Robert William Lamm is an American keyboardist, singer and songwriter who came to fame as a founding member of the band Chicago. He wrote many of the band's biggest hits, including "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?", "Beginnings", "Saturday in the Park", "Dialogue", and "25 or 6 to 4".
Robert Lamm was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Chicago, Illinois. His parents had a collection of jazz records, which were an early inuence on him. He studied art in high school, particularly drawing and painting, but changed direction in college by enrolling in the music program at Roosevelt University in Chicago. In a 2003 interview, Lamm said, "My 1st musical training came as a member of the choir at Grace Episcopal Church, Brooklyn Heights, New York. It was a very good choir, (Harry Chapin and members of his band were also in this choir at around the same time) it exposed me to some of the great sacred music from the middle ages, right up through Bach and into some of the 20th Century composers".
Lamm's 1st group, known as The Trondells, formed in 1962 on the southside of Chicago. The band Chicago was formed in February 1967. In the mid-90's, Lamm formed a trio with Gerry Beckley of the band America and Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys. After Wilson's death from lung cancer in February 1998, an album was released entitled "Like A Brother".
In 2004 Lamm fronted his own group The Robert Lamm Band, performing concerts in New Zealand and Los Angeles. Apart from his involvement with Chicago, Lamm has recorded a number of solo albums, beginning in 1974 with "Skinny Boy" right up to the present with "Living Proof".