SONGS I LIKE BY ARTISTS I DON’T- ‘ IN YOUR LETTER- REO SPEEDWAGON

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Songs I Like by Artists I Don’t- “In Your Letter”- REO Speedwagon. REO Speedwagon formed in 1967 and worked hard for over a dozen years until they really hit the big time in 1980 with their 9th album Hi Infidelity- which would go on to sell 10 million copies, hit #1 on the album charts and produce four hit singles- including their first #1 Keep On Loving You. They had never had a Top 40 single until the Hi Infidelity album. While I didn’t and never have liked this group- I can’t say that they didn’t work hard for years and didn’t deserve some success. In the 1980’s they would have 13 Top 40 hits- Can’t Fight This Feeling would be their second #1 in 1984. I have heard all the hit singles- it was hard to avoid them in the early to mid 80’s- and the only one I liked was “In Your Letter”  which peaked at #20 in 1981- it was the fourth single from Hi Infidelity. It’s appeals to me where other REO Tricycle material doesn’t- because it doesn’t sound like them- it sounds like a late 50’s -early 60’s throwback. The song was written about a real life event-band member Neal Doughty came home and found a letter from his wife- she had left him for another man- who turned out to be the guy who supplied the band with their drugs.  Doughty’s response was “I’m really going to miss that guy.” While I wouldn’t say this is a big favorite of mine- I hadn’t heard it in years- it is pretty good considering it came from REO. REO’s hits dried up as the 80’s ended -but they are still out there touring and remain a popular act.

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