Friday, March 06, 2015

Songoftheday 3/6/15 - How many times will it take, you're hurting me the way you do...

"All I Wanted" - Kansas
from the album Power (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #19 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's Song of the Day comes from the arena rock band Kansas, who had their heyday in the late 70s. After a big personnel shuffle leaving lead singer Steve Walsh replaced, the act scored a top-20 pop hit in 1982 with "Play The Game Tonight". After another album with a top-3 rock hit with "Fight Fire With Fire", another shake-up occured, with Walsh returning and practically everyone else jumping ship save for guitarist Phil Williams and drummer Phil Ehart. Switching over labels to MCA, Kansas released Power in 1986. The first single from the set, "All I Wanted", was an easy-rock number that put them back on pop radio...

"All I Wanted" became Kansas' seventh and so-far final top-40 pop hit in January of 1987. The single also crossed over to both the Mainstream Rock (#10) and Adult Contemporary (#14) radio charts in Billboard magazine. Up north, the song was a minor hit (#75) in Canada. The title track from the album made the rock top 40 in the states and was their last Hot 100 pop hit at #84. In 1988, they released In The Spirit Of Things, which sent "Stand Beside Me" to #13 on the rock list. The original lineup of the band (along with Billy Greer who started on the Power album) reunited for a single album in 2000.

Up tomorrow:  A 70s singer/songwriters flame is reignited.

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