Baby, What a Big Surprise

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"Baby, What a Big Surprise"
Baby, What a Big Surprise cover.jpg
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 power ballad 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 number 4 on the US 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.


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  2. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". 1978-01-29. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  3. ^ "CHICAGO | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  4. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.