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The Smart Brothers Band To Be Inducted Into The Kansas Music Hall of Fame

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The Smart Brothers Band often brought a high level of energy to their stage performances.

A popular 60's soul band from Wichita will be inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in Lawrence Saturday.

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Brother Leroy doing a handstand.

The Smart Brothers Band always brought significant energy to the stage, doing flips and splits. Brother Leroy even danced on his hands.

Band leader Richard Smart says the brothers all played instruments and loved engaging the audience.

"The Smart Brothers were exciting," Smart says. "They had a lot of showmanship, showmanship I don’t even see today."

In the '60s and early '70s, the band played weekends at their family-owned club and restaurant called "Smart's Palace." The band was also the opening act for The Temptations and The Staple Singers when they came to Wichita to perform.

Small says he's honored to be inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.

"I was surprised," Smart says. "My understanding was there were about 30 groups, and we came in the top 5.

The band will be inducted along with such bands as Stone Wall, Trampled Underfoot and opera singer Samuel Ramey.


Carla Eckels is assistant news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

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Carla Eckels is Director of Organizational Culture at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.