Paul Revere & the Raiders heroic Lead Singer/Songwriter/Producer – Mark Lindsay has impacted the music world in so many memorable methods.
Mark’s voice and persona with The Raiders made him a 60’s and 70’s icon and a mainstay on basic hits radio. Not solely did he get hold of legendary standing with the band, he was the thing for affection for the world’s college lady inhabitants. Mark Lindsay’s alluring smile, good-looking profile, and mop-top dew together with his lengthy trademark ponytail (que) have been on the entrance cowl of each teen journal across the globe. And overlook about these redcoats from England that known as themselves The Beatles, Mark Lindsay & the Raiders have been True Blue Patriots for American Rock & Roll.
Mark Lindsay will as soon as once more be singing these timeless Paul Revere & the Raiders megahits on The Pleased Collectively Tour 2011. Headlining this 12 months’s tour is -The Turtles that includes Flo & Eddie (“It Ain’t Me Babe” “Pleased Collectively” “She’s My Woman”). Different legendary performers on the tour are -The Affiliation (“Windy” “Cherish” “Alongside Comes Mary”), The Grassroots, (“Let’s Stay for At the moment” “Midnight Confessions”) and The Buckinghams (“Form of a Drag” “Do not You Care” “Susan”).
The tour shall be stopping at Ruth Eckerd Corridor in Clearwater on Tuesday July 19th.
All these GREAT performers on one thrilling invoice, and paying homage to the American Bandstand, The place the Motion Is, Hullabaloo and Shindig TV present lineups of the 60’s.
Paul Revere & the Raiders produced hit after hit all through the 60’s and early 70’s. Memorable classics like “Kicks”, “Steppin’ Out”, “Hungry”, “Good Factor”, “Simply Like Me” and “Indian Reservation.”
Marl Lindsay is a Florida native now. And due to Jeff Albright from the Albright Leisure Group, I used to be in a position to converse with each Mark Lindsay and Mark Volman of The Turtles final week. The interview with Professor Volman shall be following this text.
And now this is my interview with Mark Lindsay. Mark’s a Singer/Author/Producer/Hitmaker & Legendary Frontman of Paul Revere & the Raiders.
Hello Mark, thanks for spending a couple of moments with me as we speak. How are you?
“I am nice Ray. The place are you calling from?”
I am calling from lovely Bradenton, Florida.
“Effectively hey; I am sitting in Florida proper now. We’re over close to Jupiter and we’re really residing in Florida now. I have been married to Deborah for twenty years and in that twenty years we have lived in Idaho, Oregon, Arizona, California, Maui, Nashville, Memphis, upstate New York and Florida. So we have lived in all 4 corners of the nation and Hawaii and I like Florida one of the best. Florida’s cool, the place else are you able to get summer time 365 days a 12 months, though it would get chilly at evening. I believe we’re each fortunate to be down right here.”
What was residing in Hawaii like?
“Aside from the ocean breeze that blows just about on a regular basis in Maui, the climate is just about precisely the identical. We lived there for eight years and lived about two miles down the street from George Harrison as a matter of reality. We had three acres proper on a cliff overlooking the ocean. It was nice besides we had a full time gardener, between him and the 2 of us; we would be on the market three days per week simply beating down the bushes. So it received loopy nevertheless it was enjoyable.”
Let’s speak about The Pleased Collectively 2011 tour. It just lately celebrated its 25th anniversary proper?
“I used to be on a few of the first ones they usually put me again on the tour final 12 months. We have nice evaluations and we’re again once more this 12 months. I find it irresistible, it is a lot enjoyable, you get to listen to so many nice songs and see all the fellows, and it takes you again my good friend, it takes you again. You are gonna’ see a large slice of the charts from the 60’s and 70’s and numerous hits!”
I used to be a prime 40 radio deejay again within the late 70’s/early 80’s after which MTV and video worn out the radio star.
“Then the online worn out the file. It is all digital, it is all downloads and sadly there’s numerous piracy. However the youngsters as we speak, it is a complete new era, you bought a child that is 12 or 13 years previous and he simply does not perceive why he cannot hack in and obtain stuff as a result of it is there and so why cannot you get it.”
Once I grew up, it was all about listening to your favourite deejay and discovering out what the hit songs have been. For those who appreciated what you heard on the radio you ran right down to the file retailer and purchased the 45 file. You then often purchased the album.
“Yea, it was enjoyable. I like vinyl, as a matter of reality I am engaged on a mission now and we would find yourself placing it on vinyl as nicely as a result of there’s a complete new market, youngsters are discovering the truth that vinyl sounds a hell of rather a lot higher than digital.”
I miss that echo impact sound from all these basic 45 information. I am unsure if we’ll be capable of ever grasp that great sound ever once more. Jim McCarty of TheYardbirds agreed with me once I spoke with him a number of weeks in the past, that magical sound on these early information can by no means be duplicated.
“Effectively numerous it needed to do with the dwell chambers. CBS information in Hollywood the place the Raiders reduce most of their stuff, they’d two particular echo chambers that have been simply… nicely you’ve got heard Simon & Garfunkel, Raiders, all of it sounded nice. Capitol Information had these echo chambers designed by Les Paul as a matter of reality. Yea all that stuff -Frank Sinatra, The Seashore Boys all of them sounded nice. I’ve numerous my previous tools, numerous the identical tools that I used again within the 60’s and I can get fairly shut however you can not duplicate that echo. Nonetheless a good friend of mine has gone round and sampled numerous the previous chambers so he can get like 99% of the best way there. It is an all new method although.”
There gave the impression to be numerous strain on these artists again within the 60’s, strain to get a success file on the radio together with a grueling touring schedule and fixed TV appearances.
“I joined my first band once I was like 14 years previous and shaped the Raiders with Paul once I was like 17 or 18. So I have been on the street all my life and for some unusual cause I nonetheless prefer it. I assume I’ve by no means grown up. That is what’s so good about The Pleased Collectively Tour; we’re again on the street once more. You talked about McCarty, we have been fortunate we had the present The place the Motion Is. It was a good way to debut your file and all people noticed it without delay. Though we did tour, there was like a number of years there the place we have been on the street like possibly 200 nights a 12 months.”
Do you suppose it was that type of self-discipline that made the 60’s music scene so nice?
“I do not know if it was the self-discipline or the sheer pleasure of taking part in rock & roll. I keep in mind my first file contract; I’d have paid them a nickel a file, ? Something to make music, and it wasn’t in regards to the bucks it was about taking part in music, and being on TV, and taking part in in entrance of crowds.”
Yea, what was the celebrity like Mark; I keep in mind your image being plastered on the entrance cowl of each teen journal round?
“It was a humorous factor, in my thoughts there have been two Mark Lindsay’s. There was one man that was on TV after which the journal’s and stuff, after which there was the true me which I knew wasn’t like that man. I used to be type of having a tough time placing the 2 collectively. Inside I used to be type of this shy child from Idaho however once I received on stage every part modified.”
I believe many people youngsters recognized extra with bands just like the Raiders and Turtles since you have been considered one of us. You have been “American” bands.
“Effectively, we have been the American Revolution.”
And also you wore that que or ponytail.
“And I want the heck that I had put a Copyright on that as a result of simply suppose what number of Hell’s Angels would have been paying royalties proper now.”
Are you continue to sporting the ponytail (que) or is it a factor of the previous?
“It is come and gone about 4 completely different instances. I’ve grown it and reduce it off. Proper now I haven’t got it, I reduce it off about three years in the past however who is aware of I’ll begin rising it again once more, it comes and goes.”
I wished to ask you a few music you probably did in 1966 known as “Little Woman within the 4th Row” from The Midnight Trip album, was there really a lady within the fourth row that you simply have been singing about?
“Being on tour and also you look out on the viewers and there’d be this babe, ? However that there was no means on the planet that you simply’d ever be capable of meet her, you possibly can see her on the market, however like as quickly because the present was over BAM -you have been on a bus or a limo or no matter to the airport or wherever you have been going and by no means stick round, so it was type of like a kind of issues. Then Mark started to sing a few of the lyrics to the music, “Perhaps sometime you will be nearer than 4 rows away.”
So that you by no means really received to satisfy her Mark?
“Effectively really I did, imagine it or not in Buffalo New York in 1967 there was this priest that come up earlier than the present and after a soundcheck earlier than the present curtain opened. He stated, ‘Mark, I am type of the unofficial greeter right here, there’s these little ladies which can be sitting out right here that might love to satisfy you.’ So I stated, ‘Positive convey them on again.’ So there have been three ladies that got here again, and considered one of them was really- actually cute, she had these cat eye glasses and there was this on the spot attraction, and I assumed wait a minute this lady is 14 years previous this isn’t going to occur. So I gave her a rose and a kiss on prime of the top and that was it.
Quick ahead to the 80’s, I am on this assembly in Beverly Hills to do that industrial for this huge company and seem at considered one of their capabilities. And I am there with this gal and one of many guys from the company. And this lady and I simply hit it off immediately, and we’re sitting there laughing and the man says, ‘Effectively I’d as nicely depart; it is apparent that you simply two know one another.’ And I stated, ‘No-no, we have by no means met,’ and the lady stated, ‘Really we did meet a few years in the past however you would not keep in mind it.’ I stated, ‘When did we meet?’ She stated, ‘Buffalo in ’67.’ I stated, ‘You are the lady that I gave the rose to.’ And I ended up marrying her.”
You are kidding me?
“Nope, that is my spouse now.”
Wow, what a terrific story Mark.
“Oh yea. It was proper, we have been like star-crossed lovers. It was meant to be nevertheless it was simply too early the primary time round.”
“My life reads like a novel and so I am engaged on a guide.”
Yea, I did hear that you simply have been engaged on a guide. As a matter of reality my first guide was launched just lately – it is known as Verify the Gs -The True Story of an Eclectic American Household and Their Wacky Household Enterprise. How far are you alongside in your story?
“Effectively I am nearly achieved, I’ve written it and rewritten it three or extra instances and I have been engaged on it for 10-15 years. However what occurs is each time I get nearly completed, I begin studying it and I say no, no, no, that is not the best way it actually occurred, I am attempting to make myself look too good right here, this is not actually actual. So I am going again and write what actually occurred with out actually stretching the material over the true stuff ? In order I’ve achieved that a number of instances and possibly as I get a bit older I get a bit extra sincere with myself. So I am actually getting near the reality now and the reality reads higher than fiction.”
Are you penning this completely by yourself or getting some assist with it?
“No, I am doing it myself. Really a few years in the past I despatched a few chapters to a writer and I stated possibly I would like some assist with this, they usually no, no, no, we love your model simply maintain doing the best way you are doing. They wished to make a deal however I stated I am not prepared but.”
Finally, like I did, you are going to say sufficient, it is prepared, I am achieved.
“Effectively, when it is proper it is proper! It is like writing a music, I am going to work on it in my head -and it is superb again within the day I exploit to put in writing a music and that is it nice -spitted it out . Now I work a bit tougher on them and simply maintain engaged on it till I begin taking issues out and once I begin taking issues out I determine it is time to cease.”
My guide took two years to put in writing and I look again and say the place did these two years go? My thoughts was completely centered at the moment on the story.
“It is a consuming artwork nevertheless it’s price it. And if you get by means of it you’ve got received one thing you possibly can have a look at for the remainder of your life.”
After we depart this planet, nicely… you have already got your legacy; I assume I am going to have mine with my guide.
“No, I am nonetheless engaged on mine; I’ve received much more stuff to do. I type of hit a renaissance interval and I’ve written extra songs within the final eight months than within the earlier eight years. And I’ve received a pair initiatives going, cannot actually speak about them however considered one of them if it occurs, will fulfill my horoscope. Again within the 60’s, Gloria Stavers, you talked about 16 Journal; she was the editor of 16, she gave me for my birthday one 12 months my horoscope by Linda Goodman, a non-public horoscope proper, and it predicted that you simply have been going to finish up with the mansion up on the hill, and certain sufficient I shared this huge mansion with Terry Melcher, and a few sports activities automobile within the storage and I had the pink Ferrari in there however she stated this stuff won’t make you cheerful you are going to need extra, you are going to transfer on previous this and do all this stuff after which turn out to be extra well-known you then ever thought you might. However it will not make you cheerful.
However a lot later in life you are going to have a second profession that is going to be so phenomenal that it’ll nearly out eclipse your first profession completely. You will be recognized by tens of millions extra individuals. So I am engaged on that and so if that comes true then there you go. And if this mission works, that may occur, however I am unable to say something extra about it than that, however wait and see.”
Inform me a bit bit about Terry Melcher, he was an essential man within the 60’s wasn’t he?
“Terry was actually the sixth Raider, should you hearken to any of the songs as much as the primary file that I produced which was Too A lot Discuss; earlier than that Terry was on each Raider file. We would end a music and he and I’d return into the studio later and he and I’d primarily do the background. He had this nice excessive sounding voice and it simply blended so nicely. He was an enormous a part of the Raiders sound. He was actual instrumental in serving to the Raiders in turning into the hitmakers they have been and I actually miss him, he is gone now.”
He left us a lot too quickly, did not he?
“Positive did, the final 4 or 5 years earlier than he died, I stated come on Terry let’s get again in and write one thing, let’s do one thing once more, and he stated, nicely…I do not know. However his final huge music was “Kokomo,” (The Seashore Boys) he is throughout that for certain.”
Yea, Terry Melcher was instrumental to so many essential bands- together with The Seashore Boys and The Byrds. Once I attended broadcasting college again within the late 70’s, all my instructors have been deejays with illustrious broadcasting careers they usually all had Dick Clark tales. What was it wish to work with Dick Clark?
“Effectively, he was completely skilled. When the digital camera would come on or the Microphone would come on and he can be all smiles. He was very a lot knowledgeable and if one thing did not go his means you knew about it. However he received achieved what he wished achieved and achieved his means and it certain labored for him.”
So Dick Clark was additionally instrumental to the Raiders success proper?
“Effectively certain, he had an concept for The place the Motion Is; he employed us for the pilot as a result of we labored very low cost, and when he bought the thought to ABC he employed us for a 13 week interval. He knew how visible we have been proper and we’d work low cost, and he instructed me years later, ‘You recognize what? I assumed I would rent you guys for 13 weeks and every time the present took off I would rent an actual band.’ So that they appreciated what they noticed and by the top of that 13 week interval we had turn out to be that actual band. We have been the home band for nearly three years.”
You guys cranked out some hits man, however what actually amazed me is that “Indian Reservation” was your solely Quantity One hit?
“Yea, even “Arizona” which was as much as the place it made platinum however not Quantity One. However we did have some gold information, it was the one Quantity One and the humorous factor is it was suppose to be a observe as much as “Arizona.” It was a Mark Lindsay file, I produced it and I often did not produce myself, Jerry Fuller did, and once I received by means of with the file Jack Gold stated, ‘Why do not you place it out because the Raiders, you produce the Raiders they usually want a success.’ So we put it below the identify of the Raiders and it grew to become the most important promoting hit within the historical past of CBS information.”
Any regrets for calling the band Paul Revere? (Keyboardist Paul Revere Dick continued to tour with out Mark utilizing the Raiders identify)
“At first, means again to the start earlier than we received on CBS, we signed our first file contract on a bit label known as Gardena and the proprietor stated, ‘You bought to signal the contract and signal your full authorized identify,’ so my full authorized identify is Mark Allen Lindsay and I signed my identify after which all people else signed their identify and Paul’s identify was signed Paul Revere Dick, that was his full identify.
Then he seemed over at us and stated, ‘Paul Revere…Paul Revere, Paul Revere, wait a minute, wait a minute, wait…a…minute! That is a terrific gimmick. I imply the Downbeats are okay however Paul Revere now that is a hook. Everyone is aware of Paul Revere’s experience come on.’
He stated, ‘I’ll name this band Paul Revere & the Nightriders or one thing’ and Paul particularly hated it as a result of he’d been teased all his life at school about, ‘Hey Paul Revere- the place’s your horse?’ So he simply dropped his first identify Paul and glided by the identify Revere Dick. However when our first file got here out, our first file stated Paul Revere & the Nightriders. And though the identify (Utilizing Paul Revere) did trigger some confusion nevertheless it’s most likely rather a lot like The Dave Clark 5 the place Mike Smith was the lead singer and Dave Clark (the drummer) was the identify of the band.”
There are such a lot of bands operating round on the market with out the unique lead singers anymore.
“Effectively, what are you going to do…what are you going to do. However if you see the Pleased Collectively tour you are going to see the true deal right here, I’ve sang each hit that Paul Revere & the Raiders ever had. And Mark & Howard from The Turtles, if they are not the true deal then I by no means noticed one.”
I am actually wanting ahead to the present, and I am hoping to get a move to cowl the present from backstage. I need to take numerous photos.
“Inform them Mark stated that they’d higher do it or I will not do “Kicks.”
I am going to undoubtedly inform them that. My favourite Paul Revere & the Raiders tune has all the time been “Good Factor.”
“Yea we’ll be doing that, I like that tune, once we do it on stage it sounds identical to we did on the file. The blokes within the band all sing like birds or The Byrds -I am unsure. However I do my greatest to make the stuff that we do sound like within the day or higher . So there you go.”
You have all the time had a terrific voice and your voice as we speak seems like your solely 35 years previous and it seems that you are taking actually excellent care of your self. (Mark is 69 years previous)
“Effectively, I stroll six miles a day; I rise up round three or 4 within the morning and out by dawn. That is the place I write, I will be on the path. I attempt to eat proper and train one other hour once I get again dwelling. So once I went in for a checkup just lately my physician stated, ‘No matter you are doing do not cease it’ (After getting a current bodily his physician stated you might be 25 years previous).”
After Paul Revere & the Raiders you labored as an A&R govt with United Artist Information?
“Yea, I assumed I used to be certified, I would been an Artist, Producer, Author, a Writer, so I assumed I knew how one can choose songs and it was numerous enjoyable and I did choose some hits. I had a terrific run there till Capitol purchased the corporate and identical to a radio station, anyone got here in and stated okay we have your job now.”
“What sort of hits did you choose?”
“The primary mission that they gave me was the Metropolis to Metropolis album by Gerry Rafferty. They stated, ‘Any hits on right here?’I stated, ‘Effectively, let me take it dwelling and I am going to let .’ So I went dwelling over the weekend and got here again and stated ‘Okay, Baker Avenue is a monster, it’ll be a few million-seller, it is means too lengthy however we are able to edit it down. And so they stated, ‘What is the subsequent connection?’ I stated ‘”Proper DownThe Line,” not as huge as “Baker Avenue” most likely will not promote fairly 1,000,000 -maybe eight hundred-nine hundred thousand, and the third single needs to be “Dwelling And Dry” possibly three hundred-four hundred thousand however that is about it.’ And so they stated, ‘You are on!’
So we launched “Baker Avenue” and no one’s taking part in it. So I went to Charlie Minor, the top of promotions and stated, ‘Let me sit in your workplace, if you make all these calls to the stations and I am going to get on the extension. Ask them in the event that they’re on it but and, if they are not, why they are not taking part in it. Do not give them causes to play it. Ask them why they are not taking part in it.’ So he did and I listened and wrote down all these notes.
One station stated, ‘Effectively, the guitar is a bit too raucous for our format.’ One other stated, ‘That sax factor should not be on the entrance, it needs to be on the finish.’ And so forth and so forth.
I had a bit studio in my home. I went dwelling, received out a razor blade and made 17 completely different customized edits for these 17 stations. I threw them on Charlie’s desk on Monday morning and stated, ‘Okay, ship these out and ask them why they will not play them now.’ And I assume possibly they have been so flattered that we might made a customized edit for his or her station – now, with digital stuff, in fact all people makes their very own customized edits. However they’d stated, ‘We’ll take you on briefly,’ so when that occurred they stated, ‘Okay you bought the gig.'”
Do you continue to discuss with Paul (Paul Revere Dick) in any respect?
“We discuss often; we’ve not performed collectively for years. You guys are all the time asking me would you ever do one thing collectively and there was awhile once I’d say no however these days I do not give a crap , why not? It’d occurred, it won’t, if it does wonderful, if does not that is cool too.”
It looks like Paul’s model of the band took a very completely different path with extra of a comedic flare, nearly like a lounge act.
“Paul is a superb pure comic; when he grew up his heroes have been like Danny Kaye and the Marx Brothers and other people like that. And he simply liked comedy. Now he is received a band and he does comedy bits they usually play the hits and it is entertaining nevertheless it’s not the Raiders that I keep in mind. However so long as he is placing individuals within the seats he is doing the proper factor.”
Mark, I need to thanks a lot for spending a while with me as we speak, and I sit up for assembly you in individual backstage at The Pleased Collectively present at Ruth Eckerd Corridor in Clearwater on July 19th.
“I sit up for assembly with you Ray, thanks.”
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