From the moment John, Paul, George and Ringo hit their first note on the Ed Sullivan show
in February of ‘64, America had a problem on its hands. The initial volley of music’s socalled “British Invasion” had clearly been launched and the “colonists” had no ready
answer. Popular contemporary American acts like Connie Francis, Bobby Vee and the Kingston
Trio simply lacked the firepower to compete in the suddenly amped-up world of Top-40 radio.
So who came riding to America’s musical rescue? None other than the Portland-based band Paul
Revere & the Raiders, featuring a young, talented and charismatic lead singer/sax player by the
name of Mark Lindsay.
Having honed their estimable skills for several years in a variety of Pacific Northwest venues like
the Division Street Corral, Headless Horseman, Pypo Club, Spanish Castle and the Salem
Armory, the Raiders – with dynamic vocalist Lindsay ever leading the charge – rode to the fore
with a sound and fury like no other. Mixing R&B with a heavy dose of gutsy, three-chord garage
rock (and a dash of Marx Brothers-inspired mania thrown in for good measure), the band’s
frenetic, choreographed stage show and avid following quickly drew the attention of both
Columbia Records and producer Dick Clark.
Soon signed to a lucrative record deal and offered a plum role as the house band on ABC-TV’s
daily music series, Where The Action Is, the Raiders moved to LA and became breakout stars.
Charting no less than fifteen Top-40 national hits during the sixties and early seventies – songs
like “Kicks", “Hungry,” “Good Thing” and “Indian Reservation” – the band emerged as one of
the biggest music acts in America. In particular, the pony tailed Mark Lindsay found himself the
focal point for millions of frenzied, adoring teenaged fans, a good share of whom were female.
And such was his stature as a singer, songwriter and bona fide hit maker, he eventually took over
the reins as the Raiders’ producer as well.
As time passed, the ever-creative Lindsay began to explore new musical directions, first releasing
a succession of solo hits (“Arizona,” “Silver Bird” and “Miss America,” among them). He next
ventured into the realm of advertising jingles, writing and performing major ad campaigns for
companies like Levi Strauss, Yamaha and Western Airlines. Movie soundtracks soon followed, as
did an especially noteworthy run as the head of A&R for United Artists Records, where Mark
played an indispensable role in the chart-topping success of Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street.” A
platinum record for Mark’s efforts (along with many of his other awards) hangs in our bar area.
With an eye on the present and nod to the past, Mark Lindsay now spends his Saturday evenings
playing the hits of the sixties and seventies on his very own, aptly titled Mark Lindsay’s Rock & Roll Café radio show on Portland’s K-Hits 106.7 FM – all broadcast live, by the way, from our
corner window. So if you’re cruising by the intersection of 42nd & Sandy some Saturday between 7PM and 11PM, give Mark a wave. Or better yet, stop in for a delicious meal, listen to the show,
and experience the sights, sounds and cuisine inspired by a true Northwest music original.
Listen to Mark Lindsay live from our
booth at the corner of
the restaurant every
Saturday night 7-11 p.m.
New York, 1998
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