by Robert Wilkinson
Today’s the birthday of the lead singer of “America’s Rolling Stones,” the great Mark Lindsay!
Mark Lindsay (March 9, 1942) co-founded Paul Revere and the Raiders in 1960 with "Last Mad Man of Rock and Roll," Paul Revere Dick (January 7, 1938-October 4, 2014). Once they were signed by Columbia Records in 1965, the Raiders started a long run of proto-punk garage rock classics.
Called “America’s Rolling Stones,” they had a pounding, driving rock and roll energy fused with R&B along with a dynamic and funny stage show. They were also the very popular house band on the tv show “Where the Action Is,” and racked up 4 hits in the Top Ten, with front man Mark Lindsey also having a successful solo #1 hit toward the end of the run with “Indian Reservation.”
So today we celebrate one of America’s great live shows! These clips should give you a sense of just how funny and talented they truly were!
Just before they broke big with “Just Like Me,” they had introduced themselves to the world with this song, which Paul claims they did first, even before the Kingsmen, whose version charted higher. “Louie Louie”
Also before “Just Like Me,” this stomping tune made it to #46 on the charts “Steppin’ Out”
From the Ed Sullivan Show, Paul Revere and the Raiders doing a short version of their biggest hit to a backing track! (Ed sounds a bit impatient!) “Kicks”
Here’s another lip synched performance of the tune that went to #4. The video is somewhat blurry, but at least it’s full length! “Kicks”
This was their follow up to “Kicks” that went to #6. Again, sorry for the blurry video, but it’s all we have. “Hungry” And here’s an audio-only uncensored alternate version that CBS wouldn’t release where they sing about being stoned! . “Hungry”
From 1966, a lip synched performance on The Hollywood Palace television show of a tune that went to #20, “The Great Airplane Strike”
From 1967, Mark, Paul, and the boys lip synching to their hit that went all the way to #4, “Good Thing.”
Going back to the 60s, from “Where the Action Is,” PR&TR giving us their version of the Righteous Brothers’ hit written by Bill Medley! “Little Latin Lupe Lu” and from the same show, their version of the Jerry Lee Lewis classic “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”
Another “live” performance from 1967 of their #5 hit, “Him or Me”
From 1967 on the Smothers Brothers Comedy House, a “live” performance of a tune that went to #22 on the charts, “Ups and Downs”
Here’s a 9 minute video from 1979 with Dick Clark featuring Paul Revere and the Raiders. The live performance of their medley is bookended by the band sitting down with Dick and hanging out talking. We’re told it’s the first reunion of the band since their glory days! Medley – “Steppin’ Out,” “Kicks,” “Hungry,” “Good Thing”
Though Mark left the Raiders in 1975, I figured I would include this great 1986 live concert in Reno called “The Last Madman of Rock and Roll!” After finding the different segments, I found the whole 53 minute show!
Here are the individual segments.
Back to Mark! He had two big hits while transitioning out of the Raiders. The first one in 1969 reached #10, and I found a clip from 2010 with Mark out front of his own band giving us ”Arizona.” And from 1970, a tune that went to #25, ”Silver Bird”
He followed that one with his 1971 solo #1 platinum hit, backed live by the band! Indian Reservation (Cherokee People)
Last year I had the studio album “The Spirit of ‘67” on one clip, but it’s disappeared. Still, this link will begin the album, and the rest of the tracks will load automatically. “The Spirit of ‘67”
Here’s a strange 9 minute clip of some antics of a show that never got aired! Mark Lindsay & Paul Revere - Funny clips from 'lost' Raiders show, 1967
An interesting intimate tribute site! Paul Revere and the Raiders.com
So muchas gracias for all the great tunes and shows across the years, Mark! When you and the "Last Mad Man of Rock and Roll," Paul Revere got together, you gave us a bunch of tunes in the great American soundtrack of the 60s!!
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