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Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
Chicago 1971 Does Anybody Really 45
As I was walking down the street one day
A man came up to me and asked me
What the time was that was on my watch, yeah
And I said
Does anybody really know what time it is
Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1971
  • peaked at No. 5 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1970
  • from Chicago's debut album, The Chicago Transit Authority (1969)
  • the third of twenty Top-10 singles the group charted on the Hot 100
  • lead vocals and piano intro: Robert Lamm
  • Chicago
         Robert Lamm- keyboards, vocals
         Peter Cetera- bass, vocals
         Terry Kath- guitar, vocals
         Lee Loughnane- trumpet, vocals, claves
         James Pankow- trombone, cowbell
         Walter Parazaider- woodwinds, vocals, tambourine, shaker
         Danny Seraphine- drums, percussion
  • written by Robert Lamm; Lamm: :“I was a teenager walking down the street in Brooklyn, New York where I grew up. I walked by a movie theater and there was an usher standing outside taking a cigarette break. I said to him, ‘Hey man, what time is it?’ and he said, ‘Does anybody really know what time it is?’ I remembered that when I was trying to write this sort of Beatle-esque shuffle, and just explore the idea of ‘Does anybody really know what time it is?'”
  • produced by James William Guercio
  • horn arrangements by James Pankow
  • engineered by Fred Catero
  • recorded at Columbia Recording Studios, New York, NY
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