Sunday, October 05, 2014

Paul Revere RIP

It's farewell to Paul Revere, who founded Paul Revere and the Raiders, one of the few American bands to rival the British invasion bands of the sixties, who has died aged 76. Originally from Idaho, keyboard player Paul joined with singer Mark Lindsay to form one of the most successful and long lasting of US groups of the era. Their first hit, Like Long Hair, was a piano-led instrumental but it was their run of garage rock classics, produced by Terry Melcher, that gave them their greatest success. They recorded Louie Louie at around the same time as the Kingsmen in 1964 and on the strength of that were signed to US Columbia. They had a big hit with Just Like Me and followed it up with hits such as Kicks, Hungry, The Great Airplane Strike, Good Thing, Ups And Downs and Mo'Reen. They appeared frequently on TV shows such as Where The Action Is dressed in American Revolution style outfits and their act was a mixture of slapstick and quality rock music. Revere and Lindsay also co-hosted the Happening '68 TV show. Changing their name to The
Raiders, the focus shifted to Mark Lindsay but they continued to have hits, including Indian Reservation in 1971 before Lindsay left in 1975. The band's line up changed frequently but Paul Revere - real name Paul Revere Dick - continued with the band until August of this year and they continued to have a following as a result of their original numbers being covered by new wave bands. Despite great success in the States, they never made an impact in the UK, despite numerous excellent singles and LPs released in the sixties and seventies.
Another music death of note is that of British singer/songwriter Lynsey De Paul, aged just 64. Her hits included Sugar Me, Getting A Drag, TV theme No Honestly and Rock Bottom, written with Mike Moran, which came second in the Eurovision Song Contest of 1977.


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