Michael Murphy – Keys, Vocals, Producer, DSTV Music

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Michael Murphy is the former keyboard player and lead singer for REO Speedwagon from 1973-76. His lead vocals allowed REO to complete Ridin’ the Storm Out. He then recorded two more albums with them, Lost in a Dream and This Time We Mean It. Michael went on to perform with such noteworthy groups as Chuck E. Weiss & The Goddamn Liars, and Billy Vera and the Beaters. He also spent time touring with classic artists Johnny Rivers, Seals & Crofts, as well as the Blue Hawaiians. Most recently, Michael toured with Pete Anderson, and produced Pete’s release, Birds Over Guitar Land. Find Michael’s discography here, or just watch Drumsmack TV on any Tuesday night – he plays live keys on the show!

See an Interview with Michael Murphy on Drumsmack TV Episode 10

Michael is the vocalist on REO Speedwagon’s Ridin’ the Storm Out.

REO Speedwagon Ridin Storm Out Michael Murphy

REO Speedwagon ‘Ridin Storm Out’ Album Cover

26 Comments

  1. Kevin Ogle July 30, 2013 at 12:57 am #

    How can I contact Mike Murphy. Just downloaded a bunch of tunes from Lost In A Dream and This Time We Mean It. Thank you.

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    • Jeff Sorenson September 10, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

      We’ll pass that one to Murphy 🙂 Thanks for listening, Kevin!

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    • John OBrien November 22, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

      Went to high school with Mike At Newman in Sterling Ill Married our classmate Rosemary Valente . Last I knew he was in California. If I find his Email I will let you know !!

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  2. bill fedigan September 25, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    mike murphy always had a better voice than cronin love his music does he have a e address ?

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    • Jeff Sorenson October 1, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

      We’ll have to get him set up with a drumsmack email!

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  3. Scott Walters October 14, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    I’d love to get his autograph! I have met most of REO past and present.

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  4. Donald Poludniak November 29, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    Michael,,,,,,Remember you not only from REO, but, The One Eyed Jacks playing around Spfld IL way back when. Always wondered what happened to you after REO.

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  5. Gale Pelletier December 27, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Hired Mike’s bands for our high school dances (Inspirations, 13th Precinct). Followed him thru the Jacks,REO,etc.Played sax with him at Boar’s Head in Springfield Il numerous times. Lost touch. Love to hear from him. Knew brother Terry also. Another great Keyboard man and singer.

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    • g218 February 3, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

      Glad you think so Gale, we do too!!

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  6. Rick Halberg January 22, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    I am good friends with Jerry and Mary Ann Milam from Golden Voice Studios in Pekin, and they would really like to hear from Mike. Any way I could get an email address for him?

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    • g218 February 3, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

      Rick, thanks for reaching out. Can’t pass Michael’s email out, but we can definitely relay a message! Email groove@drumsmack.com

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  7. Shawn January 30, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    Just wanted to let Mike know that Gary Richrath is kicking around East Peoria playing with local bands and supposedly looking to put a band together. Would be cool to see Mike and Gary together again. Lost In A Dream is REO’s best album!! If need be, I could possibly put them in touch. I live down the street from Gary’s mom’s, where Gary is staying. Please pass this on if you could!! Thanks!

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    • Mark in CT November 6, 2014 at 11:30 am #

      I agree about Lost in a Dream…one of REO’s best albums…if not THE best.

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  8. Sheree February 4, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    Always loved Mike’s vocals on Son of a Poor Man….one of my favorite R.E.O. hits. He was their BEST vocalist!

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  9. JC MARSHALL / GAPING HUGGERS February 8, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    Hey man just now resurfacing
    BEEN AWHILE

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  10. Mark in CT November 6, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    Lost in a Dream is one of my favorite REO albums, and a lot of that attributes to Mike. I would love to hear him sing some of those tunes again someday.

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  11. Neil Catura November 20, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

    I first saw Michael at Poynette with The One Eyed Jacks He put the Hook in me with ‘Hard to Handle’ His REO work is still my Fav’ I worked for SIR and Johnny Rivers among others Poynette A NICE weekend in WI in APRIL???? Are you kiddin’ me? It happens once every forty years The Jacks played about 2- 3 in the morning A transcendental Experience Cheers Michael

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  12. Keith November 22, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    The multi-talented Mike Murphy. Worth a watch/listen

    http://youtu.be/WuECp89Ya_8

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  13. William Ainsworth January 16, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    Dear Mr. Murphy,
    I so appreciate your music. Your recordings with REO are at the top of my list. Like your style and stuff, better than Cronin. Just wanna say thanks.

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  14. Ken Nolan September 16, 2015 at 7:38 pm #

    I have been a huge fan of Michael’s since the early 70’s. The only REO albums i own are from the Michael Murphy era. Glad to have found this site!

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  15. Larry baumgartner November 23, 2015 at 2:12 am #

    I saw Michael with 13th precinct at my high school freshman orientation dance and everyone just stood there with their mouth dropped open in awe of how great a singer he was! We all had butch haircuts and he had that long hair down his back! What a band even back then!

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  16. Bob Bradley September 2, 2016 at 6:42 pm #

    Lived in your old house on 8th street and your sister was our babysitter. Love telling that story.

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  17. Stanley Smith April 3, 2017 at 11:23 am #

    Mike played with my uncle’s band in sterling Illinois. Bill Watley and the Metronomes. Wondered if he remembers his early days around sterling and rock falls.

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  18. Debbie King April 13, 2017 at 5:54 pm #

    What a CUTIE Mike was .I co wrote a couple of songs with him when he was with Billy Beater and the Vera’s (as I always called him LOL)
    I got side tracked from him and our writing when I went back to England for awhile. I think we were a bit InLike ” with each other ..How are you Mike/ I remember you losing your cat and felt bad 🙁 I hope you are happy a fine talent and person you are 🙂
    Hugs from Debbie King ( Now in Costa Rica ) xx Are you on twitter?

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  19. Rick Smith May 3, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    Is this the same Michael Murphy who once played with the One Eyed Jacks in Urbana IL?

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  20. Roy mullins June 29, 2017 at 2:08 am #

    Mike. Your vocal track on No Expression (don’t be the man) has touched something deep in my soul since I first heard it around 74. The way you used your vibrato on those lines kills me everytime. But I love the complete LP start to finish .now that I know there are
    3 More Lps with same line up I’ll check them Out.
    If you are ever in Nashville and need an old
    Rock bass cat holler at
    Me. It would be an honour to lay down a track just as you want it anyway thanks for all those feelings that come over me listening to that LP
    Roy Mullins bass/vocals
    Lowfreq58 @att.net
    615 972 5747

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