South California Purples

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"South California Purples"
Song by Chicago
from the album Chicago Transit Authority
Released April 28, 1969
Recorded January 1969
Genre Blues rock, hard rock
Length 6:11
Label Columbia Records
Songwriter(s) Robert Lamm
Producer(s) James William Guercio
Chicago Transit Authority track listing
"Free Form Guitar"
"South California Purples"
"I'm a Man"

"South California Purples" is a song written and sung by Robert Lamm for the rock band Chicago and recorded for their debut album Chicago Transit Authority (1969).[1][2][3]

The song quotes the opening line from The Beatles' "I Am the Walrus:"

"I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together."

A live version appears on 1971's Chicago at Carnegie Hall, lasting over fifteen minutes.



  1. ^ Strong, Martin Charles (2004). The Great Rock Discography. Canongate U.S. p. 285. ISBN 9781841956152. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Planer, Lindsay. [1] at AllMusic. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  3. ^ Desrosiers, Mark (6 November 2002). "Can You Dig It? Yes I Can!". PopMatters. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 

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