It’s official: The Wind Cries Jerrys, a 6-song EP containing new original songs by Jerry Schwartz, will be released by The Jerrys in 2017. Recording is well under way and expected to be completed by spring, with mixing and mastering to follow. A new single, “Chicago USA,” which the band previewed live on WZRD Chicago in 2016, will be released ahead of the EP.
- Chicago USA
- I Think About You
- Ms. Wonderful
- Another Glorious Day
- Anna Marie
The new release also features Robert Porche’ (drums), Jim Losby (bass guitar), and a surprise guest. Stay tuned for new music by the Jerrys!
(Image is a photo of original print by ScottyRocks.)
Many songs about Chicago and songs that mention Chicago have been written and recorded over the years, and as one might expect, there’s a huge list of Chicago songs on Wikipedia. Among those about Chicago, here are the ones that stand out to me:
- Back to Chicago (Duke Tumatoe)
- Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town) (Fred Fisher)
- Chicago Bound (Jimmy Rogers)
- Chicago (Sufjan Stevens)
- Lakeshore Drive (Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah)
- My Kind of Town (Chicago Is) (Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen)
- Sweet Home Chicago (Robert Johnson)
- We’re All Crazy in Chicago (Jonathon Brandmeier)
As a songwriter, I’ve always wanted to add to the list, and I’ve done just that with my upcoming single by The Jerrys, “Chicago USA.” Not just another Chicago song, the tune is also a tribute to two of my favorite childhood songs, “Downtown” and “I Know a Place”—both written by Tony Hatch and made popular by Petula Clark. Stay tuned.