His initial foray into music was the accordion, but he soon made his way to electric bass and, occasionally, guitar. Cetera's family was Polish in origin, and Peter grew up Catholic. As a youngster, Cetera made the rounds in local bands before landing a gig with The Exceptions. In December of , The Big Thing later Chicago and the Exceptions were playing the same place when Cetera approached the former, saying he liked what they were doing. Two weeks later, he'd switched bands. Cetera's addition benefited Chicago in many ways. First, his tenor voice complimented the baritones of guitarist Terry Kath and keyboardist Robert Lamm. Second - and most important at the time - his bass playing simply rocked. Together with Kath and drummer 'Danny Seraphine', Cetera made the rhythm section cook. Although not especially noted as a bass player now, at the time, Cetera set the standard.
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His songs have been featured in soundtracks for movies and television. His father worked as a machinist. Cetera attended Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary for one year of high school because, he says, "my mother wanted me to be a priest". Cetera says his mother "was always singing around the house", and that she taught the children to sing in harmony while they were doing their household chores. During high school, he started seriously thinking of pursuing a career as a singer. Cetera played in several groups in the Chicago area, including a popular local rock band named The Exceptions, which toured the Midwest in the mids. Kal David and Marty Grebb also are credited on the song. Impressed by their use of a horn section combined with rock and roll, Cetera left The Exceptions to join The Big Thing within two weeks. The follow-up album, Chicago , vaulted the band to popular status throughout the world. The song " 25 or 6 to 4 " was the first major hit single with Cetera singing lead vocals.