Who was Robby Steinhardt?
Robby Steinhardt or Robert Eugene Steinhardt born on May 25, 1950, was an American rock violinist and singer best known for his work with the group Kansas, for which he was co-lead singer/”frontman” and MC along with keyboardist Steve Walsh, from 1973 to 1982 and from 1997 to 2006. He and Steve Walsh were the only original members of the band who are not from Topeka.
Robby Steinhardt Biography, Wiki
Robby Steinhardt was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1950. He grew up in Lawrence, Kansas and was the adopted son of Ilse and Milton Steinhardt. Milton Steinhardt was the director of music history at the University of Kansas. Robby started violin lessons at age eight and was classically trained. When his family traveled to Europe, the young Steinhardt played with some orchestras there.
Steinhardt attended Lawrence High School and was the concertmaster during his high school years. He has often said that joining a rock band caused him to develop poor playing habits, one of which is holding his violin to the side of his head to hear himself better through the guitar amps and PA system.
|Birth name||Robert Eugene Steinhardt|
|Born||May 25, 1950|
Chicago, Illinois, US
|Died||July 17, 2021 (aged 71)|
Tampa, Florida, US
|Genres||Progressive rock, rock|
Robby Steinhardt Death, Cause Of Death
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.
Tribute on Social media
Cindy continued, “I’ve always tried to share our life with you, but I ask that you respect our sadness at this time. On Robby’s page, I urge you to contribute your memories and photos of him. My only regret is that I won’t be able to show him how much he is loved by sharing them with him.”
Meanwhile, a memorial to Robby was posted on the Kansas band’s official Facebook page. He was the one who brought them together as bandmates, they said.
Kansas issued a statement as well, stating, “Past and current members of Kansas would like to offer their greatest condolences on the passing of our bandmate and friend, Robby Steinhardt. Robby will live on in our hearts, brains, and music forever. What he gave to us as bandmates, to the people who came to our shows, and to the music of Kansas will be remembered forever. We adore him and will always miss him.”
Robby Steinhardt Work with Kansas
Robby Steinhardt’s violin sound, and its interplay with the guitar and keyboards, helped define the Kansas sound. His lead vocals provided a contrast to the high tenor of singer Steve Walsh. The two often sang in harmony, with Steinhardt taking the lower voice. He has said that unless he has a writing credit on a song—his credits include about a half dozen songs—the violin (and occasional viola) part was written out for him, usually by Kerry Livgren.
Steinhardt joined a re-formed White Clover in 1972, with the group adopting the Kansas name before their first album in 1974. He was with the group through their most successful period. In 1983, he did not show up to record the next Kansas album. His departure from the band after the Vinyl Confessions tour in 1982 was for personal reasons.
Subsequently, he fronted his own band, Steinhardt-Moon and was a member of the Stormbringer Band from 1990 to 1996, recording two CDs with the group during his membership. He also contributed to a Jethro Tull tribute album, To Cry You a Song: A Collection of Tull Tales on Magna Carta Records.
Steinhardt rejoined the band in 1997. In early 2006, Steinhardt once again left Kansas by mutual agreement due to the pace of touring. Since he rejoined the band in 1997, they had averaged almost 100 shows per year. Steinhardt served as the MC for the band’s concerts when he was a member, with his fellow band member Kerry Livgren describing his role as: “Robby had a 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.” Violinist David Ragsdale (Steinhardt’s original replacement) quickly replaced him again.
In 2018 Steinhardt was asked by producer Michael T. Franklin to perform on the track “Activate” for Jon Anderson of Yes. The album 1000 Hands: Chapter One had a large cast of classic rock, world music and jazz performers. In 2020, Steinhardt and Franklin began to work on a solo project, including an album and tour set for 2021.
Robby Steinhardt’s Height, Weight
|Height||In Feet: 5 Feet 3 inches|
Centimeter: 161 cm
Meter: 1.61 m
Interesting facts about Robby Steinhardt’s
|Age||71 years (2021)|
|Birthplace||Illinois, United States|
|Date of Birth||1950|