Who is Kevin Cronin? A Look At His Songwriting Journey

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Who is Kevin Cronin?

On October 6, 1951, American singer-songwriter Kevin Patrick Cronin was born. He fronts the rock band REO Speedwagon as lead singer, rhythm guitarist, and keyboards. The band had several top ten hits in the ’70s and ’80s, including Cronin’s “Keep on Loving You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling.”

Who is Kevin Cronin?

Cronin was born and raised in the Illinois suburbs of Chicago. He was born in Evanston, Illinois, but spent much of his childhood in the nearby neighborhood of Oak Lawn, where he learned to play the guitar. He attended the Catholic elementary school of St. Linus. Brother Rice High School in Chicago is where he graduated.

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A Look At The Kevin Cronin’s Songwriting Journey

Cronin joined REO Speedwagon soon after their first record was finished in 1971. After working on one album together, he left the band due to creative differences and a lack of rehearsal time. Cronin rejoined the band in 1976 after a brief stint as a solo artist.

Cronin returned to the band after Greg X. Volz, a Christian, turned down the lead vocal position. Even though the band’s heyday was in the ’70s and ’80s, they kept making music well into the 00s, including the album Find Your Own Way Home.

Their best-known album, Hi Infidelity, has sold over 10 million copies. According to Cronin, they don’t get paid to play but get reimbursed for expenses.

“Keep on Loving You,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Keep the Fire Burnin’,” “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,”  are only some of the band’s singles that he wrote or co-wrote.

Cronin’s voice has the range of a dramatic tenor. On March 27, 2008, Cronin competed as a Don’t Forget the Lyrics game show celebrity contestant. There was a time when he had $350,000 before he forgot the lines to “Last Dance” by Donna Summer.

TimeLife’s Ultimate Rock Ballads include several REO Speedwagon tracks, and the ad features him. The band’s popularity peaked in the 1980s.

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