Kansas' "Dust in the Wind" peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of April 22, 1978, making it Kansas' only top ten Billboard Hot 100 charting single. The single was first released on their 1977 album Point of Know Return. The song was a last minute addition to the album and ended up being the album's greatest success.
The guitar line for the song was written by Kerry Livgren as a finger exercise for learning fingerpicking. His wife, Vicci, heard what he was doing, remarked that the melody was nice, and encouraged him to write lyrics for it.
The 45-rpm single of "Dust in the Wind" was certified Gold shortly after the height of its popularity as a hit single. More than 25 years later, the RIAA certified Gold the digital download format of the song, Kansas' only single to do so certified as of September 17, 2008
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