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Kevin Cronin backstage of the off-Broadway musical Rock of Ages, November 17, 2008
|Birth name||Kevin Patrick Cronin|
|Born||October 6, 1951|
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
|Genres||Rock, hard rock, soft rock, folk rock (early)|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer/songwriter, producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboards|
|Associated acts||REO Speedwagon|
Kevin Patrick Cronin (born October 6, 1951) is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and occasional pianist for the American rock band, REO Speedwagon. REO Speedwagon had several hits on the Billboard Hot 100 throughout the 1980s, including two chart-toppers written by Cronin: "Keep on Loving You" (1981) and "Can't Fight This Feeling" (1985).
Cronin is from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, area. He was born in north suburban Evanston and grew up (and learned guitar) in southwest suburban Oak Lawn. He attended St. Linus Catholic Elementary School. Then He graduated from Chicago's Brother Rice High School.
Kevin Cronin joined REO Speedwagon shortly after the group recorded its debut album in 1971. He recorded one album with the band, 1972's R.E.O./T.W.O., but left the band soon after because of missed rehearsals and creative disagreements. Cronin returned to the fold in 1976.
Cronin's return came after Greg X. Volz turned down the position for lead vocals due to his conversion to Christianity. The band's success hit its peak in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but are still releasing records such as Find Your Own Way Home in 2007. Their most famous album, Hi Infidelity, sold over 10 million copies. Kevin has stated in various interviews that they "play for free but get paid for the traveling". He has written or co-written many of the band's hit songs such as "Keep on Loving You", "Can't Fight This Feeling", "I Do' Wanna Know", "Keep Pushin'", "Roll With the Changes", "Time for Me to Fly", "Here With Me", "In My Dreams", and "Don't Let Him Go".
Cronin's wife is named Lisa. His oldest child is a son named Paris. He also has a daughter, Holly; his youngest are twins Josh and Shane.
- Everson, Zach (February 24, 2010). "REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin on Louisville, power ballads and if my wife's a slut". Louisville. Retrieved February 24, 2010.