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Mark Lindsay was born on March 9, 1942, in Eugene, Oregon. He was the second of eight children. The family moved to Idaho when he was young.

Lindsay began performing at the age of fifteen with local bands. He was tapped to sing in a band called Freddy Chapman and the Idaho Playboys after he won a local talent contest. After Chapman left the area, Lindsay saw the other band members and a new member, Paul Revere, playing at a local I.O.O.F. Hall. He persuaded the current band to allow him to sing a few songs with them. The next day he was working at his regular job at a bakery when Paul Revere came in to buy supplies for a hamburger restaurant that he owned. This chance meeting began their professional relationship.

Lindsay became lead singer and saxophone player in a band with Revere and several others. He suggested they call themselves “The Downbeats” after a magazine with the same title. They made some demo tapes in 1960 in Boise, Idaho, and signed with a record company called Gardena Records. Paul Revere And The Raiders scored their first national hit with the piano/sax instrumental “Like, Long Hair” which peaked at #38 in the Billboard charts on April 17th, 1961. The group began dressing in Revolutionary War-style outfits. Mark Lindsay carried the theme a bit further by growing his hair out and pulling it back into a ponytail, which became his signature look.


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  • January24

    Mark Lindsay is a national treasure. His vocals, his stage presence, his energy and charisma . . . there's not a finer American rock and roller. He's in a very lofty class including Buddy Holly and very few others. After 50 years as a performer, he's STILL GOT IT. I saw him live in May 2010. Awesome!

    12 May 2010 Reply
  • Twiggs_72

    Great voice... Sexy look

    5 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Gramischparten5

    Arizona is on the first tape I recorded when I was a kid - but unfortunately I haven`t heard anything else so far. Ther`ll be a time!

    15 Oct 2008 Reply
  • beezer_b

    That was the night everything chaanged...

    23 May 2008 Reply
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