Paul Revere, leader and organ player of the instrumental rock group Paul Revere & The Raiders, has died at age 76.
Rever, who was nicknamed “The Last Madman of Rock n’ Roll”, passed away on Saturday at his home in Idaho.
The cause of his death was not revealed, but Paul was battling brain cancer last year.
“Meeting you after a show in the autograph line cemented the deal for everyone,” it said. “Just as fun, funny and spontaneous as you were onstage, extremely nice and accommodating to everyone who waited in the long lines to meet you. Take a picture – ‘SURE, take TWO!’ Sign these 20 albums? ‘Why NOT, you helped pay for my first house, and my first wife!'”
“When you turned your attention towards someone, you made that person feel special and in your spotlight,” it added. “You had a pet name for each person, and you never hesitated to tell them how exceptional they were.”
“On October 4th, 2014, an incredible ride came to the end, As Rock and Roll Band Leader Paul Revere died peacefully at his home in Idaho, a small estate overlooking a tranquil river canyon,” Roger Hart, who became the band’s manager in the ’60s, said in another online message.
The singer revealed in a Facebook post in July that he was dealing with “health issues,” writing, “Nothing can stop the old man. I’m like the Energizer Bunny! I jump on my tour bus and go from city to city, packing a trunk full of great Raider songs, tight pants and bad jokes—all against doctor’s orders, by the way!”
The band continued to perform. On Aug. 1, the group promoted a new gig—they were to perform on a musical “oldies” cruise in 2015.
Revere had said in a 2013 message that he has dealt with “just about everything” over the past 75 years—”2 types of cancer (beat ‘em both!), rotator cuff surgery (killed it!), hysterectomy (don’t ask) and on and on.”
Paul Revere & The Raiders were most known in the ’60s and ’70s and were the first group to be signed by Columbia Records.
The band was also one of the first performers of the hit “Louie Louie,” which was made famous by The Kingsman in 1963.
“We were the party band that played all these parties for the fraternities,” Revere was quoted as saying in an interview, posted on Classicbands.com. “We were always an off the wall, crazy kind of group. We loved to do the bizarre onstage. We were a fun band.”
He also talked about how they got their Revolutionary War military look, saying the band once obtained costumes from a shop in Portman, Oregon “for the hell of it,” adding, “Paul Revere and The Raiders…why not?”
“So, that night at the dance, we took an intermission half way through it and put on the Revolutionary coats and the outfits. We came out and it just added another element of craziness to the show. I started renting ’em for a couple of weekends and I said, ‘This is stupid. I might as well have ’em made.’ So, I had some costumes made, just the coats,” he said, adding, “It was the kind of thing that just grew because of the name. It just seemed like a way to get attention.”
Revere was born in Nebraska in January 1938 as Paul Revere Dick. He was preceded in death by his third wife, Sydney.
“The world will be a lot less fun, a lot less kind and gentle without Paul Revere in it,” the letter stated. “Your larger-than-life absence will leave a void in our hearts and our lives. We are all blessed to have known you, and we’ll miss you more than you could ever know.”
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