The world is short for another Raider. Paul Revere, the keyboardist and leader of the 1960s rock band Paul Revere and the Raiders, died “peacefully” on Saturday at his Garden Valley, Idaho home. His death was announced on the band’s website, by the band’s manager Roger Hart. Revere’s death was a result of his battle with cancer. He was 76.
The band had a tour scheduled to start in November. Revere wrote on Facebook in July that he was taking a break from touring because of health issues: “It breaks my heart to have to stay home while the band goes out without me to our next block of dates. You don’t even know how much it kills me.”
Paul Revere Dick was the frontman for the legendary band. He often performed in three-cornered hats and other Revolutionary War-style clothing.
Nebraska born, he played in bands in Idaho and Oregon, until he eventually took the band to Hollywood and signed them to a deal with CBS/Columbia Records. The band released a number of songs which instantly became hits in the ‘60s and early ‘70s, including “Kicks,” “Hungry” and “Indian Reservation.” Revere was the band’s organist and the most hyperactive musician for decades. Because of his wacky personality he came to be known as “the madman of rock ‘n’ roll.”
The band’s fame grew as the Raiders appeared on “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand,” “Where the Action Is,” the “Ed Sullivan Show,” the “Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” and even the “Batman” television show.
Revere always had a deep respect for Dick Clark, whom he recognized as the main influence in the band’s popularity. Revere once wrote about seeing his mentor six weeks before Clark’s death in 2012: “I gave him a hug and told him everything I have and everything I am I owe to him.”
The band went through a number of members over the years. Besides Revere, the original Raiders included Mark Lindsay, Phil Volk, Drake Levin and Mike Smith. By 1968, Revere and Lindsay were the last original members, and Lindsay left to embark on a solo career in 1975. The drummer Mike Smith died in 2001 and the guitarist Drake Levin in 2009.
Revere’s survivors include his wife of 35 years, Sydney, and a son, Jamie.