Formed in the 1960s, under the influence of the 1970s, it was 1981 when this rock band from southern Illinois produced Hi Infidelity.
REO Speedwagon, named after a vintage flatbed truck, was Neil Doughty and Alan Gratzer, both students at the University of Illinois, and joined by fellow students.
During the 1970s, the lineup changed, but the sound kept consistent with a dedication to focus on hard rock, producing several studio albums and in 1977, produced their first live album.
In 1980, the band went into the studio and it was the writing results of Gary Richrath and Kevin Cronin that made Hi Infidelity popular.
The album was released in November 1981, with the lead single Don’t Let Him Go – which hit the charts and went high on the Billboard Hot 100. The pop influences took this band to regular airplay and onto many mainstream radio stations .
The duo’s collaborations led to six charting singles from the album – including Take it on the run, Tough Guys, Out of Season and Keep on Loving You, the band’s first number one single.
Hi Infidelity would go on to be the bestselling album of 1981, and reach 10 million sales.
For this burgeoning teenager, this album was all the talk of the older kids, and it was a popular choice to be blared from the car stereo systems in the highschool parking lots.
For the band, this became their bestselling album ever, and went on to continued success in this decade, including a performance at the memorable Live Aid concert.