In Memoriam|

Paul Revere & the Raiders (also known as Raiders) were an American rock band formed in Boise, Idaho in 1958. They saw considerable U.S. mainstream success in the second half of the 1960s and early 1970s, with music veering from garage rock to psychedelic pop, but their early sound combined fast-paced, guitar-and-vocal-dominated rock and roll with an intimidating R&B flavor. The band was known for including Revolutionary War-style clothes in their attire.

Originally an instrumental rock combo called the Downbeats, the Raiders were formed in 1958 by organist Paul Revere, and included singer Mark Lindsay. After charting in 1961 with the minor hit “Like, Long Hair” and then in late 1963 just missing Billboard’s Hot 100 with a cover of “Louie Louie”, the band was signed to Columbia Records, under the tutelage of producer Terry Melcher. In January 1966 the single “Just Like Me” — propelled by exposure on Dick Clark’s shows such as Where The Action Is — reached no. 11 on the Hot 100, followed by the consecutive Top Tens “Kicks” and “Hungry”, thus establishing the band as national stars. Clark’s TV shows showcased Lindsay as a teen idol and Revere as the “madman” of the group, and between 1966 and ’69 they reached the top 30 with 12 hits. Bolstered by the success of the singles, the three 1966 albums Just Like Us, Midnight Ride and The Spirit of ’67 all were gold-certified by the RIAA.
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In 1971 the hugely successful cover of the song “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)” provided the Raiders with a comeback (albeit non-representative), reaching number one in both the US and Canada; the single was certified platinum in 1996. But their failure to repeat the record’s success led to the band being dropped by Columbia in 1975, when Lindsay opted out. In 1976, following Paul Revere’s retirement from the music industry, the Raiders broke up.

Revere’s retirement was short-lived. In 1978 he went back to live performances with a new line-up of musicians that now includes Revere’s son Jamie and lead vocalist Darren Dowler. In 2014 Revere died of cancer, and the band’s name was changed to Paul Revere’s Raiders.

The garage rock revival and grunge movements – and individual acts such as the Paisley Underground – have cited the Raiders as an influence. In 2004 “Kicks” ranked no. 400 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Paul Revere & the Raiders and their manager Roger Hart were inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame on 13 October 2007. In 2010 the band was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 film Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, set in 1969, featured three of the band’s hit singles – “Hungry” (1966), “Good Thing” (1966) and “Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon” (1969) – and the 1968 B-side “Theme From It’s Happening”.

Read the whole article here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Revere_&_the_Raiders

Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths…

Sadly, more deaths from COVID. Please get vaccinated – not so much for you but for your loved ones – or for your co-workers or the people at church or… Truly may save your life – and theirs. If you want to know more about any of the musicians we lost this past week, please check out http://www.wikipedia.com

November 2021

26: Marilyn McLeod, 82, American singer-songwriter (“Love Hangover”, “You Can’t Turn Me Off (In the Middle of Turning Me On)”) (death announced on this date); Bichu Thirumala, 80, Indian lyricist (Thrishna, Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu, Kadinjool Kalyanam) and poet, heart attack.

24: Martinš Brauns, 70, Latvian composer (“Saule, Perkons, Daugava”), COVID-19; Gared O’Donnell, 44, American singer (Planes Mistaken for Stars), esophageal cancer.

23: Tatyana Chudova, 77, Russian composer; Nikolai Golyushev, 91, Russian opera singer; Rosalie Trombley, 82, Canadian music director (CKLW); Allin Vlasenko, 83, Ukrainian conductor.

22: Paolo Pietrangeli, 76, Italian singer-songwriter, film director (Pigs Have Wings) and screenwriter; Joanne Shenandoah, 64, American singer and composer; Asya Sultanova, 98, Azerbaijani composer.

21: Ruben Altunyan, 82, Armenian composer and conductor; Yul Anderson, 63, American musician; Gordon Crosse, 83, English composer.

20: Ted Herold, 79, German singer and actor, house fire; *Billy Hinsche, 70, American musician (Dino, Desi & Billy, The Beach Boys), giant cell carcinoma; David Longdon, 56, British singer and musician (Big Big Train); Merima Njegomir, 68, Serbian folk and sevdah singer.


19: Hank von Hell, 49, Norwegian singer (Turbonegro) and actor (Cornelis); Will Ryan, 72, American voice actor (The Land Before Time, The Little Mermaid, An American Tail) and singer, cancer.

18: Slide Hampton, 89, American jazz trombonist; Ack van Rooyen, 91, Dutch jazz trumpeter and flugelhornist; Benone Sinulescu, 84, Romanian folk singer, pneumonia.

17: Keith Allison, 79, American singer and bassist (Paul Revere & the Raiders); Dave Frishberg, 88, American jazz pianist and songwriter (“I’m Just a Bill”); Theuns Jordaan, 50, South African singer-songwriter, leukemia; Max Olding, 92, Australian pianist and teacher; Young Dolph, 36, American rapper, shot.

16: Belinda Sykes, 55, British folk musician (Joglaresa), cancer.


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