Paul Revere of Paul Revere & The Raiders, a cult garage-rock outfit primarily active in the 1960s and early 1970s, has died at 76. The cause of his passing, as announced by the Raiders’ manager, Roger Hart, is cancer.
Born Paul Revere Dick in Harvard, Nebraska, the organist and leader of the Raiders founded the band in 1958; it was not until 1961 though that the group scored their first hit, the instrumental song “Like, Long Hair.” Other successful singles followed in 1966 (“Kicks” and “Hungry”), and 1971’s “Indian Reservation” was the band’s sole #1 hit in the United States. Thanks to their raw-but-catchy, streamlined sound, gimmicky trademark image (the band usually dressed in colonial outfits), and infectious live shows, the Raiders are now one of the most fondly-remembered garage-rock, proto-punk acts of the 1960s.
Watch Paul Revere & The Raiders perform at the peak of their career, on the Smothers Brothers’ Show: