In his early 20s, he owned several burger restaurants in Caldwell, but in 1958 at the age of 20, he also had formed a group called The Downbeats; it was an instrumental band before he recruited singer Mark Lindsay, then changed the name to Paul Revere & The Raiders in 1960.
As their frontman, keyboardist, he became “The madman of rock and roll” for over 56 years.
They got their brake in 1963 with a cover of “Louie, Louie”, after which, they scored 4 Top Ten singles in the 60s with “Kicks,” “Hungry,” “Good Thing” and “Him or Me, What’s It Gonna Be”. Their biggest hit came in 1971 with “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)”.
Paul became known as “the madman of rock and roll” for his revolutionary war-style, colonial attire with his tri-cornered hats and his infectious, energenic onstage persona with the band. The band appeared regularly on national U.S. television, most notably on Dick Clark’s Where the Action Is, Happening ’68, It’s Happening and The Ed Sullivan Show.
Paul continued to lead and tour with various line-ups of The Raiders throughout the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s until 2014 when sadly he got too ill to perform. Over his 56 years leading The Raiders, he released 14 studio albums, 15 compilation albums, 2 live albums and released 39 singles with the band.
He died at his home in Garden Valley, Idaho at the age of 76 after bravely fighting cancer.