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REO Speedwagon


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Champaign IL, United States (1967 – present)

REO Speedwagon is an American band that grew in popularity in the Midwestern United States during the 19 and peaked in the early 19 as one of America’s most popular bands at this time. REO Speedwagon hits include “Keep on Loving You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling”. Both songs are s, the former being prototypical of the genre and appearing on the group’s most commercially successful album, “Hi Infidelity”. That album also included the hit “Take It on the Run”, a song that peaked at number five on the U.S. charts. The band continues to tour and release albums, their latest being “Find Your Own Way Home” with songs such as “Smilin’ In The End”.

REO Speedwagon was formed by students attending the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois in the fall of 1967 to play cover songs in campus bars. The band’s name came from Ransom Eli Olds (REO) an early 20th Century truck manufacturer of the Speedwagon model, commonly used for fire engines. The first line up consisted of Alan Gratzer on drums and vocals, Neil Doughty on keyboards, Joe Matt on guitar and vocals and Mike Blair on bass and vocals. In the spring of 1968, Terry Luttrell became lead singer, and Bob Crownover and Gregg Philbin replaced Matt and Blair. Joe McCabe played sax at this time until moving to SIU. Crownover played guitar for the group until the summer of 1969 when Bill Fiorio replaced him. Fiorio then departed in late 1969, eventually assuming the name Duke Tumatoe, and went on to form the All Star Frogs.


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  • Inner_Silence_3

    Great Band Great Music [5]

    22 Aug 2014 Reply
  • acclamationsun

    REO is a nice mix of hard rock and pop and we are nearing 5 mil plays on What we are trying to do is get REO spinning again like a Beyblade. Well, as soon as we get to 5 million we think it just might well be. What the new generation likes about REO is, discernable lyrics - they say what they mean. My name is David M. Willis and I am from Chicago, Illinois.

    27 Apr 2014 Reply
  • litex_fen

    Great Band Great Music [4]

    10 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Z77

    More like Robert Edward O. Speedwagon amirite

    6 Apr 2014 Reply
  • TheeDr

    The video clip of "Can't Fight This Feeling" is unbelievably sad and deep--it's a metaphor for life--the magic of childhood, finding love, and finally exiting through that door alone.

    4 Apr 2014 Reply
  • acclamationsun

    I'm going to pull out their 1st album later today. It's about 60 F today so we're having a bbq.

    2 Apr 2014 Reply

    Nice Tune! He really what to love me~ SPANK

    11 Jan 2014 Reply
  • BigPTS

    Another fave rock band I liked during my high school years and still do today Reo Speedwagon keeps on loving you and takin on the run are my faves from their 1981album Hi infidelity you guys still rock

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Lorelei_94

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  • DavidAlejo97

    I don't know why, they remind me (a little bit) of Air Supply.

    20 Aug 2013 Reply

    OMG! Take ne back to my very first boyfriend! 18 yrs old! We were very much in love! Then I grew up! :-) I still love him though! Always will be in my heart! I will never go back! It is just a good memory that is all! HAAA! HAAA!

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • sailsofcharon

    This is the best I've heard in a long time.

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • naturefirst

    True Rock and Roll

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • aamargot

    "hard rock" & "soft rock"?? Okkey [2]

    12 May 2013 Reply
  • satan_88_level


    3 Apr 2013 Reply

    Still here! Still Loving! Spank! Take me back to when I was well young! I am still young in my mind! LOL! SPANK! ROCK & ROLL! Whoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! ;-)

    27 Feb 2013 Reply
  • MetalRock1989

    Amazing band. In my country unfortunately this band is rather unpopular. I am dreaming in order to see them live.

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • nazryiskandar

    I don't wanna sleep ..

    21 Jan 2013 Reply


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