REO Speedwagon Releases #1 Album, Single 35 Years Ago-Kevin Cronin,Neal Doughty

Legendary major league baseball manager Leo Durocher reportedly uttered that famous quote,”Nice guys finish last”, but with the release thirty-five years ago of REO Speedwagon‘s Hi Infidelity, at least one exception refuted Durocher’s platitude spectacularly. Matter of fact, if REO Speedwagon was a baseball team, their statistics for their 1980-81 season would be as follows: 9Hi Infidelity was the band’s ninth studio album; 4– the number of times REO changed lead singers; 2-the number of times Kevin Cronin was hired to be that lead singer; 5– the number of charted singles from that sole album; 1– the chart sales peak of both the Hi Infidelity album and its first single,”Keep on Loving You”; 15– the number of weeks as the top-seller in the US; 10,000,000+ -the number of copies sold of REO Speedwagon’s Hi Infidelity.

In a lot of ways, REO Speedwagon was much like the Midwest region from which they sprang at the University of Illinois at Champaign, solid unassuming hard-charging musical journeymen determined to make it. They set it up with songs including “Roll With the Changes”,”Time for Me to Fly”, and “Back on the Road Again” before combining “Don’t Let Him Go”,”Take It on the Run”,”Follow My Heart”,”Tough Guys“, and the #1 “Keep On Loving You” as Cronin and co-founder Neal Doughty reveal in this classic rock interview, which also serves as a tribute to the late REO guitarist for the first twenty years, Gary Richrath. ( Special thanks to In the Studio alumnus Jim Nelson, a super baseball fan and statistics hound, for the inspiration) –Redbeard

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