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"Saturday in the Park"
Single by Chicago
from the album Chicago V
B-side "Alma Mater"
Released July 1972
Format 7"
Genre Rock, Jazz fusion
Length 3:56
Label Columbia Records
Writer(s) Robert Lamm
Producer James William Guercio
Chicago singles chronology
Questions 67 and 68 /
I'm A Man
(1971)
Saturday in the Park
(1972)
Dialogue
(Part I & II)

(1972)

"Saturday in the Park" is a song written by Robert Lamm and recorded by the group Chicago for their 1972 album Chicago V, with Lamm on piano and lead vocals and Peter Cetera on bass and backing vocals. The single version hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's highest-charting single to date and helping lift the album to #1 on the charts.

According to fellow Chicago member Walter Parazaider, Lamm was inspired to write the song during the recording of V in New York City on July 4, 1971:

"Robert came back to the hotel from Central Park very excited after seeing the steel drum players, singers, dancers, and jugglers. I said, 'Man, it's time to put music to this!'" [1]

The line "singing Italian songs" is followed by Italian-sounding nonsense words, rendered in the printed lyrics as "?". Piano/guitar/vocal sheet music arrangements have often read "improvised Italian lyrics" in parentheses after this line.

"Saturday in the Park" has also been used in a popular commercial in Japan, advertising a marketing campaign known as "Parkhouse"

The song is played at Wrigley Field during Chicago Cubs home games on Saturday afternoons, and at Yankee Stadium before New York Yankees home games.

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