Despite many changes over the years, Chicago has stayed true to its identity as a self-contained rock band with horns. Their first three albums, all two-record sets, featured a diverse range of jazz, pop and progressive influences, often with political lyrics. But they also had a knack for concise hit singles, and 1970's “Make Me Smile” began a long run of chart success. The accidental shooting death of guitarist Terry Kath in 1978 nearly finished the band, but they rebounded in the ‘80s with a slicker, ballad-heavy approach. Even after the departure of singer/bassist Peter Cetera in 1985, they remained a leading live attraction.