8 Reasons Paul Revere & The Raiders Were Among The Hardest Rocking Bands Of The ’60s

Paul Revere, the flamboyant leader and keyboard player for the influential 1960s group, has died at 76.

Rock ’n’ roll lost a true original on October 4th with the death of Paul Revere, flamboyant leader and keyboard player for the influential 1960s group, Paul Revere & The Raiders. The cause of death has not been announced but sources say the 76-year-old was battling cancer in recent months. 

Despite their gimmicky Revolutionary War uniforms, the Pacific-based band consistently banged out some of the hardest hitting rock of the decade, offering America its greatest defense against the British Invasion. Even after signing a major contract with Columbia, famed L.A. producer Terry Melcher wisely left their garage-friendly sound intact, creating amped up proto-punk records that sound decades before their time. 

With Mark Lindsay on lead vocals, the Raiders scored five Top 10 hits including “Kicks,” Hungry,” “Good Thing,” and “Him Or Me, What’s It Gonna Be,” and also 1971’s Number One smash “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian).” They also became unlikely television figures, appearing regularly on squeaky-clean teen programs like Where The Action Is and It’s Happening to deliver their uncompromising sounds across network airwaves.

VH1 is paying tribute to Paul Revere today by looking back at the chart-busters and deep cuts from the self proclaimed “madman of rock ’n’ roll.” For the band’s long-time fans, we hope you rediscover some great music. And for the uninitiated, we offer a piece of advice: turn it up. Read on for 8 songs that prove why Paul Revere & The Raiders were among the hardest rocking bands of the ’60s.

 

8. “Steppin’ Out” (1966)

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