REO Speedwagon College Band Success

REO Speedwagon was born in the fall of 1967 at the University of Illinois. The band was formed to play cover songs in the bars on the colleges campus.

The groups strange name came from a truck, the REO Speedwagon, that was made by the REO Motor Car Company. Speedwagons were often used as fire trucks and were first manufactured in 1915!

Originally formed by Neal Doughty and Alan Gratzer, Terry Luttrell, Gregg Philbin and Gary Richrath had finished out the lineup by 1971.

Little by little during their performances they’d began to do some of their own songs. By 71′ they’d compiled enough original material that they caught the attention of Epic records and landed their first contract!

Their debut album “REO Speedwagon” was released in 1971. Although, at the time the record wasn’t the success the band had hoped for, it produced classics like “157 Riverside Avenue” and “Sophisticated Lady”.

During their first few years the band went through three lead vocalists. After their debut album Luttrell left the band, replaced with Kevin …

The History Of The Eagles

The Eagles are counted among some of the best selling artists of the 70’s! They became a symbol of Southern California rock and roll and are still just as popular today!

Don Henley and Glenn Frey met in Los Angeles, California in 1970 while members of Linda Ronstadt’s band. They followed Ronstadt on a two month tour and afterwards decided to form their own band.

Ronstadt’s manager, John Boylan teamed Henley and Frey up with Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner with the intent of creating a back up band. The four musicians had other ideas and formed the Eagles!

The band signed their first recording contract soon after forming with Asylum Records. And, left for London with producer Glyn Johns to record their first album.

The self titled “Eagles” album was released in 1972 and brought the band three Top 40 singles. “Take It Easy” went to number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and took the Eagles to super stardom almost overnight!

Their other two singles from the album, “Witchy Woman” went to number …