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A Closer Look at the Origin of REO Speedwagon’s Band Name

In this post, we take a closer look at the origin of REO Speedwagon's band name. It was derived from a 1919 advertisement in The Washington Post for an early precursor to the pick-up truck. Read on to learn more trivia and watch a great video!
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I never thought about looking into the origin of REO Speedwagon’s band name, but alas, coming across this old advertisement in The Washington Post from November 1919 answered the question that I never asked. And now, you have some great trivia to impress your friends when you’ve had a few too many beers next weekend.

REO Speed Wagon advertisement
REO Speed Wagon advertisement

So the band was named after this old automobile, which was the precursor to America’s favorite vehicle, the pick-up truck. For some more trivia, REO was the initials of Ransom E. Olds, the dude who founded Oldsmobile. Double down on some automotive trivia today folks!

Let’s complete this post with a great REO Speedwagon video.

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