"Kansas" is a 1970s American rock band, specializing in progressive rock with a distinctly American flavor. In spite of a harsh critical reception now and then, Kansas has remained a classic rock radio staple.
Lynn Meredith, Don Montre, Dan Wright and Kerry Livgren were together in 1969 in a band called "The Reasons Why". They changed their name to "Saratoga" and started playing Livgren's original material with Scott Kessler on bass and Zeke Lowe on drums. They soon changed their name again to Kansas and took on some new band members in 1970.
Dave Hope (bass), Phil Ehart (drums), and Kerry Livgren (guitar, and later keyboards) formed the progressive rock group named Kansas in 1970 in their hometown of Topeka, Kansas, along with vocalist Lynn Meredith from Manhattan, Kansas, keyboardist Don Montre, keyboardist Dan Wright, and saxophonist Larry Baker. This was the first lineup of Kansas and lasted until 1971, when Ehart left for England. Fans refer to this lineup as Kansas I.
Ehart was replaced by Zeke Lowe and later Brad Schulz. Hope was replaced by Rod Mikinski on bass, and Baker was replaced by John Bolton on saxophone and flute. Fans refer to this lineup...
|years active||1971 – present|
|music genre||Progressive Rock|
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Steve Walsh (musician)