Paul Revere & the Raiders

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1986 (The 1987 Induction Ceremony)

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Kicks (1966)
Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian) (1971)

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Will Paul Revere & the Raiders be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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This one is a no brainer and why they aren't in is beyond me. They were one of the few American bands to stand up to the British Invasion and their songs were a good example of what American rock was like during the mid-1960's. However, the one thing I think that works against them was the fact that a lot of the voters probably thought that all they had going for them was their gimmick. No matter what, this band should have been in a long time ago.

Posted by Brian Washington on Friday, 12.21.07 @ 16:25pm


i have been a raiders fan since 1960. they went with me everywhere i went during my 22 year military career.this band should be in the rock and roll hall of fame.

Posted by buddyminor on Thursday, 03.6.08 @ 17:38pm


Easy choice...Put em in.

Posted by Steve on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 14:29pm


OMG, I am so angry. When I see who IS inducted and NOT THE RAIDERS, not MARK LINDSAY, I say Shut The Mother Down. Puh-leez.

Posted by Sandra The Moonchild Diva on Tuesday, 03.18.08 @ 10:50am


Paul Revere and the Raiders were one of the biggest groups in the sixties, when you see the crap bands of the same era that are in the HOF such as Jefferson Airplane, Lovin Spoonful, and the Mamas and Papas,this is truly a strange exclusion. I guess the costumes,and hosting Where the Action Is goes against them,that's too bad as there music still holds up today. Steppin Out, Kicks, Great Airplane Strike,Good Thing, Hungry, Just Like Me are all classic rock and roll songs, what punk/garage rock was all about---listen to the records, vote and let them in!

Posted by Randy on Monday, 08.18.08 @ 12:17pm


Although I agree with your statement that Paul Revere & The Raiders should be in, I disagree with your statement that the Lovin' Spoonful were crap. The Lovin' Spoonful were a good band Randy.

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 09.21.08 @ 10:37am


Keebord, I was probably wrong to label the Lovin'Spoonful as a crap band, I actually like them quite a bit, especially Summer In the City, Six O'Clock, and Do You Believe In Magic. It's just that many critics of the era, somehow think there's a certain "hip" quotient to the Spoonful, M & P, and Airplane that the Raiders don't have. This is what I was railing against. While the Spoonful was an excellent band on "wax", I just don't believe they could rival The Raiders as a show band. Growing up in the sixties, and attending many shows (as opposed to concerts) Show Bands such as The Raiders, and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels are criminally neglected in rock history. These were fun bands that could really excite you. I should have made myself clearer on the Spoonful, I believe they are worthy of the Hall ( I don't believe the Mama's and Papa's or the Airplane are) just think they pale in comparison to the Raiders. Thanks for the comment though, it made me realize my error. Randy

Posted by Randy on Saturday, 09.27.08 @ 10:23am


Add to the list of their great songs my fave, "Darling Be Home Soon"
which both Joe Cocker and Slade recorded.
They deserve to be in,they influenced many.

Posted by Gary James CA on Saturday, 09.27.08 @ 10:26am


While the Spoonful was an excellent band on "wax", I just don't believe they could rival The Raiders as a show band. Posted by Randy

I'll buy that,The Raiders had teen heart throb Mark Lindsay too.
The Spoonful didn't really have a heartthrob.

The Raiders had more off a show.
But i think the Spoonful had better songs as a whole catalog.

Posted by Gary James CA on Saturday, 09.27.08 @ 10:32am


...and NO, Mark Lindsay is NOT comedian Soupy Sales' son, as was so widely rumored back then. Kinda like Alice Cooper isn't the one who played Eddie Haskell on "Leave It To Beaver"...where did these rumors come from???

Someone actually tried to tell me that SRV was Sarah Vaughn's son...they were dead serious!!! I'm sure Martha would've loved hearing that...

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 09.27.08 @ 10:53am


...and NO, Mark Lindsay is NOT comedian Soupy Sales' son, as was so widely rumored back then. Kinda like Alice Cooper isn't the one who played Eddie Haskell on "Leave It To Beaver"...where did these rumors come from???
Someone actually tried to tell me that SRV was Sarah Vaughn's son...they were dead serious!!! I'm sure Martha would've loved hearing that...
Saturday, 09.27.08 @ 10:53am

I never heard the Soupy/Lindsay rumor!
I remember seeing Alice Cooper though in mags wearing a t-shirt that said "No i'm not Eddie Haskell". lol

The Vaughan one is just bizarre!
Was it a very young person?

p.s.- you're right the site is fine without that certain bands contant mention.

Posted by Gary James CA on Saturday, 09.27.08 @ 11:03am


"Indian Reservation (Cherokee Nation)"

"Hungry"

"Just Like Me"

Just 3 great songs out of their massive catalogue of hits

The group deserved induction.

Vote yes

Posted by Mr. Octagon on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 13:34pm


Small correction: they don't just "deserved" induction, they DESERVE induction. Better proof read next time!!

Posted by Mr. Octagon on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 13:36pm


The problem with groups like Paul Revere & The Raiders and Tommy James & The Shondells is that, although they have a decent amount of longevity in their career's, a song per song analysis reveals nothing but sticks of bubble gum as opposed to songs that future generations look back at and say, "WOW that changed the course of history as we know it!"

(Unlike the real Paul Revere.)

Posted by prognosticator on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 14:12pm


prognosticator...that's actually a pretty fair statement. The two groups you mentioned weren't too bad, but it just goes to show that they can't induct EVERYONE...

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 15:18pm


I think the words "bubble gum and Paul Revere" don't go together at all prognosticator. Maybe with Tommy James, but definitly not with Paul Revere & The Raiders (who are deserving of induction)

Posted by Gustav on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 15:40pm


Gustav...color me curious! What exactly would you call their music, then. Take a look at the era during their heyday and tell us where they fit in the best...they weren't psychedelic, acid, or any of that. Let me answer for you...they were a gimmicky pop band, plain and simple. Closer to bubble gum than Iron Butterfly, I would think. I'm not saying they didn't have some good songs, but nothing that would consider them for the HOF...at all!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 15:56pm


They predated a lot of classification that would take place later in the 60's. I guess they were "pop." I just can't see them under the same category as Tommy James & The Shondells.

Posted by Gustav on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 16:04pm


"Where The Action Is" was one of my favorite shows when I was younger (a LOT younger) and since the Raiders were basically the "house band" for that show, they got a lot of great exposure that I don't know they would've gotten just from radio play. If one were to classify them, I can see where it could be in the same catagory, even though they sounded distinctly different.

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 16:23pm


Where The Action Is" was one of my favorite shows when I was younger (a LOT younger) and since the Raiders were basically the "house band" for that show, they got a lot of great exposure that I don't know they would've gotten just from radio play. If one were to classify them, I can see where it could be in the same catagory, even though they sounded distinctly different.

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 16:23pm

Not sure where you are going with that.. They had hits before Dick Clark...and after.. Mark an Fang can sing.. They were on the Ed Sulivin show God only knows how many times . They were the anti British invasion lol

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 17:44pm


mrxyz...don't remember seeing them on Ed Sullivan much, if at all. I just remember those stupid skits they did on "Where The Action Is", which really took away from the quality of their music. So, being anywhere from 11 to 13 years old at the time and only seeing them on TV, I thought they were more of a comedy act than a musical group. They had some regional hits before Dick Clark, but I evidently didn't live in that region. When I did start hearing them on the radio, they had already made their first impression with me...which wasn't a good one musically.

They really didn't go toe to toe with the British Invasion, as some people claim. They were just kinda "there", had a few hits...nothing really spectacular (There actually was a better version of "Indian Reservation" out before the Raiders, I just can't remember who did it)...and just faded away.

Like I stated before, I'm a little more gaurded on who I think should be in the HOF...I think it's diluted the way it is now. There'd be a lot less inductees if I had anything to say about it. Even though they were a good band, I just don't think they measure up to the true legends.

"YOU CAN'T INDUCT EVERYONE!!!!!"

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 19:33pm


Their first hit was Stepping Out and Just Like Me in 1965?
They were great heck they had more band members that Carter has pills..
Yeah they were a show band so is Kiss, U2, Madonna ,
Monkeys, Beatles, Stones, Nirvana ,SRV,,etc.. Hollywood Hype at its best...! Also some great tunes..!! YOU CAN'T INDUCT EVERYONE!!!!!"

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 19:33pm
Why not,,??? LOL they were perfect at what they did "SELL ROCK"
So YES...

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 20:20pm


mrxyz...just remember, I still have that chair, rope, and Slim Whitman album...LOL!!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 20:24pm


Absolutely insane that this band has not been inducted. I think they were pivotal in making rock acceptable to a lot of squares. With over 600 TV airings in the 1960s, this band evoked personality, humor, fun, a positive image, showmanship, a defining visual image, AND did it while pushing excellent polished garage rock into millions of TV homes. That is their legacy and should be enough to easily admit them into the HOF. When rock suddenly got "serious" in the late 60s, The Raiders brand of good time rock seemed passe and irrelevant. However, it still works in Branson 40 years later. Why? (Pay attention! I just explained it above.)

Drake Levin and Phil Volk were fun to watch. No matter who took their places in that band, they were always the dream team to me. Jim Valley was cool, too and had some great guitar parts. Listen to Fang's heavy aggressive bass sound on some of those mid-60s hits.

Mark Lindsay had good looks, bad boy image with the pony tail thing, excellent rock voice and song interpretation, AND was part of the Melcher/Lindsay writing team that penned a lot of those hits.

Jesus, WTF more do you want, Hall Of Fame? Get your head out of your a** and nominate this band!

Posted by jazzbo89 on Wednesday, 11.12.08 @ 19:45pm


A no brainer...a great band with a ton of great songs. 'Hungry'...'Kicks'....'Just Like me'....'Steppin Out'...'Him Or Me'..etc. Not hip enough for those brainless New York board memebers though.

Posted by Steve on Friday, 11.14.08 @ 19:54pm


Of course Paul Revere & The Raiders deserve to be inducted. Was there any doubt? They started out in the 50's and came out with their first record in 1961. Nothing sounded like them at the time. They were ahead of their time and paved their own way.

Posted by Firebrick on Saturday, 12.6.08 @ 10:36am


Paul Revere and The Raiders feat. Mark Lindsay,
are easily the very best overlooked band. Period.

Their exclusion, at best makes the entire
concept of a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
seem like a scam and a sham .

I've never met a rock fan that didn't dig
Hungry, Just Like Me, Let Me, Him Or Me
and so many of their great numbers, many of
which were also written and produced by Mark
Lindsay.

Mark Lindsay is also THE most televised rock
star of the entire decade of the 60's, with
over 700 television appearances and deserves
a separate induction of his own.

This is the ultimate in no brainers. Hello ...

Posted by Lou on Friday, 01.9.09 @ 16:31pm


Yes to the Raiders..They Rock !!
Should of been in light years a go go
YES

Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 01.9.09 @ 17:22pm


"Kicks" Need I say more?

Posted by RA RA RA RA on Friday, 02.27.09 @ 13:11pm


I bought my first Raiders LP in 1965 at Korvette's in NYC. "Louie Go Home" (second version on "Midnight Ride") is my favorite song of the band's. Paul Revere was a gas, especially all the lipsynching jokes he did. I love Grace Slick, saw her at the Fillmore East hald a dozen times, but you can love the Raiders, too. They were our answer to the DC5, and anyone who saw the DC5 R&RHoF inductions with Tom Hanks' beautiful speech, after Mike Smith's tragic death, knows that a Raiders' induction would be just as gracious, just as much fun, and just as long OVERDUE!!

Posted by charlie finch on Thursday, 03.5.09 @ 08:31am


long OVERDUE!!

Posted by charlie finch on Thursday, 03.5.09 @ 08:31am


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
So true

Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 03.5.09 @ 08:50am


These guys were a cool band. Mark Lindsay and the boys had a long list of singles and great songs (Not just "Indian Reservation", which was a cover). I wonder if we'll ever see them inducted if they haven't even been considered yet. I still voted yes though.

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 06.17.09 @ 10:33am


I remember watching them on TV. God I am old!

Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 06.17.09 @ 10:51am


I just started a petition to get the Raiders into the HOF. It will go directly to Jann Werner next year. Please help me spread the word.

www.raidersrockhall.com

Posted by Diane on Wednesday, 09.16.09 @ 19:14pm


If nothing else, it's good to know Little Steven wants them in.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 09.18.09 @ 23:46pm


Is it just me or do kicks just keep getting to find?

Posted by The Drummer on Sunday, 01.17.10 @ 17:38pm


Is it just me or do kicks just keep getting to find?

Posted by The Drummer on Sunday, 01.17.10 @ 17:38pm

I've got this need I just can't control and it's driving me insane, I'm hungry for some kicks. I can almost taste it and I ain't gonna waste it

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 01.17.10 @ 17:41pm


Hungry for those good things, huh Keebord?

Posted by Milestones on Sunday, 01.17.10 @ 17:42pm


They had like one hit. Chances are very slim.

Posted by Lucario on Monday, 03.15.10 @ 23:25pm


Hahahahahaha! You have no idea what you are talking about.

Posted by Steve on Tuesday, 03.16.10 @ 09:14am


They had many "HITS"and were on television often Fron Dick Clarks show "Where the Action" to Ed Sulivine plus many other shows.. Not that the amount of hits really matter.It is what the hit did... They had great songs and influanced many musicians, Heck the had lots of musicians in their band,, they still do today...
hit list
Good Thing 1967


Hungry 1966


I Had A Dream 1967


Just Like Me 1966


Kicks 1966


Too Much Talk 1968


Birds Of A Feather 1971
)

Indian Reservation

Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 03.16.10 @ 14:46pm


Not to mention "Ups And Downs", "Steppin' Out", "Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon," "Let Me", "Don't Take It So Hard", personal fave "Him Or Me, What's It Gonna Be"... great stuff. Deserving.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 03.16.10 @ 15:06pm


This groups music was very influential to the Punk rock and New Wave rock music groups of the late '70's and early '80's.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Thursday, 09.16.10 @ 17:53pm


I keep getting reminded of this band's quality when I started listening to "oldies but goodies" on Music Choice. My gut-level reaction to many of the hits described in earlier postings is that this band is clearly a cut above and yet, to my great surprise, I discovered that they were ignored by the RRHOF.

Posted by Joe2 on Sunday, 11.14.10 @ 03:11am


"are easily the very best overlooked band. Period."

Hardly.

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 03.12.11 @ 05:09am


Borderline for me. They'll probably never go in but I certainly wouldn't complain if they did. A lot of their songs are just really great, fun tracks. Good group.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 03.29.11 @ 13:39pm


i love this

Posted by bridgett on Monday, 04.25.11 @ 09:43am


hi my name is bridget paul revere is awsome and cool i wish i could go back to the time and see wat really happen!!!!!!!! wellll love ya people lol bye


love
bridgett clark

Posted by bridgett clark on Monday, 04.25.11 @ 09:48am


The RHOF lists Just Like Me as one of their essential records of rock and roll. They were the 60's power pop garage band sound. They were the precursor to The Box Tops, Big Star and I would even say the Replacements. Way ahead of their time - the costumes were a gimmick but so what, the music stands the test of time.

Posted by Steve on Thursday, 04.28.11 @ 23:59pm


What exactly is the whole point of R&R? I mean, although it's evolved in a sense as a political platform, where subgenres play to their ideologue audiences, R&R is a fun, can be (doesn't have to be) danceable, heart moving, body stomping experience. It bears no resemblance to the music it replaced in popular culture.

The Raiders never really sounded like anybody else in any of their periods. The Beatnick Sticks era is an interesting, pre-invasion sound that melds a raucous beat at a time of balladeers, doo wop, and rockabilly artists. Who really sounded like Hungry, or Great Airplane Strike? Him or Me? - what in the world was even close to sounding like that?

Can someone please name me a "heavier" sound than Hungry or Just Like Me at that time? The Raiders get compared to the Kinks the most from that era - it has some merit, but I never think of the Kinks when I hear Louie Go Home or any of those other songs.

What is called bubblegum (Ohio Express's Yummy Yummy Yummy) was a contemporary to Don't Take It So Hard or Mr. Sun, but again - was there a real comparison?

The Collage era is unsurpassed qualitatively, I think. Regardless of your taste, you have to admit Just 17 or Sorceress with Blue Eyes is like no other psych sound of that period.

They were influential to many, but is that a requirement? Yet, who could say the Raiders "stole" their sound?

Lastly, if my original premise is correct, the Raiders, if nothing else, were easily one of the most entertaining live acts ever. They may have been trapped a bit by their own success. Constantly on teen mag covers instead of Rolling Stone or Creem. Uniformed and practically vaudevillian on stage, maybe the "rock establisment" takes themselves too seriously, but you can't take this away from them:

They are consummate professionals
They could play (and sing) like nobody's business
They were an iconic piece of Americana
They were the most successful act on their label throughout their tenure, and are one of the best selling bands of all time
They were unique performers and they had a unique sound(I keep using past tense a lot, because I am not thinking of the current "Raiders" even though they've been together longer than the 60's versions)

Posted by Maury on Friday, 06.10.11 @ 14:30pm


Using GFW's formula:

Innovation: Along with a few other bands, helped build proto-punk. 15

Influence: After their style of garage rock died out so did most of their influence, they've had some influence in the punk movement however, and they've had a few of their songs covered (doesn't necessarily equate influence). 10

Commercial success: Plenty of hits and on wikipedia's list of best-selling music acts. 15

Critical acclaim: Apart from their single "Kicks," the Raiders weren't exactly critical darlings, many have spoken openly about how cheesy they thought those uniforms were. A silly reason, I know, but it doesn't help. 5

Total: 45

Conclusion: Not Hall of Fame worthy, their only chance is if they somehow get nominated and the year they get nominated happens to have a very weak batch of nominees.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 10.11.11 @ 13:59pm


Rock Hall is a great place to visit , it has many R&R exhibits yet they have picked lighter weight bands for inclusion. And so their artistic credibility suffers for not including Paul Revere & the Raiders

Posted by Roger Dodge on Sunday, 10.30.11 @ 00:59am


The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has inducted many groups that cannot even be considered rock and roll bands. Paul Revere & the Raiders were one of the biggest bands of the sixties.That they have not yet been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is somrthing of a joke.I think it's time to get people on the board who know what rock & roll is.

Posted by Gil Ward on Wednesday, 08.8.12 @ 14:41pm


"Paul Revere & the Raiders were one of the biggest bands of the sixties."

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 08.8.12 @ 14:56pm


Okay that pic was ridiculously huge.

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 08.8.12 @ 15:47pm


What pic?

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 08.8.12 @ 17:07pm




this was the pic, only astronomically buttfück huge.

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 08.8.12 @ 17:37pm


They were pretty popular for a 2 or 3 year period. I wish they hadn't worn the cheesy outfits. It has hurt their 'perceived legitimacy' IMO.

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 08.9.12 @ 07:32am


Hey All You Paul Revere and the Raiders fans...... a documentary is on the horizon very soon :)

Posted by DBM on Wednesday, 10.17.12 @ 12:42pm


The Raiders should have been inducted a long time ago! They had a slew of hits in the 60's, were great musicians and Mark's vocals were awesome!

Posted by Summer on Sunday, 10.21.12 @ 17:36pm


Shame on the RnR HoF for not inducting Paul Revere & the Raiders already. Enough with the politics and just put the people in there that belong. NWA? NWA??? N.W.A.??????????????????????? Are you serious? Are you going to wait until all from the original band is dead? We already lost Smitty and the Kid.I am personally boycotting the Hall until the Raiders are inducted and I live in Cleveland and have been invited to perform there myself.

Posted by Rick Hulvalchick on Tuesday, 10.23.12 @ 14:50pm


The fact this group is not in the Hall of Fame is beyond me..

Posted by Debloree on Saturday, 11.24.12 @ 04:47am


Fact: This group was the first Rock and Roll band signed by Columbia records. Over 700 TV appearances and god knows how many live shows over the decade. They were the most visible band in the 1960's. Seventeen top 20 hits, one #1 hit record. They weren't just a gimmick band and I think that tern is unfair. Alot of bands and artists use "gimmicks" to promote themselves and their music. Whatever sells.. and those outfits got the band noticed. Give them points for originality. Mark Lindsay was a great vocalist and under appreciated as an artist and songwriter. I vote let them in..

Posted by Debloree on Saturday, 11.24.12 @ 05:21am


I agree Debloree
They should be in..Let's hope real hard

Posted by Happy on Tuesday, 11.27.12 @ 17:46pm


This will probably be one of those 60s acts that will randomly show up within the next 3 years on the Nominations list. PR & the Raiders are reportedly one of Steven Van Sandt's favorites and I don't remember where I read it but he is shocked himself and he's questioning why they aren't in. He even made the comment they were the first to have a commercially successful anti-drug song. You know what that is. haha

As for now, the group will live on between the Ozark mountains in Branson until they get recognized again by the Hall.

Side note: I've always questioned why it was never called Mark Lindsay and the Raiders?

Posted by Jason Voigt on Wednesday, 09.18.13 @ 21:16pm


Mark Lindsay and the 1960s thru 1971 Raiders should have been inducted years ago...I Don't understand that they've never been nominated - and Mark Lindsay should be in for single artist AND non-performer (songwriter, arranger, producer and head of A & R for a major record label-United Artist)

Posted by really rock n roll on Tuesday, 11.12.13 @ 04:39am


one of the best bands ever. ive enjoyed all the groups records since the 1960s.belonged in for years.

Posted by john jarvis on Friday, 06.13.14 @ 15:34pm


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