On my way to work this morning, Sirius XM 60’s On 6 morning man Phlash Phelps broke the news to me that legendary rockstar and keyboardist Paul Revere passed away this weekend at age 76.
Born in Harvard NE on January 7, 1938, he also grew up in Idaho and Oregon. While In Portland, he formed the Raiders along with Mark Lindsay, Freddy Weller, Keith Allison, and Michael Smith. One of his cross-town rivals was a garage rock band called The Kingsmen. Both groups recorded the song, “Louie Louie”, long thought to have contained inappropriate language in the lyrics which was later proved wrong. The Raiders version of this song is good but it’s The Kingsmen’s version we hear today.
They were known for their Revolutionary outfits and three cornered hats and you knew they were an All-American band. As a kid of the AM Radio/Transistor days, their songs were going and blowing on KLIF, KBOX, KFJZ, and KXOL in the DFW area. According to Billboard, they had 16 songs that charted; however, only one song made it to #1: Indian Reservation in May 1971. Other top ten songs included Kicks, Hungry, Good Thing, and Him or Me-What’s It Gonna Be?
The group signed with Columbia Records in the mid-1960s (owned by CBS at that time) and Terry Melcher, former member of the band The Rip Chords (“Hey Little Cobra”) and son of actress Doris Day, produced many of their songs. The band made the rock show circuit on TV, such as Hullabaloo on NBC and Shindig on ABC, The Ed Sullivan Show, Batman, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and even The Hollywood Palace where actor Ed Wynn introduces the group playing “The Great Airplane Strike”. But it was Dick Clark’s “Where The Action Is” that put them on the map as the show’s house band.
By 1971, however, their time was up as music was changing but the group still performed on the oldies circuit and performed frequently in Branson MO. Paul was also a major supporter for military veterans and staged a number of events over the years to support those who served our country.
Thank you Paul for the great music and for all you did for us.
See you next time.
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