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REO Speedwagon was to become best known internationally for its saccharine but commercially successful power ballads – the best known of which, Keep on Loving You (1980) and I Can’t Fight This Feeling (1984), both featured Richrath on guitar.I'm basically a pretty shy person and I don't dance or get into fights.But there are all these things inside me that get out when I perform.It was Diamonds which yesterday brought down the final curtain on a musician who will always be remembered as one of rock ’n’ roll’s greatest bass guitarists.• In memoriam donations for the Jet Harris Memorial Fund may be sent care of Richard Steel and Partners, Alderman House, 12-14, City Road.

When the 21-year-old Richrath had joined the band, however, it was as a guitarist inspired by blues-influenced players like Jeff Beck and he was always best known for his spectacular live performances.

In their heyday REO Speedwagon would play to thousands of fans in vast stadiums and Richrath’s guitar slashing was a highlight of every performance.

Up to his death he had been touring with the rock ’n’ roll nostalgia show Hit Parade Heroes, and his last performance was at Fareham’s Ferneham Hall where, despite being gravely ill, he won a standing ovation.

Jet appeared on 24 number one hits including Living Doll with Sir Cliff Richard and Diamonds with former Shadows drummer, the late Tony Meehan.

After leaving school in 1967, Richrath built up a local fan base with his next band, Suburban 9 to 5.

He was still living with his parents and the group would rehearse in their basement.

Throughout the 1990s, Richrath struggled with alcoholism, and although there were times when he seemed to have overcome it, his health was permanently affected.