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Topeka, Kansas, United States (1970 – 1983, 1985 – present)

Kansas is a band which formed in Topeka, Kansas, United States in 1970. The band is best known for their international hit singles “Carry on Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind”.

The band’s classic lineup consisted of STEVE WALSH (vocals, keyboards), Richard Williams (guitar), Kerry Livgren (guitar), Robby Steinhardt (violin, vocals), Dave Hope (bass) and Phil Ehart (drums). The band currently consists of Walsh, Ehart, Williams, Billy Greer (bass) and David Ragsdale (violin).

The debut album, Kansas, was released in March 1974, nearly a year after it was recorded in New York. It defined the band’s signature sound, a mix of American-style boogie-rock and complex, symphonic arrangements with changing time signatures. Steinhardt’s violin was a distinctive element of the group’s sound and set them apart from other progressive rock groups of the era. The band slowly developed a cult following, due to promotion by Kirshner and extensive touring for the debut album and its two follow-ups, Song for America and Masque.

Kansas released its fourth album, Leftoverture, in November 1976, which produced a hit single, “Carry On Wayward Son”, in 1977. The follow-up, Point of Know Return, released in October 1977, featured the title track and “Dust in the Wind,” both hit singles.

Leftoverture and Point each sold over four million copies in the U.S. Both “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind” were certified gold singles, selling over one million units each. “Dust in the Wind” was certified gold as a digital download by the RIAA in 2005, almost 30 years after selling one million copies as a single.

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  • Gnaritasundique

    damn most of their songs are insanely EPIC, such a pity only a few people (relatively) got a clue on that

    19 Aug 6:16pm Reply
  • veimiK

    Thank SPN creators for discovering this epic band for me. [4]

    18 Aug 12:20pm Reply
  • NoeOliveira

    Supernatural fans [669]

    4 Aug 1:43pm Reply
  • nataliagaliand

    Supernatural fans [668]

    1 Aug 11:47am Reply
  • WeverSalvatore

    Supernatural fans [667]

    19 Jul 3:14am Reply
  • WishingAngel

    Wow what a Amazing music from this band, i want listen more =)))

    1 Jul 1:41am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Underappreciated in the scheme of things, despite two hit singles. Love their prog material I've heard AND the radio oriented tracks.

    2 Jun 4:00pm Reply
  • nuslear_storm

    южный парк сучки!!!

    7 May 6:57pm Reply
  • emdreis

    Uau, gostei dessa música.

    30 Apr 6:11pm Reply
  • Morbid_soul

    Такую чудесную группу зашкварили малолетние телки и латентые педики, смотрящие супернатурала. Мерзко

    21 Apr 1:08pm Reply
  • Gabelissa

    Super fucking natural [2] yes

    28 Mar 9:23pm Reply
  • Diustav

    Absolutely brilliant. I can't conceive of someone producing a better work of musical art than this song.

    20 Mar 11:58pm Reply
  • Hell-Guard

    Super fucking natural

    14 Mar 11:22am Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    v Hi, people who watch commercial TV shows and are willing to dig more rock bands from the 70's: you could dig "Close to the Edge" by the English band "Yes". It's 20 minutes long (a whole LP Vinyl side) and it's the best song of the 1970's, across all music genres. Even Black Sabbath were constantly begging Yes' keyboardist Rick Wakeman to come and join them. If you find a better 70's song, let me know. Kansas (and Pink Floyd) were amazing and very important bands, but they were always about one Prog-rock league below ELP, Yes, Rush or King Crimson. Even Steve Walsh or Waters/Gilmour could admit that.

    11 Jan 7:15pm Reply
  • LorraineOfHell

    It's great how tv show can make young people listen to the rock band from 70th :)

    11 Jan 3:05pm Reply
  • CellaDoorFreak

    Thank SPN creators for discovering this epic band for me. [3]

    9 Jan 3:17pm Reply
  • kraszkrasz

    Thank SPN creators for discovering this epic band for me. [2]

    6 Jan 1:09pm Reply
  • twenty-ten

    Thank SPN creators for discovering this epic band for me.

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • BMWPRETTY

    This tune is Great! Spank! Take me back! :-)

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • NikolasBlack

    song for brothers)

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
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