Sunday, October 5, 2014

RIP Paul Revere

From the Reno Gazette Journal: Paul Revere, leader of the 1960s band the Raiders and a popular act in Reno casino showrooms, died Saturday at age 76, according to his official web site. The Associated Press reported he died from cancer.
From the 1970s through the 1990s Revere was a staple at the Harrah's Reno cabaret, blending music and humor for sold-out shows. Revere held court behind his organ, punctuating comments with a crack of a whip or a shot from a revolver.
Revere was also involved in a club Kicks, named after one of his hit songs, that opened in the Reno National Bowling Stadium. It boasted they had the second best hamburger in Reno, a nod to the Awful Awful.
They peaked in national fame in the 1960s and early 1970s.
According to the official web site, Revere organized the Raiders in 1958 in Idaho. They were the first rock group to be signed with Columbia Records when in 1963 they recorded "Louie Louie." They also appeared on 520 episodes of Dick Clark's "Where the Action Is" on ABC and in 1968 and 1969 Revere co-hosted the weekly ABC TV series "Happening."
The website said the band had 23 consecutive hit singles, including "Indian Reservation," "Kicks," "Just Like Me," "Hungry," "Steppin' Out" and "Good Thing."
Roger Hart, manager for Paul Revere and the Raiders, said he died Saturday at his home in Garden Valley, Idaho, from cancer. Revere was born in Harvard, Neb., Hart said.
"He'd been quiet about it for some time," Hart said. "Treated at the Mayo Clinic, Paul stayed on the road as long as he could, then retired recently back to Idaho, where he and his wife, Sydney, always kept a home."
Revere, born Paul Revere Dick, became known as "the madman of rock and roll" for his theatrical colonial wardrobe and infectious onstage persona with the band.

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