The Tall Cool Tale of Paul Revere & the Raiders: A conversation with Mark Lindsay and Paul Revere
by Domenic Priore
For most rock ’n’ roll combos, to sustain the loss of not just one, but two era defining hits – “Louie, Louie” and “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” – could’ve easily set one off course. Not so with the Pacific Northwest’s Paul Revere & the Raiders, who moved to Hollywood in 1964 to become that rare combination of rock ’n’ roll hitmaker/television star. With 15 hits on the American Top 40 between 1961 and 1971, they were one of the most consistent groups of the ’60s… but this is not just a story of any mere chart buster.
From the moment Paul Revere & the Raiders came together as a band, they were pretty much antonymous in terms of their music, and what direction they wanted their career to be steered. In the wake of the Pacific Northwest’s first major hit in 1959 “Tall Cool One” by The Wailers, Paul Revere & the Raiders would follow with a similar instrumental for their first chart breakthrough “Like Long Hair” (#38) on Gardena Records in 1961. These were groups who designed their sound by direct connection with an audience, as the Pacific Northwest was not necessarily going along with the teen idol sap radio was delivering to kids in those post-Payola scandal days when so-called “rock ’n’ roll” had gone soft.
In the rhythm and blues community, such vanilla airplay issues made no difference, but for Anglo kids, to strike out on your own with a rock ’n’ roll combo was now somewhat against the Bobby Vinton/Bobby Rydell grain. The Pacific Northwest, Los Angeles and uninfected-by-HUAC British towns such as Liverpool shared a similar independence during the early part of the ’60s in terms of their continued embrace of actual, wyld rock ’n’ roll delivery. L.A. developed a tremendous amount of Surf instrumental groups and Chicano rock ’n’ roll while Liverpool swarmed with Beat groups. At the very same time in the Pacific Northwest The Wailers, Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Kingsmen, Don & the Goodtimes, Mr. Lucky & the Gamblers, The Sonics and many others came out with their own brand of rowdy music that came to be generalized as “Frat Rock” later on. Continue reading
We’re sad to report that our friend and legendary steel guitarist Ralph Mooney passed away on Sunday, March 20th, at age 82. During his long career, Mooney played alongside a “who’s who” of country music giants, including Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Wynn Stewart, Wanda Jackson and a 20-year run as a member of Waylon Jennings’ band The Waylors beginning in 1970. He was one of the “chief architects of the Bakersfield sound,” according to Byrds/Flying Burrito Brothers founding member Chris Hillman. Mooney played on hundreds of recordings and was also a songwriter, co-authoring “Crazy Arms,” a #1 hit in 1956 for Ray Price. Prominently featuring the steel guitar, the song made Price a star and popularized the 4/4 “Texas Shuffle” beat. Mooney reprised the song in 2010, recording an instrumental version with Marty Stuart for Stuart’s album Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions. “Hell, there’s only steel guitar player and it’s Ralph Mooney,” the late Jennings was fond of saying. Every time we listen to Ralph’s classic work on songs like “Under Your Spell Again,” “Ladies Love Outlaws” and “The Bottle Let Me Down,” we couldn’t agree more.
James Burton & Ralph Mooney Corn Pickin’ & Slick Slidin’ CD
Coinciding with the release of Masterology: The Pioneers of New British Funk compact disc and 180 gram vinyl double LP on Sundazed, the New Mastersounds have taken their widescreen sonic vision on the road.
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