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Gary Richrath has died

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by HotRodSteve, Sep 14, 2015.

  1. MrCairo46

    MrCairo46 Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    RIP Gary. I loved the intensity you played with
     
  2. Stringbanger

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    What? I just saw them a couple years ago, but Gary wasn't with them. I will be playing REO records tonight. RIP Gary.
     
  3. HotRodSteve

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    Sounds like ended up selling them all. Looks like a small fortune of 59s in that picture.
     
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    The very first REO album was killer. Golden Country and Flash Tan Queen are killer tunes. He was way too young.
     
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    RIP Gary! This guy has has a huge impact on me growing up he was my idol and had a major impact on my playing.Him and Jimmy Page were the masters of the Les Paul! I'm bummed today big time
     
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    REO headlined my first concert as well. Although I didn't go to see just them, that show changed me as a 13 yo pup.

    RIP Gary.
     
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    Gary was one of my big influences. I grew up in Illinois. REO played at my high school in 1971 or 1972.
     
  8. rokdog49

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    Always one of my favorite Pop Rock Bands. Saw them years ago at our county fair and they put on a great show. Gary was with them then and his guitar solos were amazing.
    Hate to hear he is gone.
     
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    Sad to hear this and wish his family and loved ones the best at this time.

    I remember in the 90s, when I was just starting and trying to figure out how to play fast, I saw a concert video of REO and it looked Gary was strumming all the strings really fast but playing single note lines with his left hand. It looked so cool and effortless. So I tried doing just that and, as you can imagine, it sounded really bad. I just couldn't figure out he could look so cool playing that fast. That's been 20 years - I'm going to have to go watch some old concert footage of R E O
     
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    the first rock concert i attended was in 1974 with REO opening for Joe Walsh & Barnstorm...so Gary was the first lead guitarist i ever heard "live" in person. of course i'm partial to the earlier stuff from that time period and the "Ridin' the Storm Out" album remains a favorite.
     
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    I 'borrowed' this pic from another member here, he said his dad took it about '69.
    Gary on a Tele'.
    Thanx jpbturbo! Great shot.
     

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  12. rz350

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    I always liked his tone.....

    RIP
     
  13. superlightweigh

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    Sad loss today...I admire the guy through and through, although I'm more partial to their earlier stuff with Terry Luttrel and Mike Murphy on vocals. Glad they hit it big- good for them. They were always about the music, not about their egos.
     
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    That was my first cassette tape. I bought it at 3D (danners discount department store) along with a small GE cassette player. I wore that tape out. Great player, unique style.
     
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    Rip, very sad news
     
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    Amazing guitarist. One of my first guitar heroes. There was a guy that knew how to get it done with just a guitar and amp, and sometimes a wah. Rest in peace sir.
     
  17. Tele-Caster

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    This is mega-depressing news.

    When Hi Infidelity came out, I wasn't really much in to electric music. I was in to bluegrass and folk music and very much an acoustic snob. But my cousin got Hi Infidelity around the time it was released, and I liked it when I first heard it playing through the speakers in his car -and I liked it more than just a little bit.

    Even being the acoustic snob I was at the time, I liked Mr. Richrath's playing on that album. It all seemed to serve the songs so well and he seemed like a guy who made each note count for something. In spite of my acoustic snobbyness back then, Hi Infidelity quickly became one of my favorite albums. I've played the XXXX out of it ever since. No idea how many copies of it I've worn out over the last 35 years or so, but its been at least a dozen. It is still one of my all-time favorite albums and I still enjoy listening to it every bit as much as I ever did.

    Earlier R.E.O. Speedwagon albums got sought out, and the band became one of the few electric bands I liked, and much of that was due to Richrath's contribution to the whole. Where most other electric guitarists just sounded like noise to me back then, he came across to me as musical, and he (along with Hendrix and Jeff Lynne from Electric Light Orchestra) was a HUGE influence in getting me to see that electric instruments can make music every bit as musical as acoustic ones can.

    So, thanks to Mr. Richrath for being such a huge, important influence on me as a player and musician....

    This is just really sad news, and I'm about as monumentally bummed out as a person could be after reading it.
     
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    No one remembers that Hi Infidelity was the highest selling album of all time... until Thriller came around.
     
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    Man...this is sad news. REO was either the second or third concert I seen as a young 'un. I was "escorting" my buds little sister.

    Gary...was the guy I most wanted to play and sound like waaaay back then. I still find myself noodling REO from time to time. SO sad he went the way he did...I guess it's true we create our own hell.

    R.I.P. Gary...I pray you find your peace at last.
     
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    Time for Me to Fly



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