Kansas Rock violinist was 71 – Billboard
Robert E. “Robby” Steinhardt, violinist and frontman of the progressive rock band Kansas, has died of pancreatitis. He was 71 years old.
His wife, Cindy Steinhardt, said he died in a hospital in Tampa, Florida on Saturday. She announced via Facebook on Monday July 19 that he had just recorded his first solo album and was eager to get back on stage and go on tour.
Steinhardt, originally from Lawrence, Kansas, was an original member of the group, 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 played with Kansas from 1973 to 1982 and from 1997 to 2006, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported.
The group has sold over 15 million records and landed seven top 40 hits, including “Dust in the Wind,” which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “Carry on Wayward Son,” which won reached 11th place.
The group, which has now made their home in Atlanta, continue to perform with Williams and Ehart as the only original members remaining.