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Head Raider Paul Revere to retire, but band will rock on

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Rocker Paul Revere, who has headed Paul Revere and the Raiders for over five decades, will no longer tour with the band but will continue to be their executive producer, according to a Friday report by Pollstar. The website also said Jamie Revere, Paul's son, would now be joining the band, which will now be called Paul Revere's Raiders. The Raiders plan to release a new album, “Still Hungry,” in September.

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Revere, who has been dealing with health issues, announced last month he would be taking time off the road, but temporarily. “Well, you can't ignore doctor's orders forever, and I have to give in this time or these wonderful men and women might stop trying to help me. It breaks my heart to have to stay home while the band goes out without me to our next block of dates,” he said. “You don't even know how much it kills me. But the truth is, The Raiders kick major butt with or without me."

During their biggest years from 1966 to 1969, the number of records sold by Paul Revere and the Raiders was just behind the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. The group was a regular feature on Dick Clark's “Where the Action Is,” a music show on ABC with the biggest names of the day performing in locations all over the world.

The group's hits included “Steppin' Out,” “Hungry,” “The Great Airplane Strike of 1968,” “Kicks,” “Him Or Me (What's It Gonna Be),” “Indian Reservation” and “Ups and Downs.” The group also performed “I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone” before the Monkees.

The lineup in the '60s included Revere, Mark Lindsay on vocals, guitarists Phil “Fang” Volk, Drake Levin and Mike “Smitty” Smith on drums. Jim “Harpo” Valley and Keith Allison were members in later '60s version. The group has continued to perform to the present day with Doug Heath and Ron Foos, members with over 35 years with the band, plus Danny Krause, vocalist Darren Dowler and Tommy Scheckel.