The 25 Greatest Guitarists of the 80’s

24. Gary Richrath

The late REO Speedwagon lead guitarists did most of his signature work during the 1970s, Back when the outfit was a true rock band. In the 1980s, REO delved into Air Supply territory, thanks to singer Kevin Cronin’s penchant for commercially successful ballads. Still, on albums like 1980’s Hi Infidelity, Richrath delivered the goods amid the pop schlock. His presence on songs such as “Take on the Run,” “Follow My Heart” and “Tough Guys” is worth celebrating.

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