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Billboard #1 Hits: #500: ‘Keep On Loving You’- REO Speedwagon. March 21, 1981. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: ‘ Keep On Loving You’- REO Speedwagon
  • Record Company- Epic
  • Genre: Soft Rock
  • Written by Kevin Cronin
  • Time: 3:20
  • B-side: ‘Follow My Heart’
  • Album- Hi Infidelity
  • Grade: C
  • Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #7 in UK Singles Chart.

#1 hit- #500- I don’t think I have missed a day of posting the one a day #1- since I began the feature nearly a year and a half ago. I looked -nearing the halfway point- right now the up to date total is 1116 #1 hits. I can’t say that I am looking forward to the #1 hits say past 1995.

REO Tricycle -throughout the 1970’s were a journeymen group- they put some songs into the Hot 100 but none which made the Top 40- but all their hard work finally paid off in the early 80’s with their 9th album- Hi Infidelity album which yielded four hit singles including their first hit “Keep On Loving You’ which went to #1 [the other hits on the album were ‘Take It On The Run’ #5, “Don’t Let Him Go’ #24 and “in Your Letter’ #20. They would have one more #1 in their career ” Can’t Fight This Feeling” 1985. The Hi Fidelity album was the best selling rock album of 1981 going 10 X platinum. I still don’t get the attraction. Not a fan. They are still around touring- at least back when there were tours usually teaming up with other bands from the era- like in 2018 – Chicago.

3 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #500: ‘KEEP ON LOVING YOU’- REO SPEEDWAGON – MARCH 21, 1981

    • I do give it to them- they hung in there forever- I can’t think of any artists who didn’t hit it BIG until their 9th album and then did!

  1. They were cool when I was in high school. I like this song. I won a pair of tickets to see them from a local radio station in 1989 (IIRC). They put on a really good show. They had a big production for Ridin’ The Storm Out.

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