With Paul Revere & the Raiders co-headlining the “Where the Action Is: An Evening of Hits and Laughs” at Star Plaza Theatre tonight, I thought it fun to share fun facts about “the legend of Paul Revere.”
1) Paul Revere is his real name... sort of. He was born January 7, 1938 as “Paul Revere Dick.”
2) Paul Revere owned a burger joint in Caldwell, Idaho and the kid delivering his burger buns was future Raiders’ singer Mark Lindsay. Their meeting made history.
3) Paul Revere’s first two hit singles were piano instrumentals “Beatnik Sticks” and “Like Longhair.” Because Liberace was a huge star at that time, piano instrumentals were popular and radio jumped on Revere’s songs.
4) Their famous American Revolutionary War costumes were a marketing move to present the band as an American response to the British Invasion by playing on Revere's name.
5) Dick Clark was a big fan of Paul Revere & The Raiders and hired them as the house band for the national ABC-TV music program, “Where The Action Is!” (1965-66). Clark later hired Revere and Lindsay to co-host ABC-TV’s Saturday music show “Happening ’68” and a weekday spin-off, “It’s Happening” (1968-69).
5) Paul Revere & the Raiders guest starred in November 1966 on the “Batman” TV series in an episode called, “Hizzonner The Penguin.” “The Penguin was running for Mayor and we were hired as his campaign band,” said Revere, recalling the experience as “a lot of fun.”
6) Paul Revere & the Raiders beat The Kingsmen in recording, “Louie Louie,” by a week in April of 1963 in the same Portland, Oregon studio. The Kingsmen version became a bigger national hit because Columbia Records honcho Mitch Miller, who did not like rock ‘n roll, pulled support for the single.
7) Paul Revere & The Raiders recorded “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone” for their 1966 album “Midnight Ride,” but released “Kicks” as its first single, giving The Monkees time to record and rush-release their version, which went Top 20.
8) The Monkees recorded “Kicks” in 1986 (20 years after The Raiders released it) for their “Then & Now…The Best of the Monkees” album.
9) Paul Revere really did ride. Revere road his Harley-Davidson motorcycle to over 300 radio stations across America in the summer of 1971 to personally deliver the band’s new single, “Indian Reservation.” Revere’s personal determination to get that song on radio made it #1.
10) Paul is planning to write his autobiography in the coming months to keep the record straight on all things Paul Revere & the Raiders.
• Bust out your rhinestone jumpsuits and scarves, because “The 21st Annual Elvis FANtasy Fest” returns Oct. 11-13 to the Woodland Park Community Building (2100 Willow Creek Road) in Portage. A portion of the event proceeds benefits Porter County Special Olympics each year. Guests this year include: Joe Esposito (Elvis’ army buddy, the “Best Man” at Elvis’ wedding, and Elvis’ Road Manager), book author Sandra Falcetta (“Dear Diary: An Elvis Fan Remembers”), and British Elvis tribute artist Ben Portsmouth. More: www.elvisfantasyfest.com or (888) 406-5885.
• “The 3rd Annual Turkeypalooza” fundraiser to help the 500 Turkeys Organization (www.500turkeys.com) reach their annual goal to feed 600 families in NWI for Thanksgiving, happens Oct. 4 (6-10pm) at Central Park Plaza in downtown Valparaiso.
The family-friendly event will feature a variety of food vendors, a “Kid Zone” with a bounce house, and more. Area musicians performing are: Penny Down, Jennie Wellsand, Into The Light, The Planetary Blues Band, Lexi Elisha and Heath McNease. Cost: $10 adults/$5 kids 12 and under. More: (219) 531-7777 ext. 105.
• This week’s musical guest on “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” – Tuesdays at 6pm on 89.1FM-The Lakeshore and streams at www.lakeshorepublicradio.org/radio -- is Laurence Juber (www.laurencejuber.com), a two-time Grammy winner and former guitarist for Paul McCartney & Wings (1978-1981). Listeners can win tickets to Juber’s 7 p.m. concert on Oct. 6 at Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso (www.mohlive.com).