Robby Steinhardt Dies At 71

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Why did Robby Steinhardt leave Kansas?

Steinhardt left Kansas for personal reasons in 1982, subsequently serving as front man for his own band, Steinhardt-Moon, then being a member of the Stormbringer Band. The Topeka Capital-JournalRobby Steinhardt, former violinist and vocalist with the band Kansas, dies at 71

TOPEKA, Kan. — Robert E. "Robby" Steinhardt, a violinist and vocalist with the progressive rock band Kansas, has died due to complications from pancreatitis. He was 71.

His wife, Cindy Steinhardt, said he died Saturday at a hospital in Tampa, Florida. She announced on Facebook Monday that he had just recorded his first solo album, and had been looking forward to being back on stage and going on tour.

Steinhardt, a native of Lawrence, Kansas, was an original member of the band, teaming up with Topeka West High School graduates Kerry Livgren, Rich Williams, Phil Ehart and Dave Hope and with Steve Walsh, who grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri. Steinhardt performed with Kansas from 1973 to 1982 and 1997 to 2006, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

The band sold more than 15 million records and notched up seven top 40 hits, including "Dust in the Wind" and "Carry on Wayward Son."

The band, which now makes its home in Atlanta, continues to perform with Williams and Ehart as the only original remaining members.

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Robert E. "Robby" Steinhardt, a violinist and vocalist with the progressive rock band Kansas, has died due to complications from pancreatitis. He was 71.

His wife, Cindy Steinhardt, said he died Saturday at a hospital in Tampa, Florida. She announced on Facebook Monday that he had just recorded his first solo album, and had been looking forward to being back on stage and going on tour.

Steinhardt, a native of Lawrence, Kansas, was an original member of the band, teaming up with Topeka West High School graduates Kerry Livgren, Rich Williams, Phil Ehart and Dave Hope and with Steve Walsh, who grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri. Steinhardt performed with Kansas from 1973 to 1982 and 1997 to 2006, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

The band sold more than 15 million records and notched up seven top 40 hits, including "Dust in the Wind" and "Carry on Wayward Son."

The band, which now makes its home in Atlanta, continues to perform with Williams and Ehart as the only original remaining members.

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Robby Steinhardt, violinist and vocalist for Kansas, dies at 71

NBC News 20 July, 2021 - 12:01pm

On May 13, Robby Steinhardt was admitted to the hospital with acute pancreatitis. Later that night, he went into acute septic shock and was placed on life support. Although the outlook was "very grave," he survived another two months.

On July 17, the day Steinhardt was set to be released from medical care and moved to a rehab center, he suffered another sepsis and died at Tampa General Hospital.

"We are beyond devastated as our lives were about to start a new adventure," Cindy wrote in the post. "Robby just recorded his first solo album with the talented music producer Michael Franklin at Solar Studios. (With) a tour to start in August, Robby was so looking forward to being back on stage doing what he loved."

Cindy continued, "I've always tried to share our lives with you but I ask you to please respect this heavy time of grief. I encourage you to share your stories and pictures of Robby on his page. My only regret is that I can't share them with him to show him how much he is loved."

Kansas also released a statement, saying, "The members of the band Kansas, past and present, wish to express our deepest sorrow over the death of our bandmate and friend, Robby Steinhardt. Robby will always be in our souls, in our minds and in our music. What he brought to us as bandmates, to the fans who attended our concerts and to the sound of Kansas, will always be heartfelt. We love him and will miss him always."

Born in Chicago in 1950, Steinhardt grew up in Lawrence, Kansas, with his adoptive parents. He studied and played classical violin, and in 1972, he joined a rock band based in Topeka called White Clover. The band, which soon became known as Kansas, featured Steve Walsh, Phil Ehart and Rich Williams, while Kerry Livgren joined soon after, becoming the principal songwriter.

Steinhardt shared vocal duties with Walsh, switching between backup and lead, but his violin helped set Kansas apart from other bands.

Kansas' self-titled debut record came out in 1974, and two years later, the band reached mainstream success with "Leftoverture," which featured the hit song "Carry on Wayward Son." Steinhardt sang lead on two tracks on that quintuple-platinum breakthrough, "Miracles Out of Nowhere" and "Cheyenne Anthem."

On the nearly as successful 1977 followup, "Point of Know Return," his lead singing was featured on four numbers: "Closet Chronicles," "Lightning's Hand," "Sparks of the Tempest" and "Hopelessly Human."

In 1982, Steinhardt left the band and played with Rick Moon in the group Steinhardt Moon, and in the '90s, the violinist also played with the band Stormbringer. In the late '90s, Steinhardt rejoined Kansas, but he left the group again in 2006.

Robby Steinhardt obituary: Kansas violinist and singer dies at 71

Legacy.com 20 July, 2021 - 12:01pm

Robby Steinhardt was the violinist and co-lead singer for the classic rock band Kansas.

Steinhart joined Kansas in 1972, when they were in an earlier, pre-fame incarnation, then named White Clover. Within a few years, the band was rising in popularity, and in 1977, they had a hit with the enduring classic rock standard “Carry On Wayward Son.” They followed it with the hits “Point of Know Return” and “Dust in the Wind.” Steinhardt’s violin was a key part of Kansas’ sound, particularly on “Dust in the Wind,” and he was also the band’s emcee when they performed live. He left Kansas in 1983, though he returned in 1997 and toured with the band for several years before stepping aside again in 2006. Steinhardt also formed the band Steinhardt-Moon and played with the Stormbringer Band.

“‘Dust’ is a pleasure to play because the crowds get off on it so much. lt helps me a whole lot in my performance. I need feedback from the crowd for me to perform to the best of my ability. ‘Wayward Son’ is a neat tune. It motivates me onstage, it gets the crowd going.” —from a 1982 interview for Music magazine

So sorry to hear of the passing of Robby Steinhardt of @KansasBand…he was such a big part of their sound on those early classic albums 🎻 #RIPRobbySteinhardt pic.twitter.com/OPQ5lQWFAr

In memory of Robby Steinhardt ~rock violinist and singer for Kansas~ who passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2021.🙏 pic.twitter.com/cIjv8xr5UQ

Sad news… Rest In Peace Robby 😔 #kansas #RobbySteinhardt #classicrock pic.twitter.com/6kHaESruoe

Very sorry to hear of the passing of Robby Steinhardt, founding member of @KansasBand Had the good fortune to meet him several times. He was a great man. Thinking of his family pic.twitter.com/i0VKa4QDPh

RIP Robby Steinhardt (Kansas). One of the first guys to make violin in a rock band not only cool but integral! Pioneer. pic.twitter.com/AY2WUbaCSp

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Robby Steinhardt, Violinist and Co-Lead Vocalist of Kansas, Dead at 71

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Steinhardt’s wife, Cindy Steinhardt, confirmed his death on Facebook. Cindy said Steinhardt was admitted to the hospital with acute pancreatitis in May. Not long after, he went into acute septic shock and was placed on life support, and although the outlook was “very grave” at the time, he managed to recover. However, several months later, just as he was about to be released from medical care and moved to a rehab center, Steinhardt suffered another sepsis.

“We are beyond devastated as our lives were about to start a new adventure,” Cindy said. “Robby just recorded his first solo album with the talented music producer Michael Franklin at Solar Studios. A tour to start in August, Robby was so looking forward to being back on stage doing what he loved. I’ve always tried to share our lives with you but I ask you to please respect this heavy time of grief. I encourage you to share your stories and pictures of Robby on his page. My only regret is that I can’t share them with him to show him how much he is loved.”

Kansas issued a statement as well, saying, “The members of the band Kansas, past and present, wish to express our deepest sorrow over the death of our bandmate and friend, Robby Steinhardt. Robby will always be in our souls, in our minds, and in our music. What he brought to us as bandmates, to the fans who attended our concerts, and to the sound of Kansas, will always be heartfelt.”

Steinhardt was born May 25th, 1950 in Chicago, and was adopted by his parents, Ilsa and Milton Steinhardt, when he was four days old. One year later, as a biography on Steinhardt’s website notes, the family relocated to Lawrence, Kansas, where Milton worked as a music professor and eventually became the Chairman of the Music History and Literature Department at Kansas University. Steinhardt grew up playing and studying classical violin, but in 1972, he joined a fledgling rock based out of Topeka, then known as White Clover.

White Clover had existed in several forms already, and had even previously used the name Kansas I. At the time Steinhardt joined, the lineup featured Steve Walsh, Phil Ehart, and Rich Williams, while Kerry Livgren joined soon after. Steinhardt shared vocal duties with Walsh, with the pair switching between backup and lead; but it was Steinhardt’s violin that helped distinguish Kansas’ sound from other bands.

In 1973, the band scored a record deal and officially settled on the name Kansas. The following year, they released their self-titled debut, and over the next few years, they developed a dedicated audience through constant touring and several more well-received albums. Kansas’ mainstream breakthrough came in 1976 with Leftoverture, which featured the hit single and future classic rock staple, “Carry on My Wayward Son.” Kansas scored their second major hit the following year with “Dust in the Wind,” which appeared on their album, Point of Know Return.

In a 1992 interview, Livgren offered this assessment of Steinhardt’s contributions to Kansas, saying: “Robby had a totally unique function as a violinist, second vocalist, and MC in a live situation. Robby was the link between the band on the stage and the audience.”

After their Seventies success, Kansas experienced a series of shakeups in the Eighties, first with the departure of Walsh, and then Steinhardt in 1982. Between 1982 and 1997, Steinhardt and Rick Moon played together in the group Steinhardt Moon, while Steinhardt also played with the Stormbringer Band in the Nineties. Steinhardt rejoined Kansas in the late-Nineties but left the group again in 2006.

In 2013, Steinhardt suffered a heart attack, but soon returned to music.

Robert E. “Robby” Steinhardt, a violinist and vocalist with the progressive rock band Kansas, has died due to complications from pancreatitis. Steinhardt, a native of Lawrence, Kansas, was an original member of the band, teaming up with Topeka West High School graduates Kerry Livgren, Rich Williams, Phil Ehart and Dave Hope and with Steve Walsh, who grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri.

As reported by Prog (via Consequence), musician Robby Steinhardt—best known as the founding violinist and a co-lead singer for Kansas—has died from complications related to acute pancreatitis. According to a statement released by his family, Steinhardt had been working on a new album that was set to be released later this year and planned to go on tour at some point before getting sick. It’s unclear if anything from that project will still be released, but the statement noted that his work with

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Robby Steinhardt, Kansas Co-Singer and Violinist Dies at 71

American Songwriter 20 July, 2021 - 12:01pm

Robert “Robby” Steinhardt, violinist and co-lead vocalist for Kansas, died on July 17, due to complications from acute pancreatitis. He was 71.

On May 13, Steinhardt  was admitted to Tampa General Hospital with a bout of pancreatitis, then went into septic shock later that evening and was placed on life support. On July 17, Steinhardt was scheduled to be released from medical care and transferred to a rehab center when he suffered another bout with sepsis and died.

Steinhardt’s wife Cindy confirmed his death on Facebook on July 19. “We are beyond devastated as our lives were about to start a new adventure,” she shared in the post. “Robby just recorded his first solo album with the talented music producer Michael Franklin at Solar Studios. A tour to start in August, Robby was so looking forward to being back on stage doing what he loved. I’ve always tried to share our lives with you but I ask you to please respect this heavy time of grief.” 

In a separate post, the members of Kansas also issued a statement on the passing of Steinhardt:

“The members of the band Kansas, past and present, wish to express our deepest sorrow over the death of our bandmate and friend, Robby Steinhardt. Robby will always be in our souls, in our minds and in our music. What he brought to us as bandmates, to the fans who attended our concerts and to the sound of Kansas, will always be heartfelt. We love him and will miss him always.”

Born Robert E. Steinhardt in Chicago on May 25, 1950, Steinhardt was raised in Lawrence, Kansas with his adoptive parents and studied classical violin throughout his youth. By 1972, Steinhardt joined a Topeka band called White Clover, which later became Kansas, along with Steve Walsh, Rich Williams, Phil Ehart, and Kerry Livgren, who later became the band’s chief songwriter. Steinhardt shared vocal duties with Walsh, often switching on and off from backing to lead in songs, but always returning to his violin. 

By 1974, Kansas had reached international success with their 1974 self titled debut, releasing the hit single “Carry on Wayward Son.” Additionally, Steinhardt sang two tracks on the album “Cheyenne Anthem” and “Miracles Out of Nowhere.” In 1982, Steinhardt left Kansas to pursue Steinhardt-Moon with Rick Moon and other projects throughout his career, before rejoining the Kansas in the late ’90s and leaving again in 2006.

In 2018, Steinhardt began working on the track “Activate” for Yes singer Jon Anderson with producer Michael T Franklin. He continued working with Franklin on a solo project  in 2020 and was set to release the album in 2021 with a tour to follow. 

Steindhardt is survived by his wife Cindy and daughter Becky.

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Kansas founding member Robert Eugene Steinhardt passes away at age 71

Daily Mail 20 July, 2021 - 12:01pm

By Christine Rendon For Dailymail.com

Kansas founding member Robert Eugene Steinhardt has passed away at the age of 71 from complications from pancreatitis.    

Robert's wife Cindy revealed the violinist had died in her arms on July 17, two months after he was sent to the hospital for acute pancreatitis and placed on life support after going into acute septic shock. 

Despite being given a 'grave' outlook at the time, Robert made it through the night and began his 'road to recovery'. However, his health took a turn for the worse several months later. 

Kansas founder Robert Eugene Steinhardt has passed away at the age of 71 (pictured 2005)

'Our final journey started May 13 when Robby was admitted into the hospital with acute pancreatitis,' Cindy wrote in a statement posted to Facebook. 'Later that night he went into acute septic shock and was placed on life support. Outlook was very grave as he wasn't expected to live through the night. 

'Like the true fighter he is, he managed to spring back much to the amazement of his entire medical staff. Once again he cheated death and the road to recovery had begun. 

'65 days later, on the day he was to be released from medical care and move to the rehabilitation center to build his strength, his body had other plans. A fever set in, blood pressure became uncontrollable, the sepsis reared it's ugly head again. 

'The medical staff at Tampa General stabilized him, he greeted me with a smile, open arms and kisses. His daughter Becky called. They had a beautiful, happy, conversation together.

Robert's wife Cindy revealed the violinist had passed away in her arms on July 17, several months after he was sent to the hospital for acute pancreatitis and placed on life support (pictured 1977)

Steinhardt performed with Kansas from 1973 to 1982 and 1997 to 2006 (pictured 2015)

'6 minutes later as I held him to keep him warm, he died in my arms at 6:30pm Saturday July 17, 2021.

'We are beyond devastated as our lives were about to start a new adventure. Robby just recorded his first solo album with the talented music producer Michael Franklin at Solar Studios. A tour to start in August, Robby was so looking forward to being back on stage doing what he loved.' 

In a statement posted to their Facebook account, the band Kansas expressed their 'deepest sorrow' over Robert's death.

The band sold more than 15 million records and notched up seven top 40 hits, including 'Dust in the Wind' and 'Carry on Wayward Son' (pictured 1982)

'The members of the band KANSAS, past and present, wish to express our deepest sorrow over the death of our bandmate and friend, Robby Steinhardt. Robby will always be in our souls, in our minds, and in our music. 

'What he brought to us as bandmates, to the fans who attended our concerts, and to the sound of KANSAS, will always be heartfelt. We love him and will miss him always.'

Robert, a native of Lawrence, Kansas, was an original member of the band, teaming up with Topeka West High School graduates Kerry Livgren, Rich Williams, Phil Ehart and Dave Hope and with Steve Walsh, who grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri. 

Robert performed with Kansas from 1973 to 1982 and 1997 to 2006, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

The band sold more than 15 million records and notched up seven top 40 hits, including 'Dust in the Wind' and 'Carry on Wayward Son.'

The band, which now makes its home in Atlanta, continues to perform with Williams and Ehart as the only original remaining members. 

In a statement posted to their Facebook account, the band Kansas expressed their 'deepest sorrow' over Robert's death 

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Robby Steinhardt, violinist and vocalist of the band Kansas, has died aged 71

NME 20 July, 2021 - 12:01pm

Robby Steinhardt, violinist and co-lead vocalist of the band Kansas for almost two decades, has passed away. He was 71 years old.

The news of Steinhardt’s passing, per Stereogum, was first shared by his wife, Cindy, on Facebook, where she revealed he was admitted to hospital with acute pancreatitis before ultimately suffering from sepsis and passing away.

Steinhardt had initially suffered from septic shock upon the night of his hospitalisation, before managing “to spring back much to the amazement of his entire medical staff”, she wrote. Over two months later, on the day he was meant to relocate to a rehabilitation centre, he suffered from sepsis once again.

“We are beyond devastated as our lives were about to start a new adventure,” Cindy Steinhardt wrote on Facebook, revealing her husband’s plans for new music and a tour.

“Robby just recorded his first solo album with the talented music producer Michael Franklin at Solar Studios. A tour to start in August, Robby was so looking forward to being back on stage doing what he loved.”

It is with an extremely heavy broken heart that I have to announce to the world, we have lost one of the most incredible…

Posted by Cindy Steinhardt on Monday, July 19, 2021

Steinhardt joined Kansas shortly after their original formation in 1971, when the band was performing under the name White Clover. He played with the band until 1982, before rejoining for a string of both live and studio recordings in 1997, before departing again in 2006.

At the time of Steinhardt’s second departure, then-lead singer Steve Walsh described it as “one of the most difficult things we’ve ever had to do”.

In a post on Facebook, the band paid tribute to Steinhardt, writing “We love him and will miss him always”.

“Robby will always be in our souls, in our minds, and in our music,” the post read.

“What he brought to us as bandmates, to the fans who attended our concerts, and to the sound of KANSAS, will always be heartfelt.”

So sorry to hear of the passing of Robby Steinhardt of @KansasBand…he was such a big part of their sound on those early classic albums 🎻 #RIPRobbySteinhardt pic.twitter.com/OPQ5lQWFAr

— Mike Portnoy 🤘 (@MikePortnoy) July 19, 2021

Very sorry to hear of the passing of Robby Steinhardt, founding member of @KansasBand Had the good fortune to meet him several times. He was a great man. Thinking of his family pic.twitter.com/i0VKa4QDPh

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