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Encyclopedia > REO Speedwagon
REO Speedwagon
Background information
Origin Champaign, Illinois, USA Flag of United States
Genre(s) Rock
Years active 1967 - Present
Label(s) Epic (1971-1991)
Members
Neal Doughty
Kevin Cronin
Bruce Hall
Bryan Hitt
Dave Amato
Former members
Gary Richrath
Alan Gratzer
Gregg Philbin
Terry Luttrell
Mike Murphy
Bill Fiorio (aka Duke Tumatoe)
Jesse Harms
Graham Lear
Miles Joseph
Steve Scorfina

REO Speedwagon is an American rock band which grew in popularity in the Midwestern United States during the 1970s and peaked in the early 1980s. REO Speedwagon hits include "Keep On Loving You" and "Can't Fight This Feeling." Both songs are power ballads, the former being prototypical of the genre and appearing on the group's most commercially successful album, Hi Infidelity, which also included the hit "Take It On The Run," a song that peaked at number five on the U.S. charts. Earlier REO songs "Ridin' The Storm Out," "Golden Country," "Roll With The Changes," and "Time For Me To Fly" enjoy continuous rotation on classic rock radio stations. Champaign is a city in Champaign County, Illinois, in the United States. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... Neal Doughty is they keyboard player and a founding member of REO Speedwagon. ... Kevin Cronin (born October 6, 1951) is the lead vocalist for American rock band REO Speedwagon. ... Bruce Hall (born 3 May 1953, Champaign, Illinois) is the bass guitarist for the rock and roll band REO Speedwagon since 1978, making his first appearance on the bands album, You Can Tune A Piano But You Cant Tuna Fish released that year. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Bill Fiorio, (born 1947) aka Duke Tumatoe was one of the original members of the band REO Speedwagon [1], and has developed a legendary presence as an entertainer in the Indianapolis area. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Keep On Loving You is a power ballad written by American musician Kevin Cronin and performed by his band, REO Speedwagon. ... Cant Fight This Feeling is a number-one song from REO Speedwagon about how a man is falling in love with a girl hes been friends with for a long time. ... To emphasize the emotional aspect of a power ballad, crowds customarily hold up lit lighters. ... Hi Infidelity is an album by REO Speedwagon, released in 1980 (see 1980 in music). ... Take It On the Run is the fifth track on the REO Speedwagon album, “Hi Infidelity”. It was released as a single in 1981 and reached #5 on the Billboard charts. ... Classic rock was originally conceived as a radio station programming format which evolved from the album oriented rock (AOR) format in the early-1980s. ...

Contents

History

Formation

REO Speedwagon took its name from the REO Speed Wagon, a truck manufactured by the REO Motor Car Company (the predecessor to today's Nucor). ("R.E.O." are initials of the company's founder, Ransom Eli Olds, who also founded the Oldsmobile division of General Motors.) The name was suggested to fellow bandmates by keyboard player Neal Doughty, who learned about the truck at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in a class about the history of transportation. A Reo Speed-Wagon, from 1917 advertisement The REO Speed Wagon was a motor truck manufactured by REO Motor Car Company. ... The driver of this DAF tractor with an auto-transport semi-trailer truck prepares to offload Å koda Octavia cars in Cardiff, Wales For other articles with similar names, see Lorry (disambiguation) and truck (disambiguation). ... The REO Motor Car Company was a Lansing, Michigan based company that produced automobiles and trucks from 1905 to 1975. ... Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) is one of the largest steel producers in the United States, and the largest of the mini-mill operators (those using electric arc furnaces to melt scrap steel, as opposed to companies using traditional blast furnace technology). ... Ransom Eli Olds (June 3, 1864–August 26, 1950) was a pioneer of American automobile industry. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM), also known as GM, is an American automobile maker with worldwide operations and brands including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saturn, Saab and Vauxhall. ... Neal Doughty is they keyboard player and a founding member of REO Speedwagon. ... The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), is the largest campus in the University of Illinois system. ...


REO Speedwagon was formed in the fall of 1967 by Doughty and dorm-mate drummer Alan Gratzer to play cover songs in campus bars. Numerous early personnel changes eventually resulted in Gary Richrath's joining the band. Richrath was a Peoria, Illinois-based guitar player and prolific songwriter who brought original material to the band. With Richrath on board, the regional popularity of the band grew tremendously. The Midwestern United States remains an REO Speedwagon fan stronghold, and has its roots in this period of the band's history. For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... In pop music a cover version is a new rendition of a previously recorded song. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... , : See how it plays in Peoria United States Illinois Peoria 46. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ...


Paul Leka, an East Coast record producer, brought the band to a recording studio, where it recorded original material for its first album. The lineup on the first album consisted of Doughty on keyboards, Gratzer on drums, Richrath on guitar, Gregg Philbin on bass, and singer Terry Luttrell. Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... A recording studio is a facility for sound recording. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ...


Early Years

The band's debut album was the eponymous REO Speedwagon, released on Epic Records in 1971. One of the most popular tracks on this record was "157 Riverside Avenue." The title refers to the Westport, Connecticut address where the band stayed while recording in Leka's studio in nearby Bridgeport, and remains an in-concert favorite. REO Speedwagon was the debut album by American rock band REO Speedwagon. ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... Location in Connecticut Coordinates: NECTA Bridgeport-Stamford Region South Western Region Incorporated 1835 Government  - Type Representative town meeting  - First selectman Gordon F. Joseloff  - Town meeting moderator Alice H. Shelton Area  - City 86. ... Bridgeport is the name of a number of places in the United States of America: Bridgeport, Alabama Bridgeport, California Bridgeport, Chicago Bridgeport, Connecticut - by far the largest city with this name Bridgeport, Illinois Bridgeport, Michigan Bridgeport, Ohio Bridgeport, New Jersey Bridgeport, Pennsylvania Bridgeport, Washington Bridgeport, West Virginia See also: Bridgeport...


Although the rest of the band's line-up remained stable, REO Speedwagon switched lead vocalists three times for their first three albums. Luttrell left the band shortly after the group recorded its debut album and was replaced by Kevin Cronin. Cronin recorded one album with the band, 1972's R.E.O./T.W.O., but left the band during the recording sessions for 1973's Ridin' The Storm Out because of missed rehearsals and creative disagreements. Ridin' the Storm Out was completed with Mike Murphy on the microphone. Murphy stayed on for two more albums, Lost In A Dream and This Time We Mean It, before Cronin returned to the fold in 1976 and recorded R.E.O. Kevin Cronin (born October 6, 1951) is the lead vocalist for American rock band REO Speedwagon. ... R.E.O./T.W.O. is the second album released by the Illinois based rock band REO Speedwagon. ... Ridin The Storm Out is the third album by REO Speedwagon, released in 1973. ... REO Speedwagon is an American rock band which grew in popularity in the Midwestern United States during the 1970s and peaked in the early 1980s. ... A microphone, sometimes referred to as a mike or mic (both IPA pronunciation: ), is an acoustic to electric transducer or sensor that converts sound into an electrical signal. ... REO Speedwagon is an American rock band which grew in popularity in the Midwestern United States during the 1970s and peaked in the early 1980s. ... REO Speedwagon is an American rock band which grew in popularity in the Midwestern United States during the 1970s and peaked in the early 1980s. ... R.E.O. is the sixth album by REO Speedwagon, released in 1976. ...


REO Speedwagon's first live album, Live: You Get What You Play For (1977), was the band's first real commercial success and was certified platinum. The band had always been dissatisfied with the producers on their studio albums, because they continually failed to capture on tape the quality of the band's live show. The live album, which was self-produced, changed that. Indeed, all subsequent albums would have band members participating as producers. In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ...


Philbin was replaced with Bruce Hall in 1978, in time to record You Can Tune A Piano But You Can't Tuna Fish. The album contained the first of many of the band's Top-40 hits, "Roll With The Changes." This was followed up in 1979 with the band's hardest rocking album, Nine Lives. Bruce Hall (born 3 May 1953, Champaign, Illinois) is the bass guitarist for the rock and roll band REO Speedwagon since 1978, making his first appearance on the bands album, You Can Tune A Piano But You Cant Tuna Fish released that year. ... REO Speedwagons eight album, was the first to be produced entirely by lead singer Kevin Cronin and lead guitarist Gary Richrath. ... The Top Forty or Top 40 is a music industry shorthand for the currently most-popular songs in a particular genre. ... Nine Lives was the eighth studio album by REO Speedwagon. ...


Mainstream Success

The lineup was now set for the band's most popular period. In 1980, REO Speedwagon released Hi Infidelity, which represented a change in the music from hard rock to more pop-oriented material. Hi Infidelity spawned several hit singles, including the #1 "Keep On Loving You" and the #5 "Take It On the Run," and remained on the charts for 65 weeks, 32 of which were spent in the top ten. It went on to become the biggest-selling rock record of 1981. Hi Infidelity is an album by REO Speedwagon, released in 1980 (see 1980 in music). ... Hard rock is a variation of rock and roll music which has its earliest roots in mid-1960s garage and psychedelic rock. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... Keep On Loving You is a power ballad written by American musician Kevin Cronin and performed by his band, REO Speedwagon. ... Take It On the Run is the fifth track on the REO Speedwagon album, “Hi Infidelity”. It was released as a single in 1981 and reached #5 on the Billboard charts. ...


Good Trouble (1982) and Wheels Are Turnin' (1984) were follow-up albums, which also did well commercially, the former containing the #2 hit single "Keep The Fire Burnin'" and the latter containing the #1 hit single "Can't Fight This Feeling" and the lesser hits "One Lonely Night" and "I Do' Wanna Know." In addition, the band performed at 1985's Live Aid. REO Speedwagon is an American rock band which grew in popularity in the Midwestern United States during the 1970s and peaked in the early 1980s. ... Wheels Are Turnin is an album by REO Speedwagon, released in 1984 (see 1984 in music). ... Cant Fight This Feeling is a number-one song from REO Speedwagon about how a man is falling in love with a girl hes been friends with for a long time. ... Ethiopia, as its borders were in 1985. ...


1987's Life As We Know It saw a decline in sales, but still managed to provide the band with a couple more hits, "In My Dreams" and "That Ain't Love." Life As We Know It was an American television teen drama on the ABC network during the 2004-2005 season. ...


Hard Times

However, by the end of the 1980s, the band's popularity had waned and the group began to disintegrate. In 1988, the future was uncertain as Gratzer retired and Richrath was asked to leave. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The 1990 release The Earth, A Small Man, His Dog And A Chicken, with Bryan Hitt on drums and Dave Amato on lead guitar, was a commercial disappointment. These lineup changes were a stinging blow to many fans, especially those of the band's harder-edged material from the 1970s, which was dominated by Richrath's unique style on the guitar. The Earth, A Small Man, His Dog And A Chicken is an album by REO Speedwagon, released in 1990 (see 1990 in music). ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ...


Shortly after his departure, Richrath assembled former members of the midwestern band, Vancouver, to form a namesake band, Richrath. After touring for several years, the Richrath band released Only the Strong Survive in 1992 on the Crescendo label. Richrath continued to perform for several years before disbanding in the late 1990s. For the band, see 1990s (band). ...


In the meantime, REO Speedwagon lost its recording contract with Epic, releasing Building the Bridge (1996) on the Priority/Rhythm Safari label. When that label went bankrupt, the album was released on the ill-fated Castle Records, which also experienced financial troubles. REO Speedwagon ultimately self-financed this effort, which failed to chart. One of REO Speedwagons later albums, Building The Bridge was released in 1996. ... Bankruptcy is a legally declared inability or impairment of ability of an individual or organization to pay their creditors. ...


The commercial failure of the band's newer material with its revised lineup demanded a change in marketing strategy. As a consequence, the band began re-releasing recordings from older albums with updated artwork and design. Wikibooks has more about this subject: Marketing Look up marketing in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Revival of the Hits

From 1995 to the present, the band unleashed over a dozen compilation albums featuring their greatest hits, including 1999's Ballads, which contained two new tracks. REO also released "Arch Allies", a two-disc live album that also featured Styx. Since some songs from the set-list were left out, REO released the CD "Live Plus", which featured their entire concert. The record company also repackaged this same concert under different titles.


Current

REO Speedwagon continues to perform mostly its older hits at county and state fairs, casinos, and clubs, and occasionally tours with other venerable classic rock bands such as Foreigner, Styx, Journey, and Fleetwood Mac. In 2007, REO Speedwagon released Find Your Own Way Home, their first album of original material in eleven years. Foreigner is a pop/rock band formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran musicians Mick Jones and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald, along with then unknown vocalist Lou Gramm (Louis Grammatico). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Journey is an American rock band formed in 1973 in San Francisco, California. ... This article is about the band. ...


Discography

Studio albums

REO Speedwagon was the debut album by American rock band REO Speedwagon. ... R.E.O./T.W.O. is the second album released by the Illinois based rock band REO Speedwagon. ... Ridin The Storm Out is the third album by REO Speedwagon, released in 1973. ... REO Speedwagon is an American rock band which grew in popularity in the Midwestern United States during the 1970s and peaked in the early 1980s. ... REO Speedwagon is an American rock band which grew in popularity in the Midwestern United States during the 1970s and peaked in the early 1980s. ... R.E.O. is the sixth album by REO Speedwagon, released in 1976. ... REO Speedwagons eight album, was the first to be produced entirely by lead singer Kevin Cronin and lead guitarist Gary Richrath. ... Nine Lives was the eighth studio album by REO Speedwagon. ... Hi Infidelity is an album by REO Speedwagon, released in 1980 (see 1980 in music). ... REO Speedwagon is an American rock band which grew in popularity in the Midwestern United States during the 1970s and peaked in the early 1980s. ... Wheels Are Turnin is an album by REO Speedwagon, released in 1984 (see 1984 in music). ... REO Speedwagon is an American rock band which grew in popularity in the Midwestern United States during the 1970s and peaked in the early 1980s. ... The Earth, A Small Man, His Dog And A Chicken is an album by REO Speedwagon, released in 1990 (see 1990 in music). ... One of REO Speedwagons later albums, Building The Bridge was released in 1996. ... Find Your Own Way Home is the fifteenth studio album by REO Speedwagon. ...

Live albums

  • Live: You Get What You Play For (1977) #72 US
  • Arch Allies: Live at Riverport (2000)
  • Live - Plus (2001)
  • Live Plus 3 (2001)

Compilation albums

  • A Decade of Rock and Roll 1970 to 1980 (1980) #55 US
  • Best Foot Forward (1985)
  • The Hits (1988) #56 US
  • Keep On Loving You - Best (Germany) (1991)
  • Second Decade of Rock and Roll 1981 to 1991 (1991)
  • Starbox (1993)
  • Believe In Rock And Roll (1995)
  • Subway in Tokyo (Japan) (1995)
  • Hi Infidelity - Gold (1995)
  • Only The Strong Survive (1998)
  • Premium Best (1998)
  • The Ballads (1999)
  • Extended Versions (2001)
  • Take It On the Run (2001)
  • Simply The Best (2001)
  • Keep On Rollin' (2002)
  • Essential REO Speedwagon (2004)

Singles

Year Song US Hot 100 US MSR US A.C. UK singles Album
1977 "Ridin' The Storm Out" 94 - - - You Get What You Play For
1978 "Roll With The Changes" 58 - - - You Can Tune A Piano, But You Can't Tuna Fish
1978 "Time For Me To Fly"1 56 - - - You Can Tune A Piano, But You Can't Tuna Fish
1981 "Keep On Loving You" 1 9 - 7 Hi Infidelity
1981 "Take It On The Run" 5 6 - 19 Hi Infidelity
1981 "Don't Let Him Go" 24 11 - - Hi Infidelity
1981 "In Your Letter" 20 - 26 - Hi Infidelity
1982 "Keep The Fire Burnin'" 7 2 - - Good Trouble
1982 "Sweet Time" 26 - - - Good Trouble
1984 "I Do' Wanna Know" 29 5 - - Wheels Are Turnin'
1985 "Can't Fight This Feeling" 1 - 3 16 Wheels Are Turnin'
1985 "One Lonely Night" 19 17 10 - Wheels Are Turnin'
1985 "Live Every Moment" 34 - - - Wheels Are Turnin'
1987 "That Ain't Love" 16 5 - - Life As We Know It
1987 "Variety Tonight" 60 28 - - Life As We Know It
1987 "In My Dreams" 19 - 6 - Life As We Know It
1988 "Here With Me" 20 - 9 - The Hits
1990 "Love Is A Rock" 65 31 - - The Earth, A Small Man, His Dog And A Chicken
2007 "I Needed To Fall" - - 26 - Find Your Own Way Home
  • 1 Re-released in 1980; peaked at #77

In addition to the above, REO Speedwagon has several songs that never charted as singles but which get regular airplay on classic rock stations. Those include "Keep Pushin'", "157 Riverside Avenue", "Back on the Road Again", "Golden Country", "Like You Do", and "Only the Strong Survive". The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart is a ranking in Billboard magazine of the most-played songs on mainstream rock radio stations, a category that includes stations that play primarily rock music but are not modern rock (that is, alternative) stations, which are counted in the Modern Rock Tracks chart. ... The Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart (formerly known as Adult Contemporary Singles and only Adult Contemporary) lists the most popular songs weekly calculated by airplay and occasionally sales. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... Keep On Loving You is a power ballad written by American musician Kevin Cronin and performed by his band, REO Speedwagon. ... Take It On the Run is the fifth track on the REO Speedwagon album, “Hi Infidelity”. It was released as a single in 1981 and reached #5 on the Billboard charts. ... Cant Fight This Feeling is a number-one song from REO Speedwagon about how a man is falling in love with a girl hes been friends with for a long time. ...


Videography

Concerts

  • 1981: Live Infidelity
  • 1985: Wheels Are Tourin'
  • 1991: Video Anthology 1978 - 1990
  • 2000: Styx And REO Speedwagon Arch Allies Live At Riverport
  • 2001: Live - Plus (same concert as 2000 Arch Allies)
  • 2001: Live Plus 3 (same concert as 2000 Arch Allies)
  • 2002: Extended Versions - The DVD Collections (same concert as Arch Allies)
  • 2002: Real Artists Working
  • 2007: XM Artist Confidential

See also

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External links


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REO Speedwagon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (979 words)
REO Speedwagon is a rock band which grew in popularity in the Midwestern United States during the 1970s.
REO Speedwagon took its name from the Reo Speed-Wagon, a truck manufactured by the REO automobile company.
REO Speedwagon was formed in the fall of 1967 by Doughty and dormmate drummer, Alan Gratzer to play cover tunes in campus bars.
Reo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (779 words)
Reo was founded by Ransom E. Olds in August 1904 (the name of the founder also lived on in the Oldsmobile).
Reo manufactured automobiles from 1905 to 1936, including the famous Reo Speed-Wagon, an ancestor of the pickup truck, which gave its name to the 1970s rock and roll group REO Speedwagon.
By 1907 Reo had gross sales of four million dollars and the company was one of the top four automobile manufacturers in the U.S. After 1908 however, despite the introduction of improved cars designed by Olds, Reo's share of the automobile market shrank due in part to competition from giants like Ford and General Motors.
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