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Paul Revere & The Raiders

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Paul Revere & the Raiders is an American rock band that saw enormous mainstream success in the 1960s, best-known for hits like “Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian)” (1971), “Steppin’ Out”, “Kicks”, “Let Me” (1969) and “Hungry” (1966).

The band, initially located in Boise, Idaho, started as an instrumental rock outfit led by organist Paul Revere, named in honor of the Revolutionary War hero, who in his early twenties already owned several restaurants in Portland, Oregon. Singer Mark Lindsay joined in 1958. Originally called The Downbeats, their name was changed to Paul Revere & The Raiders in 1960 on the eve of their first record release for Gardena Records. The band scored their first Pacific Northwest regional hit in 1961 with “Like Long Hair”, an instrumental. Revere was drafted, became a conscientious objector and worked at a mental institution for a year and half of deferred service. After reforming the band, they attracted national attention again with a cover of “Louie Louie”, which was picked up by Columbia Records although beaten in the charts by The Kingsmen’s version.

Known for their live high energy rock n’ roll performances they consistently toured the Northwest - hitting the no-alcohol teen venues where the testosterone levels were as high as the high school beer buzzes that fueled the rowdy crowds of sweating dancers out for the transcendence of the music, or maybe just to get laid.

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