Mark Lindsay to Forgo Happy Together Tour 2021

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FacebookTwitterPinterestEmail Mark Lindsay announced today (April 20, 2021) that he won’t be performing on the Happy Together tour in either 2021 or 2022. The popular singer for Paul Revere and the Raiders, who scored with such hits as “Kicks,” “Good Thing” and “Indian Reservation,” cited the numerous ankle injuries that he has sustained throughout his life. He’s also backed off from participating in the Flower Power Cruise scheduled for March-April 2022.

In a statement on his Facebook pageLindsay, who turned 79 on March 9, wrote, “After many thoughtful discussions… with my longtime agent… I’ve tried to make a decision that would be best for my long term life goals.

“My ankle injuries over the years — from childhood mishaps to falling into an orchestra pit to a major skateboard crash to jumping off amps to bouncing down a cliff on Maui — have all left a major mark on those joints. My left ankle isn’t in great shape, but my right ankle is the main problem – it’s a degenerative issue, resulting in bone IN bone with zero cartilage in the joint and painful even with limited use. The pain and damage ramps up with every mile I put on it.

“I need to be able to allocate my remaining miles the most logical way possible for the long term, and adrenalized stomping around on stage most every night for weeks isn’t the best way to do it. I’ve exhausted every option other than dialing back the miles I put on my ankles.

“I may potentially take a limited number of one-off live dates in the future, but only after evaluating each one carefully to determine if I can do it without creating more problems for myself.”

Lindsay, who had a pacemaker installed in 2018, alleviated fears that he was having any heart issues. “My heart and pacer are just fine and will require no further attention until my battery replacement is due in 6 years.

“Don’t worry…I’m definitely not retiring!” He noted that he will be finishing filming his hosting parts for a Where the Action Was ’60s documentary later this year.

Related: We talked to Lindsay about the Raiders’ great #1 hit, “Indian Reservation”

 PHIL "FANG" VOLK NEW CD!!! ROCKER IS HERE!!! FANG AND THE GANG! Here is the great news!  Drake Levin, Mike Smith, Ron Collins & Joe Pollard are all in this cd! All the members of Brotherhood. Also, Phil's beautiful and talented daughters Jessica and Kelly is on almost all of it! Brian too! I didn't know Brian could sing! lol And of course the multi talented and beautiful Tina Mason gives this cd grace. The song I am featuring is called Best Friends Ever! Just a tease you guys! Buy the CD today! Follow this link to get details on how to buy this GREAT CD -------->     Just below is the NEW FANG interview! You will be shocked! Listen to all of it!









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CD REVIEW!! Phil "Fang" Volk/Fang & The Gang! ROCKER!!!!!!! Okay, I am a Raider fan so, I am going to look at it from that lens. Obviously! First and foremost, it is nice to have some NEW RAIDERS stuff to play in 2020 for MANY reasons. I am tired of Covid 19. For those of you who thought Phil Volk was a talent while in the Raiders are right! He is! And so are his daughters Jessica & Kelly! Boy oh boy, talking about getting your monies worth. There are 39 songs, two cd's AND two booklets! There is one song with all the members of Brotherhood! The sound is very familiar. Especially from a Raiders fan point of view. This cd has something for everyone though! And those of you who are fans of Tina Mason, this lady has always been a great talent. Tina has her fingerprints all over this project. Tina is and will always be a blessing on and off the stage. And surprisingly, Phil's voice is timeless! How old is he again??? I loved the whole thing but, I do have my favorites! Best Friends Ever is one of them. I recommend this CD to every Raiders fan and anyone who loves GREAT rock! I give it a thumbs up!!!!

This has been a GREAT December for Raider fans! As you can see, Jim Valley has released a CD also. It is called A Garden Faire! You can buy it on his website at  And check out the new interview, review of A Garden Faire and article about Jim "Harpo" Valley and Harpo Marx. All on my page Just A Harpo Planet. Check it out!

Here is the latest on a few fronts. For those of you that wonder about the Lost Album. I have some updates on that. Keith Allison did play on Billy Come Down, Keep It In The Family and Union Man. And they did the songs close to the original versions. Which you can hear on the Just Like Paul And News Page. Whether the songs will ever get released or not, I have no idea. I hope so. Update on the new Mark Lindsay cd that he was working on prior to the pandemic. I do not know the song list but, there are originals, Beatle Covers AND re recordings of Raider songs! Get that! Keep your fingers crossed!


Oct 16, 2019, 7:23 AM
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Hello, Jon - thank you for reaching out.


Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us about our nominees. I always appreciate feedback from music lovers. I’m sorry you have been disappointed with some of our nominees and inductees. To clarify, Devo is not yet inducted into the Rock Hall, nor are they nominated this year.


Our nominating committee, which is made up of a diverse group of about 40 music industry professionals including some inductees, academics, journalists – with hundreds of years of professional music experience between them, and whose passion, expertise and livelihood is all about music – has decided that our nominees and inductees fit their definition of rock & roll.  A lot of folks don’t agree and we respect their right to an opinion - rock & roll is not about conforming!


And as a huge music fan myself, I get it – it’s frustrating when you feel like your favorite, deserving artists are getting overlooked by the nominating committee or the voters.  But it might help you to know that out of the millions of recording artists in history, we’ve inducted less than 400 so far. We have a long way to go, so just because Paul Revere and the Raiders have yet to be inducted, doesn’t mean they won’t be!


The Hall of Fame's nominating and induction process is detailed on the Rock Hall’s website:


Rock & roll is all about bringing people together, finding common threads that unite us. We're lucky to have experienced and shared this great music together. Thanks for keeping the spirit of rock & roll alive. We are honored to be entrusted with preserving it!


Amanda Pecsenye | Curator

DJ Jon Osborn

Oct 15, 2019, 8:48 PM
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I will have to admit that your choices of artists is unique. Not good. Unique. Devo. One of the worst bands I ever heard. Percy Sledge. A guy with one known hit. And this class is disgraceful! Except for Pat Benatar. And she should have made this hall years ago. Paul Revere & The Raiders music is featured in the movie Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. I have some advise for you. tear down this building and start all over!

DJ Jon Osborn

Tue, Oct 22, 2019, 3:15 AM
Amanda - Thanks for getting back to me. I am a DJ myself besides being a professional dancer. I know music. Every genre of music has it's own hall to represent that type of music. Country, Jazz and so on. Would you put Freddy Fender in a Jazz hall? Does Mozart belong in a Country hall? So, what does Rap have anything to do with Rock? All the same answer. No. What does Tupac have anything to do with Rock? Nothing. I agree that Rock has sub categories. Funk, disco, country rock, bubble gum, pop, metal, top 40 pop. But Rap and Hip Hop are different than those. Rap is more lyrical base. Rock is not. It's blues based. Percy Sledge is a man with one known song. He is in your hall. Basically, a one hit wonder. Brenda Lee, did she ever do any Rock? Besides the christmas tree! Bob Marley OMG!!!! Is Reggae Rock!! KISS sucks! All glitter, no talent at all! Beth is a copy of Angie by The Stones. Paul Revere & The Raiders are pure Rock and get no respect at all. I have been asked by many people the same thing. Why would you tear down the rock hall? As I look at the inductees, it sickens me. NWA. Why don't you guys induct Jack Benny? Next year induct John Wayne Gacy and the uni bomber? Steve Miller agrees with me.

Bob Beatle shared a link.

January 15 2020 at 9:32 PM

Some of you Paul Revere & The Raiders fans may already know this but for those who don't, let me recommend to you what I consider the best website to our favorite band. JUST LIKE it is created and run by a great DJ by the name of Jon Osborn that features great historical content on the band, from their very earliest days and throughout their career. Jon has gathered some great historical pictures and articles about the band did I find particularly fascinating especially from the earliest days. He also has some great interviews that you can hear on his website with various members of the Raiders throughout their various incarnations. This website is a treasure trove for us Raiders fanatics. Enjoy!

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Someone Call Mark Lindsay: Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” Soundtrack Revives Paul Revere and the Raiders

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Exactly 48 years ago this week, Paul Revere and the Raiders were number 1 on the Billboard charts with “Indian Reservation.”

That song isn’t on the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a time in Hollywood,” but four other hits from that long ago pop group fronted by Mark Lindsay are including “Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon.”

Tarantino always curates fascinating soundtracks, and this one is no exception. All these songs drift through 1969 Los Angeles, but the highlights are certainly Neil Diamond’s “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show” aka “Hot August Night,” Jose Feliciano’s hit cover of “California Dreamin’,” Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson,” and Deep Purple’s “Hush.”

One song you won’t hear in this movie: the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter.” Thank goodness.

Columbia Records releases the soundtrack tonight. The label needs a hit, and they’re going to have it. Lucky for them, Paul Revere and the Raiders were on Columbia back in the day. They were part of Clive Davis’s league of hitmakers.


1.   Treat Her Right – Roy Head & The Traits
2.   Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man – The Bob Seger System
Boss Radio feat. Humble Harve:
3.   Hush – Deep Purple
4.   Mug Root Beer Advertisement
5.   Hector – The Village Callers
6.   Son of a Lovin’ Man – Buchanan Brothers
7.   Paxton Quigley’s Had the Course (from the MGM film Three in the Attic) – Chad & Jeremy
8.   Tanya Tanning Butter Advertisement
9.   Good Thing – Paul Revere & The Raiders
10. Hungry – Paul Revere & The Raiders
11. Choo Choo Train – The Box Tops
12. Jenny Take a Ride – Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
13. Kentucky Woman – Deep Purple
14. The Circle Game – Buffy Sainte-Marie
Boss Radio feat. The Real Don Steele:
15. Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel
16. Numero Uno Advertisement
17. Bring a Little Lovin’ – Los Bravos
18. Suddenly / Heaven Sent Advertisement
19. Vagabond High School Reunion
20. KHJ Los Angeles Weather Report
21. The Illustrated Man Advertisement / Ready For Action
22. Hey Little Girl – Dee Clark
23. Summer Blonde Advertisement
24. Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show – Neil Diamond
25. Don’t Chase Me Around (from the MGM film GAS-S-S-S) – Robert Corff
26. Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon – Paul Revere & the Raiders (feat. Mark Lindsay)
27. California Dreamin’ – Jose Feliciano
28. Dinamite Jim (English Version) – I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni
29. You Keep Me Hangin’ On (Quentin Tarantino Edit) – Vanilla Fudge
30. Miss Lily Langtry (cue from The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean) – Maurice Jarre
31. KHJ Batman Promotion


A successful week for The Raiders at The Hump, reviewed in Newsical magazine.

The Unknowns had the 13th biggest song in Miami in October 1966. Both Paul Revere & The Raiders and The Unknowns are both on this chart.

Paul Revere and the Raiders: The Miami Connection



Paul Revere and the Raiders paid their dues around the Pacific Northwest for many years, before landing a starring role on TV’s “Where The Action Is”.   That exposure helped make them one of the most successful bands in the United States.   It also meant the start of a South Florida connection that would last for a long, long time.

Steve Alaimo was a pop singer who came close to the national Top 40 several times, but never was able to score an elusive million seller.  When Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars came through Miami, with a sudden need for a backing band, Alaimo and the Redcoats stepped in like the pros they were, saving the day for Clark and his talented cavalcade.  Clark never forgot this and paid Alaimo back by making him the musical director on “Where The Action Is”.   For Alaimo, it also meant constant exposure to series regulars Paul Revere & the Raiders.

The Raiders had a great year in 1966, with hits such as “Just Like Me”, “Kicks”, and “Hungry”.   Unlike many bands whose albums consisted of hastily-recorded covers, the Raiders wrote a lot of tunes — GOOD tunes — that were not getting much notice tucked away on albums .  Raiders lead singer Mark Lindsay teamed up with Alaimo and future Raiders bass player Keith Allison, in an “Action” side project they called the Unknowns.   Their first single, a remake of the Raiders album track “Melody For An Unknown Girl”, reached #74 on the Billboard Hot 100, but did considerably better in Miami, peaking at #13 on WQAM and #25 on WFUN.  With both the Raiders and Allison signed to Columbia, and Alaimo signed to ABC, the guys had to keep their identities secret (thus, the Unknowns!)  Here we had three regulars on a network music show with a nationally-charted song… that they could not promote!


Don't tell the folks at Columbia and ABC that the boys have a hit on Parrot.

Don’t tell the folks at Columbia and ABC that the boys have a hit on Parrot.


For their second release, the Unknowns went with Alaimo’s own Marlin record label.   “Tighter” was a good rockin’ version of another Mark Lindsay/Raiders album cut, with a Lindsay original, “Young Enough To Cry”, on the B-side.   Unlike “Melody For An Unknown Girl”, this release failed to get airplay, even in South Florida.  “Action” was cancelled, Allison joined the Raiders, and Alaimo went to Memphis to record… and that was that.


The second release, on Steve Alaimo's Marlin label.

The second release, on Steve Alaimo’s Marlin label.


In 1970, Paul Revere & the Raiders (with Lindsay and Allison) returned to Miami, where they were booked into a Sunny Isles club called The Hump.   Alaimo came to see them, and joined them on stage, making for an Unknowns reunion of sorts.   But more importantly, Revere got to witness a local group called the Peach, which was starting to get some attention in South Florida.   The Peach would play a major role in the future of the Raiders


Just as major league baseball teams have farm clubs — a minor league system that brings young talent to the big club — Paul Revere & the Raiders had a farm club of sorts in Don & the Goodtimes, a Portland, Oregon group that always seemed to be one step away from the big time.  Raiders such as Jim “Harpo” Valley and Charlie Coe came out of the Goodtimes.   But by the time the ’70s rolled around, Revere’s new “farm club” was the Peach.   In 1972 he recruited guitarist Bob Wooley and drummer Omar Martinez, both of whom had impressed earlier at the Hump.   Both would be on board when Paul Revere & the Raiders hooked up once again with Steve Alaimo, who was now vice president of TK Records.   The boys tried their hand at disco, with “Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong” (written by KC & the Sunshine Band) and “You’re Really Sayin’ Something” (a Bob Wooley original, with some help from Clarence Reid.)  The record failed to catch on, and the boys soon abandoned disco… though they would later enlist the services of a guy who’d previously recorded with TK Records hit-makers Foxy.


The Raiders turn to the Miami TK Records team to try to get a hit record.  This B-side was written by former Peach guitarist Bob Wooley and the great soul writer Clarence Reid.

The Raiders turned to the Miami TK Records team to try to get a hit record. This B-side was written by former Peach guitarist Bob Wooley and the great soul writer Clarence Reid.

A former member of Miami's YEAR 2000 would help to stabilize the group.

A former member of Miami’s YEAR 2000 would help to stabilize the group.


Revere shaped the band for the next two decades when he brought in Carl Driggs as lead vocalist.  Prior to Foxy, Driggs started to make a name for himself with Kracker, a band on the same label as Three Dog Night, with the same producer as Traffic and the Rolling Stones.   Kracker never did hit the big time, nor did earlier Driggs bands such as Year 2000 (South Florida favorites with an album on the Rama Rama label, and a 45 on Amy.) The addition of Driggs helped to stabilize the band.   The hit records had stopped, but the Raiders remained popular as a touring group, something that never wavered on and up to Paul Revere’s death in October 2014.

If the Raiders ever make it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, it will certainly be the classic ’60s line-up that gets the attention… as it should.   But let’s not forget the decades of music, fun, and entertainment that the Raiders brought us after the hits dried up.   South Florida played a role in those years, even if it seems like just a footnote in the overall history of the group.   Paul Revere is gone now, and kicks just keep getting harder to find… but for fans of the Raiders, the music will always live on.


Now that you’re here, check out the other posts in the SAVAGE LOST blog.



From the Air Force Academy Featuring The Falconaires. For us raider fanatics, is an album we know very well. This is how that album came to be. Keith Allison's friend and band mate in high school is Tommy Bruner. Long after Keith got famous with The Raiders, Tommy was a music director in a touring dance band for the Air Force. During the planning stages of this project, Tommy called Keith to see if him and Mark could be a part of the album. Keith asked Mark if he would like to participate in the album and Mark agreed. Steve Alaimo just happened to be in town at that time and that is how Steve became a part of this album too. The album featured a picture of Mark in a pilots uniform. Eventually that became a sketch as we all know. And the lesson is, Keith knows EVERYBODY!!! :)

Gary Taggart --- I just went into this new website and the guy who set it up wasn't about the Hall of Fame(which he called a joke) or about what Smitty's favorite color was,etc. He is about the group and the music they performed....It's open for comment pertaining to that.......10/26/15 Facebook Comment

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What follows are examples of seven loud, fast, and dark musical giants who have credited seemingly unrelated or even oppositional acts with helping to shine a light on the paths they’ve taken to creative success.

Truly, it takes all kinds.  by Mike McPadden 9/18/2015   VH1 Classic

Unexpected Influence: Paul Revere and the Raiders    When asked to name the rock artists that most influenced him when he was growing up, Twisted Sister front-dervish Dee Snider always rattles off this list in chronological order: “Beatles, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Queen, Judas Priest, and AC/DC.”

One of those things might seem like it doesn’t belong with the rest, but don’t be so quick to judge Mr. Revere and his Raider associates.

Emerging from the same primordial Pacific Northwest musical pool that would subsequently spawn Jimi Hendrix and the grunge movement, Paul Revere and the Raiders embodied 1960s proto-punk garage rock at its scrappiest, grittiest, and most combustive.

The Raiders’ succession of boot-stomping hits include “Kicks,” “Just Like Me,” “Action,” “Hungry,” and an absolutely killer “Louie Louie.”

Even the fact that they dressed like American Revolutionary War soldiers—to fight off the Beatles, Stones, and other assault fronts of “the British Invasion”—radiates pre-metal confrontational nerve. The power of performing in costume, obviously, also did not go unnoticed by Twisted Sister.

On October 5, 2014, Dee Snider posted some final respect to his hero by Tweeting: “Just found out music legend Paul Revere of Paul Revere and the Raiders died. He was a big inspiration and I’m glad I got to tell him”

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Below is an article I found online about the filming of the 20th Anniversary of American Bandstand. 

American Bandstand’s 20th Anniversary ~~~~~~~~  Los Angeles Times

1973: Twenty years and 2,500 miles from its Philadelphia beginning, “American Bandstand” celebrates an anniversary.

This photo by Mary Frampton appeared in the June 19, 1973, Los Angeles Times. In an accompanying story, staff writer Mary Murphy reported:

Once upon a time, 40 million American teenagers rushed home from school to catch Dick Clark’s American Bandstand for an hour and a half each afternoon. Like soap operas for adults, Bandstand became a vicarious thrill for a whole viable subculture of teen-agers who were in search of their own identity.

At 29, and earning $400,000 a year, Clark could sell 100,000 records in 24 hours with one plug on air. He could create stars like Fabian and Frankie Avalon. He often received as many as 8,000 requests to fill 300 seats at WFIL-TV in Philadelphia.

On any given day 500 kids lined up the streets outside of the double red doors, clamoring to get into the studio. He and the regular dancers normally received 15,000 fan letters a week, and up to 900,000 a week during the national dance contests.

He was the boy wonder of the Howdy-Doody generation. And then he turned that Beechnut grin on parents.

Adults who were scared and confused by this rock fervor were soothed by Clark’s slicked-down boyishness, and as a result they not only let their kids watch but, more important, let them buy the music.

By 1959 Clark was the virtual dictator of pop music.

That was 14 years ago and 2,500 miles away.

Last week 100-150 hard-core fans gathered at the aging Hollywood Palace on Vine St., some to renew old acquaintance with Clark, but mostly to share in what turned out to be a 12-hour taping for a 90-minute anniversary program that airs tonight on Channel 7 from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

A slicker, more cynical Sunset Strip-mod Clark warmed up the young audience. His voice was soothing as ever.

His haircut could best be described as a sculpted shag kept in place with hairspray, and except for the middle-age spread which hung over the belt of his powder-blue flared jeans he looked 10 years younger than during his reign. At least a dozen times during the taping people were to remark, “Isn’t it incredible that he looks so young?”

Clark considers the audience to be as much a part of the success of Bandstand as the acts, so he asks them to show enthusiasm, bounce their heads, clap their hands. He has relied on this participation theory since he took over the already existing Bandstand show nationwide in 1957. (The show began 20 years ago).

Sitting on the edge of the stage, legs wrapped around a microphone cord, Clark outlines the day’s activities. Live appearances by Three Dog Night (representing the 70s), Paul Revere And The Raiders (60s) and Little Richard (50s), will be followed by live guest spots with Johnny Mathis and Annette Funicello, later referred to by a stagehand who couldn’t remember her name as “the mouse girl.” …

The day of the taping when he learned that Little Richard was sick and would be detained at least three hours, he asked the audience to stay, “not because we need you but because he will when he gets here.”

Little Richard limped to the stage almost 11 hours after the taping began. Within minutes he was dancing on the piano and jumping into the remaining audience of not more than 40 people, singing a rousing chorus of “Tutti-Frutti,” When the music stopped he was carried to a waiting limousine.

Twenty years is a long time.

This time around 1973 is a lost period for the band. The uniforms are gone along with the pony tail. No tv shows to promote and Mark & Paul were about to split. In my mind though, The Raiders never sounded better! They were just a band. A great one at that. The article above I just found online about the taping of the 20th Anniversary Of AB. And below is another piece I found online of a TV Guide in Toledo Ohio on June 19th, 1973. It lists the 20th Anniversary special on a Tuesday night. Look at the songs listed for The Raiders. It says Tobacco Road and Indian Reservation. What? They did do Tobacco Road but IR is not on the special. Not the one I seen anyway. This special ran twice in 1973. One in June and one on NYE of 73 going to 74. Also, on the rebroadcast of this show on NYE of 1973, Bobby Darin passes away just 11 days before the airing and Dick Clark adds a special message mentioning this. I will put the audio of that here also.