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Paul Revere’s Health Is Declining

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Paul Revere, who led the band Paul Revere and the Raiders to a string of Top 10 hits in the ’60s, is ailing, according to the group’s singer Mark Lindsay.

Earlier this week, Lindsay posted some news on his Facebook page about organist Revere, who formed the band in Idaho in the late ’50s. “It now seems, unfortunately, that my old partner Paul Revere – with whom I used to share outrageous wild dreams of being a successful rock ‘n’ roll band – is now fighting a tremendous heath battle,” he wrote.

Vintage Vinyl News is also reporting that Revere, 75, appeared tired at recent performances and sat through most of the shows. He also seemed to have lost, or had shaven off, his hair.

Revere first formed the Raiders in Boise as an instrumental group called the Downbeats. By early 1961, they scored their first Top 40 single, ‘Like, Long Hair.’ In 1965, they had the first of their five Top 10 hits, ‘Kicks.’ In 1971, after shortening their name to the Raiders, the group reached No. 1 for the only time with ‘Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian).’

In recent years, the band has been playing the nostalgia circuit. Revere remains the group’s only original member. “Please keep Paul and his wife Syd in your thoughts and prayers, as it’s a most difficult time for both of them and the whole Raider family,” Lindsay concluded in his Facebook post.

Update: Paul Revere says the “rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated” and has posted some information on the band’s Facebook page.

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