|Genres:||Pop / Rock Television|
|Tags:||classic rock rock 80s soft rock hard rock|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Formed in Champaign, Illinois, USA, in 1970 when pianist Neal Doughty (29 July 1946, Evansville, Indiana, USA) and drummer Alan Gratzer (b. 9 November 1948, Syracuse, New York, USA) were joined by guitarist and songwriter Gary Richrath (b. 18 October 1949, Peoria, Illinois, USA). Although still in its embryonic stage, the band already had its unusual name, which was derived from an early American fire engine, designed by one Ransom Eli Olds. Terry Luttrell (vocals) and Greg Philbin (bass) completed the line-up featured on 1971s REO Speedwagon, but the former was quickly replaced by Kevin Cronin (b. 6 October 1951, USA). The quintet then began the perilous climb from local to national prominence, but despite their growing popularity, particularly in Americas Midwest, the band was initially unable to complete a consistent album. Although R.E.O. T.W.O. (1972) and Ridin The Storm Out (1974) eventually achieved gold status, disputes regarding...