Gary Richrath (Guitarist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Gary Richrath

Gary Dean Richrath was an American guitarist, best known as the lead guitarist and a songwriter for the band REO Speedwagon from 1970 until 1989.

Birth name: Gary Dean Richrath
Born: October 18, 1949, Peoria, Illinois
Died: September 13, 2015
Genres: Hard rock
Occupation(s): Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments: Guitar, vocals, slide guitar
Years active: 1970–2015
Associated acts: REO Speedwagon, Richrath
IMDb: Gary Richrath’s IMDb

About Gary Richrath

Former guitarist and songwriter for rock band REO Speedwagon from 1970 to 1989.

Before Fame

He was a local guitarist in Peoria, Illinois, writing material that went on to become REO Speedwagon’s catalog.


Though best known as a guitarist, he was featured as a vocalist on several REO Speedwagon tracks, including “(Only A) Summer Love.”

Family Life

He was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois.


He and lead singer Kevin Cronin experienced great success with REO Speedwagon.

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