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Paul Revere and the Raiders: Rock Frontman Dies at 76 of Cancer

By    |   Monday, 06 Oct 2014 01:33 PM

Organist Paul Revere of the Raiders rock band, famous for hits like "Louie, Louie" and "Indian Reservation (Cherokee People)," died over the weekend at the age of 76.

According to The Associated Press, Roger Hart, manager for Paul Revere and the Raiders, said Revere died Saturday at his home in Garden Valley, Idaho, from cancer.

"He'd been quiet about it for some time," Hart said. "Treated at the Mayo Clinic, Paul stayed on the road as long as he could, then retired recently back to Idaho, where he and his wife, Sydney, always kept a home."

Revere, born Paul Revere Dick, became known as "the madman of rock and roll" for his theatrical colonial wardrobe and infectious onstage persona with the band.

"From Day 1, we've always been a party band that accidentally had some hit records and accidentally got on a hit television series," Revere told The Associated Press in a 2000 interview.

The group became popular in 1963 with its rendition of Richard Berry's "Louie, Louie" before releasing its own hits, such as "Kicks," "Hungry," and "Good Thing." The band's biggest smash came in 1971 with "Indian Reservation."

Paul Revere and the Raiders served as the house band for the Dick Clark TV show "Where the Action Is" and made an appearance as themselves in the "Batman" TV series starring Adam West.

While the band's line-up changed over the past 50 years, Revere remained a constant presence with the group and he continued touring until earlier this year.

"I don't want to get into the details but let's just say, it ain't fun," Revere wrote last year of his battle with cancer. "It's been rough getting through the last few shows, but I would do whatever it takes to avoid missing a show. I'm giving it my all, and then some, and the band tells me I've been even more awesome than usual."



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Organist Paul Revere of the Raiders rock band, famous for hits like "Louie, Louie" and "Indian Reservation (Cherokee People)," died over the weekend at the age of 76.
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