Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Diving for pearls

Origin: Boston (USA), settled in New York (USA)


Diving for pearls: Peter Clemente - Jack Moran - Danny Malone - David Weeks - Yul Vazquez
Peter Clemente - Jack Moran - Danny Malone - David Weeks - Yul Vazquez

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- Diving For Pearls, named after a line in an Elvis Costello song, was an American melodic rock band founded in 1984 whose self-titled debut album was released in 1989. A follow-up, Texas, was issued in 2006 without much fanfare.

Diving For Pearls originated in Boston, MA and was formed by Danny Malone (lead vocals, guitar) and Jack Moran (keyboards), both former members of local act The Trademarks. After slugging it out on the Boston scene for a couple of years, Malone and Moran moved to New York City where they were eventually joined by Yul Vazquez (guitar, vocals), formerly with Urgent, and Peter Clemente (drums), who had played with the Michael Monroe fronted NY act Secret Chiefs and appears on Monroe's 1987 debut solo album, Nights Are So Long; Vazquez and Clemente had also both been part of Jean Beauvoir's Drums Along the Mohawk touring band. L.A. native David Weeks (bass) would complete the DFP line-up.

Things began to move for the band when Epic Records A&R man Michael Kaplan came out to a NY gig in 1988 and convinced Epic to sign the band to a $20,000 development deal. He subsequently introduced the members to up and coming producer David Prater who cut half a dozen songs with the group. Not fully convinced yet, Epic head of A&R, Don Grierson, allotted some extra money and another half a dozen songs were recorded under the guidance of Prater. One of the new tracks was "New Moon" and according to Malone, it was this particular track that convinced Grierson to sign the group.

Diving For Pearls eponymous debut was recorded from April 14 to June 10, 1989 at the Eleven-Eleven Sound Studios in Nashville, TN with Prater at the helm. The album's release in October 1989, was preceded by the release of the first single and MTV video, "Gimme Your Good Lovin'", and spawned another radio favorite, "I Don't Want To Cry". The record went on to sell over 250,000 copies in the U.S. alone and was named as one of Kerrang! magazine's Top 20 for 1989. A second album was in the works but never completed when the band was dropped by the label due to the changing musical climate.

Diving For Pearls was remastered and re-issued by English label Rock Candy in 2006, including 5 bonus tracks, a studio demo of The Beatles' "Dear Prudence", and 4 live cuts recorded at the Toy Tiger club in Louisville, KY in 1990, including a cover of The Cult's "She Sells Sanctuary".

Danny Malone would move on to join Band Of Angels, led by Elliot Easton of The Cars, whose Roy Thomas Baker produced album for Atlantic Records was shelved and remains unreleased. However, 5 songs from the BOA sessions with Malone on lead vocals would surface as bonus tracks on the 1996 re-issue of Easton's solo album Change No Change, originally released in 1985. Malone would also team up with former Styx member Glen Burtnik in a short lived band called Dunaways who played a half dozen shows at New York's famed CBGBs before calling it quits.

In 2002, Malone resurrected Diving For Pearls and secured a recording contract with Swedish label Atenzia Records. A new album, Texas, eventually surfaced in 2006; it was their first release in 17 years. The band now consisted of Malone as the only original member along with contributions from returning producer David Prater. Though the CD was well written and performed it received little fanfare. As of 2008, Malone was studying for his art major in his hometown of Boston.

Since the demise of Diving For Pearls in the early 1990s, guitarist Yul Vazquez has gone on to a successful TV and movie acting career, starting in 1992 with a role in the movie The Mambo Kings. Between 1995 and '98, he appeared in several episodes of Seinfeld as Bob, The Intimidating Gay Guy. Vazquez was nominated for a 2011 Tony Award for "Best Featured Actor in a Play" for his role of Cousin Julio in The Motherfucker With the Hat. In 2009, Vazquez played acoustic guitar with Ian Astbury of The Cult under the name The Soft Revolt appearing at The Bowery Electric in New York City on the opening night of John Patrick Shanley's play Savage in Limbo, which Astbury was producing. They performed songs by The Cult and Astbury solo material as well as covers by the Rolling Stones, Radiohead, among others.

Peter Clemente later became vice president and director of online entertainment practice at Internet customer relationship management firm Cyber Dialogue. Early in his career, he had been a member of The Mundanes, a new wave band based in Providence, RI, whose 1982 demo was produced by Mick Ronson.

Former bassist David Weeks made the headlines in 2002 as a lawyer representing Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee in their infamous sex video lawsuit against Seattle-based Internet Entertainment Group. He is head of his own law firm based in Westlake Village, CA. -


- Their one and only album may have been released back in 1989, but the music of Diving For Pearls is still deeply etched in the memories of melodic rock fans the world over. They still clamour over rare copies of the bands classic self-titled debut on eBay, and have been eagerly anticipating its long-awaited follow-up since news broke that vocalist Danny Malone was once again working on new material.

Well now the wait is over, Diving For Pearls sophomore album Texas, has been released on Atenzia Records. It feels great to finally have this record completed and ready for release, says Malone. I think the songs stand up to, and perhaps in some ways are even better than, the songs on the first record. Diving For Pearls aficionados will undoubtedly be excited at such a statement of intent, and with a host of ready-made successors to cherished classics such as New Moon and Gimme Your Good Lovin on Texas, its certainly not without good reason.

Founded in 1988 by Malone and named after a line in the Elvis Costello song, Shipbuilding, Diving For Pearls 1989 self-titled debut gained a coveted five-K review in rock bible Kerrang! But the grunge revolution and poor promotion by Epic prematurely ended the bands career and it would be more than a decade before Malone would reunite with producer David Prater to recreate the distinctive Diving For Pearls sound. Texas was recorded in Allen, Texas and latterly, Massachusetts, during 2004, and the musical chemistry between the two during recording sessions in 1989 was evident in abundance this time around too. Danny affirms: Only David Prater could have produced this record and got the vocal performances that he did out of me. He has a reputation for being extremely demanding, but I would have to say, he has always been capable of getting the best out of me.

While Texas remains true to the timeless sound of Diving For Pearls, the albums 12 tracks demonstrate a contemporary edge and the result is an effortless combination of the modern and the classic, as Malone notes. David and I wanted the new record to have a sense of continuity with the first record without sounding nostalgic, he says. We are both fans of the records being made by bands like the White Stripes and Audioslave, and wanted to see if we could incorporate a few of the elements that they use, without abandoning the sound that we established on the first record.

Crunching opener Thinking About Things That Will Never Be certainly achieves that aim along with possible standout track, The Colours Show and the bluesy album closer, Stop The World From Turning but those traditional Diving For Pearls melodies and Malones superb vocals are always at the forefront. There are a good amount of similarities between the new material and the old material, says Malone. I hope the fans are able to relate to the songs melodically, in the same way that they related to the stuff on the first record.

With material as strong as the heart-stopping ballad The Truth Is, the rocking If I Only Knew and Lonely Is The Dark, that wont be too hard for Diving For Pearls fans to do. Former Diving For Pearls keyboardist Jack Moran contributed to the song writing on three tunes on Texas but Malone believes the albums highlight to be Thinking About Things That Will Never Be, one of his solo compositions. Thats the most notable song for me, Im actually very proud of that particular song as I wrote it myself, he says. I guess that most of the songs started with an idea of mine, and because I enjoy working with other people, were finished with someone elses help. But the contributions of Jack along with David Zycheks guitar and bass guitar playing really helped to shape a sound that is both reminiscent of the first record, without sounding like a obvious attempt to mimic it.

Diving For Pearls were cruelly denied the opportunity to build on such a glorious start to their music career, and though the musical landscape has significantly altered in the 15 years since the band first burst onto the scene, with the release of Texas, Malone believes some things never change.

Were still a good little rock n roll band, with good songs, and hopefully a believable lead singer, he says. And I dont think that weve strayed too far away from what weve always been good at…melodic rock. -


Diving for pearls [st - 1989]

Diving for pearls [st - 1989]

Origin: Boston (USA), settled in New York (USA)

Diving for pearls [st - 1989] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyrics


Danny Malone - Vocals, guitar
Yul Vazquez - Guitar, backing vocals
David Weeks - Bass
Peter Clemente - Drums
Jack Moran - Keyboards
David Prater - Backing vocals


1. Gimme Your Good Lovin' lyrics
2. Have You Forgotten? lyrics
3. I Close My Eyes lyrics
4. New Moon lyrics
5. Never on Monday lyrics
6. You're All I Know lyrics
7. Mystery Me lyrics
8. I Don't Want to Cry lyrics
9. Keep Our Love Alive lyrics
10. The Girl Can't Stop It lyrics

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Drive, She Said [Drivin' wheel - 1991]

Drive, She Said [Drivin' wheel - 1991]

Origin: New York (USA)

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Take a listen on youtube


Al Fritsch - Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards
Mark Mangold - Keyboards, drums, backing vocals

Additional musicians:

Tony Bruno - Guitar
Aldo Nova - Guitar
Rick Kolster - Guitar
Ray DeTone - Guitar
Paul St. James - Bass
Benny Mardones - Backing vocals
Fiona - Backing vocals
George Morton - Backing vocals
Perrita Kitson - Backing vocals
Mike Charzuk - Backing vocals


1. Think of Love lyrics
2. Drivin' Wheel lyrics
3. Hard to Hold lyrics
4. When You Love Someone lyrics
5. Can't Get Enough lyrics
6. Veil of Tears lyrics
7. It's Gonna Take a Miracle lyrics
8. It Just Keeps Comin' lyrics
9. Just For the Moment lyrics
10. Do You Believe lyrics

Monday, March 19, 2018

Rick Springfield

Origin: Guildford, New South Wales (Australia)

Rick Springfield
Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield [Tao - 1985] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyricsTao - 1985 (with lyrics)


- To the uninitiated, the name Rick Springfield conjures up everything 1980s: Jessie’s Girl, General Hospital , Polo shirts and Converse tennis shoes. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find that Rick Springfield is much more than the mistakenly categorized “actor turned musician”. A songwriter and guitar player to rival the greats, Rick Springfield is a musician that has stood the test of time and the decades since his surge of fame starting in 1981.

Rick Springfield was born Richard Lewis Springthorpe on August 23, 1949.  He grew up in various locations, spending most of his childhood in Melbourne, Australia.  An army brat (his father was a colonel in the Australian Army), Rick found that he was often the new kid in town.   His teen years landed him in England, just in time for, as he recalls, "girls and music".  Returning back to Australia, Rick eventually dropped out of high school to pursue his music.  His first band, Rock House, landed a gig in Vietnam during the height of the conflict there, and Rick found himself dodging bombs and throwing grenades.  While the band didn't last long, this lead him to the wildly popular Australian teen band, Zoot.  In Zoot, Rick honed his songwriting and performance tactics, so much so that he was plucked out of the group to try his hand at solo music.

By 1971, Rick had top hit in Australia, "Speak to the Sky".  Record companies in the US were courting him.  It left Rick with some difficult personal decisions:  leave his homeland for the unknown of the US?  His father, with whom he credits his passion for music, had recently suffered a debilitating stroke, and needed a great deal of care.  Though Rick hesitated to leave him, Rick finally made the decision to try his luck in Hollywood.

Steve Binder and Robie Porter helped produce Rick's first US album, "Beginnings", which included a re-recorded version of "Speak to the Sky".  Seeming success was quick quick for the newly named Rick Springfield:  "Speak to the Sky" landed in the US Top Ten and "Beginnings" found it's way into the top twenty.  Unfortunately, most of Rick's press was coming from teen magazines, who were selling him right along with David Cassidy and Donny Osmond.  The radio stations suspected foul play:  a teen sensation who had no real following.  They refused to play the song and it quickly dropped off the charts.

Binder and Porter were not deterred by this, though Rick calls this time "a real heavy time."   They signed Rick to a new deal at Columbia Records, and soon Rick released his second stateside album, "Comic Book Heroes".  Recorded in London, this album tried to fight the critics with serious songs such as "The Photograph".  Unfortunately, with most of his publicity again coming from the teen mags, the album was never taken seriously by radio.   Again Rick was left without a record deal.

In 1974, Rick was asked to create music and star in an animated series called "Mission Magic".  Rick was excited about the idea of showcasing his songs on a weekly TV show.  The show aired on ABC's Saturday morning line up.  While Rick still continued to record and write serious music of his own (much of which ended up on the never released "Springfield" LP of 1974), most of the music from Mission Magic was necessarily fluff.  The show was cancelled after the second season.

Personally for Rick, a bright spot during 1974 was his live in relationship with Linda Blair ("The Exorcist").  Rick calls it his first "grown up relationship,"  though at the time Linda Blair was only fifteen.  The relationship lasted a year, and both still recall the time fondly.  "He's someone I'll always love," said Linda in VH-1's Behind the Music.  Rick says that of all his former girlfriends, Linda is the only one he remains friends with.

By 1975, Rick was in  "the worst time of my life," he says.  He had no job and no prospects.  He'd had two record deals that had fallen through.  He had records that released and did poorly, he had records that never had been released.  Despite fan letters that asked to see his mansion in Hollywood, Rick was scraping by on almost nothing.  He felt like a failure.  The depression that had haunted him since fifteen reared it's head again and Rick had thoughts of suicide.

Eventually, he dropped Binder and Porter and decided to strike out on his own.  He began acting classes to support his music career.  "Most guys were out there waiting tables while they waited for acting jobs.  I was acting while I was waiting for a music job."  He recorded his 1976 album, "Wait for Night" during this time.  While the album was strong musically, recorded with Elton John's rhythm section of Nigel Olson and Dee Murray, the Chelsea label it was recorded on folded soon after the album's release.

Rick spent the next few years earning acting paychecks and writing tunes for the next album.  He had a new management team which included Tom Skeeter, and they were determined to land their artist a deal.  In 1980 he recorded "Working Class Dog" on a shoestring budget, recording on off hours when the studio time was cheaper.  It was there that he met his future wife, Barbara Porter.   She was working as a receptionist there at the time, and later people would jokingly ask her if she indeed was "Jessie's Girl."  "She had a lot of energy," recalls drummer Jack White of that time.

Though his managers were negotiating a deal with RCA to release "Working Class Dog,"  Rick auditioned for the soap opera, "General Hospital."  He was used to album deals folding, or records not doing well, and the steady paycheck of the soap was enticing.  He signed to the soap as Dr. Noah Drake in early 1981, and RCA released his album very shortly after.

Almost overnight, Rick's star shone brightly:  his album was being played on the radio, he was recognized from his work on TV, and Rick was suddenly famous.  Rick was ready.  He'd waited for ten years for this moment, and he was excited to see the faces turn when he walked by.  "It was so fast," he recalls, "Just a few weeks."  The soap opera made Rick's face recognizable to millions, the radio made his music so.

"I've heard that sometimes, especially from others who have experienced fame, that when what you want most is given to you, inevitably something else is taken away,"  Rick said on TNN's "Life and Times of Rick Springfield."  Within a few months of fulfilling his dreams of success, Rick's father took a turn for the worse and passed away.  For Rick, it was a cruel blow.  He always felt that his father was his champion, giving him the support he needed to get through the tough times and stick to his goal of being a successful musician.  His father would be right there along with him with every success and failure.  The pain struck Rick deeply, though he didn't have time to indulge in his grief;  with only a three day hiatus from General Hospital to fly to Australia for the funeral, Rick threw himself into making his success last.  Rick can still be seen in interviews today, eighteen years later, getting choked up and shedding tears when his father is brought up.  "It hits me where I live," he has said.  "I still have a lot of pain about it."  The musical thread his father gave him continues to be seen in his music...references to his father can be found on every album he made after his father's death.

Rick recorded his next album, "Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet" during his off hours on General Hospital and toured in the same way.  "I have never seen anyone work that hard," recalled drummer Jack White on VH-1's Behind the Music.  While critics still didn't quite trust a rocker with such a pretty face and huge teen following, many were beginning to come around to see Rick's talent as a rocker.  In 1982, Rick was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Male Vocal.  MTV played his videos in heavy rotation, and Showtime aired a live special, "Live and Kicking."  Rick Springfield was here to stay.

But the hard work was burning Rick's candle at both ends.  By 1983, he was ready to be released from his contract at General Hospital and concentrate on his music.  His release that year, "Living In Oz," heralded a new Rick.  His look was tougher, harder, and so were his songs.  Gone were the pink suits and purple Converse; Rick wore torn leather and armbands to prove his point.  Fans loved it; the album went multi platinum and spawned three top twenty songs.

With more free time on his hands, movies were the next logical step for Rick in terms of his acting.  A true multimedia success story, he jumped in with both feet.  While he was offered many supporting roles such as one in "A Few Good Men", Rick chose one which would showcase him.  More an ego choice than anything, Rick released the movie "Hard to Hold" in which he was the sole star.  "I thought I could make anything work," he said.  Unfortunately, "Hard to Hold," with it's nude scenes and screaming teens, brought Rick's movie career to a screeching halt.  But the soundtrack was solid and it still flew off the shelves.   Rick turned back to his music.

In 1984, after years of dating, Rick and Barbara Porter decided it was time to get married.  They wed in October of that year, after Rick's summer tour was completed.  They were married in his family's church in Australia, and kept the marriage quite low key.  Most fans did not realize until much later that Rick had in fact married.  Keeping with a tradition that continues to this day, Barbara maintained a very low profile and protected the privacy of her new family.  She soon became pregnant with their first son.

During Barbara's pregnancy, Rick released his eighth (counting only released solo albums) album, "Tao".  Full of strife and questions about life, this album heralds a time when Rick moved away from "girl songs" and into questions about "la raison d'etre".  1985 saw Rick tour with this album, touting songs such as "Celebrate Youth" and "State of the Heart".  After the tour ended, Rick returned home for the birth of his first son, Liam, in October.  Most fans remember this as the time they found out about Rick's marriage:  when he announced the birth of his son.

The birth of Liam brought about some huge emotional issues for Rick.  Having lost his father and dealing with fatherhood without him was a difficult time.  He was used to being a rock star, a musician, an actor...he wasn't sure that all that he'd worked for made one bit of a difference in terms of fatherhood.  It was another difficult time for Rick as he entered psychoanalysis to find the source of his depression.

As the six month break he'd planned turned into two years of off time, Rick searched for meaning.  His search is documented in his 1988 release, "Rock of Life".  It tells of the difficulty of marriage, of not being ready to be a father, of finding his reason for living in being a father...heavy, deep, emotional songs.  While most of Rick's fans weren't quite old enough to understand the depth of these songs, they appreciated the raw emotion shared in them.  Rick looked forward to touring to promote the album, but it never happened.  Rick suffered severe injuries in a motorcycle accident just prior to the start of the tour.  The entire tour had to be cancelled.

For many fans, this is where they all thought the story ended.  Rick dropped out of sight as he recovered from his injuries, staying at home for the birth of his second son, Joshua, in March of 1989.  Rick slowly began to take on acting jobs for TV movies and shows.  This allowed him to stay at home and make family a priority.  Fans often remember the pilot of "Nick Knight" in which Rick played a vampire, or "Human Target" where Rick morphed into different people to solve mysteries.  Several TV movies followed into the early nineties.

Rick toured a brief summer tour in 1993 to test the waters for a comeback.  Touring again was a great rush for Rick as he realized that a great many fans were still out there and waiting for him to stage a comeback.  He began to start writing a new album that would provide just that.  Fans were teased with news of this new album, but it would turn out to be many years in the offing.

In 1994, Rick was offered a role in the syndicated show, "High Tide".   The show centered around two brothers who run a surf shop but endlessly get caught up in solving mysteries that happen all around them.  First shot in New Zealand, then San Diego, and finally in Santa Barbara, the steady show took up much of Rick's time for the three seasons it ran.  A mixture of comedy and detective work, "High Tide" earned favorable reviews and allowed fans to see that Rick was still busy in Hollywood.

When "High Tide" was not renewed in 1997, loyal fans breathed a sigh mixed with sadness and relief.  Finally now Rick was able to concentrate on his new music promised to them years ago.  He teased them with the release of "Sahara Snow" in July of 1997, a collaboration between Bob Marlette, Tim Pierce and Rick.  Excited fans bought up so many copies of the first new music in nine years that online outlets sold out of this import.

In 1998, Rick began to tour, promoting his new album, "Karma", which was supposed to be released later that year.  Though the album was delayed until April of 1999, that didn't matter to the thousands who flocked to see him live.  Stories of fans who traveled by plane great distances began to circulate as the press began to realize that Rick Springfield was back in the game.  The hype around "Karma" was so great that when the Japanese Import was released prior to the US release, fans snatched it up online and created a need for a second pressing.

The Karma Tour surpassed everyone's, including Rick's, expectations, and allowed Rick to play to over 2,000,000 fans from it's beginning in June of 1998 until it's close on New Year's Eve, 2000. The success was so great that it prompted Rick to record and release his latest CD, "The Greatest Hits Alive." Now currently available in stores all over the US, this special disc was released in a special collectible limited release in September of 2000.

But the success of reconnecting with fans and releasing a new live disc weren't enough for Rick Springfield. In December of 2000 he announced that he would take over the lead role in the Vegas spectacular, EFX Alive. The show was retooled to fit Rick's style and now includes two original tunes Rick penned just for the show, "The Rhythm of the Beat" and "Forever". The show, known for it's wonderful special effects, opened on January 30, 2001, the same day "Alive" hit the stores. The reviews of both of Rick's newest projects have been favorable.

Rick spent the next several years starring in the Vegas hit, "EFX Alive" (renamed and retolled just for Rick's rockstar angle in the show). The two and a half year stint living away from his family provided just enough solitude and stress to give Rick material for a new record. The 2004 release "shock/denial/anger/acceptance" chronicles this time period of anger and struggle.  The critically acclaimed disc showed a much harder edge to Springfield. Rough and raw in parts, disarmingly sad and simple in others, "shock/denial/anger/acceptance" is a highly personal romp through Rick's darker side. While the two singles from the record failed to gain Billboard chart status, the ensuing tour brought in thousands of newly minted Rick Springfield fans who gained a deeper admiration for his musical skills.  The tour gained Rick popular recognition from coast to coast as his tour schedule filled with sold out venues.

2005 brought Rick new management, a live DVD recorded for high definition TV, and a new record to promote. "The Day After Yesterday" gave fans a break from Rick's angry, angst filled tunes from the previous record. The record was filled with cover tunes from the Adult Contemporary mold, and was released in July, 2005. While the record did yield lackluster sales, it got the attention of his old friends at General Hospital. Talks ensued, and in December 2005, Rick returned to his old haunts in Port Charles as an older, drunker and more disheveled Dr. Noah Drake.

Rick continues to record and appear on General Hospital, and the "Human Touch Tour" "07" seems an appropriate way to showcase Rick's unique mix of old and new, of energy and appreciation for his past.  The weekend tour that began nine years ago with questions as to whether fans remembered him has turned into full blown hysteria at times, with fans flying from coast to coast to find their next "Rick Fix".

It makes one wonder what Rick's got up his sleeve next. Well into his 50s, Rick just seems to be getting better with age, and certainly more energetic.

"You’ve got to be committed," Springfield says of overcoming life’s obstacles, whether it’s winning back your life or winning over skeptics. "You’ve got to love to do it just on your own, sitting in your own room or in your own studio or playing to 30 people instead of 30,000. You’ve got to get the joy out of doing that, and I do."

"My sole [and soul] point in writing is, first of all, the  process," he continues, "and also to connect with people through what I write. The greatest thrill is when someone comes back to me about a song I’ve written that mirrored an event in their life."

And that simplicity of what Rick does and what he stands for, despite all the complexities of his life, is what keeps his loyal fan base coming back for more, every time.  What goes around truly does come around for Rick Springfield. -


- Although Rick Springfield's music was frequently dismissed as vapid teen idol fare, his best moments have actually withstood the test of time far better than most critics would ever have imagined, emerging as some of the most well-crafted mainstream power pop of the 1980s. A singer-turned soap opera star-turned singer, Springfield was born Richard Springthorpe on August 23, 1949, in Sydney, Australia, to a military man; the family moved around Australia and England a great deal during Rick's childhood, and he sought his escape from the difficulty of making friends in books and music. He formed a band in high school and eventually joined a '50s revival group called Rock House, moving on from there to join the teenybopper band Zoot in 1968. Zoot became one of the most popular groups in Australia until 1971, scoring several hits. Springfield went solo after the breakup and garnered his first U.S. success the following year with a re-recording of his Australian hit "Speak to the Sky"; the song reached number 14 in the U.S., but would prove to be his last major success for quite some time. Subsequent '70s albums stiffed, and record company difficulties prevented Springfield from recording after 1976.

In the meantime, Springfield had begun taking acting classes; he signed a contract with Universal Studios in 1980 and appeared on several television programs. Although Universal dropped him shortly thereafter, he was able to secure a recording contract with RCA on the strength of his demos; in the midst of recording his debut for the label, he was signed to play the young, eligible Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital in 1981. Springfield's popularity skyrocketed, setting the stage for the release of Working Class Dog later that year. Powered by the classic single "Jessie's Girl," which eventually hit the top of the charts, and the Top Ten follow-up "I've Done Everything for You," Working Class Dog was a smash success, and Springfield eventually returned to his first love of music when concerts conflicted with his television career. The follow-up, Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet, was released in 1982, spawning the Top Ten smash "Don't Talk to Strangers"; 1983's Living in Oz offered more of the same, including the Top Ten "Affair of the Heart," although it betrayed signs that the gears were beginning to wear down on the Springfield machine.

Springfield made the leap to the big screen in 1984 with Hard to Hold, which was much more successful at the box office than with critics; the soundtrack spawned his last Top Ten hit to date, "Love Somebody." His career seemed to bottom out afterward, although he recorded several more albums over the rest of the '80s, and continued to land television roles into the '90s. In 1999, Springfield returned with a new album, Karma. Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance and Day After Yesterday followed in 2004 and 2005, respectively. In 2007, Springfield released the holiday-themed Christmas with You, along with the Early Sound City Sessions collection. The following year, a live DVD documenting his ultra-popular '80s concerts (Beat of the Live Drum) was issued, as well as an album of all new material, Venus in Overdrive. A year later, he released the children's album My Precious Little One: Lullabies for a New Generation. In 2012, he returned to major labels, signing with Universal's Hip-O for a new album called Songs for the End of the World.

In early 2013, Springfield's profile got a boost when he appeared in Dave Grohl's documentary Sound City, in which Springfield spoke of his experiences recording at the California studio that gave the film its name. Springfield also appeared on the film's companion album, Sound City: Real to Reel, performing the song "The Man That Never Was" with members of Grohl's band the Foo Fighters. Springfield took a look back at his career on an album of songs and stories, 2015's Stripped Down but the record was overshadowed by his acclaimed performances in the second season of True Detective and, especially, his role in Jonathan Demme's Ricki & the Flash, where he held his own with Meryl Streep. Next up was the February 2016 release of Rocket Science, a studio album that featured songwriting collaborations with Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts and Tad Kubler of the Hold Steady. -


- Background
Springfield grew up in a military family, and moved as his father, who was in the army, was posted to various military bases throughout Australia and Great Britain. Springfield started playing piano at age 9. He began playing the guitar at age 13, and writing songs at 14.

Musical career
In 1967, Springfield dropped out of high school to begin his professional music career. His first appearance in a band was as a singer/guitarist in the band Rock House. In 1968, the band changed the name to MPD, Ltd, then embarked on a tour of Vietnam to entertain the troops stationed there.

In 1969, when Springfield returned to Australia, he formed a band named Wickedy Wak with MPD bandmates Danny Finley and Paul Shannon, along with a keyboardist who went by the name of Ray Wight. Later that year, he joined the band Zoot. Zoot became one of the most popular Australian groups of the late 1960s. Another notable member of Zoot was Beeb Birtles, who in 1975 went on to form the Little River Band. In May 1971, when Zoot broke up, Springfield began a solo career. He had a #1 hit single in Australia, “Speak to the Sky.”

After his success in Australia, the 22-year-old Springfield relocated to Hollywood, California in 1972. Capitol Records signed him, and he recorded his first album Beginnings. “Speak to the Sky” was re-released as a single in the US, and reached #14 in the Billboard Top 100. Exposure on American Bandstand, as well as being regularly featured in teen fan magazines such as 16 magazine and Tiger Beat, sparked interest amongst teenage girls. In 1973 a Saturday morning cartoon called Mission: Magic! was centered around Springfield and ran for one year, with a soundtrack album also released.

According to the 2005 A&E Documentary Rick Springfield: Behind The Image, radio stations became suspicious of the album “Beginnings” and refused to play it, because of rumors that the record company, Capitol Records, was paying people to purchase it. Capitol denied the rumor, but Springfield was subsequently dropped from the label. However, in 1973 he was signed by Columbia Records, who released his second album Comic Book Heroes (1974). It received very good reviews from Rolling Stone Magazine, but it failed to chart. Springfield was dropped from that label as well, and plans to release an album entitled Springfield were also scrapped.

In 1976, Springfield released a third album Wait for Night under the Chelsea Records label. But while he was out touring to promote the album, the record company went bankrupt. Despite one single, “Take A Hand”, grazing the Top 40, the album still fell off the charts. Throughout the rest of the 1970s, Springfield performed in various clubs on the Sunset Strip and throughout Los Angeles, but was unable to maintain a career at the top of the charts.

After a break of several years to do some acting (see section below), Springfield returned to music in 1981 with the album Working Class Dog. Most notable on this album were the singles “Jessie’s Girl”, which went to #1 on the Billboard charts, and “I’ve Done Everything for You” which was written by Sammy Hagar. Springfield won a Grammy in 1982 for “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” for “Jessie’s Girl”. Springfield was also nominated for a second Grammy in 1982 and a third Grammy in 1983. His subsequent release in 1982, the album Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet, also contained a string of top 40 hits including the #2 hit “Don’t Talk to Strangers” and the ballad “What Kind of Fool Am I?”

His 1983 album Living in Oz contained more serious subject matter, and more of a hard-rock sound. The album went platinum on the strength of the hits “Human Touch”, “Souls”, and “Affair of the Heart”. That same year he won an American Music Award for “Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist” along with John Cougar Mellencamp.

His 1984 single “Love Somebody” (from the soundtrack album to the Hard to Hold movie he starred in that year) was his last top ten hit in the U.S. to date. He stopped touring in 1985, for the birth of his first son, Liam.

Springfield was one of several performers who participated in the Live Aid charity concert. After releasing the album Tao in 1985, Springfield chose to take a break from recording to spend more time with his family, and to deal with the depression that had affected him since his adolescence.

In 1987, Springfield returned to the studio and released the album Rock of Life. The next year, he was seriously injured in an ATV accident. Since he was unable to play the guitar for six months, the planned tour to promote his album was canceled. It would be nearly a decade before Springfield would return to the studio to record the albums Sahara Snow (1997) and Karma(1999).

From 1999 onward, he has held several concert tours throughout North America. In February 2004, he released the critically acclaimed album “Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance” (in short S/D/A/A) on his own “Gomer Record” label. It went up to #8 on the Top Independent Albums chart, and #22 on Top Internet Album Sales chart.

In 2005, Springfield released his latest album, The Day After Yesterday - a collection of his covers of “songs [he] wish[es] [he] had written.”

On April 28, 2006, Springfield performed a medley of his hits at the 33rd Daytime Emmy Awards, and received an enthusiastic response, which included a standing ovation from his acting peers. Springfield’s latest release is a live concert DVD entitled Live in Rockford.

In late-August 2007, Rick took part in the Countdown Spectacular 2 concert series in Australia. It was the first time Rick had performed live in Australia for some 35 years. -


- Born Richard Springthorpe, August 23, 1949, in Sydney, Australia; son of Norman James (a career officer in the Australian Army); immigrated to U.S., 1972; married; children: Liam. Addresses: Agent-- Triad Artists, Inc., 10100 Santa Monica Blvd., 16th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Management-- Ron Weisner Entertainment, 9200 Sunset Blvd., Penthouse 15, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

In 1981 Rick Springfield gained a large audience in two mediums; he watched his smash hit single "Jessie's Girl" race up the charts from the vantage point of his newly landed spot as a regular on the popular television soap opera General Hospital. The pull of Springfield's musical success proved stronger than that of his soap career, however, and he left the show to follow up "Jessie's Girl" with spirited hits like "Don't Talk to Strangers" and "Affair of the Heart." As David Wild summed up in a Rolling Stone review, "Over the years [Springfield has] come up with some delectable ear candy."
Springfield was born August 23, 1949, in Sydney, Australia. His father was a career officer in the Australian Army, and the family moved around a great deal throughout Rick's childhood. Because of this, he had difficulty making friends and hated school, especially during the years his father was stationed in England. He told Edwin Miller of Seventeen, "In England, I was the Australian pig, the new kid with the funny accent. It was really traumatic. Because of the country schooling I had, I knew less than the English kids my age in the same class, and I got cut to pieces." Springfield's dislike of school, however, did not prevent him from becoming an avid reader; in fact, he would often stay home from school to read, favoring science fiction and humor. Eventually Springfield began writing stories like the ones he read.
Springfield also enjoyed listening to music and used it as a conscious form of rebellion against his parents. He tried to make his own guitars until his parents bought him one when he was 15 years old. While still in high school he formed a band called the Jordy Boys; the youngest member, he was also the least worldly. Springfield recollected in Irwin Stambler's Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock, and Soul: "The other members had been in jail for things like armed robbery. They were 25 and I was 16. One time we were parked near a milk bar and they ran into it and held it up. I stayed out in the car. Lucky we didn't get caught or it might have started me on the wrong foot."
Eventually Springfield made his way into better bands, including Rock House, which even played for U.S. troops stationed in Vietnam, and Zoot, which became the most popular musical act in Australia during his tenure with the group. When Zoot split up, Springfield went solo, scoring an Australian hit in 1971 with "Speak to the Sky." As he had hoped, this recording received the attention of U.S. record companies; he was signed by Capitol Records in 1972, prompting his move to the United States.
Many of Springfield's other Australian efforts were included on his American debut album, Beginnings. "Speak to the Sky" became a minor hit in the United States, but much to Springfield's distress, he was pegged by fans and critics as a teen idol like singers David Cassidy and Donny Osmond. The following year, in hopes of circumventing Capitol's encouragement of his bubble gum rocker status, Springfield switched to Columbia Records and released Comic Book Heroes. The album failed miserably, and Columbia did not renew his contract.
Springfield's problems mounted as he became entangled in various legal disputes with his management and was forced to withdraw from the music business for a few years. When he returned, none of the major labels were interested in his demos, so he opted to record Wait for the Night on the smaller Chelsea label. Before the album could gain much exposure, however, Chelsea declared bankruptcy, dashing Springfield's plans. Still able to live off his Australian royalties, he continued to write material and record demos, convinced that the right record deal would come along.
In the meantime, Springfield followed a friend to acting class and rapidly gained enthusiasm for dramatic performance. Soon he and a girlfriend decided to produce and direct themselves in a one-act play, and, as Springfield told Seventeen' s Miller, "We invited every casting director and agent in Hollywood" to see it. Fortunately, the only one who accepted, a representative of Universal Studios, recognized the Australian's talent. Springfield was signed to a contract, which meant he got paid even when he didn't work, and soon began appearing in television programs such as Battlestar Galactica, The Rockford Files, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, and The Six-Million Dollar Man.
Though eventually dropped by Universal, Springfield was adequately consoled when RCA records, after listening to his demos, signed him to a contract in 1980. While he was recording what would become Working Class Dog, a casting director for General Hospital signed Springfield to play the role of Dr. Noah Drake, a young, eligible physician, and he began appearing on the show in 1981. The soap's audience found Springfield very appealing; he quickly became one of its most popular cast members. Then "Jessie's Girl," a song based on Springfield's experience of coveting a friend's love interest, was released as Working Class Dog' s first single. The song won him a Grammy for best male rock vocal. Another cut from the album, "I've Done Everything for You," also became a smash. Suddenly, Springfield had to balance filming with concert appearances.
Springfield's follow-up album, Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet, featuring "Don't Talk to Strangers," also proved popular; his 1983 effort, Living in Oz, which included the hits "Human Touch" and "Affair of the Heart," was favorably received as well.
Not forgetting his acting career, though, Springfield made his 1984 big-screen debut in Hard to Hold. The film portrayed a rock star, played by Springfield, who survives an automobile accident and falls in love with a children's counselor. The woman, in turn, is torn between returning the musician's love and rejecting him because of his excessive lifestyle. Critics gave Springfield lukewarm acceptance at best; the romantic tale did relatively well at the box office, however, many female fans perhaps drawn by the promise of seeing Springfield's naked buttocks for a fleeting moment as his character loses his towel in one scene.
Despite his successes, which counted fans from many age groups, Springfield continued to be most popular with young girls--a curse that had always undermined his credibility with music critics. Perhaps to combat the teen idol image, he released a more ambitious album in 1985. But Tao was dismissed by Rolling Stone' s Wild as "an overwrought, misguided bid for respectability." Voicing similar concerns, Stereo Review contributor Steve Simels explained what he viewed as "production overkill" by suggesting that Springfield may have had "lingering suspicions that he's a pretty face rather than a musician." Still, Simel did note that "when he's dealing with relationships, Springfield is capable of writing with a fair amount of verbal facility and genuine feeling." Springfield's 1988 album, Rock of Life, fared much better with critics; Wild praised the cut "Honeymoon in Beirut," and People reviewer Ralph Novak pointed out that "even [Springfield's] standard romantic tunes get away from romantic cliches."
Springfield continued to act, landing roles in various short-lived television series, including Nick Knight and in 1992, ABC's The Human Target. The latter was based on a DC comic book and starred Springfield as Christopher Chance, the "target"--a hero who aids crime victims by physically assuming the identity of whomever he's helping. Chance's sidekicks are a special-effects expert, a research assistant, and a chauffeur/bodyguard; all travel in Chance's rocket ship. Said Entertainment Weekly' s Ken Tucker of the program, "If I were a kid, I guess I'd like all the nifty disguises, but to a grown-up, The Human Target seems campy in a dumb way, with stilted dialogue and stiff action scenes." Tucker gave the show a C-. People also coughed up a C-, complaining about the "truly dopey" dialogue, and exclaiming, "The summer wouldn't be complete without one really ludicrous, entirely implausible action series. Here it is!"
Objections to The Human Target seemed geared mostly toward the program itself, rather than Springfield's acting ability. In fact, Springfield has also found occasion to appear in made-for-television movies--a venue in which he has garnered a modicum of respect. For example, in 1990 he had a hefty part in the USA network's Dead Reckoning, which focused on a love triangle. David Hiltbrand commented in People that "all hands turn in good performances--particularly Springfield as the snake in the saw grass." Of particular interest has been Springfield's choice of characters; he's played good guys, bad guys, and even the in-between, as in Lifetime's Silent Motive, which cast him, in the words of New York' s John Leonard, as "a hairy nut."
As for Springfield's music career, he has never indicated that his recording hiatus is permanent. Given his versatile talent, Springfield is bound to please his fans wherever and whenever he pops up; for them, the adoration is truly an "Affair of the Heart." -

by Elizabeth Wenning and Lorna Mabunda


Rick Springfield [Tao - 1985]

Rick Springfield [Tao - 1985]

Origin: Guildford, New South Wales (Australia)

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Rick Springfield - Guitar, bass, synthesizers, programming, percussion, backing vocals
Tim Pierce - Guitar, synthesizers
Pino Palladino - Bass
Mike Baird - Drums
Mike Fischer - Percussion
Mitchell Froom - Keyboards, synthesizers
Nicky Hopkins - Synthesizers
Jeff Silverman - Synthesizers
John Phillip Shenale - Synthesizers
Edie Lehmann - Backing vocals
Mike Seifrit - Backing vocals
Richard Page - Backing vocals
Tom Kelly - Backing vocals
Tom Funderburk - Backing vocals


1. Dance This World Away lyrics
2. Celebrate Youth lyrics
3. State of the Heart lyrics
4. Written in Rock lyrics
5. The Power of Love (The Tao of Love) lyrics
6. Walking on the Edge lyrics
7. Walk Like a Man lyrics
8. The Tao of Heaven lyrics
9. Stranger in the House lyrics
10. My Father's Chair lyrics

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Michael Morales

Origin: San Antonio, Texas (USA)

Michael Morales
Michael Morales

Michael Morales [st - 1988] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyricsst - 1988 (with lyrics)


- Michael Morales (born April 25, 1963), is an American musician most known for the Top 40-charting songs, "Who Do You Give Your Love To?", (#15 Billboard Hot 100), and a cover version of The Romantics' "What I Like About You", (#28 Billboard Hot 100).

Born in San Antonio, Texas, he came from a musical family, (father, Henry, met his mother, Felicia, when the two were to perform together on a radio broadcast). As a child, Morales formed and played guitar, drums and piano in several bands including Crimson Sash. In 1980, he founded the popular band, The Max, in which he would perform until signing his first recording contract with PolyGram Records in 1988.

Morales released the self-titled Michael Morales in 1989. That CD garnered MTV airplay and landed three hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including "Who Do You Give Your Love To?", (peaked #15 Billboard Hot 100). Before releasing his second CD on PolyGram, Thump (1991), he founded Studio M in San Antonio. There he and brother, Ron Morales, have won four Grammy awards for CDs produced and recorded at Studio M. In 2000, Morales released his third CD on Major/MTM Records entitled That's The Way.

Aside from chart success, Morales's music can be heard in a number of feature films, including the 2000 Woody Allen film, Picking Up the Pieces, and the Cannes Film Festival winner, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, from 2005.

Morales has also worked with several big names such as Beyoncé, Def Leppard, Selena, Cee Lo Green, and more.

To date, Morales's works have been nominated for six Grammy awards and has won four of them. -


- Michael Morales, benefiting from the support of MTV, scored a couple of hits from his debut album, including a cover version of the Romantics' "What I Like About You." Born on April 25, 1963, in San Antonio, TX, Morales signed to Polygram Records in 1989. His self-titled debut, released that same year, spun off a hit with the first single, the hooky dance/rock track "Who Do You Give Your Love To?," which climbed into the Top 20 on the U.S. pop charts during the summer. "What I Like About You" was released as a follow-up and reached number 28, bettering the peak position of the Romantics' version, which fell short of the Top 40, and the album spent five months on the charts. The prophetically titled Thump arrived in 1991, failing to match its predecessor's success and generating only the minor hit "I Don't Wanna See You." Morales was dropped by his label and pursued producing and writing for others, including Selena, Flaco Jimenez, and the Texas Tornados. With brother Ron Morales, he has been nominated for five Grammy Awards and been awarded three, including one for engineering Selena's live album in 1993. In 1999, Michael Morales returned with That's the Way. -


Michael Morales [st - 1988]

Michael Morales [st - 1988]

Origin: San Antonio, Texas (USA)

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Michael Morales - Vocals, backing vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards
Elliot Easton - Guitar


1. I Don't Want You No More lyrics
2. Who Do You Give Your Love To lyrics
3. Eighteen lyrics
4. I Don't Know lyrics
5. Cry, Cry, Cry lyrics
6. Romeo lyrics
7. What I Like About You lyrics
8. I Only Want To Look Into Your Eyes lyrics
9. Hey Lori lyrics
10. Way To Go Baby lyrics
11. Won't You Come Home lyrics

Monday, February 26, 2018

Jimmy Harnen

Origin: Plymouth, Pennsylvania (USA)

Jimmy Harnen
Jimmy Harnen

Jimmy Harnen [Can't fight the midnight - 1989] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyricsCan't fight the midnight - 1989 (with lyrics)


- Harnen was born and raised in Plymouth, a small town in northeast Pennsylvania. In high school, he played drums in the marching band. In 1985, he became the drummer for the local band Synch, made up of lead vocalist Lou Butwin, guitarist Dave Abraham, bass guitarist James A. Donnelly and keyboard player Chuck Yarmey.

That year, the band recorded some of their songs, with Harnen singing on one song, "Where Are You Now". He had written the song with a friend named Rich Congdon, and the band decided to release it as a single on the independent label Micki Records, originally backed with the Butwin-sung B-side, "End the Game".

After receiving local airplay in the Wilkes-Barre market, Synch was signed by Columbia Records and "Where Are You Now" was re-recorded at The Warehouse in Philadelphia with the former Dakota members Bill Kelly and Jerry Hludzik producing and Dave Abraham playing guitar. The band released the album ...Get the Feelin' in 1986, and "Where Are You Now" reached #77 on the Billboard Hot 100, staying on the chart for two and half months. ...Get the Feelin' also included the local single, "Give Love Another Try", but it did not crack the charts. Synch was soon dropped by Columbia. They spent the next few years trying to recapture the spotlight, before disbanding.

In the interim, one Richmond VA radio station (WLZR 92.9 FM) was still getting requests for the song, which was a consistent top performer during the nightly local request countdown after its 1986 release. WLZR-FM night DJ Kidd Crockett (later known as Kid Kelly of Z-100 New York and current DJ on Sirius XM 'Hits' channel) continued to play the song even after national airplay had dwindled. A part-time DJ at the station, JJ Wright, had always liked the song and kept a promo single of the record for his personal use. In 1988, Kidd Crockett and JJ Wright reunited in Buffalo NY at WKSE-FM. Shortly after, when another resurgent single, "Into the Night" by Benny Mardones became a national hit again, JJ dug up his promo 45 and presented it to Kiss 98.5 Program Director, Paul 'Boom Boom' Cannon, who in turn played it for his national music consultant who in turn submitted it to many of his Top 40 and Adult Contemporary radio stations where the domino effect caused a massive revival for the single. In 1989, "Where Are You Now" had now successfully resurfaced and began receiving a tremendous amount of airplay nationwide, with the song now credited as 'Jimmy Harnen with Synch'. WTG, a new label at the time, signed Harnen and while the song was climbing the charts he began recording a full-length release for the label. This time, the song peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Harnen's first album, Can't Fight the Midnight, featured well-known studio musicians including future American Idol judge Randy Jackson (bass guitar), Toto's Steve Lukather (guitar) and a guest appearance by one of Harnen's idols, REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin and Synch/Dakota guitar player Jon Lorance. The album and tour flopped and Harnen spent the next couple of years releasing occasional songs and tapes until his move to Nashville, Tennessee.

There, he worked as the national promotional director for DreamWorks Records, and with management at Refugee Records. In early October 2006, Harnen rose from vice president of national promotion to senior vice president of promotion for Capitol Records.

In April 2009, Harnen left Capitol and joined Scott Borchetta, the founder of Big Machine Records (label for artists such as Taylor Swift), becoming president of the new label, Republic Nashville. Artists on the label include Florida Georgia Line, whose single "Cruise" was the most digitally downloaded single in the history of country music, Cassadee Pope, A Thousand Horses, Brett Young, and Ryan Follese. -


- Jimmy Harnen was born and raised in northeast, Pennsylvania in the small town of Plymouth located near Wilkes-Berre / Scranton. In his early teens Jimmy's dream was to become a recording artist and songwriter, by his early twenties his dream became reality. He formed the Pop/Rock group Synch, later to be known internationally as Jimmy Harnen and Synch. After formation and many rehearsals, He was ready to venture into the recording studio, while taking his band Synch into John Nasser studio Holland "Sound Studios to record, He was looking for producers. He chose former Columbia recording artists Jerry Hludzik and Bill Kelly (Dakota), to produce and Rick Manwiller who came along as part of a package deal. Rick wound up playing keyboards, arranging and co-producing "Where Are You Now?", released in 1989 on WTG/Columbia Records. WTG was owned by three recording company legends, Walter Yetnikoff of Columbia records, Tommy Mottola former CEO of Sony Records and Jerry Greenberg former head of Atlantic Records in New York City.

Where Are You Now?" in 1990 went to #10 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart, and #3 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. The record continued well into 1990's receiving national airplay. Jimmy was also featured on the national television show Dancin' USA over the USA cable network. The song still shows up on 80's rock compilation albums from time to time. Jimmy accomplished what many aspiring artists only dream about. In 1996 Jimmy and Rick Manwiller co-wrote "The Best I Can Do (without you)" which went Top 5 on Tampa Bay's Mix-96 (WMTX-FM), and received major airplay on 15 radio markets across the U.S. Something to note is Jimmy and Rick songwriting , "All About Time", recorded at Franklin, Tenn.'s North Beach Studio with producers Cliff Downs and Randy Goodrum (who's written songs like Toto's "I'll Be Over You", Michael Johnson's "Bluer Than Blue", and Steve Perry's "Foolish Heart"). Also included on this release 'Blind Lead the Blind' (Harnen / Manwiller / Brophy / Downs) and 'Can You Hear Me When I Talk to You?' (Harnen / Manwiller)., an interesting fact is Jimmy and Rick's song "Can You Hear Me When I Talk to You" broke Brenda Lee's 46 year-old record of being the youngest female singer to hit the country charts, when the honor went to Ashley Gearing as the new youngest female singer to hit the country charts.

Jimmy and his wife Lynn moved to Nashville, His first position in Nashville was National Promotional Director for DreamWorks Records. Later he served at Refugee Management in Nashville, representing international country recording artist Jo Dee Messina. In 2004 Jimmy also served at Capitol Records Nashville as Sr. Director of National Promotion. Capitol Records more info Jimmy Harnen has now been appointed EVP Big Machine Label Group and President of Republic Nashville. Jimmy has worked with Borchetta in a previous capacity at DreamWorks Nashville more info

American Artists Entertainment is proud to be part of Jimmy's Dream, from 1988 - 1994 acting constantly on his behalf with professional representation and development worldwide, under personal management in the performing arts. -


- Jimmy Harnen, a Pennsylvania native, first came to the attention of underground rock fans with his band Synch. They released an album in 1986 entitled 'Get The Feeling' which was produced by the Dakota pairing of Jerry Hludzik and Bill Kelly. From that point, Harnen moved towards a solo career, firstly as the leader of Synch, then ultmately on his own. His debut album 'Can't Fight The Midnight' is a pretty good effort, definitely AOR, and with all the hottest players money can buy. The WTG label though relatively small was the vehicle for the trio of Walter Yetnikoff (Columbia Records), Tommy Mottola (Sony, and former Mr Mariah Carey) and Jerry Greenberg former head of Atlantic Records. So, there's some 'oomph' behind the scenes for Mr Harnen.

The album contained a selection of great mid paced melodic moments, with stellar performances by the musos listed above, particularly Michael Thompson, who's distinctive guitar lines stand out a mile. The brace of songs 'When The Midnight Comes', 'If She Cries' and All Those Tears' are strong efforts. Elsewhere, 'For All The Wrong Reasons' and 'Southern Lady' are great too, the former containing a sax solo whilst the latter hints at a slight southern rock direction. The album culminates with the hit single 'Where Are You Now', which came out a few years prior, and which by all accounts did very well on the Billboard 100. It's overly soppy and not really a true reflection of the material on the album, which is mainly upbeat.

Also during 1989, Jimmy again hooked up with his band Synch, and released the single 'Where Are You Now'  on the same WTG label, but under the moniker 'Synch - featuring Jimmy Harnen. Yeah right, we get the picture. We know who's band it is ok? Jimmy still collaborates with the guys from Dakota, namely Rick Mainwiller, and reputedly finished an album called 'All About Time' in 1996. At last report, he was based in Nashville working in the business side of the music industry, as a VP for Capitol Records I understand. -


Jimmy Harnen [Can't fight the midnight - 1989]

Jimmy Harnen [Can't fight the midnight - 1989]

Origin: Plymouth, Pennsylvania (USA)

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Jimmy Harnen - Vocals
Michael Thompson - Guitar
Steve Lukather - Guitar
Albert Lee - Guitar
Tim Pierce - Guitar
Jon Lorance - Guitar
Bill Kelly - Guitar, backing vocals
Randy Jackson - Bass
Jerry G. Hludzik - Bass, backing vocals
Mike Baird - Drums
Chaz Evansky - Drums
Phil Shenale - Keyboards
Rick Manwiller - Keyboards, backing vocals
Kevin Cronin - Backing vocals
Bob Caloca - Backing vocals
Bill Champlin - Backing vocals
Tommy Funderburk - Backing vocals


1. Hello lyrics
2. When the Midnight Comes lyrics
3. If She Cries lyrics
4. All Those Tears lyrics
5. Little Nikki lyrics
6. I Don't Mind lyrics
7. No Reason in the World lyrics
8. Southern Lady lyrics
9. For All the Wrong Reasons lyrics
10. Boy in Love lyrics
11. Where Are You Now? lyrics

Sunday, February 11, 2018


Origin: Topeka, Kansas (USA)

Kansas Dave Hope - Kerry Livgren - Rich Williams - Phil Ehart - John Elefante
Dave Hope - Kerry Livgren - Rich Williams - Phil Ehart - John Elefante

Kansas [Drastic measures - 1983] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyricsDrastic measures - 1983 (with lyrics)


- Kansas is an American rock band that became popular in the 1970s initially on album-oriented rock charts and later with hit singles such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind". The band has produced eight gold albums, three multi-platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, The Best of Kansas), one platinum live album (Two for the Show) and a million-selling single, "Dust in the Wind". Kansas appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the 1970s and 1980s and played to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe and Japan. "Carry On Wayward Son" was the second-most-played track on US classic rock radio in 1995 and No. 1 in 1997.


1970–1973: Early years
In 1969 Lynn Meredith, Don Montre, Dan Wright and Kerry Livgren (guitars, keyboards, synthesizers) were performing in a band called The Reasons Why in their hometown of Topeka, Kansas. After changing the band's name to Saratoga, they started playing Livgren's original material with Scott Kessler playing bass and Zeke Lowe on drums.

In 1970 they changed the band's name to Kansas and merged with members of rival Topeka progressive rock group White Clover. White Clover members Dave Hope (bass) and Phil Ehart (drums, percussion) joined with Livgren, vocalists Meredith and Greg Allen, keyboardists Montre and Wright and saxophonist Larry Baker. This early Kansas group, which lasted until early 1971 when Ehart, Hope and some of the others left to re-form White Clover, is sometimes referred to 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. (This lineup is sometimes referred to as Kansas II, and 30 years later would re-form under the name Proto-Kaw).

In 1972, after Ehart returned from England (where he had gone to look for other musicians), he and Hope once again re-formed White Clover with Robby Steinhardt (vocals, violin, viola, cello), Steve Walsh (vocals, keyboards, synthesizers, percussion) and Rich Williams (guitars). In early 1973 they recruited Livgren from the second Kansas group, which then folded. Eventually they received a recording contract with Don Kirshner's eponymous label, after Kirshner's assistant, Wally Gold, heard one of their demo tapes and came out to check out the band at one of their local gigs in March 1973. After signing with Kirshner, the group decided to adopt the Kansas name.

1974–1979: Rise to national prominence
Their self-titled debut album, produced by Gold, 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, being defined more by heartland rock than the jazz and classical influences which most progressive rock violinists followed.

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 (February 1975) and Masque (October 1975). Song for America was co-produced by Wally Gold and their former White Clover bandmate Jeff Glixman, who would go on to produce all of their albums from Masque to Two for the Show (October 1978) on his own, returning to the helm for 1995's Freaks of Nature. Both Masque and their next release, Leftoverture, were recorded at a studio in the middle of the Louisiana Bayou named Studio in the Country.

Kansas released its fourth album, Leftoverture, in October 1976, which produced a hit single, "Carry On Wayward Son", in 1977. The follow-up, Point of Know Return, recorded at Studio in the Country and Woodland Sound in Nashville and released in October 1977, featured the title track and "Dust in the Wind", both hit singles. Leftoverture was a breakthrough for the band, hitting No. 5 on Billboard's pop album chart. Point of Know Return peaked even higher, at No. 4. 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. Leftoverture was eventually certified five-times platinum by the RIAA in 2001.

During this period, Kansas became a major headlining act and sold out the largest venues available to rock bands at the time, including New York's Madison Square Garden. The band documented this era in 1978 with Two for the Show, a double live album of recordings from various performances from its 1977 and 1978 tours. The band gained a solid reputation for faithful live reproduction of their studio recordings.

In March 1978 Kansas was brought over to tour Europe for the very first time and later on that same year, they were named UNICEF Deputy Ambassadors of Goodwill.

The follow-up studio album to Point of Know Return was Monolith (May 1979), which was self-produced. The album generated a Top 40 single in "People of the South Wind", whose title refers to the meaning of the 'Kanza' (Kaw) Native American people, after whom the state and the band are named. The album failed to garner the sales and radio airplay of its two predecessors. Nevertheless, the album eventually went platinum. Livgren's platinum award for the album is on display at the Kansas History Museum. The band toured the US for Monolith during the summer and fall of 1979 then went over to tour Japan for the first time in January 1980.

1980–1984: Creative tensions
Kansas' band members began to drift apart in the early 1980s. During the tour supporting Monolith, Livgren became a born-again Christian, and this was reflected in his lyrics on the next three albums, beginning with Audio-Visions (September 1980). "Hold On", a Top 40 single from that album, displayed his new-found faith. Hope soon converted to Christianity as well. This would be the final album with the original lineup (until they briefly reunited in 1999-2000), and also the last Kansas studio album to be certified gold by the RIAA.

Due to creative differences over the lyrical direction of the next album, Walsh left in October 1981 to form a new band, Streets. In early 1982 Walsh was replaced by vocalist/keyboardist/guitarist John Elefante, who—unknown to Livgren and Hope at the time—was also a Christian. He was chosen from over 200 applicants, such as Sammy Hagar, Doug Pinnick, Ted Neeley (who played the title character in the movie Jesus Christ Superstar), Warren Ham (ex-Bloodrock, who would join the band on the road in 1982 adding sax, flute, harmonica, back-up vocals and extra keyboards) and Michael Gleason (who would supply keyboards and back-up vocals on the group's 1983 tour).

Kansas' first album with Elefante, Vinyl Confessions, was released in June 1982. The record renewed interest in the group and generated the band's first Top 20 hit in several years, "Play the Game Tonight", which hit number 4 on Billboard's newly deployed Mainstream Rock chart. The album's mostly Christianity-based lyrics attracted a new audience. Still, sales of the album fell short of gold status.

Drastic Measures followed in July 1983. For various reasons, Livgren contributed only three songs to the album. The rest were penned by the Elefante brothers (John and Dino, who later became successful producers for contemporary Christian music artists, including Sweet Comfort Band, Petra, Bride, Rick Cua and Guardian). With violinist Steinhardt leaving the group before the recording sessions, the result was a more mainstream pop-rock album. Though the album charted lower than any Kansas album since Masque, peaking at number 41, its single "Fight Fire with Fire" fared better. It did not crack the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, but reached No. 3 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. It was the highest chart position of any Kansas release on any chart, though this particular chart did not exist prior to 1981. For their 1983 tour for Drastic Measures, Kansas was joined on stage by the aforementioned Michael Gleason and Terry Brock (who covered the absent Steinhardt's harmony vocals).

During the band's time with Elefante as lead vocalist, Livgren became increasingly uncomfortable with Kansas representing his Christian worldview. After a final New Year's Eve performance on December 31, 1983, Livgren and Hope left to form AD with Warren Ham and Michael Gleason. They were joined by drummer Dennis Holt.

Elefante, Ehart and Williams sought to continue as Kansas and recorded one more song, "Perfect Lover", which appeared on the retrospective The Best of Kansas (August 1984), which has sold over 4 million units in the U.S. alone. The song would eventually be removed in favor of other songs on the remastered release of the compilation. The group disbanded after its release, which thus became the final Kansas recording with Elefante. Since leaving the band, Elefante has become a popular Contemporary Christian music artist and has not performed with the group since.

In March 1984 Ehart, Williams and Elefante were part of a United Service Organizations (USO) tour of US military bases that had been put together by Ehart, called 1st Airborne Rock and Roll Division, that also included Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers), Leon Medica (LeRoux), David Jenkins, Cory Lerios and John Pierce (from Pablo Cruise) and Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen and Bun E. Carlos (from Cheap Trick). The supergroup began four days of rehearsals in Hawaii on March 10 before beginning a 17-day tour playing for the United States Seventh Fleet in the Indian Ocean and land-based troups in Korea, Okinawa, Diego Garcia and the Philippines. This was followed by a second USO tour in March 1985 that included Ehart, Williams and Steve Walsh.

1985–1990: Reformation
In July 1985 the band came back together with Ehart, Williams and Walsh (who had briefly played keyboards on the road for Cheap Trick in the spring and summer of 1985 after the break up of Streets), but without Livgren, Hope or Steinhardt. The new lineup included Streets bassist Billy Greer and guitarist Steve Morse (formerly of the Dixie Dregs). The first performances of the new lineup with Morse and Greer took place during a third USO 1st Airborne Rock and Roll Division tour that toured US military bases in the US, Japan, Okinawa, the Philippines, Singapore, Iceland and most of Europe during the late summer through early October 1986.

The re-formed band released Power in November 1986. The first single, "All I Wanted", became the last Kansas single to hit the Billboard Top 40 chart, peaking at No. 19. It also received considerable airplay on MTV. Two more singles, the title track and "Can't Cry Anymore", were less successful, "Power" hitting the lower end of the Hot 100 and getting substantial play and charting on the Rock Charts, but "Can't Cry Anymore" receiving little airplay despite a clever music video.

The band added New Orleans native Greg Robert on keyboards and back-up vocals at the suggestion of LeRoux's Leon Medica. Greg played his first show with Kansas on January 31, 1987 at Roberto Clemente Stadium in Puerto Rico. The new lineup released a second album, In the Spirit of Things, in October 1988. The concept album and subsequent tour were popular with the fan base but did not receive widespread airplay beyond the "Stand Beside Me" video on MTV. Morse temporarily left the band at the end of a tour of Germany in April 1989.

On September 15, 1990, Walsh, Williams and Ehart played a charity event at the Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, California, alongside Saga, Lou Gramm (of Foreigner), Mr. Big, Eddie Money, Kevin Cronin (from REO Speedwagon) and others. Alex Lifeson joined them on stage for a short set of Kansas before Geddy Lee flew in to join Alex for a Rush set, with Ehart on drums subbing for Neil Peart.

In November 1990 a German promoter arranged to reunite all the original members of Kansas (except for Steinhardt) for a European tour. Greer joined them, along with keyboardist Greg Robert. At the end of the tour, Hope left again, but Livgren remained on into 1991.

1991–1997: Addition of David Ragsdale
In March 1991 violinist David Ragsdale (who had submitted a tape of his playing to Ehart several years earlier) was invited to join the group and the return of the violin allowed Kansas to perform earlier material in arrangements closer to the originals. Livgren left during the 1991 summer tour, to be replaced temporarily by Steve Morse again. After the tour, Morse left the band for good to return to his own projects and eventually become a member of Deep Purple, and Ragsdale took over the extra guitar parts, leaving Williams as the primary guitar player. The resulting lineup of Ehart, Greer, Ragsdale, Robert, Walsh and Williams lasted from 1991 to 1997. This period saw one live album and accompanying video, Live at the Whisky (July 1992), and one studio album, Freaks of Nature (May 1995).

During the fall of 1993, drummer Van Romaine (formerly of Blood Sweat and Tears and Steve Morse's band) came in to substitute for Ehart, who was taking care of the group's business and putting together The Kansas Boxed Set, which was released in July 1994. Bryan Holmes, from The Producers, likewise filled in for Ehart during the spring and summer of 1994 until that December, when Phil returned for a tour of Germany.

On July 28, 1995 Kansas was inducted into the Rock Walk of Fame in Hollywood.

1997–2006: Return of Robby Steinhardt
In early 1997, Robert and Ragsdale left the band, and Steinhardt returned.

In May 1998 Kansas released Always Never the Same, which featured Larry Baird conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. The album was a mix of older Kansas material (with new arrangements by Baird), several new songs, and a cover of "Eleanor Rigby".

Somewhere to Elsewhere, a new studio album released in July 2000, featured all the original members of Kansas, plus Greer, with all songs written by Kerry Livgren. That same summer, Kansas was the opening act for Yes during their "Masterworks" tour.

During the late 1990s and early 2000s, Livgren would occasionally attend Kansas shows and come on stage to play one or more songs with the band. At a March 9, 2002 concert at Lake Tahoe, he played the whole show, subbing for Rich Williams, who was "under the weather" and another live album and DVD from Kansas, entitled Device - Voice - Drum, which was recorded in the band's present home of Atlanta, was released on June 15, 2002.

Also in 2002, Kansas II (the lineup prior to the recording and release of Kansas' first album) released an album under the name Proto-Kaw, featuring demos and live material recorded from 1971 to 1973. This led to a new studio album, Before Became After (2004), with most of the Kansas II members participating. Proto-Kaw released a third album, The Wait of Glory, in 2006 and their fourth and final studio album, Forth, was released in 2011, after which the band ceased.

2006–2014: Continued touring and regained popularity
Kansas continued to tour every year. The 2006 tour was delayed for a few weeks due to Steinhardt's second departure in March and Ragsdale's subsequent return to the lineup.

In 2008 the Kansas website announced that four of the five members (Ehart, Ragsdale, Williams and Greer) had formed a side recording group called Native Window, and they released their self-titled debut album in June 2009.

In February 2009 Kansas recorded a concert in Topeka featuring a full symphony orchestra, with Larry Baird conducting. Morse and Livgren appeared as special guests on several songs. The performance was released on CD, DVD and Blu-ray as There's Know Place Like Home that October, and the DVD hit No. 5 on the Billboard Music Video Chart the week after its release.

In July 2010 Kansas completed a 30-day "United We Rock" tour with fellow classic rock acts Styx and Foreigner. Kansas then began a collegiate tour in September 2010. On this tour, they performed with the symphony orchestras of various US colleges in an effort to raise money for the individual schools' music programs. The success of the tour led the band to start another one the following year.

On September 13, 2012 Kansas began a new tour with a performance at the Best Buy Theater in New York City. Opening for them was the band King's X and a one-man-band called That 1 Guy. This tour featured many hits from the albums Leftoverture and Point of Know Return, as well as material from a number of their other albums.

The band kicked off 2013 being featured on the Rock Legends II cruise. The floating rock festival for a cause aboard Royal Caribbean International's Liberty of the Seas departed January 10, 2013 from Fort Lauderdale, FL. Other big names included Foreigner, Paul Rodgers, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Bachman & Turner, 38 Special, The Marshall Tucker Band, Blue Ă–yster Cult, Foghat, and Molly Hatchet.

On March 1, 2013, Kansas announced a 40th anniversary celebration was in the works. "Celebrating 40 years as a band, legendary American progressive rock band Kansas is taking a break from their regular touring schedule to say 'thank you' to their legions of loyal 'Wheatheads' with a once-in-a-lifetime fan appreciation concert scheduled for August 17, 2013, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania", their press release read. The statement continued, "To start the concert Kansas will perform a set backed by a 35-piece symphony orchestra. Following an intermission, Kansas will then rock out a traditional band set of classics from their repertoire. The night will be highlighted by special guest appearances throughout the concert by original members Dave Hope, Kerry Livgren, and Robby Steinhardt—marking the first time all original members of the band will be on the same stage together in more than 30 years." However, Steinhardt suffered a heart attack days before the concert and was unable to participate.

2014–present: Retirement of Steve Walsh, The Prelude Implicit
On July 2, 2014 a declaration was issued on the band's official Facebook page announcing the impending retirement of lead singer Steve Walsh: "On June 30, 2014, Steve Walsh informed the members of Kansas that he is resigning from the band. His last performance with Kansas will be August 16, 2014, in Sioux City, Iowa, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. As Kansas continues on, the band wishes Steve only the best in his future endeavors and thanks him for the 41 years." On July 6, 2014, former Kansas lead singer John Elefante issued a statement that he had been contacted by the band on July 2 to discuss rejoining. However, on July 4, after turning to prayer, he said that it was not meant to be. At that point, he also cited Steve Walsh as one of the reasons he wanted to become a singer.

A statement was issued on July 14, 2014 through the band's official Facebook page stating that Chicago area native Ronnie Platt (who had previously sung with Shooting Star) had been selected as the band's new lead vocalist and keyboard player: "Kansas would like to introduce lead vocalist and keyboardist Ronnie Platt as its newest member. Ronnie's first show with the band will be September 12 in Oklahoma City, OK, where he will take over singing duties for departing vocalist Steve Walsh." On July 24, 2014, the band announced that their longtime lighting specialist David Manion would be handling the main keyboard parts for the band on stage along with Platt, giving the group a full-time keyboardist for the first time since Greg Robert`s departure in 1997. Manion had also handled keyboard responsibilities for Kansas' bassist and vocalist Billy Greer's band, Seventh Key.

In March 2015 the band released a documentary, Miracles Out of Nowhere. The documentary chronicles the band's formation and follows them throughout their success with Leftoverture and Point of Know Return. It was initially available in a limited-edition release that contained an extra DVD of bonus interviews. The documentary was released alongside a companion CD of the same name that contained a selection of the band's greatest hits along with snippets of commentary from the documentary.

On September 1, 2015, a press release announced that Kansas had signed with Inside Out Music, a German label dedicated to progressive rock and related genres, for the release of their upcoming 15th studio album. The release of this album marked the longest period to date between studio releases since Kansas' previous album, Somewhere to Elsewhere, had been released over 15 years prior, in 2000. On February 26, 2016, the group officially announced The Prelude Implicit for a September 2016 release. The album's co-producer and co-writer, Zak Rizvi, was subsequently named as a full member of the band, giving Kansas a second full-time guitarist for the first time since Steve Morse's departure in 1991.

On September 30, 2016, the current lineup kicked off a multi-city tour at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PA, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the release of Leftoverture, which was done again in the spring of 2017 with a twelve show 40th anniversary tour, that, like the fall jaunt, included performances of newer tracks, older songs and a complete rendering of the full Leftoverture album. A two CD set, Leftoverture Live & Beyond, was released in November 2017 that contained nineteen songs culled from different shows during the tour and the band's 2017 fall dates also included further 40th anniversary shows.

Kansas' musical style, the fusion of hard rock, southern rock and progressive rock, was influenced by several previous bands. The music of Yes and Genesis was inspirational to Kansas, especially demonstrated in the lyrics of Walsh. Livgren cited the 1960s band Touch as foundational to his development. Livgren's evolving spirituality is reflected in the band's songs, with early works showing an interest in the mysticism of Eastern religions, works in the late 1970s influenced by the American spiritual philosophy of The Urantia Book, followed in the early 1980s by works embracing born-again Christianity. The re-formed band produced a harder pop metal album in the late 1980s.

In a 2003 interview with The A.V. Club, Berkeley Breathed, the creator of the Opus comic strip, revealed that "Opus was named after a Kansas song." From the band's 1976 album Leftoverture, the songs "Opus Insert" and the epic "Magnum Opus" could both be the inspiration for the name. He also added, "If you're too young to know who Kansas was, to hell with you."

Appearances in other media
"Carry On Wayward Son" has been covered by many artists. It was included on soundtracks for the following movies and television shows: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Family Guy, Gentlemen Broncos, Happy Gilmore, Heroes (1977), Scrubs, South Park ("Guitar Queer-o" episode), King of the Hill ("My Own Private Rodeo"), Strangers with Candy ("Yes You Can't"), Supernatural (during the intro for each season finale), and Supernatural: The Anime Series (as the ending for each episode). It was also featured in the video games Grand Theft Auto V, Guitar Hero II, Guitar Hero Smash Hits, Rock Band 2, and Rock Band Unplugged.

"Dust in the Wind" was parodied by comedian Tim Hawkins, the parody called "A Whiff Of Kansas" which is on the Pretty Pink Tractor album, and a video parody on the Insanitized live DVD. In 2016, the music video for the song was parodied on The Late Late Show with James Corden. -


- Fusing the complexity of British prog rock with an American heartland sound representative of their name, Kansas were among the most popular bands of the late '70s, with many of their hits becoming staples of AOR radio playlists. Formed in Topeka in 1970, the founding members of the group -- guitarist Kerry Livgren, bassist Dave Hope, and drummer Phil Ehart -- first played together while in high school; with the 1971 addition of classically trained violinist Robbie Steinhardt, they changed their name to White Clover, reverting back to the Kansas moniker for good upon the 1972 arrivals of vocalist/keyboardist Steve Walsh and guitarist Richard Williams. The group spent the early part of the decade touring relentlessly and struggling for recognition; initially, their mix of boogie and prog rock baffled club patrons, but in due time they established a strong enough following to win a record deal with the Kirshner label.

Kansas' self-titled debut LP appeared in 1974; while only mildly successful, the group toured behind it tirelessly, and their fan base grew to the point that their third effort, 1975's Masque, sold a quarter of a million copies. In 1976, Leftoverture truly catapulted Kansas to stardom. On the strength of the smash hit "Carry on Wayward Son," the album reached the Top Five and sold over three million copies. Released in 1977, Point of Know Return was even more successful, spawning the monster hit "Dust in the Wind." While the 1978 live LP Two for the Show struggled to break the Top 40, its studio follow-up, Monolith, the band's first self-produced effort, reached the Top Ten. That same year, Walsh issued a solo record, Schemer-Dreamer.

In the wake of 1980's Audio-Visions, Kansas began to splinter; both Hope and Livgren became born-again Christians, the latter issuing the solo venture Seeds of Change, and their newfound spirituality caused divisions within the band's ranks. Walsh soon quit to form a new band, Streets; the remaining members forged on without him, tapping vocalist John Elefante as his replacement. The first Kansas LP without Walsh, 1982's Vinyl Confessions, launched the hit "Play the Game Tonight," but after only one more album, 1983's Drastic Measures, they disbanded.

In 1986, however, Kansas re-formed around Ehart, Williams, and Walsh; adding the famed guitarist Steve Morse as well as bassist Billy Greer, the refurbished band debuted with the album Power, scoring a Top 20 hit with "All I Wanted." When the follow-up, 1988's In the Spirit of Things, failed to hit, seven years passed before the release of their next effort, Freaks of Nature. The London Symphony-assisted Always Never the Same followed in 1998, and in 2000 Kansas issued Somewhere to Elsewhere, their 14th studio album, which saw the return of founder singer/songwriter Kerry Livgren. The next decade found Kansas continuing to tour heavily and release compilations and live albums, culminating in their 2014 induction into the Kansas Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, which coincided with the group's 40th anniversary. Miracles Out of Nowhere, a DVD/CD career retrospective, followed in early 2015. After signing with Century Media's InsideOut label, Kansas released The Prelude Implicit in 2016. Their 15th studio effort overall, the prog-heavy LP also marked the band's first new album in 16 years. The following year saw the release of Leftoverture Live & Beyond, a collection of concert performances culled from their 40th anniversary tour. -


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