Starting life as an early seventies album band, by midway through the decade, Kansas were churning out the hits, including Dust in the Wind.
- Kansas began life as The Reasons Why. That was back in 1969 when Lynn Meredith, Don Montre, Dan Wright and Kerry Livgren began gigging around their home town of Topeka, Kansas.
- They changed their name to Saratoga, and began focussing on Kerry’s original material with Scott Kessler playing bass and Zeke Lowe on drums.
- Then, in 1970, they merged with prog rock band, White Clover to become Kansas.
- Initially, more an on album-oriented band, they hit the chards in 1976 with Carry on Wayward Son – #11 in the US and #51 in the UK (their only song to chart in the UK).
- Kansas has produced 16 studio albums, the last in 2009. Eight of these have gone gold and three multi-platinum (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, The Best of Kansas).
- They also had one platinum live album (Two for the Show) and a million-selling single, Dust in the Wind.
- Apart from a brief hiatus in 1984, the band had been together since 1973 and still tour today.
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- Dust in the Wind was written by Kerry Livgren and recorded by his band, Kansas.
- Dust in the Wind appeared on Kansas’ 1977 album Point of Know Return.
- Dust in the Wind peaked at #6 on the US singles Chart in April, 1978 – it was Kansas’ only to ten hit.
- The song sold over one million copies. Then, by 2008 had sold over one million downloads.
- One of Kansas’ first acoustic tracks, the guitar line was originally a finger exercise for Kerry. His wife said she liked it so he wrote it into a song.
- A parody titled Dust Up His Nose, was sung by Larry Rand in 1978.
- Dust in the Wind lyrics.
dust in the wind – kansas – 1978 – video
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