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Monday, September 14, 2015

REO Speedwagon Guitarist Gary Richrath Dead at 65

(Photo: Twitter)
 "Hi friends, kc here. My longtime friend and collaborator Gary Richrath passed away earlier today. I feel so sad. Gary was both a unique guitarist and songwriter, and the embodiment of the tough guy with a heart of gold. I learned most of what I know about being in a rock band from Gary Richrath. The entire REO Family mourns his death and shares in the grief of his family, friends, and fans. These words do not come close to expressing the depth of emotions I am feeling at this time...kc PS. This photo has been on my music room table for as long as I can remember, and will stay there." said Cronin on REO Speedwagon's website today.

No other information surrounding Richrath's death has been released yet but his death seems to already have effected many. If you're a child of the 80's then at some point in time an REO song has been part of the soundtrack of your life. Richrath collaborated with Cronin on songs like "Take It On the Run", "In Your Letter" and "Keep On Loving You", helping to drive REO straight to the top of the charts.

So much attention is always on the singer and lyrics. This time around, listen to "Take It On the Run" and listen for Richrath's great guitar riffs.