Say It's Your Birthday: Paul Revere

Listen my children and you shall hear of the birthday ride

of Paul Revere. Not the Massachusetts midnight equestrian, but the Mennonite

rocker Paul Revere born this day in Harvard, Nebraska, in 1938. This Revere, a

conscientious objector served his alternative to military service at a mental

hospital in Wilsonville, Oregon, which is where the honky-tonk piano player put

together Paul Revere and the Raiders, one of many American answers to the

English invasion. Revere and his Raiders pre-dated the Angloids by a good

couple of years. They in fact actually beat Northwest rivals the Kingsmen to

"Louie Louie" by a matter of hours, though the Kingsmen obviously won the chart

battle. Still, things worked A-OK for Paul Revere, his band had a decade and a

half run at the Top of the Pop game. And though we understand Uncle Paul now

runs a couple of rock and roll theme restaurants--the theme being, of course,

himself--we expect that some version of Paul Revere and the Raiders pops

up every now and again to entertain his patrons. Other birthdays, McGear (Paul

McCartney brother), Dave Cousins (Strawbs), Hugh Cornwell (Stranglers), Kathy

Valentine (GO-GOs), and Kenny Loggins.