You know you're a big deal when one of your albums is awarded the coveted Diamond Award from the Recording Industry Association of America. This is awarded when an album sells over 10 million units in the United States.

REO Speedwagon's Hi Infidelity reached that milestone recently. I like to think I helped. It was the first album I ever purchased in 1980.

The guys were on hand to accept the award at the Sony building in New York City last week Thursday (Aug. 17) and lead Kevin Cronin recalls the moment they knew that there was a buzz about the album and the band.

In the ceremony, Cronin said that Gary Richrath, the band's late guitarist, was there in spirit.

Hi Infidelity spent an amazing 15 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard album charts.

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