Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Love Continues ... For Paul Revere

Last Tuesday we ran another installment of memories of the great Paul Revere, who passed away on Saturday, October 4th, at his home in Idaho.  (Scroll back to see our tributes from Sunday, October 5th, and Tuesday, October 7th, in case you missed them.)

Here it is a week later and the tributes just keep on comin'.  This man touched SO many lives.  Keep in mind that MOST people never got the chance to meet him ... yet EVERYBODY who heard his music, watched him on TV or caught a live concert was affected by this man.  And those of us we had the chance to get to know him will be grieving for a long, long time.

But there is NO greater cure than music.  So read these ... cry a little if you need to (it's all-right) ... and then smile at the wondrous gift he gave us ... through his music, his sense of humor and his compassion for others.  (kk)


The passing of Paul Revere has cast a long shadow of sadness with our readers ...    

Here are a few more emails we received after last Tuesday's tribute ran ...   

Dino, Desi & Billy will be forever grateful to our "Uncle Paul" and all the Raiders for believing in us enough to take us out on the road with them (and the great Tommy Roe) throughout Florida and the deep south back in the mid-'60s as part of a Dick Clark Tour.  Paul was one of our mentors then and continued to be a friend throughout the years.  We will miss him and his great sense of humor.
Billy Hinsche
Paul and Dino - Kahala Hilton, Hawaii 1967 © Billy Hinsche Archives

Hey Kent;
I just put my show together for The FLip Side for Tuesday night (10/14).    

My tribute to Paul Revere & The Raiders will include 45s as usual, but I will also be playing the 1966 album "Just Like Us", in its' entirety.  

Everybody tune in to www.radiofreenashville.org, then click "Listen Now!" from 7 - 8 pm (central time).
Mr. C.

That's tonight, folks, if you're able to tune in!  (kk)

You mentioned The Great Airplane Strike ... and I always loved that song. It always reminded me of the Stones. Mark sounds a lot like Mick on it and the harmony in the chorus is not unlike a few Stones tunes. 
I didn't get to see Paul Revere and the Raiders in the 60's when they came to North Dakota but my friends that did see them always said they were great. Never got to see them here in the Twin Cities either. We are a bit starved for 50's and 60's artists here. Definitely prefer the Hungry era stuff to the latter stuff, but I love it all. I bought Let Me just for that scream on the end. 
I've never quit listening to that great music, and I won't. Sorry, Steve Miller, Journey, and Mr. Cougar, but the Raiders are much more rockin'. 
I couldn't agree with you more, Bill!  Mark Lindsay sounded like Mick Jagger on a number of recordings back in the day ... in fact, watching him perform there is no doubt what an influence Mick was on him ... Lindsay "moved like Jagger" before anybody else even knew what that meant!  They had a very similar sound and stage presence at that point in time ... and there's no question that The Raiders held their own against all of The British Invasion Acts that came our way.  (Being on TV five times a week didn't hurt 'em either!!!  lol)
I heard from THREE different people last week who told me that the very first concert they ever attended was Paul Revere and the Raiders ... in all cases, they were so young their parents had to take them and their friends to see the show.  All regretted not keeping up with the band over the years.  Truth is, most people don't ... it's just the fanatics like us who never outgrew our teenage obsessions!  (lol)  But all were visibly shaken by the sad news of Paul's death.  Like it or not, he was still part of their lives ... there was STILL a connection.  And that's the power of music, man ... don't EVER underestimate it!  (And don't ever quit listening to this great music either ... if radio won't give us what we want to hear, we'll just seek it out elsewhere!)  kk

It is obviously heart-felt sadness when one of "our" musicians is lost to our vision.  I can seldom express in words the depth of my feelings of loss.  These are people that I grew up with, transformed my life in positive ways, and relied on in times of stress and sorrow.  Then I remember how grateful I am for their appearance in my life, and become thankful for each minute I knew them or of them.  It is always a loss, but wrapped in a blessing.  I again thank each of you for your places in my life.
Shelley J Sweet-Tufano

Shelley also sent us this posting about Paul's visitation ...

Public invited to visitation and funeral for Idaho music legend Paul Revere  
CORRECTION: This story originally reported the Sunday event as a public viewing. Family members say it is a visitation.
Fans of Treasure Valley musician Paul Revere will have two opportunities to say goodbye, at a visitation Sunday evening and at a funeral the following day.
The visitation period will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at Summers Funeral Home, 1205 W. Bannock St. in downtown Boise. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St. Both events are open to the public.  Revere, 76, died Saturday at his home in Garden Valley, in Boise County. He had battled brain cancer for 18 months.
Revere is survived by his wife of 34 years, Sydney Revere; daughter, Jodeen; son, Jamie; granddaughter, Lily; and sister, Virginia, all of whom live in Idaho.
Revere was the organist and leader of Paul Revere & the Raiders, which recorded 23 consecutive hits in the 1960s as a leading American voice during the British Invasion. Dressed in over-the-top Revolutionary War-inspired stage garb, the Raiders were known for their slapstick live performances.
Raiders' lead singer Mark Lindsay, who was born in Eugene, Ore., but also grew up in Idaho, expressed his sadness at Revere's death in a posting on his Facebook page.
"We all know that Paul had been very ill for a while, and you always hope for the best — a miracle, maybe. But it just wasn't to be this time," Lindsay wrote. "It is still surreal to think that he is gone. I'm sure this cannot be an easy time for Sydney and all of Paul's family, and I wish them all the best, and peace."
Around 1963, a frenetic Raiders show at the Hollywood Cinnamon Club caught the eye of Bill Medley, who sang in another band on its rise to fame, the Righteous Brothers. Medley and Revere became close friends and business partners. Decades later, the Raiders opened for the Righteous Brothers more than 1,000 times playing in Las Vegas and as a nightly act at Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater in Branson, Mo.  Revere and his Raiders appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson.
In the mid-1960s, the Raiders starred in their own show produced by Dick Clark, a close friend of Revere's, called "Where the Action Is." Two more TV shows followed, "Happening '68" and "Happening '69," both produced by Clark.
Revere was born as Paul Revere Dick in Harvard, Neb., in 1936. When he was a small boy, his family moved to Canyon County, and he graduated from Caldwell High School in 1956.
He opened a barbershop as a teenager and attracted business by offering the haircut popular with the youth: the ducktail. By 19, he owned three barbershops and a drive-in restaurant, where he began performing with his band, The Downbeats.
The band started playing Treasure Valley venues before moving to Portland and becoming Paul Revere & the Raiders. Revere legally changed his name to Paul Revere around that time.
The Raiders graduated from regional attraction to national hit in the early '60s with hits such as "Kicks" and "Mo'reen."
After the Raiders disbanded in the '70s, Revere turned his attention to Boise real estate and development. He bought and sold high-dollar land in partnership with White-Leasure Development Co., including development of the Westpark Town Plaza and nearby parcels on Milwaukee Street.
Revere also opened two nightclubs in Reno, Nev., during the '80s.
Time away from music also freed up Revere to start the Ride to the Wall Foundation, which raises money for veteran causes. Revere started each performance by honoring the veterans in attendance. The Raiders played shows as well as devoted merchandise sales to veteran causes, including Stand Down events held annually around the country.
The Raiders got back together in the '80s and played gigs at casinos, cruise ships, state fairs and other venues that keep a steady stream of reunion tours coming through. Several gigs were ongoing, including two a week opening for the Righteous Brothers at the New Frontier Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in 1985 and 1986. The bands teamed up again at Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater in the mid-2000s before the sputtering economy shut the operation down.
Revere kept performing until April when the cancer and treatments sapped his strength. Revere sold his Branson house and moved back to Garden Valley full time to spend his last days.
"Mo'reen"?!?!?  What the heck is THAT?!?!  These guys had nearly two dozen major hits ... and the best they could come up with is "Mo'reen"?!?!  (kk)

Meanwhile FH Reader David Lewis sent in this video of the readings at his funeral ...

Just read all of the tributes. Very touching. Thanks for sharing.   
Georgiann Burke    

I remember being nine years old and buying “Just Like Me” by The Raiders. I got it home and all the Power Rock n Roll came pouring out. It was one of my top couple of records from 1965-66, and still is!! Thanks to Paul Revere & The Raiders.
Ken Freck  

I spent an evening with Paul Revere and a six pack of Bud one night after a show during the ‘Where the Action Is’ period. While Mark Lindsay, wrapped only in a sheet and groupy-hopping, cavorted up and down the floor, Paul and I sat and sipped beers talking business, because he was primarily a business man and the most down-to-earth guy in the rock star business.  He was no more a ‘mad man,’ than Alice Cooper, and both men understood the importance of putting on a show.  He'd made-up the whole Revere and the Raiders deal, playing off his name and wearing Revolutionary War attire, and at that point he'd just started making good money. Paul was happily married, had just bought a place in the Valley, and a new Mustang, and he was looking forward to putting in a pool.  I was privileged to spend time with a lot of well-known performers, but Paul was one of the nicest and most real. It is sad to see him pass just when he and his beloved wife of 35 years. Sydney, who also has health problems, finally were able to settle down at their beautiful home in the Idaho countryside.”
Don Sundeen

Dressed like a Raider ('' ... or I'd look like a used car salesman with long hair ...'') and waving a $10 bill, Paul Revere pays a delinquent Ada County property tax bill in January, 1995. Revere demanded change for his $9.91 in property taxes and when the media had dutifully noted the payment, took back the $10, promising to turn in a check to cover the real bill — $533 — later in the afternoon.

When the Raiders were at their peak in ‘70/’71, Paul Revere used to travel up to Tahoe and stop in Sacramento along the way and pull up to KROY where we had a window onto the street and two-way communication with people outside.  He’d connect with Gene Lane, my 6-10 jock, and get invited in and he’d always provide several breaks of intelligent, informative, articulate and entertaining dialogue.  We loved him and I’m sure it was mutual or he wouldn’t have kept coming back.

God bless him.
Bob Sherwood
>>>Revere was already a successful businessman before he pursued his rock and roll dreams.  He owned a couple of restaurants and really did meet Mark Lindsay this way ... Lindsay worked for the bakery that delivered the buns to one of Paul's hamburger joints!  (Thus "the bun boy" in song.)  Their earliest singles were instrumentals!  Lindsay was the band's sax player in the earlier years.  Who knew he would later step out front and offer the world one of the most distinctive voices in rock and roll?!?!  After Revere got drafted it looked like it spelled the end of the band ... but instead, once he got back home he recruited all new players, put Lindsay out front on lead vocals and the hits just kept on coming.  (kk)   
How did Mark Lindsay get into Paul Revere's band?  Mark heard that Paul -- whose full real name was, believe it or not, Paul Revere Dick -- was looking for a sax player.  Mark's interest in joining the group was so strong that he decided to overlook the fact he had never played a saxophone before in his life.   Fortunately, though, his uncle had one and was willing to lend it to Mark -- who, having no idea what he was doing, gave himself a crash course in sax playing simply by honking the thing in as many different ways as he could literally overnight.  Incredibly, at the audition, Mark was able to fake it enough to land the job.  By the time Paul discovered that Mark couldn't really play the instrument, the new member had already established himself as the group's lead singer.  Mark, of course, went on to become one of the very best rock 'n' roll singers of all time, as proven by such hits as "Him or Me," "Let Me" and, of course, "Indian Reservation."  And unlike many rock vocalists, Mark also proved he could handle more gentle material, from "Arizona" and "Silver Bird" to his version of "O Little Town of Bethlehem," which should have appeared on the Raiders' Christmas LP but instead turned up on a Columbia budget line compilation album ("Rockin' Christmas").  

Gary Theroux

Hi Kent -
So sad to hear of Paul Revere's passing. 
I followed his career since the beginning. One of my earliest 45's I bought was "Like Long Hair"! Unfortunately, I lost or misplaced it some how. But if I still had it, I would have it in my juke box!
Was fortunate to see him and the Raiders at Westchester Place when he filled in for Tommy James and the Shondells. The crowd loved them, especially Paul's humor! They got a standing ovation.
Thank you so much for the tribute of comments from all his fans.

Former Raider Keith Allison posted this message last week about the loss of his friend ...  

I have lost my dear friend and colleague of fifty years.  A lifetime.  Words cannot express our shared love, exploits, inside jokes and the thousands of great memories. My heart goes out to his loving wife Sydney and his two children, Jamie and Jodie.  
Paul's greatest satisfaction in life was watching all his boys blossom under his guidance ... he was a great mentor.  I owe my career to him and Dick Clark.  He loved tropical islands and his beloved mountains of Idaho. Now I have to try to live in a world without him.   
The last words I said to him just a few weeks ago were, 'I love you Paul,' and he replied in kind. Over the last years, we told each other that every time we talked. I will say more in the future but right now I am at a loss for words. My heart is broken. 
-- Keith Allison

Check out this posting by Billy Bob Thornton on the Paul Revere and the Raiders Facebook page ...   

Paul Revere was one of the kindest men I ever met. He had such interest in people and enthusiasm for life. I am so happy I had the opportunity to get to know him, as he was a big part of my youth. Paul Revere and the Raiders were on TV or on the record player around our house all the time. When I went to his home I was made to feel as welcome as a family member. When I asked if it would be possible to see a Raiders jacket or hat, he disappeared into the house and not only came out fully dressed in an entire Raiders outfit, but also gave me one. I am a proud owner of one of Paul's Raiders outfits, complete with a tri-corner hat. I still stare at it like it can't be real. But it is. And that's what Paul was. Real.
-- Billy Bob Thornton    

The passing of Paul Revere reminded me of this. 
Watching his drummer, Tommy Scheckel, slay the skins is like watching Dick Butkus play linebacker.    Physical, dramatic and unforgettable. Tommy may be the most engaging drummer I've seen since Keith Moon was with "The Who.  Schek's flamboyance behind the drum set is a sight all FH members should see. The guy is a show in himself.  
Chet Coppock  
Author: Chet Coppock: Laying it on the Line 
One of our readers who was at the Paul Revere show at The Arcada in April called Tommy "The Tit's Nipples" when it came to drumming ... a label I'm sure he hoped wouldn't stick!  (lol) But it still cracks me up every I think of it ... and I think ALL of us could use a good smile right about now.  Thanks Chet!  (kk)  

And from Tommy himself ...   

Kent -   
I want to thank you and your readers for the great ongoing tribute you’re paying Paul, as well as the wonderful attention you’ve always paid to Paul Revere and The Raiders whenever we’ve come to town.  You did a great job and I just wanted to thank you.  
We’re devastated, to say the least. His passing has hit me like a sledgehammer, and it’s going to be quite a while before I can think of him without getting choked up big time. It’s hard to wrap your head around such a powerful force of nature, such a happy soul like Paul, getting so sick, so quickly, but I guess we’re all growing up and we have to deal with the passing of our loved ones and heroes with greater frequency. We don’t have to like it, but we do have to deal with it. 
I had written a tribute to Paul for our website and Facebook page that I’d hoped would give people some insight to the kind of guy Paul was, and how he touched the lives of people he came in contact with. I also wrote about Paul on my personal Facebook page, this one talking a bit about what it was like backstage with Paul, and what he was like to work for. I figured between these two statements, and all of the fact-based stories that have come out, we’d pretty much cover all the bases for Paul.  
But I was remiss in not mentioning a major accomplishment and passion of Paul's in both my stories, and it needs to be stated - the amazing charity work that he did for our Veterans! Since the '70s he’s paid tribute to the Vets at every single show, but beyond that, he started a non-profit organization and contributed substantial amounts of time, money and merchandise proceeds to help Vets returning home. It started when he saw the sad way returning Viet Nam Vets were treated upon returning home. During shows he always mentioned that proceeds from merchandise sales went to help Vets but he never elaborated. He said just enough in hopes that people would find it in their hearts to help, but he didn’t want to aggrandize himself in the process. Like everything Paul did, it’s a well- structured charity business model, and he made sure that every dime goes to help Veterans. 
For those who have asked if we will continue performing, the answer is a resounding yes. As long as there’s an interest in booking The Raiders, we’ll continue to perform, not only for ourselves and Raider fans, but most of all for Paul. The one thing I saw him get emotional about was asking the band to continue to perform in his name. This is his baby, his life’s work and his passion, and he wanted to know that it wouldn’t die with him. He’s refined and honed this show to run like a Swiss watch and he was extremely proud of what he’d built. We’ll perform as Paul Revere’s Raiders and pay tribute to Paul. We’re developing some multi-media segments that should be very special. We’ve performed a number of shows without Paul and within minutes of each show’s finale my cell phone would ring. It was Paul asking how it went. Wanting to hear everything, leaving no details out. Full of glee, so proud of us, wishing more than anything in this world that he was there with us.   
Our Facebook page is now posting statements from musical icons paying tribute to Paul. I love it, and so would Paul. I saw a Tom Petty concert review this morning (http://www.mercurynews.com/music/ci_26671668/review-tom-petty-and-heartbreakers-rock-fans-san ) and the reviewer said, “One of the most memorable moments of the night came when Petty spoke of Paul Revere, the '60s rock star who died the day prior. Petty then paid a nice tribute to the icon, leading the Heartbreakers through the Paul Revere and the Raiders garage-rock smash "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone."  
All of these tributes, yours included, break our hearts, but move them as well, and we thank you from the bottom.  Thanks always for your support, buddy.  
Peace … 
Tommy Scheckel   
Paul Revere and The Raiders website: http://www.paulrevereandtheraiders.com   
Paul Revere and The Raiders Facebook:
Tommy Scheckel Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tommy-Scheckel/512011305525160