Paul Revere, the keyboard player who led the 1960s rock band Paul Revere and the Raiders, died Saturday at his home in Idaho, the band’s website reported. He was 76. The cause of death was not revealed, but he died “peacefully,” manager Roger Hart wrote.
“Have you ever met a person and felt like you've known them your entire life, sensed a familiarity and warmth?" a statement on the band’s website read in part. “That's how I felt the very first time I met you, and the feeling only grew stronger the more I got to know you.” The note was signed “everyone who has ever met you.”
Revere, whose real name was Paul Revere Dick, according to a biography on the Internet Movie Database, died six months after he returned to Idaho for health issues, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Paul Revere and the Raiders was known for hits like “Kicks,” “Hungry,” “Good Thing” and “Indian Reservation.” The band, with its three-cornered hats and other clothing reminiscent of the American Revolution, became a hit on Dick Clark’s weekday afternoon TV show “Where the Action Is,” the LA Times reported.
Revere, who considered Clark his mentor, wrote about seeing the television personality six weeks before his death in 2012. "I gave him a hug and told him everything I have and everything I am I owe to him," Revere wrote.
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