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Artist biography Phil Ehart
Phillip W. Ehart is original member, drummer, songwriter and manager of the famous rock group Kansas.
Kansas created their first album in 1974, first emerging as a garage type band. They went on to produce eight gold albums, three sextuple platinum albums, one platinum live album while continuing to play to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout the world.
But before founding Kansas, Phil Ehart all over the world as his Air Force father was stationed in such places as the Philippines and Japan. Living in such remote places, Phil, at a very early age, taught himself to play the drums.
His father having retired from the Air Force, Phil found himself living in Topeka, Ks. He played in numerous local bands and in 1969 moved to New Orleans to play 3 months in the French Quarter.
It was here that Phil's band played with Joe Cocker, Iron Butterfly, and was joined on stage by Jim Morrison for a soulful rendition of Light My Fire.
In the summer of 1969 Phil Ehart played the New Orleans Pop Festival with Janis Joplin, Santana, and many others. It was at this time Phil knew that this, playing in a band, was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.
Returning to Topeka, Phil Ehart found the musical scene in Topeka not to his liking. He packed up his drums and moved to London, England. After 3 months of playing there, and an expired visa, Phil returned to Topeka and formed the band White Clover.
Six months later, Phil Ehart added guitarist/songwriter Kerry Livgren to the fold and White Clover became Kansas.
In 2004 Kansas celebrated their 30th anniversary and 30 million albums sold, around the world.