REO Speedwagon guitarist Gary Richrath dies aged 65

The lead guitarist joined in 1970 and recorded 12 albums with the band

REO Speedwagon guitarist Gary Richrath has passed away, aged 65.

The lead guitarist joined the American rock band in 1970, replacing Steve Scorfina. He went on to record 12 albums with the band and also penned their hit ‘Take It On The Run’.

Richrath also 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.’

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REO Speedwagon singer Kevin Cronin expressed his sadness in a Facebook post: “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”

Watch Richrath perform a rendition of ‘Take It On The Run’ in 2014 below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wVEHCvBXMs