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Paul Revere and the Raiders were a Rock & Roll/Garage Rock band based out of Los Angeles via Portland, Oregon via Caldwell, Idaho (outside of Boise). Led by their founder and namesake, Paul Revere Dick (January 7, 1938 - October 4, 2014), and featuring lead singer Mark Lindsay. Starting out as a standard Rock & Roll dance band in The '50s, they finally found success in the middle of The '60s playing hard-edged Garage Rock influenced by The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds. They were viewed as part of the American response to The British Invasion, with their name and their stage uniforms invoking The American Revolution. They also became household names by starring in the daily Dick Clark-produced pop music TV show Where the Action Is.

They had five Top 10 hits in America between 1965 and 1967, before their particular style of good-time rock fell out of favor at the end of the decade. Shortening their name to just "Raiders", they scored a surprise comeback hit in 1971 with "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)", which hit #1 and achieved Platinum status. In the middle of all that, singer Mark Lindsay launched a solo career alongside his work with the band, scoring a Top 10 hit of his own with "Arizona". Also guitarist Freddy Weller had a concurrent career as a Country Music singer, which he continued even after he left the group.

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Lindsay formally left the group in 1975, but Revere kept it going as a nostalgia act.

Studio discography:

  • Like, Long Hair (1962)
  • Paul Revere and the Raiders (1963)
  • Here They Come! (1965)
  • Just Like Us (1966)
  • Midnight Ride (1966)
  • The Spirit of '67 (1966)note 
  • Revolution! (1967)
  • A Christmas Present...And Past (1967)
  • Goin' to Memphis (1968)
  • Something Happening (1968)
  • Hard 'N' Heavy (With Marshmallow) (1969)
  • Alias Pink Puzz (1969)
  • Collage (1969) (the first of three albums under the shortened name Raiders)
  • Indian Reservation (1971)
  • Country Wine (1972)
  • The Great Raider Reunion (1983)note 
  • Paul Revere Rides Again! (1983)note 
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  • Ride to the Wall (2001)note 

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  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Paul Revere was his real name (well, his first and middle name).
  • And Starring: Many of their records were credited as Paul Revere & the Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay.
  • Christmas Songs: The 1967 album A Christmas Present...and Past, notable for having all but two of the songs be originals.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Their 1966 hit "Kicks" (written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil) is considered one of the first anti-drug pop songs, even making it on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list.
  • Instrumentals: Several, including their first hit, 1961's "Like, Long Hair".
  • The Legend of X: The title "The Legend of Paul Revere"
  • Like Is, Like, a Comma: The title "Like, Long Hair".
  • Protopunk: Some of their harder songs qualify. They even did the first version of "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone".
  • Protest Song: "Indian Reservation", about the mistreatment of Native Americans.
  • Record Producer: Terry Melcher did most of their classic period, and played a heavy role in shaping their sound, in some cases playing most of the instruments on their studio recordings. Melcher also worked with The Byrds, but of course, these days he's best-known for his dealings with a certain aspiring singer-songwriter.
  • Refrain from Assuming: It's not called "Cherokee People", it's "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)".
  • The Rez: "Indian Reservation" is a classic "political rez" song.
  • Secondary Character Title: Revere was the keyboardist, Mark Lindsay was the singer.
  • Singer Namedrop: "Paul Revere's Ride", "The Legend of Paul Revere" (which was a song about the band's history).
  • "Stuck at the Airport" Plot: "The Great Airplane Strike", where Mark Lindsay sings about trying (and failing) to find another flight at LAX when one airline goes on strike.

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