Paul Revere & The Raiders
One of the most commercially popular American rock bands of the 1960s, Paul Revere & the Raiders enjoyed a 40-year career. Formed in Oregon in the late ‘50s around organist Paul Revere, the Raiders played an edgy brand of pop-minded rock influenced by the sound of the British Invasion. With 1965’s “Steppin’ Out,” the Raiders began a remarkably successful run, which included the high-charting singles “Kicks” and “Hungry,” among others. The members of the band also appeared regularly on television, performing music and sketch comedy, heightening the band’s profile, and helping them become Columbia’s top-selling rock act by 1967. In the late ‘60s, despite line-up changes, band turmoil, and waning popularity, the Raiders continued to score chart hits, culminating in their 1971 #1 hit “Indian Reservation.” More turmoil and line-up changes ensued, but--in various incarnations-- the band continued releasing albums and performing for decades to come.