Kansas is an American progressive rock band formed on 1973 in Kansas, US. It consists of 6 members (present) including Billy Greer (bassist and Vocalist), Ronnie Platt (vocalist, keyboardist), David Ragsdale (violinist, guitarist, and vocalist) as well as Phil Ehart (drummer and percussionist), Rich Williams (guitarist) and David Mansion (keyboardist). The band was a merged of two band called Saragota/The Reasons Why and White Clover other members until the band got stabled and finalized on 1973.
After of being established, they released their debut album with a self-titled called “Kansas” on the month of March through Kirshner along with Legacy/Epic Records and produced by Wally Gold. The album was re-released on 2004 and it contains 8 tracks including the “Belexes”, “Journey from Mariabronn” and “Can I Tell You”. It was charted in North America’s Pop Albums that ranked at number 174. Followed by their 2nd album “Song of America” on February 1975 that produced by Jeff Glixman and Wally Gold. At the same time, they also introduced their 3rd album called “Masque” that was out few months after their 2nd album. The album was recorded in Bogalusa LA Studio with 8 tracks with collaboration of Earl Lon Price (Saxophonist).
Their 4th album “Leftoverture” and 5th album “Point of Know Return” put them in fame that hit the Billboards at number 5 and was sold about 4 million copies that was accompanied by their single “Dust in the Wind” that reached Certified Gold that got 1 million copies sold-out. However, before the band got separated they released “Monolith” in 1979 and in 1980 the band was disbanded. Livgren changed his life and turn to Born-Again Christian, it was his inspiration in molding the album called “Audio-Vision” that was introduced on September 1980. His salvation and his faith reflects in his 8 songs including “Relentless” along with “Hold On” and “Got to Rock On”, it was included in Billboards Pop Albums Chart that got number 26.
Up to 2000, the band released 7 more albums such as “Vinyl Confessions”, “Drastic Measure” as well as “Power” and 4 more. The entire albums was all successful through their ups and downs of their career; in 2011 they held their “2011 Collegiate Symphony Tour” in which they performed all around the cities un USA followed by “Fall 2012 Tour” in which they continue they USA Tour.