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Paul Revere & The Raiders

One of the most popular and entertaining rock groups of the 1960s, Paul Revere & the Raiders enjoyed seven years of serious chart action, and during their three biggest years (1966-1969), sold records in numbers behind only the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. And their hits -- "Steppin' Out," "Just Like Me," "Hungry," "Him or Me -- What's It Gonna Be," and "Kicks" in particular -- are now seen by compilers as bold, unpretentious pieces of '60s rock & roll with a defiant, punk edge.

Paul Revere was born Paul Revere Dick on January 7, 1938 in Harvard, Nebraska. He learned to play the piano as a boy, and developed a keen appreciation for the work of Spike Jones & His City Slickers. He joined his first real band while in his teens, and was later joined by 16-year-old Mark Lindsay (b. March 9, 1942), a singer/saxman who ended up replacing the group's vocalist. Called the Downbeats, they were popular at local dances, and cut a demo for Gardena Records in Los Angeles, where the company's owner was interested in issuing a record, but only if they changed their name. Revere's given name was such a natural as a gimmick that they became Paul Revere & the Raiders. Their third single, a Jerry Lee Lewis-style instrumental, charted low in the Hot 100, and by the middle of 1963, they were one of the major music attractions in the Pacific Northwest.

The song "Louie, Louie," which they'd picked up from their rivals the Kingsmen, got them a local release that was picked up by Columbia Records, which not only released it nationally but signed Paul Revere & the Raiders to a contract. Their next big break came in 1965 when their producer, Terry Melcher, suggested that they update their sound. He got them to create music that was a mix of fast-paced, guitar-and-vocal-dominated Beach Boys-style rock & roll, and also the more intense and intimidating brand of R&B produced by the Rolling Stones. Their new sound debuted with the single "Steppin' Out," a Revere-Lindsay original that was released during the summer of 1965. And they suddenly sounded punk -- like cool (yet frustrated) suburban white teenagers, which was the audience they were aiming for. Mark Lindsay sounded the way every male teen 14 through 17 pictured himself looking and acting at the age of 21, free and ready to say what he felt like and make it stick.

"Steppin' Out" coincided with the group's debut on the new Dick Clark afternoon music showcase Where the Action Is, which went on the air on June 27, 1965. The bandmembers had gone through a visual metamorphosis, adding Revolutionary War-style outfits to their look, and they stood out for playing straight-ahead rock & roll and having fun doing it. Their second album. Just Like Us!, released in early 1966, was a landmark record, filled with great songs and even better performances, and earned a gold record award. The group also learned quickly, under Melcher's guidance, how far they could go in making records. By the time of their next album, Midnight Ride, released three months later, and, Spirit of '67, issued in November of 1966, the group members were playing multiple instruments. Those albums went gold, lofted high and long into the charts by the hit singles "Kicks" -- a great song that managed to be cool and anti-drug -- "Hungry," "Good Thing," and "Him or Me -- What's It Gonna Be."

Their fortunes took a downturn, however, when Where the Action Is went off the air in the spring of 1967, and by 1968 the Raiders were looking for a newer sound; and in addition to trying to figure out what would sell for the group, Lindsay developed aspirations as a solo singer (later enjoying a huge MOR hit with "Arizona"). And suddenly it was 1969, the era of the "Woodstock Nation," and "Paul Revere & the Raiders," with their goofy costumes, seemed more than a little outmoded.

In a quest to shed their '60s image, the group switched to the name "the Raiders" in 1970. And suddenly, the Raiders tried to sound serious, heavy, and very modern. The result was the Collage album, a very strong rock record, built largely on songs by Lindsay and new member Keith Allison, that never found an audience. And the "Raiders" name change only seemed to confuse wary fans -- where was Mark Lindsay?

The group kept plugging along, however, and seemed to strike gold with their next single. The Raiders took a John D. Loudermilk song called "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)" and cut a version that shot all the way to number one, their first chart-topper in their history. The problem was that they just couldn't sustain the momentum, or translate the sales of the single into parallel LP sales, or hold the public or radio programmers' interest from one single to the next. By 1975, Columbia Records had abandoned the group, and Lindsay had parted company with Revere.

In the following decades, a version of the group that was as much devoted to comedy as music performed under the leadership of Paul Revere. Meanwhile, their old music continued to command respect, with a parade of serious reissue labels -- spearheaded by Sundazed, France's Magic Records, and Australia's Raven Records -- reissuing audiophile-quality expanded-disc versions of the group's entire Columbia Records library. Revere continued to front the band on the nostalgia circuit into the new millennium, although health issues prevented him from touring during July of 2014; in October of that year he died of cancer at his home in Garden Valley, Idaho at the age of 76. The group planned to continue performing as "Paul Revere's Raiders," led by Paul's son Jamie Revere. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi
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My lighter still burns for Paul Revere. A grat group great sound . And Yes he was from Caldwell Idaho and his last name was Dick . My sister went to school with him and we lived down the street in Caldwell from him .
Ups and Downs - my most favorite Paul Revere and the Raiders song! Sue Abbott
I like the way The Monkees thru down on this jam. I was in 4th grade when the Monkeys were out.
Despite UPS AND DOWNS and changes in musicians, you can't find a harder working, tighter sounding group of musicians. Mark Lindsay is solo but is as strong a vocalist as ever.
The raiders were, are, and always will be a Great group. They put on a great show , and their music is all thumbs up!!
I left town because of UNCLE SAM'S deal TOO !!
Remember his keyboard had a mustang grill and bumper on its front.
Never get sick of paul revere and the raiders.
emilyhall184 1
Love this song
I've been a raider fan since the early 60's. I never saw the original lineup but saw the current one over 25 times. 3 of these guys have been with Paul since the 70's. Great musicians and super friendly.
I was stationed at Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station in Hawaii in the early 70's. In 73 or 74, Paul Revere and the Raiders were the act at the grand opening of the newly constructed NCO club. Terrific performance; they really rocked the crowd and the club. Keith (of 98.6 fame) played with them that night, and I got to meet them outside after the performance. Many great memories from that night.
The Raiders rocked and were a lot of fun. Those corny costumes were somehow cool and the Raiders spoke to us. True then, even truer now--The kicks just keep getting harder to find!
i am a Raider fan since i first saw them on ACTION. a long time, but i have been with them through the highs and lows, or should i say UPS AND DOWNS?? i have seen Mark Lindsay in concert many times and plan to see him twice this summer with the HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR. the last concert was at Blackwood New Jersey and i made a Raider costume and hopefully get his attention. i have gotten twice to have a pic with him, and it was worth the many years' wait.
the monkees stand -ins lol
Fun, fun, fun! It was great coming home from high school and watching the Raider's antics on Where The Action Is. That show also introduced a lot of people to Buffalo Springfield.
good song.
Mark Lindsay & the Raiders----g r e a t old group from a forever ago!
Great band of the 60's
I have had a thirty year argument with my wife about a supposed bootleg version of Paul Revere and the Raiders covering the Barry Maguire song Eve of Destruction. Can't find any trace of this version. She claimed they played it on Armed Forces radio when she lived overseas in the 1960s. Anyone familier with this cover song? I have been only able to come up with a version done by the Grass Roots. I thik she may have confused the two as it was from that time period.
I just looked up this band on wiki and my brother Doug was correct . Originally from Boise Idaho .and founded by Paul Revere Dick . While house shopping in Biose I was shown a place that used to be Pauls and the bands hangout/ rehearsal party zone . One of thoese if these walls could talk moments . To my knowledge Paul still resides in Boise close to the Biose State campus . I always liked this band which always had catchy tunes and strong beats like the Dave Clark Five .
I get the pacific northwest connection and was told by my brother in law that he went to school with Paul in Boise , Idaho and that his real last name was Dick . He changed his last name for obvious reasons . Maybe someone else can verify this side note .
All of Portland Oregon et al agrees
All of Portland Oregon et al agrees
Deserve To Be In The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame..Can't Even Get On The Ballot For Nomunation.. .
Too late Aaron. Guitarist, Drake Levin, passed July 4, 2009. A very underrated showman and musician, Jimi Hendrix, admired and imitated his style long before anyone knew who he was. It is a crime these guys aren't inducted already. Shame on the R&RHF. More TV appearances than any other musical act in the decade of the 60's.
This band belongs in the R&R HOF before any more of them pass away!!!
I just love their 60s music.
Fabulous band -- the original one, I mean . . . the one with Mark Lindsay, Mike Smith and Drake Levin. Very creative and (like Leon Russell, who was recently inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame), very underrated.
I also met Mark Lindsay in Eugene, Oregon. Great guy.
worked as a roadie for a sound and light company in 2002 i think and worked with Paul Revere & The Raiders. They are amazing live. Paul Revere is an awesome guy. I asked him to autograph the album Midnight Ride and he did along with 2 other members of the band. Paul Revere & The Raiders used to play in the armory in Roseburg, Oregon in the 60s I know a guy they wanted to take on tour with them because one of their members at the time got drafted. Paul remembered and told me alot.
I saw Paul and crew a couple of years ago in Billings. They worked hard, put on a great show, and signed autographs and visited with fans for an hour and a half afterward. Great band, very tight - they have played together as a group for a long time now (without Mark Lindsay). Paul is funny (an old man now!). Damn nice guys, very real. They support Vietnam vets with a fundraiser Harley ride to DC every year. Don't know if they are still gigging, but long live Paul and the guys!
An extremely entertaining dance band, especially to those of us residing in the Pacific Northwest. They were a bit cornball, but were a great counterpoint (punch) to the British Invasion. Dick Clark saw dollar signs and put them on his television shows. Frankly, the five of them standing in surf up to their knees just didn't fit the image that had been burned into my brain after seeing them at the armories in Puyallup and Tacoma. As for 'punk', I don't think so. A great band, nonetheless.
R.I.P. Mike Smitty Smith & Drake Levin
saw mark lindsay this summer in daytona. it was so awsome! like nothing i've ever seen before! he was so cool and really got into the music. great experience, wish i could meet him!
To my surprise, I randomly encountered Mark Lindsay and his band playing the main stage at the BigE (Eastern States Exposition) in West Springfield, MA on September 20, 2010. I had no idea he was playing, but knew straight away who it was when I heard "Hungry" blaring through the air. Mark's voice was spot on, the band was super tight, and the set was awesome. Seeing Lindsay and company made a great day with the family even better.
I just saw these guys in Branson Missouri. Great show and it was wonderful meeting and talking witht hem after the show.
the first punk band?
one of the MOST under rated bands! I've been a Raider Rooter since 1967!
i love this band, especially mark!
I really like their music.
They put on a great show and played great material.

we saw them a number of times at armory dances.
A former shell of what was one the best Northwest Sound bands
They are great! They are still performing. They appear with Bill Medley (Righteous Brothers) in Branson, MO at the Andy Williams Moon River Theater. I'm going up to see them in a couple of weeks. Can't wait !!!......... . h a v e seen them 3 times in the last two years.
Saw them at an autorama in texas around 84. at fair park in dallas.
I love them. =)
One of the bands I grew up listening to... shame that people don't really talk about them like other bands of the time. no ne my age really knows who they are... even though they were almost as popular as the rolling stones, who most people know... i dont get it.=p
But i love them.
Never got to see them at their peak but have seen them as an oldies group, still a lot of fun...and still touring.
I guess you guys...just don't get it?
Odd band, but they're okay.
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