Citizenship : United States
The group was founded back in 1968 by two students of the University of Illinois ,Neal Doughty (keyboards) and Alan Gratzerom (drums) . After uni guys met with the then unknown to anyone manager Irving Azoff (later famous for his work with the "Eagles" and "Steely Dan").
Irwin and organized the first tour group of the US Midwest. In the early 70x in the "Reo speedwagon" on a regular basis also includes guitarist Gary Richrat, bassist Gregg Philbin and singer Terry Luttrell. This composition released in 1971 on "Epic Records" his debut album. The first vinyl pancake was lumpy and rasstoenny Luttrell left the team. He was replaced by folk singer and guitarist Kevin Cronin ,virtually had no experience in rock`n`roll.
The second plate was not much better than the first, and Kevin was shown the door. Another frontman "Reo speedwagon" began Mike Murphy, which debuted on the album "Ridin` the Storm Out". This CD is the first release of the group, who are in billbordovskie charts. Reo speedwagonMerfi participated in the recording of two albums, but was not able to bring the team to a new level. Instead of having to take someone `s new, the team once again invited to her Cronin. In 1976, the group also has a new bass player Bruce Hall. Success began to emerge when the "Reo speedwagon" have found their niche ,began performing melodic rock ballads, so like a girl. The resulting album in 1976 already enjoyed good demand, but the following two records received platinum status. Although the "Nine Lives" also sold well and the group slowly progressed,there were no signs of such blockbuster release what turned out to be a disc in 1980 "Hi Infidelity".
The album contained hits like "Keep on Loving You", "Don`t Let Him Go" and "Take it on the Run", during 1981 continually sounding in the air. As a result, it has been sold more than 9000000 copies of the records, and "Reo speedwagon" acquired the status of the headliners. Reo speedwagonSleduyuschie two albums continued success of the team with the hits "Good Trouble", "Wheels are Turnin``," Keep the Fire Burnin " and " Can`t Fight this Feeling ", but by 1987, the work of the team has been a decline, and the disc " Life As We Know It " did not contain a decent tracks. The team started dismantling ,which resulted in the team left Richrat and Gratzer. The new participants were guitarist Dave Amato, who previously worked with Ted Nugent, and drummer Bryan Hitt (ex- "Wang Chung"). "Reo speedwagon" continued releasing records, but the interest in this kind of music ebbed. Only in the late 90-s old band became popular again, and only then the team pulled to the fullest, giving concerts with such orchestras as the "Styx", "Fleetwood Mac", "Foreigner", "Journey", "Lynyrd Skynyrd", "Bad Company".
In the 90s it was issued several compilations of various "Reo speedwagon". At the beginning of the new millennium, came as two live.