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 acquire legendary standing with the band, he was the item for affection for the world’s faculty lady inhabitants. Mark Lindsay’s alluring smile, good-looking profile, and mop-top dew along with his lengthy trademark ponytail (que) had been on the entrance cowl of each teen journal across the globe. And neglect about these redcoats from England that referred to as themselves The Beatles, Mark Lindsay & the Raiders had 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 Blissful Collectively Tour 2011. Headlining this 12 months’s tour is -The Turtles that includes Flo & Eddie (“It Ain’t Me Babe” “Blissful Collectively” “She’s My Lady”). Different legendary performers on the tour are -The Affiliation (“Windy” “Cherish” “Alongside Comes Mary”), The Grassroots, (“Let’s Stay for At this time” “Midnight Confessions”) and The Buckinghams (“Sort 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 capable of communicate with each Mark Lindsay and Mark Volman of The Turtles final week. The interview with Professor Volman shall 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 a couple of moments with me right this moment. How are you?
“I am nice Ray. The place are you calling from?”
I am calling from stunning Bradenton, Florida.
“Nicely 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 season 365 days a 12 months, though it’d get chilly at night time. I feel we’re each fortunate to be down right here.”
What was dwelling in Hawaii like?
“Apart 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 truth. 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 every week simply beating down the bushes. So it acquired loopy nevertheless it was enjoyable.”
Let’s speak about The Blissful Collectively 2011 tour. It not too long ago 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 critiques and we’re again once more this 12 months. 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 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 quite a lot of piracy. However the children right this moment, 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.”
After I grew up, it was all about listening to your favourite deejay and discovering out what the hit songs had been. In the event you favored what you heard on the radio you ran all the way down to the file retailer and acquired the 45 file. You then normally purchased the album.
“Yea, it was enjoyable. I like vinyl, as a matter of truth I am engaged on a undertaking now and we would find yourself placing it on vinyl as nicely as a result of there’s a complete new market, children are discovering the truth that vinyl sounds a hell of so much higher than digital.”
I miss that echo impact sound from all these traditional 45 information. I am unsure if we’ll be capable to 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.
“Nicely quite a lot of it needed to do with the reside chambers. CBS information in Hollywood the place the Raiders reduce most of their stuff, that they had two particular echo chambers that had been simply… nicely you have heard Simon & Garfunkel, Raiders, all of it sounded nice. Capitol Information had these echo chambers designed by Les Paul as a matter of truth. Yea all that stuff -Frank Sinatra, The Seashore Boys all of them sounded nice. I’ve quite a lot of my previous tools, quite a lot of the identical tools that I used again within the 60’s and I can get fairly shut however you can’t duplicate that echo. Nevertheless a pal of mine has gone round and sampled quite a lot of 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 quite a lot of stress on these artists again within the 60’s, stress to get successful 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 motive I nonetheless prefer it. I suppose I’ve by no means grown up. That is what’s so good about The Blissful Collectively Tour; we’re again on the street once more. You talked about McCarty, we had been fortunate we had the present The place the Motion Is. It was an effective 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 had been on the street like possibly 200 nights a 12 months.”
Do you suppose it was that sort 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 enjoying 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 enjoying music, and being on TV, and enjoying 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 sort of having a tough time placing the 2 collectively. Inside I used to be sort of this shy child from Idaho however once I acquired on stage all the things modified.”
I feel many people children recognized extra with bands just like the Raiders and Turtles since you had been certainly one of us. You had been “American” bands.
“Nicely, we had 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 totally 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 could begin rising it again once more, it comes and goes.”
I wished to ask you a couple of track you probably did in 1966 referred to as “Little Lady within the 4th Row” from The Midnight Journey album, was there really a lady within the fourth row that you just had 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 manner on the planet that you just’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 had been on a bus or a limo or no matter to the airport or wherever you had been going and by no means stick round, so it was sort of like a kind of issues. Then Mark started to sing a few of the lyrics to the track, “Perhaps sometime you may be nearer than 4 rows away.”
So that you by no means really acquired to fulfill her Mark?
“Nicely 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 sort of the unofficial greeter right here, there’s these little ladies which can be sitting out right here that will love to fulfill you.’ So I mentioned, ‘Positive convey them on again.’ So there have been three ladies that got here again, and certainly one of them was really- actually cute, she had these cat eye glasses and there was this on the spot attraction, and I believed 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 pinnacle 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 certainly 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, ‘Nicely I’d as nicely depart; it is apparent that you just two know one another.’ And I mentioned, ‘No-no, we have by no means met,’ and the lady mentioned, ‘Really 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 amazing story Mark.
“Oh yea. It was proper, we had 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 just had been engaged on a guide. As a matter of truth my first guide was launched not too long ago – it is referred to as Examine the Gs -The True Story of an Eclectic American Household and Their Wacky Household Enterprise. How far are you alongside in your story?
“Nicely I am nearly performed, 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 making an attempt 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 performed that a number of instances and possibly as I get a bit older I get a bit extra trustworthy 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 mentioned possibly I want some assist with this, they usually no, no, no, we love your fashion simply hold doing the best way you are doing. They wished to make a deal however I mentioned I am not prepared but.”
Finally, like I did, you are going to say sufficient, it is prepared, I am performed.
“Nicely, when it is proper it is proper! It is like writing a track, I am going to work on it in my head -and it is superb again within the day I take advantage of to put in writing a track and that is it nice -spitted it out . Now I work a bit tougher on them and simply hold 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 targeted at the moment on the story.
“It is a consuming artwork nevertheless it’s price it. And if you get by way of it you have acquired one thing you may take a look at for the remainder of your life.”
Once we depart this planet, nicely… you have already got your legacy; I suppose I am going to have mine with my guide.
“No, I am nonetheless engaged on mine; I’ve acquired much more stuff to do. I sort 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 initiatives going, cannot actually speak about them however certainly 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 personal horoscope proper, and it predicted that you just had been going to finish up with the mansion up on the hill, and positive 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 these items won’t make you content you are going to need extra, you are going to transfer on previous this and do all these items after which turn out to be extra well-known then you definitely ever thought you possibly can. But it surely will not make you content.
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 may be identified by thousands and thousands extra folks. So I am engaged on that and so if that comes true then there you go. And if this undertaking works, that may occur, however I can not say something extra about it than that, however wait and see.”
Inform me a bit bit about Terry Melcher, he was an vital man within the 60’s wasn’t he?
“Terry was actually the sixth Raider, if you happen to 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 would end a track 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 a giant a part of the Raiders sound. He was actual instrumental in serving to the Raiders in changing into the hitmakers they had 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, nicely…I do not know. However his final massive track was “Kokomo,” (The Seashore Boys) he is throughout that for positive.”
Yea, Terry Melcher was instrumental to so many vital bands- together with The Seashore Boys and The Byrds. After I attended broadcasting faculty again within the late 70’s, all my instructors had been deejays with illustrious broadcasting careers they usually all had Dick Clark tales. What was it wish to work with Dick Clark?
“Nicely, he was completely skilled. When the digicam would come on or the Microphone would come on and he could be all smiles. He was very a lot knowledgeable and if one thing did not go his manner you knew about it. However he acquired performed what he wished performed and performed his manner and it positive labored for him.”
So Dick Clark was additionally instrumental to the Raiders success proper?
“Nicely positive, 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 concept to ABC he employed us for a 13 week interval. He knew how visible we had been proper and we might work low cost, and he instructed me years later, ‘You already know what? I believed I would rent you guys for 13 weeks and each 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 turn out to be that actual band. We had 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 normally did not produce myself, Jerry Fuller did, and once I acquired by way of with the file Jack Gold mentioned, ‘Why do not you place it out because the Raiders, you produce the Raiders they usually want successful.’ So we put it underneath the title 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 title)
“To start with, manner again to the start earlier than we acquired on CBS, we signed our first file contract on a bit label referred to 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 amazing gimmick. I imply the Downbeats are okay however Paul Revere now that is a hook. All people is aware of Paul Revere’s trip 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 nevertheless it’s in all probability so much 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 operating round on the market with out the unique lead singers anymore.
“Nicely, what are you going to do…what are you going to do. However if you see the Blissful 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 move to cowl the present from backstage. I wish to take quite a lot of photos.
“Inform them Mark mentioned 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, after 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 finest to make the stuff that we do sound like within the day or higher . So there you go.”
You have all the time had an amazing voice and your voice right this moment feels like your solely 35 years previous and it seems that you are taking actually excellent care of your self. (Mark is 69 years previous)
“Nicely, 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 residence. So once I went in for a checkup not too long ago my physician mentioned, ‘No matter you are doing do not cease it’ (After getting a latest bodily his physician mentioned you possibly can be 25 years previous).”
After Paul Revere & the Raiders you labored as an A&R government with United Artist Information?
“Yea, I believed I used to be certified, I would been an Artist, Producer, Author, a Writer, so I believed I knew the best way to decide songs and it was quite a lot of enjoyable and I did decide some hits. I had an amazing run there till Capitol purchased the corporate and identical to a radio station, anyone got here in and mentioned okay we have your job now.”
“What sort of hits did you decide?”
“The primary undertaking that they gave me was the Metropolis to Metropolis album by Gerry Rafferty. They mentioned, ‘Any hits on right here?’I mentioned, ‘Nicely, let me take it residence and I am going to let .’ So I went residence over the weekend and got here again and mentioned ‘Okay, Baker Road is a monster, it should be a couple of million-seller, it is manner 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 Road” in all probability will not promote fairly one million -maybe eight hundred-nine hundred thousand, and the third single must be “Dwelling And Dry” possibly three hundred-four hundred thousand however that is about it.’ They usually mentioned, ‘You are on!’
So we launched “Baker Road” and no one’s enjoying it. So I went to Charlie Minor, the pinnacle of promotions and mentioned, ‘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 enjoying it. Do not give them causes to play it. Ask them why they are not enjoying it.’ So he did and I listened and wrote down all these notes.
One station mentioned, ‘Nicely, the guitar is a bit too raucous for our format.’ One other mentioned, ‘That sax factor should not be on the entrance, it must be on the finish.’ And so forth and so forth.
I had a bit studio in my home. I went residence, acquired out a razor blade and made 17 totally 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 suppose possibly they had been so flattered that we would 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 quickly,’ 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 once I’d say no however these days I do not give a crap , why not? It would occurred, it may not, if it does positive, if does not that is cool too.”
It looks as if Paul’s model of the band took a very totally 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 had been like Danny Kaye and the Marx Brothers and other people like that. And he simply beloved comedy. Now he is acquired 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 folks within the seats he is doing the suitable factor.”
Mark, I wish to thanks a lot for spending a while with me right this moment, and I look ahead to assembly you in individual backstage at The Blissful Collectively present at Ruth Eckerd Corridor in Clearwater on July 19th.
“I look ahead to assembly with you Ray, thanks.”
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