Rock band from Champaign, Illinois, USA. They named the band REO Speedwagon
, from the REO Speed Wagon, a 1915 truck that was designed by R
lds. Doughty had seen the name written across the blackboard when he walked into his History of Transportation class on the very first day they had decided to look for a name. Rather than pronouncing REO
as a single word as the motor company did, they chose to spell out the name with the individual letters each pronounced ("R-E-O")
Formed in 1967, the band cultivated a following during the 1970s and achieved significant commercial success throughout the 1980s. Hi Infidelity
(1980) contained four US Top 40 hits and is the group's best-selling album, with over ten million copies sold.