Paul Revere was born on January 7, 1938 and as a young man formed his first band in Boise, Idaho called the Downbeats, later changing its name to Paul Revere and the Raiders in 1960.
Becoming their manager, Portland, Oregon DJ Roger Hart of KISN began to introduce them in the Pacific Northwest, where in 1961 they gained enough recognition for an instrumental, “Like Long Hair,” that gave them their first national hit.
Under the guidance of Doris Day’s son, Terry Melcher, Paul Revere and the Raiders had their first top ten hit with “Just Like Me” in 1965. The following year “Kicks” and “Hungry” landed in the top five of the Hit Parade, giving the group their first million sellers. In 1967, “Him or Me, What’s It Gonna Be” earned them more gold. Lead singer Mark Lindsay brought in more gold in 1969 with his “Arizona”. In 1971 Paul Revere and the Raiders topped the charts with “Indian Reservation,” a best seller for 22 consecutive weeks.
Among their more than twenty other hits nationally were, “Steppin’ Out,” “Ups And Downs,” “I Had A Dream,” “Too Much Talk,” “Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon” and “Birds Of A Feather.”
Paul Revere died at his home in Idaho on October 4, he was 76 years of age.
Paul Revere & the Raiders were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2010.