Through its many appearances on Dick Clark’s ‘Where The Action Is’, which was televised daily, as well as having its own show, ‘Happening ’68’, the group, Paul Revere And The Raiders, obtained unprecedented coverage in the U.S. Of course, there is no doubt that the colonial costumes its members wore, highlighting the Revolutionary War, played their part too.
In fact, the band is remembered more for its appearance and frivolous antics of its heyday, than for the reality it actually had fourteen hits enter the Top Forty in the United States. No mean feat, at a time when musical artistry was both voluminous and superb.
The band had undergone many changes in its personnel, since its original formation in Boise, Idaho, in 1959. It relocated to Portland, Oregon, in 1961, and changed its name from The Downbeats to Paul Revere And The Raiders. Its mainstays were singer, songwriter and producer Mark Lindsay — who also enjoyed a career as a solo artist, with hits such as “Arizona” and “Silver Bird” — and organist, Paul Revere.
Under the highly influential guidance of Terry Melcher, who was also involved in producing The Byrds, the band experienced its first national hit, “Steppin’ Out”, in October of 1965. Paul Revere And The Raiders was also affected by the music of the British Invasion, however, it was to be a song written by an American, John D. Loudermilk, that was to provide the group with its only No.1 hit, “Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian)”, in 1971. By this time the group had dispensed with the first three words of its name; simply calling itself The Raiders.
To obtain the names of more hits by Paul Revere and The Raiders refer to the suggested playlist.