1982 Kansas – Play The Game Tonight
After a few years of swapping members in and out of the group, and a few name changes, the band Kansas began recording on Kirshner Records in 1974. A pair of multi-platinum singles helped solidify the group.
Steve Walsh sang lead vocals on the band’s biggest hits in the seventies. He left the band because of the new focus of the lyrics on their 1981 album. John Elefante became the band’s new lead singer.
Play The Game Tonight became the band’s first single in 1982. It was their first top twenty single in over four years!
The single reached #17 on the Hot 100, but a new chart helped them out as well. In 1981, Billboard launched the Mainstream Rock chart, and Play The Game Tonight popped into the new chart at #4 the next year. Singles from Kansas continued to reach that chart for years, and two more of their singles even made it to the top ten on the new chart.
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