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Paul Revere & the Raiders Biography

Birth Place: Boise, Idaho, United States
Years Active: 1958–present
Genres: Rock & Roll, Garage Rock, Protopunk

Paul Revere & the Raiders is a rock band who hit the height of their mainstream success in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Initially based in Boise, Idaho the band was headed by organist Paul Revere (born Paul Revere Dick in Harvard, Nebraska, January 7, 1938), who recruited singer Mark Lindsay (born March 9, 1942 in Eugene, Oregon) and began to play gigs in 1958.Origianlly billed as The Downbeats,t the instrumental rock outfit

Their debut album arrived in 1960 on Gardena Records and contained the hit, “Like, Long Hair,” which peaked at #38 on the Billboard Singles Charts in 1961. By 1962 the band were signed to Columbia Records and consisted of Revere, Lindsay, Mikle Smith, guitarist Drake Levin and bassist Mike “Doc” Holliday, who was replaced in 1965 by Phil Volk.

In 1965, The Raiders relocated to Los Angeles and rode the wave of the British Invasion, incorporating their own American R&B feel into their sound. The band landed a regular spot on Dick Clark's “Where the Action Is, Happening '68,” which heightened the band's popularity status. 1966 saw the departure of Levin, who joined the National Guard, and was replaced by Jim Valley. While the band had a string of hits during this time period, they became most well known for their song, “Kicks,” which sent an anti-drug message. By 1967 the band had racked up three gold albums and was Columbia Records top-selling rock group. As the 1970s emerged the band went through a number of line-up changes in an effort to change their image. The album, “Collage” (1970) was an attempt to move into a different musical direction. Rolling Stone magazine hailed the album as a hit, however the album was a commercial failure and Lindsay began to focus his attention on solo projects. Joe Correro departed the band by 1971 and was replaced by his predecessor Mike Smith. The Raiders’ next big hit, “Indian Reservation,” peaked at #1 on the Billboard Charts and remained there for a week in 1971. The success of the single was followed by an album of the same name, “Indian Reservation,” which spawned the hit single, “Birds of a Feather.” That same year, the Raiders expanded their set up to include drummer Omar Martinez and keyboardist Bob Wooley.

1972 saw The Raiders try one more time to score a hit with a the pop album, “Country Wine,” however the record label's attention was elsewhere with the changing tide of the musical climate, with bands like Blue Öyster Cult and Aerosmith dominating the public eye. The band continued to put out music with Columbia Records through 1975, as interest in their music dwindled they began to play smaller venues and fairs. As punk rock and new wave music began to creep into the spotlight, The Raiders experienced a resurgence of their music with The Sex Pistols covering the band's, “I'm Not Your Stepping Stone.” Bands like Minor Threat, The Farm, The Circle Jerks, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar and David Bowie began to cover The Raiders music. The band's line-up remained fairly stable throughout the 1980s and the 1990s, featuring Omar Martinez on drums and vocals since; Doug Heath on guitar; Ron Foos on bass; and lead vocalist Carlo “Carl” Driggs. In 2001, The Raiders released “Ride to the Wall,” which contained new songs, along with their versions of various 60's hits. A steady touring schedule has kept Paul Revere & The Raiders in the public eyes and in demand with a loyal fan base.

2007 saw the band officially inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, and 2010 saw the band the inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.