Paul Revere of Paul Revere and the Raiders dead at 76
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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
10/5/2014 (5 years ago)
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"Kicks" keep getting' harder to find, Paul Revere - his real name, sort of - of Paul Revere and the Raiders warned in their hit single. "Kicks" was a staunch anti-drug anthem at a time when a generation was encouraged to tune in, turn and drop out. Decked out in revolutionary War costumes, Revere and his band was on hand to tell the kids it wasn't necessarily so. Revere has passed away at the age of 76. Cancer is believed to be the cause -
Paul Revere kept touring well into his later years, in spite of an ongoing battle with cancer.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Revere passed away October 4th at his home in Idaho. Earning a reputation as "the madman of rock & roll," the Raiders enjoyed a long and successful career in pop music.
"Like most people, my initial introduction to you was on television, radio and records, but none of those mediums gave me a real clue to the one-of-a-kind life force that was Paul Revere," a letter posted on the band's official Web site reads. "Sitting in an audience at my first Paul Revere and The Raiders concert introduced me to a larger-than-life dynamo of high-energy slapstick, outrageous and spontaneous humor and a genuine child-like joy. Everyone in attendance just knew that you MUST be a wonderful person offstage too, no doubt about it."
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"But now you have passed on. By your example, both professional and personal, you've left a blueprint of how to live a life full of love, laughter and happiness," the letter to Revere on the band's site concludes. "The world will be a lot less fun, a lot less kind and gentle without Paul Revere in it. Your larger-than-life absence will leave a void in our hearts and our lives."
Paul Revere and the Raiders got their start in 1963 with a cover of Richard Berry's "Louie, Louie," which they recorded the same year as the Kingsmen.
Revere and his Raiders scored four Top Ten singles in the Sixties with "Kicks," "Hungry," "Good Thing" and "Him or Me, What's It Gonna Be." Their biggest triumph came in 1971 with "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)." The Raiders' surprisingly political ballad became an unlikely smash, hitting Number One on the Billboard chart in July of 1971, selling over a million copies.
The Raiders had endured countless lineup changes throughout the years. Revere was the one constant since they first formed as the Downbeats in Boise, Idaho in 1958. Two years later, they became Paul Revere and the Raiders, a name that stuck for over half a century.
In July 2014, Revere penned a Facebook post revealing that he was dealing with some ailments. "Even though I've had some health issues, nothing can stop the old man. I'm like the Energizer Bunny! I jump on my tour bus and go from city to city, packing a trunk full of great Raider songs, tight pants and bad jokes - all against doctor's orders, by the way," Revere wrote.
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