Paul Revere and the Raiders
Featuring Mark Lindsay
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Legend of Paul Revere The Group was started in 1959 in Portland , Oregon and was called The Downbeats . In 1960 the group changed their name to Paul Revere and the Raiders with members , Paul Revere , Mark Lindsay, Mike Smith(Smithy) Drake Levin, and Doc Holiday. They had their first small hit on Gardena record label which peaked at #38 and the song was called Like Long Hair. The group was not signed to Columbia records until 1965 when they were the first Rock group that this major label signed. They had recorded the song Louie , Louie and had a local hit with the song but The Kingsmen from the same area took the song to the national charts. At this point Doc had to leave the group and was replaced by Phil Volk (fang) aand the group went out to California to star in Dick Clarks tv show called "Where the action is !" The group also went on to their later tv show called Happening. The groups first major hit was Just Like Me and then came back with such hits as Kicks, Hungry, Great Airplane strike, Good thing, and many more such songs.
As lead singer with the Raiders, Mark recorded a string of commercial
hit singles, such as "Just Like Me", "Kicks", "Hungry",
"Ups & Downs", "Him or Me", "Good Thing", and "Let
Me", many of which he produced and wrote or co-wrote. During this period, Paul Revere
and the Raiders, featuring the distinctive and charismatic voice of Mark Lindsay, sold
over 50 million units all over the world, in addition to earning many gold and platinum
albums and singles.
The Raiders had been signed to Columbia Records on the basis of their local success with an indie release of "Louie, Louie", and CBS released that master as the group's first single. While it was a huge success in the Northwest, the Kingsmen's version took the country by storm, largely because of the controversy over its definitely unintelligible and supposedly obscene lyrics. As it turned out, the Kingsman's version was merely the garbled result of lead singer Jack Ely trying to sing into an awkwardly-placed microphone while wearing braces on his teeth, while the Raiders' version really does have an obscene ad-lib during the guitar solo.
The Who certainly took notice of the Raiders at this time. Check out The Raiders' "Louie, Go Home" (1964) from the Columbia/Legacy anthology LEGEND OF PAUL REVERE and then check out The Who's "Lubie (Come Back Home)" (1965) from WHO'S MISSING...you'll hear an identical song...note for note, word for word, ad-lib for ad-lib, with Roger Daltrey's vocal style an exact copy of Lindsay's on the original song. By the way, "Louie, Go Home" was also covered by David Bowie. Newly signed as the house band on the squeaky-clean MTV percursor "Where The Action Is", the Raiders released "Steppin' Out", which Barnes describes as "...a classic number with a brilliant prototypically punk Lindsay vocal, and the next single, the pulsing rocker 'Just Like Me' [later covered by Pat Benatar] went Top 10." The follow-up album, MIDNIGHT RIDE, has been included as #63 in Tom Hibbert's "The Perfect Collection-The Rock Albums Everybody Should Have and Why." He says, "There was nothing innocuous about the Raiders' music just listen to the power and drive of 'I'm Not Your Stepping Stone.'Paul Revere & the Raiders, featuring Mark Lindsay, continued to record new material for Columbia through 1974, including the largest selling single in Columbia Records history to date, "Indian Reservation." Although the Raiders' final album was never released (it has been dubbed THE LOST ALBUM), a few cuts made it to THE LEGEND anthology, including "Chain of Fools"...with the group returning to it's R&B roots on that track.
Link to The Raiders Booklet included in the album of
Top 40 Hits
1 (#38)...Like, Long Hair-1961
2 (#11)...Just Like Me-1965
5 (#20)...The Great Airplane Strike-1966
6 (#4)...Good Thing-1966
7 (#22)...Ups And Downs-1966
8 (#5)...Him Or Me-What's It Gonna Be?-1967
9 (#17)...I Had A Dream-1967
10 (#19)...Too Much Talk-1968
11 (#27)...Don't Take It So Hard-1968
12 (#18)...Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon-1969
13 (#20)...Let Me-1969
14 (#1)...Indian Reversation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian)-1971
15 (#23)...Birds Of A Feather-1971
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Above is a great album which is differently one of the Raiders best albums and includes songs such as:
Good Thing,All About Her,In My Community , Louise ,Why Why Why, Oh! To Be A Man, Hungry,Undecided Man , Our Candidate , 1001 Arabian Nights , The Great Airplane Strike
RAIDER TRIVIA The Raiders were the first Rock group to be signed by Colombia records which was a major label . The Raiders had recorded Louie Louie before The Kingsmen who woumd up with the larger hit of the song. The Raiders even made a follow-up song called Louie Come Home. The Raiders had the most tv hours on air than any group of this era with over 700 hours on air.
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