Saturday, December 8, 2012

Your All-Time Favorite Garage Band!!! #1

There was absolutely NO doubt who Your All-Time Favorite Garage Band was ... The Shadows of Knight were the ONLY group to surpass 400 votes (they ended up with 414 in all) and, other than about a two-week head start by The Kingsmen, they pretty much led the polls the rest of the way, beating their closest competition by a full 10%.

Another reigning Chicago group, The Shadows of Knight are best known, of course, for their version of "Gloria", which topped the charts here in 1966 (and also made a Top Ten showing nationally, reaching #6 in Record World that spring.) It has all but eclipsed the Van Morrison original, recorded by his group Them (who could only muster a "Runners Up" showing in our poll.)

Often referred to as the "America's Version of The Rolling Stones", The Shadows of Knight had three more national chart hits for the Dunwich label ("Oh Yeah" reached #39, "Bad Little Woman" hit #88 and "I'm Gonna Make You Mine" spent one week at #90, all in 1966). Then they disappeared for a couple of years before landing as the "house band" at Buddah Records, recording the background tracks for any number of the popular bubblegum groups at the time. (With their sound deeply rooted in early Chicago Blues, this had to be a daily dose of irony for the band!)

They bounced back with a bubblegum hit of their own called "Shake" in 1968, which hit #39 in Cash Box and went to #12 here in Chicago.

Lead singer Jimy Sohns has never really stopped performing ... we recently went to his 66th Birthday Party / Concert and can tell you that Jimy still looks and sounds great. (And he still puts on one hell of a show ... although he confessed that it's a little bit harder to get out of bed the next day now than it was 35 years ago!!!)

He also had a few words to say to our Forgotten Hits Readers who voted him into the top spot:   

A few years ago ... I don't know, 2007 or 2008 ... Rolling Stone Magazine named us as the Greatest Garage Band Ever ... of course that was thanks to my good friend Little Steven ... I've known him forever ... but we still came out on top and that's all that mattered ... to be recognized for your work all those years later. 

You know when we started out there weren't a lot of clubs here in Chicago ... we were the house band at The Cellar in Arlington Heights and we would sometimes play there for six months at a time. Little Jimmy Peterik told me that he used to catch the train to come up there to see us. Then little by little, more clubs began to open up and more bands came around to become the "house band" at these different clubs ... The Cryan' Shames had their place and The Buckinghams had their place ... and more and more clubs started to open up where the kids could come out and listen to music being played live. But we played there at The Cellar for about six months straight. In fact, once we got big enough to go out on the road ... and by "out on the road" I mean like Rockford ... or Valparaiso, Indiana ... The Cellar actually had to shut down for a while until they could find some other bands to fill in while we were gone. Once we finally moved out of there, the band that took over for us ... that took our spot ... was Jimy Rogers and the Mauds. God bless Jimy ... one of the greatest voices in Chicago rock right up until the day he died ... and nobody ever knew ... because he never said a word.  

People talk about "Gloria" being the big break-through hit in 1966 ... and there've been stories going around for years about how WLS and Clark Weber got us to make that record ... and I love Clark, he's a great guy ... but people remember things differently. All I know is we were playing "Gloria" for a year before the record came out so nobody had to ask us to go out and learn that song in order to put a record out. We actually learned that song in a gas station up in Arlington Heights ... now if that's not a garage band, I don't know what it is ... and then we went out and played it that same night at The Cellar. Don't get me wrong ... the radio support here in Chicago was great and it became a #1 Hit here.   

We picked up on "Gloria" very early on ... and that was actually the B-Side of a Them record. The A-Side was Them's version of "Baby, Please Don't Go" ... and "Gloria" was on the B-Side ... and, as such, they let a lot of things go on that record because it was just a B-Side. There are a lot of little mistakes in that ... and here's a little bit of trivia for you ... you know who plays that guitar solo there in the middle on Them's version of "Gloria"? That's Jimmy Page! He sat in with a lot of bands back then in the studio and played on records by The Kinks, Them, "Hurdy Gurdy Man" by Donovan ... a whole bunch of 'em. He was doing his studio thing ... and then, later on, a few years later, The Shadows started doing some studio gigs, too, when we went over to Buddah Records. The "Shake"-era Shadows Of Knight ... there were usually at least two or maybe three of us on those records ... we were on "Yummy Yummy Yummy" and "Chewy Chewy" and "Down At Lulu's" and a whole bunch of those records that were very popular at the time with this new style of music. 

Critics and journalists have always referred to us as "America's Rolling Stones", which was right on the money ... that's what we were at the time ... but we never saw any royalty money from those records we recorded ... nobody did back then. At least when we went over to Buddah Records, we KNEW we weren't going to get any royalty money, playing as the "house band" ... but we thought we were going to get rich and famous with a hit the size of "Gloria" ... and that just never happened. 

People always want to ask me about the original band ... and the original band was great ... don't get me wrong, we were a great band and that's the band that made the records ... but we were only together for about three years! I've been doing this now for 46, 47 years. Those other guys didn't really stick with it but I've done SO many things over the past 46 years ... played with so many great musicians and I've kept in touch with many of them. Some of them have moved on or gotten into other things, but we're still rockin' ... I've got gigs lined up all the time and I still tear it up on stage ... it just takes me a little bit longer to get going the next day, that's all! 

But I'm glad the fans still love and appreciate the music of The Shadows Of Knight, as indicated by your poll. You told me that we were ahead by a landslide and it's great to hear that ... that people still know and love this music. 

Seriously, come out and see us some time and tell me what you think.  
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-- Jimy Sohns 

The first Chicago group to dent the national charts, the Shadows Of Knight had a Top 10 hit with their cover of Van Morrison’s ‘Gloria’. While the debate will probably never end, it’s my opinion that their version out snarls Them’s original and is still the definitive take on the oft-covered song (like ‘Hey Joe’, every garage band had to perform it). For an example of another amazing garage rock song — one of the greatest ever recorded — look no further than the Shadows’ ‘I’m Gonna Make You Mine’.
Mike Dugo /

Thanks again to everyone who voted ... and patiently waited for us to FINALLY get these results up on the website. (The Great Computer Crash of 2012 nearly wiped this one out forever ... but months of research finally enabled us to share this list with you ... and what a list it is!!!)  

Join us tomorrow for a few more of your garage band comments. (kk)

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Who Came In At #2???

Two words: ‘Louie Louie’. ‘Nuff said!
Mike Dugo /

When this whole Garage Band Poll first kicked off, I absolutely expected The Kingsmen to come out on top once all the votes were counted ... and they actually led the pack for a good chunk of the run. Before it was over, they had earned 374 of your votes ... but that ended up only being good enough for the #2 Spot.

Nevertheless, you're not going to find a more famous Garage Band Song than "Louie, Louie", a record that probably inspired hundreds if not thousands of kids to pick up guitars and drum sets and bang their hearts out (much to the dismay of many a parent, I'm sure) in the basement or garage of their family home. (Could there be a more famous opening riff?)

Held out of the top spot on The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart by (can you believe this?!?!?) The Singing Nun, they DID manage to earn a #1 showing in both Cash Box and Record World ... (and rightfully so!) ... as well as in the hearts of EVERY teenager growing up during this era. (A few weeks later The Beatles would hit, wiping out virtually everything "domestic" from the charts ... but The Kingsmen DID have a few more hits: their version of the Motown classic (also covered by The Beatles) "Money" (#16, 1964); "Little Latin Lupe Lu" (#46, 1964); "Death Of An Angel" (#33, 1964), the novelty hit "The Jolly Green Giant" (#4, 1965); "The Climb" (#39, 1965) and "Annie Fanny", an "Alley Oop" clone (#29, 1965).

Was there ever any doubt how high THESE guys would finish in our Top 20 All-Time Favorite Garage Bands Countdown?!?!? (kk)


Tomorrow all is revealed ...

Be sure to come back ... 

As we reveal Your All-Time Favorite Garage Band!!!

Friday, December 7, 2012


I mentioned a few days ago that I was a bit surprised by the group that came in at #3 on our list of Your All-Time Favorite Garage Bands ...

Not because I felt the didn't belong here ... (they certainly do!) ... and not because they didn't record a Garage Band Classic ... (they certainly did ... "Dirty Water" is one of my all-time favorites ... yet another opening guitar riff that grabs you and never lets go) ... but simply because when this series first started, they were never one of the artists whose name seemed to pepper every conversation.

This wasn't true with many of the other acts that finished near the top of our list ... but what The Standells managed to do (in their own quiet fashion) was end up on nearly everybody's list as a favorite, thus accumulating a substantial amount of votes.  (They earned 342 in all!)  And THAT was good enough for a Third Place Finish!!! (Congratulations, Guys!!!) 

Looking back over the list, it's really QUITE impressive to see how many of these songs that made such a mark on our lives were released in 1966. The Standells' anthem (the ultimate tribute to Boston if there ever was one ... despite the fact that they themselves hailed from Los Angeles!), "Dirty Water" is a classic example. '60's Rock just doesn't get any finer than this. 

"Dirty Water" climbed to #8 (#3 here in Chicago) and their next release, "Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White", just missed The Top 40, peaking at #43 in Billboard. In all, they'd have four Hot 100 chart singles. 

Perhaps most remarkable is the fact that the group was produced by Ed Cobb of The Four Preps, a mainstream, middle-of-the-road male vocal group who had a few of their own hits in the early '60's like the soft-rock, "collegiate-sounding" "26 Miles" (#4, 1958); "Big Man (#5, 1958) and "Down By The Station" (#13, 1960) ... along with the novelty hits "More Money For You And Me", "The Big Draft" and "A Letter To The Beatles". Who knew he had it in him to drudge up the grunge of "Dirty Water", which he also wrote!?!?!

A performing band well before ‘Dirty Water’ hit, Los Angeles’ (not Boston, despite the lyrics to their best remembered song) Standells have come to represent all that is great about garage rock. They had the look, the style and the sound of how we currently picture garage bands in our head. ‘Dirty Water’ opens with another instantly recognizable riff, and maintains its high garage rock quotient throughout. ‘Some Times Good Guys Don’t Wear White’ (their best song), ‘Riot On Sunset Strip’, ‘Why Pick On Me’, and ‘Try It’ are among other winners, but the Standells issued several excellent songs over the course of recording their five studio albums. They also appeared in a couple of movies, and were featured on The Munsters, Ben Casey and The Bing Crosby Show sitcom.
Mike Dugo /  

The Standells boasted a rare, singing drummer handling the lead vocals on their hits.  
(Didjaknow that Drummer Dick Dodd was an original Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club" back in the'50's?!?!?)

The Inmates did a pretty respectable remake of "Dirty Water" in 1980.  Meanwhile, "Dirty Water" is still played at major sporting events in Boston ... and has now become a fourth generation fan favorite.  (WTG, Guys!)  

This weekend we'll reveal your Top Two All-Time Favorite Garage Bands ... don't miss it!  (kk)

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Actually, it was the discussion of ? and the Mysterians that got this whole Garage Band Poll going in the first place. (I tried to reach Rudy Martinez ... who apparently ONLY goes by the name "Question Mark" these days ... for a few words and comments regarding their Top Five showing ... but never heard back. If any of our readers can let him know about our series ... and how well they fared in the countdown ... I'd appreciate it.)

Remember all the publicity Prince got when he changed his name to a symbol?  (And can you believe that was TWENTY YEARS AGO already?!?!?)  And everybody thought it was such an original and unique concept???  Au contraire, mes petits chouchous ... Rudy Martinez was using the "?" question mark symbol nearly thirty years earlier ... and went so far as to legally changing his name to "?" years later.  

"96 Tears" is, without question ... pun intended ... one of the stand-out tracks of the '60's ... it has SUCH a distinctive sound that, once you hear it, it never leaves you. It topped the charts in late 1966 and (despite the fact that, until recently, Cameo / Parkway material hasn't been commercially available for ages), has never really been off the radio.

The band had other chart hits, too ... "I Need Somebody" followed it into The Top 40, peaking at #15 later that same year ... and "Can't Get Enough Of You, Baby", while only reaching #47, became one of those huge, signature tunes when it was recorded by Smash Mouth thirty years later. (kk)

Perhaps the only group universally classified as a “garage band” to top the charts, Flint, Michigan’s ? & The Mysterians’ were led by Rudy Martinez, who also wrote their classic ‘96 Tears’. The organ-driven song has often times been credited with having the term “punk rock” — for the first time in print — applied to it (by critic Dave Marsh). ? & The Mysterians are often regarded as a “one-hit wonder”, but their follow-up song ‘I Need Somebody’ just missed making the Top 20.
Mike Dugo /

That "cheesy" Farfisa Organ became an integral part of the '60's sound ... and the intro to all of their hits immediately let the listener know that ? and the Mysterians were on the air!!! Great times ... great memories. (kk)

A recent film documentary by Terry Murphy declares ? and the Mysterians to be "The World's Greatest Garage Band" ... and they are, without QUESTION, right up there at the top ... but according to YOUR votes ... they OFFICIALLY come in at #4.

Martinez made headlines a few years back when his home was destroyed in a fire, destroying all of his precious memorabilia from the glory days.  Meanwhile, the band maintains a GREAT website, which you can view here:  
Click here: The Official Website Of ? and The Mysterians, 96 tears, and the Film 'Are You For Real?'    

We're getting closer and closer to YOUR choice as The Greatest Garage Band of All-Time ... stay tuned!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


My all-time favorite of the '60's Chicagoland Groups is The New Colony Six. They were the ones that broke the ground for all of the other bands to follow ... The Buckinghams, The Shadows Of Knight, The Cryan' Shames, The Ides Of March, The American Breed ... ALL of these other local groups followed in their footsteps ... and made HUGE impressions on our Chicagoland Charts once The New Colony Six paved the way with their "breakthrough" single "I Confess" in late 1965.

How weird is it that The New Colony Six and Paul Revere and the Raiders follow each other in this countdown???  Both dressed in revolutionary garb as a gimmick, trying to get noticed amongst all of the '60's rock bands springing up hot on the heels of The British Invasion. In fact, both groups even ended up staying at the same hotel in California for a short while after they made their way west seeking fame and fortune.

The difference, of course, is that Paul Revere and the Raiders got signed by Dick Clark and ended up hosting a daily afternoon music fest called "Where The Action Is" ... and The New Colony Six came home depressed and dejected ... only to find their own success some months later when some of the band members' parents pooled their money to start a small, independent record label in order to press up copies of their latest efforts.

Soon they were all over the radio ... and Chicagoland charts. Some of these records even crossed over to become national hits. And while they may always be best remembered for their late '60's ballads "I Will Always Think About You" and "Things I'd Like To Say", the band began as a TRUE garage band in every sense of the genre. (In fact, a few years ago, The New Colony Six ... still performing gigs around the area in the summer months ... were invited out to New York City to perform at Cavestomp, an annual salute to Garage Band and Punk Music!)

How popular were they here in Chicago?  Well, to give you an idea, BOTH of today's featured tracks peaked at #2 on the WLS Silver Dollar Survey ... and these came a couple of years before Ronnie Rice joined the band and took them down the ballads road to success.

Here's their well-known (in Chicagoland anyway) appearance from that television classic "Kiddie A-Go-Go", performing "I Lie Awake". (This one sounds like they took George Gershwin out to the garage and gave him a little bit of an attitude adjustment ... listen closely and you'll hear the melody of Gershwin's infamous "Rhapsody In Blue" intertwined with The New Colony Six's very own on the verses of this song!)

We've also got a couple of their early local hits to share ... First up ... "I Confess", their chart debut, followed by "Love You So Much", both of which reached #2 locally!

Another great Chicago group, the New Colony Six, are best known for their two excellent light rock hits of the late ‘60s: ‘I Will Always Think About You’ and ‘Things I’d Like To Say’ (two personal favorites). Their earlier albums, Breakthrough and Colonization — and their singles recorded for the Centaur (Sentar) label, particularly ‘At The River’s Edge’ and ‘I Confess’ — are much more indicative of the garage rock sound. Bonus points awarded for the garage pop sound of ‘I Love You So Much’, another personal favorite.
Mike Dugo /

We did a month-long feature on The New Colony Six a few years ago in Forgotten Hits ... so I was especially pleased to hear from some of the original guys about their high-ranking "All-Time Favorite Garage Band" placement!

It was great to hear that so many people continue to remember the New Colony 6 and are willing to vote for us. If a basement band qualifies as a garage band we are still in the race. My basement was where we did our rehearsing until the “big time” and we got rehearsal space on S. Michigan Ave. I don’t think that I ever really thanked my parents for their patience and understanding and willingness to give up hearing the sound of their favorite TV shows while we were downstairs learning our craft. Here’s to you Mom and Dad.
Best Regards,
Chic James

What was the inspiration for your name?
An empty bottle of Old Colony soda, a little imagination and the fact that there were six of us.   

What was your greatest motivation to be successful?
We wanted to be successful enough that we wouldn't have to play for adults (who had all the money) and could play exclusively for kids (who were all the fun).    

How did you select your songs? Did you use any studio musicians?
We wanted to be 100% us. We wrote, arranged, recorded and performed everything ourselves. We didn't want to be anyone else or let anyone else tell us what to do or how to do it.    

What was the strangest experience you ever had?
In 1965 we packed our bags, got on a bus and headed for fame and fortune in LA. We picked out a motel, and within 30 minutes of checking in, Paul Revere and the Raiders checked into the same motel wearing the same outfits. Only difference - they had an audition to do Where the Action Is - we had zot. So we spent the summer doing battles of the bands, free parking lot concerts, and store openings. 

Interesting side note - we did some of the store openings with a young and unknown Glen Campbell. And all that free time solidified our writing and arranging skills.   

"And it's all true. Give or take a lie or two."
Walt Kemp

We can only vote for ONE Garage Band?
That would be the NEW COLONY SIX.
In as much as I have some history with this band, it would be only fitting for MY VOTE to go to them. You could ask why?
They have proven to be the absolute rock bottom beginning of the Garage Band Era. The Genesis of the term.
They started out in a Garage. But as they got better and they upgraded to a basement.
Many of those early song where created in that environment of Concrete and Wooden Studs.
I CONFESS, was forged from that environment. Then song after song seemed to be produced from just Concrete and Studs.
Actually Kent, just foolin' around. I have been watching this Garage Band Vote and am very proud to be part of it.
It is a very cool idea and gives everyone a chance to give thought of the beginning of what we now call the Garage Band Era.
Keep up the Great work! Subjects like this will always spark interest.
Craig Kemp

To those who voted for us and any of you who still occasionally spin our vinyl or turn on one of the many compilation New Colony Six CDs, I offer you this hastily crafted lyrical reworking of Elf Song (Ballad of the Wingbat Marmaduke). I will grant you that this choice is odd, especially considering the genre where you gave us kudos, but it’s what came to me this morning --- new words, for your amusement, to a very peculiar song that Pat, Gerry and I wrote in late 1965, which eventually wound up on our Colonization album. It was both a massive failure as a single release and would surely require a mighty stretch to be considered representative of garage rock. Nevertheless, perhaps it offers a peek inside one of the six minds who didn’t know enough about music at the time to preclude accidentally bringing something new to the marketplace; but I digress.

Without further ado, with inspirational credit for the original song to J.R. R. Tolkien, whose literary classics all NC6ers enjoyed reading (in the decades prior to his works becoming cinematic treasures), I offer you Ray’s Song (Ballad of the New Colony Six):

Many years ago in Chic’s basement in Big C(hicago)
A strange sextet, young men, became celebrities.
We laughed and we played,
Rock & roll, unafraid –
Garage rock’s what they called the tunes we made.
Paid! Laid … Grayed?
Everybody said,
“What’s that fur on your head?
You a girl, boy? Comb that mop, hippie!”
Freak, Geek, ‘Nique …
Gigs got bigger sized;
Semi-stars in our eyes.
Six’s Breakthrough; Beatles’ Rubber Soul.
Feat, Beat, Neat!
Adventures to us had much appeal (Ooh, Ahh, Ooh, Ahh)
The more excitement the better we’d feel! (Woo, Hah, Woo, Hah)
But once upon a time,
Amidst this stardom climb,
Some dingbat arguments spread terror far.
Oh, No! Woe..
Senseless quibbles here,
Changing folks and gears,
New direction; become balladeers!
Strangers; (Ar)rangers = Danger!
Armed with pop rock hits
Then the DJs quit
Playing NC6 – the end was near…
But what then?
Time-off; Re-unite. We still play some nights.
Google; YouTube; MySpace; FaceBook; SEARCH!

For New Colony Six compilations that are still out there – [although we have no incentive to tell you about them other than the ego boost in knowing y’all still care enough to buy a disc or download a tune … ] – see Sundazed (USA), Rhino (USA), Rev-Ola (UK), Cherry Red (UK), Mercury of Japan …
Peace …
Ray Graffia, Jr.

Thank you, Ray ... and GREAT way to scam another New Colony Six track into the mix ... because my guess is VERY few readers will be able to sing along to this one in their heads without at least first hearing the original track! (lol)

As always, thank you for your continued support of Forgotten Hits ... and congratulations to ALL the guys for their EXCELLENT showing in our countdown. See that ... the REAL fans remember ... and still care. (The New Colony Six are the first of five bands to break the 300-vote barrier in our recent All-Time Favorite Garage Bands Poll ... wtg, guys!) kk

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Here's yet another one that kind of surprised me ... but the truth is, Paul Revere and the Raiders scored votes consistently throughout our polling process. (Maybe it's because they recorded THEIR version of "Louie Louie" at the very same studio that The Kingsmen recorded their chart-topping version ... and only a week apart!!!)

(Whew! Talk about your vintage clips ... and there's Mark Lindsay at his "saxy" best!)

Their music grew more and more sophisticated over time, especially once lead singer Mark Lindsay started writing songs with Producer Terry Melcher ... but some of their earliest hits ... like "Steppin' Out", "Just Like Me" and "Good Thing" probably all qualify as Garage Band Classics. (Maybe that's why the earned 292 of your votes, enough to land in Sixth Place on your All-Time Favorites list. (kk)

‘Hungy’. ‘Good Things’. ‘Steppin’ Out’. ‘Ups And Downs’. ‘Kicks’. ‘Him Or Me’ — great song after great song. Fate has played a cruel trick on Idaho’s Paul Revere & The Raiders, however. They’re perhaps considered too corny-mainstream (with their Revolutionary War outfits and teen magazine appeal) for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, and for too many years were considered too square / bubblegummy for garage rock fans (due to image — not sound). Those in the know today, however, realize what a fantastic band — pop, rock, garage or bubblegum — they truly were. Their string of hits (and non-hits) lands them squarely at the very top of any list of great ‘60s rock and roll groups. In 2012, there’s no denying Paul Revere & The Raiders all the accolades they’re due.
Mike Dugo /

I second THAT emotion! Having seen the guys a couple of times recently, I can personally vouch for just how much fun they are to watch, performing live in concert. (In my book, the best two live bands today performing on the "oldies circuit" are Paul Revere and the Raiders and Herman's Hermits featuring Peter Noone ... I've never seen anything less than a stellar show from either one of these artists!) 

I asked Paul Revere if HE considered the band to be of the "Garage Band Persuasion" ... and he immediately said "Yes ... absolutely ... although they didn't call them garage bands back then".    

 Paul Revere and The Raiders were a total garage band in the beginning, although I don't remember using that term ourselves back then. We were influenced by the great R&B bands of the time and we ended up sounding a lot like a funky Rolling Stones, although we had never even heard of them back then. It's funny that they were influenced by American R&B bands, and straight ahead blues, too, and they wound up sounding pretty similar to us. The Raiders were basically just a bunch of crazy, fun loving wild men who loved R&B and loved to play party rock!
Once we hooked up with Columbia, Terry Melcher and Dick Clark, we kind of got molded and squeezed into a certain direction with a much slicker sound. We still had a hard edge but it was more polished. All of the TV we did really changed everything too, we had to be much more commercial. We went kicking and screaming at first but eventually we developed a sound that was our own out of all of those influences, and had great success.
I can't tell you how many big rock stars I’ve met from the 70s, 80s and 90s who tell me how much Paul Revere and The Raiders influenced their own sound and helped give them their edge while they were cutting their teeth in music, That’s something I'm really proud of.
Paul Revere  

Listen to the records and watch the old clips ... sometimes and it's hard to tell Mark Lindsay and Mick Jagger apart!  

These guys ABSOLUTELY belong in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ... it's criminal that they've never even been nominated. And I don't care if you catch the current version of Paul Revere and the Raiders, featuring the craziest guy in rock and roll, Paul Revere, newcomers lead vocalist Darren Dowler and our buddy Tommy Scheckel on drums and long-timers Ron Foos, Danny Krause and Doug Heath ... or former lead vocalist Mark Lindsay, now performing as a solo artist (and stealing the show on The Happy Together Again Tour a couple of years ago, which he joins again in 2013), you really can't go wrong. (kk)

Yesterday we told Forgotten Hits email subscribers about the brand new "Where The Action Is" Tour featuring Paul Revere and the Raiders, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels and The Association.

Here are some of the dates already booked ... with more shows being added all of the time:   
Click here: Paul Revere & The Raiders | Tour Dates   

Mark Lindsay does not have any of his tour dates posted at this time ... and The Happy Together Again schedule for 2013 hasn't officially been released yet ... but you can rest assured that we will share this information with you as soon as it becomes available.

Tomorrow in Forgotten Hits ... those OTHER guys in their revolutionary outfits!!!