Paul Revere

Posted on October 6th, 2014 · Music/Events/Other

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* Paul Revere.

Just read-on the very sad news that legendary rocker- Paul Revere passed away over the weekend…

Over the years, Jeff Eats must have seen and met Paul Revere & the Raiders something like 10 times. Always loved- the group, which from start to finish was fronted by Revere- no fooling, other than for lead singer Mark Lindsay (who was there for all of the hits) the band seemingly had “new” Raiders all the time-I’m guessing, but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that over 300 different musicians filled the slots. One final thought, although the band had a hit in 1963 with Louie Louie-the record became a Rock N Roll footnote- when The Kingsmen’s “slurred” Louie Louie version (literally released the same day)-became a Rock N Roll anthem. The craziest part of the Louie Louie story, is that Paul Revere and the Raiders went on to have a 50 year career of hits while The Kingsmen ended up as a 1-hit wonder-band. You might also be interested in knowing, that the real money-earned by Louie Louie was made by its writer Richard Berry and The Kingsmen’s “take” was a real nickel & dime payday.

Printed below-Los Angeles’ Times article…
Paul Revere, a teenage businessman who found an outlet for his entrepreneurial spirit in the form of a campy rock ‘n’ roll band that capitalized on his name, wore Revolutionary War-era costumes and cranked out a string of grungy hits in the mid-1960s, has died. The founder of Paul Revere and the Raiders was 76.

Revere died Saturday of cancer at his home in Garden Valley, Idaho, his longtime manager Roger Hart told the Associated Press. After a near-constant touring schedule in recent years, Revere retreated six months ago to his adopted home state because of health issues, said his tour manager, Ron Lemen.
Oct. 6, 6:52 a.m.: A news obituary in the Oct. 6 LATExtra section of Paul Revere, founder of the rock band Paul Revere and the Raiders, said Revere and Mark Lindsay wrote their 1965 hit “Just Like Me.” The song is credited to Richard Graham Dey and Roger Hart.
Along with singer and saxophonist Mark Lindsay, Revere, a keyboard player, formed a band called the Downbeats in Boise in 1959. Within a few years they would become Paul Revere and the Raiders, string together top-10 pop hits including “Kicks,” “Hungry” and “Good Thing” and become fixtures of Dick Clark’s weekday afternoon TV show “Where the Action Is.”

“Just Like Me,” a 1965 hit written by Revere and Lindsay, made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list of Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.

“From day one, we’ve always been a party band that accidentally had some hit records and accidentally got on a hit television series,” said Paul Revere, seen here in 1969. (Associated Press)
Born Paul Revere Dick on Jan. 7, 1938, in Harvard, Neb., he grew up on a farm near Boise, where he learned to play piano. While still a teenager he opened a barbershop. At 18, with three barbershops to his name, he sold them to buy a drive-in restaurant and put together the band to attract young customers.

After some local success the Downbeats moved to Portland, Ore., in 1960 and with encouragement of their new manager, radio disc jockey Hart, renamed themselves Paul Revere and the Raiders. They recorded a 1963 version of “Louie Louie” that was eclipsed by another Portland garage band, the Kingsmen, but the Raiders were on their way to Hollywood.

Joined by early core members Drake Levin on guitar, Mike Smith on drums and Phil Volk on bass, the group performed a choreographed show in elaborate outfits complete with tri-cornered hats, brightly colored frock coats, white hose and knee-high black leather boots. In 1964, they signed a contract with Columbia Records as the label’s first rock act and caught Clark’s eye.

“From day one, we’ve always been a party band that accidentally had some hit records and accidentally got on a hit television series,” Revere said in a 2000 interview with the Associated Press.

“We were visual and fun and crazy and were America’s answer to the British music invasion. … We just happened to be at the right time and had the right name and had the right gimmick.”

Producer Terry Melcher honed the band’s hard-edged, guitar-driven sound with Lindsay, the front man, providing the vocals. The blond Revere was content to remain in the background playing organ.

Besides performing as the house band on “Where the Action Is” beginning in 1965, Paul Revere and the Raiders appeared on Clark’s later “Happening” shows as well as “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Tonight Show” and as themselves on the “Batman” TV show in 1966.

The band had 20 consecutive hits and reached its peak with John D. Loudermilk’s “Indian Reservation” at No. 1 in 1971, but a revolving door of band members and changing musical tastes led to its decline. Revere maintained a busy pace of touring and appearing at state fairs, casinos and clubs.

“After you’ve had some success, you’re afraid it’s gonna go away and you need to take advantage of it, so you work as hard as you can, because it might disappear tomorrow,” he told the Associated Press in 2000.

Revere’s survivors include his wife of 35 years, Sydney. A complete list of survivors was unavailable Sunday.

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One Comment to “Paul Revere”

  1. KSR says...

    Always found the group’s live performances too campy.

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