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South California Purples

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Released  April 28, 1969
Genre  Blues rock, hard rock
Label  Columbia Records
Recorded  January 1969
Length  6:11
Writer(s)  Robert Lamm

"South California Purples" is a song written and sung by Robert Lamm for the rock band Chicago and recorded for their debut album Chicago Transit Authority (1969).

The song quotes the opening line from The Beatles' "I Am the Walrus:"

"I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together."

A live version appears on 1971's Chicago at Carnegie Hall, lasting over fifteen minutes.


  • Robert Lamm - lead vocals, Hammond organ, Hohner Pianet
  • Terry Kath - fuzzed wah-wah electric guitar, backing vocals
  • Peter Cetera - bass, backing vocals
  • Danny Seraphine - drums, tambourine, maracas
  • Jimmy Pankow - trombone
  • Lee Loughnane - trumpet
  • Walt Parazaider - tenor saxophone
  • References

    South California Purples Wikipedia