Baby, What a Big Surprise

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"Baby, What a Big Surprise"
Single by Chicago
from the album Chicago XI
B-side "Takin’ It On Uptown"
Released September 1977
Format 7"
Recorded April - June 1977
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:04
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Peter Cetera
Producer(s) James William Guercio
Chicago singles chronology
"You Are On My Mind"
"Baby, What a Big Surprise"
"Little One"

"Baby, What a Big Surprise" is a song written by Peter Cetera for the group Chicago and recorded for their album Chicago XI (1977), with Cetera singing lead vocals. The first single released from that album, it reached #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1]

Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys provided additional backing vocals on the recording while saxophonist Walt Parazaider plays flute on the distinctive flute introduction and trumpeter Lee Loughnane plays a piccolo trumpet.

Although Chicago XI yielded two more minor singles, "Baby, What a Big Surprise" was Chicago's last Top Ten single before the accidental death of guitarist Terry Kath, and was also their last Top Ten single produced by James William Guercio.

Chart History[edit]

Country Peak
US 4
Austria 9
Netherlands 4
Sweden 12
Switzerland 19
Canada 3


Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ "Chicago Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
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