One of the most popular rock and roll bands of the late '70s, Kansas got its start in the American heartland of Topeka, Kan., in 1970. The original band was comprised of guitarist Kerry Livgren, bassist Dave Hope and drummer Phil Ehart. After many permutations back and forth between another band, White Clover, the group eventually coalesced into Kansas with Ehart, Hope, Livgren, Steve Walsh, Robby Steinhardt and Rich Williams. Kansas is known for its distinctive mix of boogie and progressive rock. Fans everywhere are familiar with its iconic songs from the '70s like "Carry On Wayward Son," "Dust in the Wind" and "Hold On."
Miracles Out of Nowhere Are Somewhere to Elsewhere
Kansas released its first album, Kansas, in 1974. The band's sound was a blend of symphonic arrangements and American boogie, interlaced with changing time signatures and a rocking violin. This sound wasn't accepted widely at first, but due to relentless touring by the band following its first and subsequent albums, Kansas gathered a growing number of fans. Its fourth album, Leftoverture, in 1976, produced the hit single "Carry On Wayward Son." The band's next album, Point of No Return, featured two hit singles, "Point of Know Return" and "Dust in the Wind." Leftoverture topped at No. 5 on the Billboard chart, while Point of Know Return hit No. 4. After Hope and Livgren became Christians, the band started to have creative differences over the music and eventually disbanded. Kansas began working together again in the late '90s, and it released Somewhere to Elsewhere in 2000, featuring all the original members of the band.
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How many albums and singles from Kansas are gold or platinum?
Kansas has produced nine gold albums, three multi-platinum albums, one platinum double album and a million-selling single, "Dust in the Wind." Kansas was on the Billboard charts for more than 200 weeks during the 1970s and 1980s. "Carry on Wayward Son" was the second-most played song on classic rock stations in 1995, and it was the most-played song in 1997.
What are some popular Kansas songs?
Some of Kansas' most well-known and iconic songs include "Dust in the Wind," "Point of Know Return," "Hold On," "Carry on Wayward Son" and "Play the Game Tonight."
What are Kansas concerts like?
The current Kansas band is made up of some original and former members, along with a few newcomers to the group. Each performance features a good range of its classic hits and its newer songs. Sometimes, Kansas opens its shows with an acoustic instrumental performance while people are being seated. Afterward, it takes up its preferred traditional positions and starts playing fan favorites.
What documentaries are there about Kansas?
In 2015, the band released the documentary Miracles Out of Nowhere. The documentary tells the story of the band from its early rides in a gutted school bus to signing with music mogul Don Kirshner. The documentary relates the group's formation and its rise from Topeka. The band went on to record some of the most recognized albums and songs of its generation. Director Charley Randazzo chronicles the first six years and first five albums of the band, relaying the underlying feeling of surprise from the young band on its eventual success.Back to Top
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