Indian Reservation – Paul Revere and the Raiders – 1971

paul_revere_and_the_raiders_-_indian_reservationAfter over a decade in the industry and 32 single releases, Paul Revere and the Raiders finally hit #1 in the US in 1971 with Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian).

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  • Initially known as The Downbeats, The Raiders began as an instrumental band led by organist and founder Paul Revere Dick. That was in 1958.  By 1960 they had changed their name to Paul Revere & the Raiders and Mark Lindsay had joined the band as lead singer. (Remember Mark’s single, Arizona?)
  • In late 1961, Paul was drafted for military service. He became a conscientious objector and served as a cook at a mental institution for a year and a half of deferred service. Meanwhile, Mark Lindsay and the band continued to tour with a replacement pianist who went by the name of Leon Russell.
  • By 1962 Paul was back and, having signed to Columbia Records, the hits started coming. These included, Kick” (1966; ranked No. 400 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time), Hungry (1966), Him Or Me – What’s It Gonna Be? (1967) and the Platinum-certified classic #1 single Indian Reservation (1971).
  • By 1973, the band had produced around 20 charting singles and then, by 1978, the band had parted ways.
  • paulreveretheraiderskicks1963-1972-407649Gone but not forgotten – the punk and new wave 80s, saw fresh interest in the Raiders’ music; I’m Not Your Stepping Stone was covered by the Sex Pistols, Just Like Me was covered by Joan Jett and Pat Benatar. While David Bowie covered Louie, Go Home. The Who had earlier taken the same song and changed the title and lyrics to Lubie (Come Back Home). Kicks was covered by Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork as one of three new recordings included on their 1986 compilation, Then & Now… The Best of The Monkees.
  • The band reformed in 1978 and still perform today – in all over 35 musicians have been able to call themselves Raiders at some point in time, including Paul’s son, Jamie.
  • Paul died on October 4, 2014. He was 76.

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  • Indian Reservation’s full name is, Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian).
  • The song was written by is a song written by the renowned, John D. Loudermilk and first recorded by Marvin Rainwater (aka The Pale Faced Indian) in 1959 – it attracted little (i.e. no) interest.
  • Indian Reservation’s second serious recording was by Don Fardon in 1968. It reached #20 on the US charts and #3 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • Then, in 1971, Paul Revere & the Raiders had a go – their version topped went all the way to #1 in the US and sold over two million coples.
  • It was Paul Revere and the Raiders’ first and only #1 hit.
  • BTW – The Raiders’ lead singer Mark Lindsay is part Cherokee.
  • Indian Reservation lyrics.

indian reservation – paul revere and the raiders – 1971

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