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"Keep On Loving You" is a soft rock power ballad written by Kevin Cronin and performed by American rock band REO Speedwagon. It features the lead guitar work of Gary Richrath. The song first appeared on REO Speedwagon's 1980 album Hi Infidelity. It was the first REO Speedwagon single to break the top 50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, reaching the number-one spot for one week in March 1981.[3] The single was certified Platinum for U.S. sales of over one million copies. It peaked at number seven in the UK Singles Chart.[4] "Keep On Loving You" has been a mainstay on 1980s soft rock compilations and has appeared on dozens of 'various artists' compilation albums, as well as several REO Speedwagon greatest hits albums.[5]

"Keep On Loving You"
Keep On Loving You vinyl7'.jpg
Single by REO Speedwagon
from the album Hi Infidelity
B-side"Follow My Heart"
ReleasedNovember 4, 1980
Format7"
RecordedSeptember 3, 1980
GenreSoft rock[1][2]
Length3:22
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)Kevin Cronin
Producer(s)Kevin Beamish, Kevin Cronin, Alan Gratzer, Gary Richrath
REO Speedwagon singles chronology
"Time for Me to Fly"
(1978)
"Keep On Loving You"
(1980)
"Take It on the Run"
(1981)
Audio sample

Contents

Background and recordingEdit

Kevin Cronin stated that he wrote "Keep On Loving You" as a more traditional love ballad, and the band as a whole developed it into its final arrangement as a power ballad. He recounted:

I walked into rehearsal and sat down at the piano, which I rarely do because I’m a guitar player, and started playing "Keep on Loving You." ... And the guys in the band looked at me like I was from another planet. They were like, "What are you...?" because we were all bringing in songs for this record we were going to make and they looked at me like I was crazy. And I’m like, "Dude, this song really means a lot to me." [And they said] "So, dude, that’s not an REO Speedwagon song." And I kind of was like, "You know what? I’m the main songwriter for REO Speedwagon, so if I write a song, it’s an REO Speedwagon song. It’s the band's job to turn it into an REO Speedwagon song." I was so passionate about this song. Everyone kind of got it and sure enough, Gary [Richrath] went over, plugged in his guitar and started playing power chords to this little love song I wrote. The next thing we knew, it was a number one record and everyone was calling it a power ballad and acted like we had this strategy for success that made this song happen when really it was just an accident.[6]

Music videoEdit

In 1981, the music video of the song was the 17th played on the first day of broadcast of MTV, on August 1. It was framed by a scene of Kevin Cronin talking about his relationship troubles with a female psychiatrist and contained a shot where a woman picked up a telephone connected to Gary Richrath's guitar, referencing the live version of "157 Riverside Avenue."[7]

PersonnelEdit

REO Speedwagon

Chart performanceEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Spivey, Julian (October 15, 2014). "REO Speedwagon bringing its brand of soft-rock to Arkansas State Fair on Friday". axs. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  3. ^ List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1981
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  34. ^ "American single certifications – R.E.O. Speedwagon – Keep On Loving You". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 19, 2015. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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