Gary Richrath, former REO Speedwagon guitarist and songwriter, dies

15 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Gary Richrath, guitarist during REO Speedwagon’s heyday, dies at 65.

“I feel so sad,” Cronin wrote. “Gary was both a unique guitarist and songwriter, and the embodiment of the tough guy with a heart of gold.” He did not disclose a cause of death. Based in Peoria, he was known as a songwriter as well as a guitarist, and helped grow the band’s popularity beyond its original Midwestern stronghold. Richrath also brought new songs to the band, including “Ridin’ the Storm Out.” He recorded 12 albums with the band and also wrote another hit, “Take It on the Run.” He sang lead vocals on “Find My Fortune” and “Only a Summer Love.” The last album he recorded with the band was 1987’s “Life as We Know It.” He left the band in 1989.

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