Paul Revere and the Raiders Quotes
For about 10 minutes when I started the band in 1959 or 1960, I called 'em The Downbeats. Then I went to California in my car, with a tape under my arm and talked a small record company into putting us out on the label. When they found our my real name was Paul Revere, they said "you gotta use that as a gimick." And so they came up with Paul Revere and The Raiders. So, we've always been Paul Revere and The Raiders. It was maybe another 10 minutes in the late 1960s that we thought we'd be hip and refer to the group as The Raiders. We put out a group I think as the Raiders and it confused people, 'cause they didn't know if The Raiders and Paul Revere and The Raiders were the same group. They though maybe I'd left the group. So, that was a stupid idea. So, we went back to being Paul Revere and The Raiders. It was just one of those things where it was like everybody referred to The Rolling Stones as The Stones and everybody referred to Paul Revere and The Raiders as The Raiders, just because it's easier to say. So, we've been called Paul Revere and The Raiders all but maybe for a year or something.
When I started the band, I guess I was like twenty. So, I wasn't even a teenager anymore. So, I already thought I was old. And, the guys in my band were in their teens. I was the old man. So that was almost forty-seven years ago. I thought if I put a lot of energy and work in this for a few years, maybe we'll roll the dice and luck out and maybe have a hit record. If we have a hit record, maybe we can make a lot of money for a couple of years and go back to Idaho and be a normal person. I never would've dreamed it would last more than a couple, three years at the most.
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