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 Soft rock[1][2]
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 soft rock power ballad written by Kevin Cronin and performed by American rock band REO Speedwagon. It features the lead guitar work of Gary Richrath. The song first appeared on REO Speedwagon's 1980 album Hi Infidelity. 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.[3] The single was certified Platinum for U.S. sales of over one million copies. It peaked at number seven in the UK Singles Chart.[4] "Keep On Loving You" has been described as "a mainstay on most '80s soft rock compilations" and has appeared on dozens of 'various artists' compilation albums, as well as several REO Speedwagon greatest hits albums.[5]

In popular culture[edit]

The song has been featured in numerous films, beginning with the 1982 film The Last American Virgin. It has subsequently featured in Crank: High Voltage, Smiley Face, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past as well as appearing on the soundtrack to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. In 2015, it appeared in the TV series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. A cover version by The Donnas appears in the 1999 film Drive Me Crazy and in the TV series Cougar Town.

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."[6]

Personnel[edit]

REO Speedwagon

Other Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Best of Love: 16 Great Soft Rock Hits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Spivey, Julian (15 October 2014). "REO Speedwagon bringing its brand of soft-rock to Arkansas State Fair on Friday". axs. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  3. ^ List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1981
  4. ^ "Reo Speedwagon | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2015-02-12. 
  5. ^ "REO Speedwagon, Keep On Loving You (Appears On)". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2015-02-12. 
  6. ^ "REO Speedwagon, Keep On Loving You". YouTube. 2013-10-09. Retrieved 2015-02-13. 
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  8. ^ CHART NUMBER 1261 – Saturday, March 14, 1981 at the Wayback Machine (archived 7 November 2006). CHUM. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 30, No. 12, December 16, 1978". RPM. RPM Music Publications Ltd. December 16, 1978. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – REO Speedwagon – Keep On Loving You" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  11. ^ "REO Speedwagon – Keep On Loving You" (in Dutch). Top 30. Retrieved 13 February 2015. Hoogste notering in de top 30 : 14 
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – REO Speedwagon - Keep On Loving You search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – REO Speedwagon – Keep On Loving You" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Discographie REO Speedwagon". officialcharts.de. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Irish Singles Chart". The Irish Charts. Retrieved January 25, 2015.  Note: REO Speedwagon must be searched manually.
  16. ^ "REO Speedwagon Singles". umdmusic.com. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  17. ^ Steffen Hung. "Keep On Loving You". charts.org.nz. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  18. ^ John Samson. "Keep On Loving You in South African Chart". Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  19. ^ Hung Medien. "REO Speedwagon - Keep On Loving You". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2015-02-13. 
  20. ^ "UK album and singles database". everyHit.com. Retrieved January 25, 2015.  Note: REO Speedwagon must be searched manually.
  21. ^ a b "Hi Infidelity Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  22. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending MARCH 7, 1981 at the Wayback Machine (archived 18 September 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  23. ^ RECORD WORLD 1981 at the Wayback Machine (archived July 15, 2004). Record World. Geocities.com. Retrieved 14 February, 2015.
  24. ^ REO Speedwagon
  25. ^ Charts!
  26. ^ "Forum - ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1980s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  27. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 35, No. 22, December 26, 1981". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  28. ^ "Dutch charts jaaroverzichten 1981" (ASP) (in Dutch). Retrieved 2015-02-20. 
  29. ^ "Top 100 Hits for 1981". The Longbored Surfer. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  30. ^ The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1981 at the Wayback Machine (archived 18 September 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  31. ^ "American single certifications – R.E.O. Speedwagon – Keep On Loving You". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 19, 2015.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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