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 traditional hits radio. Not solely did he get hold of legendary standing with the band, he was the thing for affection for the world’s faculty 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 neglect 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 yr’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 Dwell for As we speak” “Midnight Confessions”) and The Buckinghams (“Sort of a Drag” “Do not You Care” “Susan”).
The tour will probably be stopping at Ruth Eckerd Corridor in Clearwater on Tuesday July nineteenth.
All these GREAT performers on one thrilling invoice, and harking back 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 capable of communicate with each Mark Lindsay and Mark Volman of The Turtles final week. The interview with Professor Volman will probably be following this text.
And now here 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 just a few moments with me immediately. How are you?
“I am nice Ray. The place are you calling from?”
I am calling from stunning Bradenton, Florida.
“Effectively hey; I am sitting in Florida proper now. We’re over close to Jupiter and we’re really dwelling 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 the very best. Florida’s cool, the place else are you able to get summer time 12 months a yr, though it would get chilly at evening. I believe we’re each fortunate to be down right here.”
What was dwelling 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 might be on the market three days every week simply beating down the bushes. So it acquired loopy but it surely was enjoyable.”
Let’s discuss The Pleased Collectively 2011 tour. It just lately celebrated its twenty fifth anniversary proper?
“I used to be on among the first ones and so they put me again on the tour final yr. We have nice critiques and we’re again once more this yr. I like it, 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 pal, it takes you again. You are gonna’ see a large slice of the charts from the 60’s and 70’s and quite a lot of hits!”
I used to be a high 40 radio deejay again within the late 70’s/early 80’s after which MTV and video worn out the radio star.
“Then the net worn out the file. It is all digital, it is all downloads and sadly there’s quite a lot of piracy. However the children immediately, it is a complete new era, you bought a child that is 12 or 13 years outdated and he simply would 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 favored what you heard on the radio you ran right down to the file retailer and acquired the 45 file. Then you definately normally purchased the album.
“Yea, it was enjoyable. I like vinyl, as a matter of reality I am engaged on a mission now and we’d find yourself placing it on vinyl as effectively as a result of there’s a complete new market, children are discovering the truth that vinyl sounds a hell of quite a bit higher than digital.”
I miss that echo impact sound from all these traditional 45 data. I am undecided if we’ll be capable to ever grasp that fantastic sound ever once more. Jim McCarty of TheYardbirds agreed with me after I spoke with him a number of weeks in the past, that magical sound on these early data can by no means be duplicated.
“Effectively quite a lot of it needed to do with the stay chambers. CBS data in Hollywood the place the Raiders reduce most of their stuff, that they had two particular echo chambers that have been simply… effectively you have heard Simon & Garfunkel, Raiders, all of it sounded nice. Capitol Data had these echo chambers designed by Les Paul as a matter of reality. Yea all that stuff -Frank Sinatra, The Seaside Boys all of them sounded nice. I’ve quite a lot of my outdated gear, quite a lot of the identical gear that I used again within the 60’s and I can get fairly shut however you can not duplicate that echo. Nonetheless a pal of mine has gone round and sampled quite a lot of the outdated chambers so he can get like 99% of the way in which there. It is an all new approach although.”
There appeared to be quite a lot of 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 after I was like 14 years outdated and shaped the Raiders with Paul after I was like 17 or 18. So I have been on the street all my life and for some unusual motive 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 directly. Though we did tour, there was like a number of years there the place we have been on the street like perhaps 200 nights a yr.”
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 might 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 actual 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 after I acquired on stage every little thing modified.”
I believe many people children recognized extra with bands just like the Raiders and Turtles since you have been one in every 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 needed to ask you a couple of 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 earth that you simply’d ever be capable to meet her, you may 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 type of issues. Then Mark started to sing among the lyrics to the music, “Perhaps sometime you will be nearer than 4 rows away.”
So that you by no means really acquired to fulfill her Mark?
“Effectively really I did, consider 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 mentioned, ‘Mark, I am type of the unofficial greeter right here, there’s these little women which are sitting out right here that might love to fulfill you.’ So I mentioned, ‘Positive convey them on again.’ So there have been three women that got here again, and one in every 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 outdated this isn’t going to occur. So I gave her a rose and a kiss on high 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 massive company and seem at one in every of their features. 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 would as effectively go away; it is apparent that you simply two know one another.’ And I mentioned, ‘No-no, we have by no means met,’ and the lady mentioned, ‘Truly we did meet a few years in the past however you would not keep in mind it.’ I mentioned, ‘When did we meet?’ She mentioned, ‘Buffalo in ’67.’ I mentioned, ‘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 an excellent story Mark.
“Oh yea. It was proper, we have been like star-crossed lovers. It was meant to be but it surely was simply too early the primary time round.”
“My life reads like a novel and so I am engaged on a e-book.”
Yea, I did hear that you simply have been engaged on a e-book. As a matter of reality my first e-book 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 way in which it actually occurred, I am attempting to make myself look too good right here, this is not actually actual. So I’m going again and write what actually occurred with out actually stretching the material over the actual stuff ? In order I’ve achieved that a number of instances and perhaps as I get just a little older I get just a little 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. Truly a few years in the past I despatched a few chapters to a writer and I mentioned perhaps I want some assist with this, and so they no, no, no, we love your type simply maintain doing the way in which you are doing. They needed to make a deal however I mentioned I am not prepared but.”
Ultimately, 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 will work on it in my head -and it is wonderful again within the day I exploit to put in writing a music and that is it nice -spitted it out . Now I work just a little more durable on them and simply maintain engaged on it till I begin taking issues out and after I begin taking issues out I determine it is time to cease.”
My e-book 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 but it surely’s value it. And whenever you get by means of it you have acquired one thing you may take a look at for the remainder of your life.”
Once we go away this planet, effectively… you have already got your legacy; I assume I will have mine with my e-book.
“No, I am nonetheless engaged on mine; I’ve acquired 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 acquired a pair tasks going, cannot actually discuss them however one in every 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 yr my horoscope by Linda Goodman, a personal 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 massive mansion with Terry Melcher, and a couple of sports activities automobile within the storage and I had the pink Ferrari in there however she mentioned 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 develop into extra well-known then you definitely ever thought you may. But it surely 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’s going to nearly out eclipse your first profession completely. You may be recognized by hundreds of thousands extra folks. 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 just a little bit about Terry Melcher, he was an essential man within the 60’s wasn’t he?
“Terry was actually the sixth Raider, for those who hearken to any of the songs as much as the primary file that I produced which was Too A lot Speak; earlier than that Terry was on each Raider file. We might end a music and he and I might return into the studio later and he and I might primarily do the background. He had this nice excessive sounding voice and it simply blended so effectively. 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 mentioned come on Terry let’s get again in and write one thing, let’s do one thing once more, and he mentioned, effectively…I do not know. However his final massive music was “Kokomo,” (The Seaside Boys) he is throughout that for certain.”
Yea, Terry Melcher was instrumental to so many essential bands- together with The Seaside Boys and The Byrds. Once I attended broadcasting faculty again within the late 70’s, all my instructors have been deejays with illustrious broadcasting careers and so they 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 acquired achieved what he needed 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 thought 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 informed me years later, ‘You already know 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 favored what they noticed and by the top of that 13 week interval we had develop into 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 data, 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 normally did not produce myself, Jerry Fuller did, and after I acquired by means of with the file Jack Gold mentioned, ‘Why do not you place it out because the Raiders, you produce the Raiders and so they want a success.’ So we put it below the title of the Raiders and it turned the largest promoting hit within the historical past of CBS data.”
Any regrets for calling the band Paul Revere? (Keyboardist Paul Revere Dick continued to tour with out Mark utilizing the Raiders title)
“To start with, means again to the start earlier than we acquired on CBS, we signed our first file contract on just a little label known as Gardena and the proprietor mentioned, ‘You bought to signal the contract and signal your full authorized title,’ so my full authorized title is Mark Allen Lindsay and I signed my title after which all people else signed their title and Paul’s title was signed Paul Revere Dick, that was his full title.
Then he regarded over at us and mentioned, ‘Paul Revere…Paul Revere, Paul Revere, wait a minute, wait a minute, wait…a…minute! That is an excellent gimmick. I imply the Downbeats are okay however Paul Revere now that is a hook. All people is aware of Paul Revere’s experience come on.’
He mentioned, ‘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 in class about, ‘Hey Paul Revere- the place’s your horse?’ So he simply dropped his first title Paul and glided by the title Revere Dick. However when our first file got here out, our first file mentioned Paul Revere & the Nightriders. And though the title (Utilizing Paul Revere) did trigger some confusion but it surely’s most likely quite a bit like The Dave Clark 5 the place Mike Smith was the lead singer and Dave Clark (the drummer) was the title of the band.”
There are such a lot of bands working 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 whenever you see the Pleased Collectively tour you are going to see the actual 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 actual deal then I by no means noticed one.”
I am actually trying ahead to the present, and I am hoping to get a cross to cowl the present from backstage. I wish to take quite a lot of footage.
“Inform them Mark mentioned that they’d higher do it or I will not do “Kicks.”
I will positively 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, after we do it on stage it sounds similar to we did on the file. The blokes within the band all sing like birds or The Byrds -I am undecided. However I do my finest to make the stuff that we do sound like within the day or higher . So there you go.”
You’ve got all the time had an excellent voice and your voice immediately seems like your solely 35 years outdated and it seems that you are taking actually excellent care of your self. (Mark is 69 years outdated)
“Effectively, I stroll six miles a day; I stand 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 after I get again house. So after I went in for a checkup just lately my physician mentioned, ‘No matter you are doing do not cease it’ (After getting a latest bodily his physician mentioned you may be 25 years outdated).”
After Paul Revere & the Raiders you labored as an A&R government with United Artist Data?
“Yea, I assumed I used to be certified, I would been an Artist, Producer, Author, a Writer, so I assumed I knew find out how to decide songs and it was quite a lot of enjoyable and I did decide some hits. I had an excellent run there till Capitol purchased the corporate and similar to a radio station, someone got here in and mentioned okay we have got your job now.”
“What sort of hits did you decide?”
“The primary mission that they gave me was the Metropolis to Metropolis album by Gerry Rafferty. They mentioned, ‘Any hits on right here?’I mentioned, ‘Effectively, let me take it house and I will let .’ So I went house over the weekend and got here again and mentioned ‘Okay, Baker Avenue is a monster, it should be a couple of million-seller, it is means too lengthy however we will edit it down. They usually mentioned, ‘What is the subsequent connection?’ I mentioned ‘”Proper DownThe Line,” not as massive 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 “House And Dry” perhaps three hundred-four hundred thousand however that is about it.’ They usually mentioned, ‘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 mentioned, ‘Let me sit in your workplace, whenever you make all these calls to the stations and I will 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 mentioned, ‘Effectively, the guitar is just a little too raucous for our format.’ One other mentioned, ‘That sax factor should not be on the entrance, it needs to be on the finish.’ And so forth and so forth.
I had just a little studio in my home. I went house, acquired 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 mentioned, ‘Okay, ship these out and ask them why they will not play them now.’ And I assume perhaps they have been so flattered that we might made a customized edit for his or her station – now, with digital stuff, after all all people makes their very own customized edits. However that they had mentioned, ‘We’ll take you on briefly,’ so when that occurred they mentioned, ‘Okay you bought the gig.'”
Do you continue to discuss with Paul (Paul Revere Dick) in any respect?
“We discuss often; we have not performed collectively for years. You guys are all the time asking me would you ever do one thing collectively and there was awhile after 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 would not that is cool too.”
It looks like Paul’s model of the band took a completely completely different course 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 folks like that. And he simply beloved comedy. Now he is acquired a band and he does comedy bits and so they play the hits and it is entertaining but it surely’s not the Raiders that I keep in mind. However so long as he is placing folks within the seats he is doing the appropriate factor.”
Mark, I wish to thanks a lot for spending a while with me immediately, and I look ahead to assembly you in particular person backstage at The Pleased Collectively present at Ruth Eckerd Corridor in Clearwater on July nineteenth.
“I look ahead to assembly with you Ray, thanks.”
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