8 Oct 2014

Marty Duda's artist of the week: Paul Revere and The Raiders

From Nine To Noon, 11:09 am on 8 October 2014

Formed in 1958 by keyboard player Paul Revere (yes, that's his real name) and singer/sax player Mark Lindsay, Paul Revere and The Raiders became, arguably the greatest American rock & roll band of the 1960s thanks to a string of hit records such as Just Like Me, Steppin' Out, Kicks and Good Thing. Their popularity was insured when TV producer Dick Clark signed them up to appear as regulars on his daytime show Where The Action Is in 1965. The pony-tailed Mark Lindsay became an instant teen heartthrob. But despite their clean-cut presentation, their records rocked harder than just about anything else on the Top 40. The band's biggest hit was 1971's Indian Reservation. It was a quick decline from there, with Lindsay leaving in 1975. Paul Revere himself kept the band going on the oldies circuit until he was forced to leave the road this past July. He passed away a few days ago.