Keep On Loving You (song)

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"Keep On Loving You"
Single by REO Speedwagon
from the album Hi Infidelity
B-side Follow My Heart
Released November 4, 1980
Format 7"
Recorded September 3, 1980
Genre Hard rock
Length 3:22
Label Epic
Writer(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)
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"Keep On Loving You" is a hard rock power ballad written by Kevin Cronin and performed by American rock band REO Speedwagon. It features the lead guitar work of Gary Richrath. 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 and becoming the 500th song to do so in the process. The single was certified Platinum for U.S. sales of over 2 million copies. It peaked at number seven in the UK Singles Chart.

In popular culture[edit]

Music video[edit]

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."

Charts[edit]

Chart (1980–81) Peak
Position
Australian Kent Music Report[1] 3
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[2] 2
Belgian VRT Top 30 14
Dutch Top 40 13
Germany Media Control Charts 15
Irish Singles Chart 6
New Zealand Singles Chart 22
South African Singles Chart[3] 3
Swiss Music Charts 4
UK Singles Chart 7
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Top Rock Tracks 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  2. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 30, No. 12, December 16, 1978". RPM. RPM Music Publications Ltd. December 16, 1978. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ http://rock.co.za/files/springbok_top_20_(R).html Retrieved 2 July 2014
Preceded by
"9 to 5" by Dolly Parton
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
March 21, 1981
Succeeded by
"Rapture" by Blondie