Neal Doughty

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Neal Doughty
Doughty in September 2013
Doughty in September 2013
Background information
Birth nameNeal Allan Doughty
Born (1946-07-29) July 29, 1946 (age 76)
Evansville, Indiana, U.S.
Occupation(s)keyboards, backing vocals, piano, bass guitar, organ
Years active1967–present

Neal Allan Doughty (born July 29, 1946, in Evansville, Indiana) is an American keyboardist, best known as a founding member of the rock band REO Speedwagon and the only member to have played on every album. He formed the band in fall 1967, with original drummer Alan Gratzer.

Although he has never been one of REO Speedwagon's primary songwriters, Doughty has written or co-written several of the band's songs. Songs for which he is the sole composer include "Sky Blues" from 1974, "One Lonely Night" from 1984 and "Variety Tonight" from 1987. The latter two songs charted as Billboard singles, with "One Lonely Night" cracking the top 20.

His most notable playing includes the Hammond organ solo on "Roll with the Changes" and the honky-tonk piano work on "157 Riverside Avenue". He notes the piano track to "Can't Fight This Feeling" was his most difficult studio performance, but is now his favorite part of live concerts.

He was an early adopter of the Moog synthesizer, which can be heard on the opening swoop of "Ridin' the Storm Out".[1] Currently, he is using synths made by Korg and Yamaha and tours with a Hammond B3 organ routed through Leslie speaker cabinets.

On Feb 18, 2022 he played his hometown of Evansville during REO's 2022 tour.

Past keyboard instruments[edit]

  • Farfisa Organ
  • Hohner Pianet
  • Oberheim Synths
  • Roland Synths
  • Mini-Moog Synth
  • Baldwin Acoustic Grand
  • Kurzweil Digital Piano
  • Korg Karma


  1. ^ "Hammond Timeout". Retrieved 2018-11-13.

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