Here's a reminder from singer Terry Luttrell that not everything you read on Wikipedia is correct.
According to his Wiki bio, Luttrell left the band REO Speedwagon after its first album, disagreeing about songs with bandmate Gary Richrath after an out-of-town gig, and, after stopping the band's vehicle by the side of the road for a fistfight, walked into a cornfield, never to be seen again.
"We had a pretty big discussion on the way home," Luttrell recalls of the 1972 disagreement. "It was one of those moments in time where I didn't want to sing Gary's love songs to his girlfriend. I was more into environmental change and things that were going on than what was going on in the band."
While he quit after the band's first album, REO tapped Kevin Cronin as its lead singer and went on to dozens of hit songs and albums.
"Time has a way of moving you around, the Lord has a way of moving you around in certain circumstances," Luttrell said in a cellphone call from Champaign, Ill., where he works as a FedEx driver, "and it was very beneficial to move on after that."
Musically, Luttrell laid low for about 10 or 15 years, but he was enticed to join the Champaign-Urbana-based Tons O'Fun Band by a friend who was the group's drummer.
"I hadn't been singing in quite awhile. I'd been involved in some productions, but hadn't been singing," the 67-year-old said. He was asked to sing on a Christmas song the band was recording.
"I just decided it might be fun to do that. I've been doing it ever since. I've truly enjoyed it," he said. "There's some very talented musicians."
The band, which includes Matt Flynn, senior planning manager for the city of Davenport, on trombone, performs Saturday night at the Hilltop Campus Village Fall Festival in Davenport. The band also played in July at the Downtown Davenport Street Fest, as well as headlining for the second year at Summerfest in Milwaukee, drawing more than 10,000 listeners.
"It's really been a very enjoyable time. I have a good time with these guys," Luttrell said.
Tons O'Fun, which has been together for about 15 years, plays a variety of Motown music as well as hits by acts such as Phil Collins, Chicago, Huey Lewis, Peter Gabriel and Steely Dan.
Luttrell said he is at work co-writing some new material for the band.
He did have a reunion with most of the rest of REO in January at a benefit.
He and Cronin sang together on "157 Riverside Ave.," and all but two of the original band members were there. Richrath did not attend, but he listened to the entire show on his phone.
"I wish he would have" been there, Luttrell said. "We may (get together) some day in the future. You never know."