo single, commissioned for The Karate Kid Part II and produced by David Foster, who came along when Cetera left Chicago.
After two decades as a solo act, Cetera seems to have settled into a comfortable semi-retirement, doing occasional tours, including a short Great Plains tour this fall. His last album was a 2004 Christmas collection.
Tomorrow, what may be the ultimate One Hit Wonder…
Other songs that reached #1 on August 2:
1975 – “One Of These Nights” by the Eagles (their second, 1 week)
1980 – “Magic” by Olivia Newton-John (her third, 4 weeks)