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Paul Revere, leader of Paul Revere and the Raiders, dies

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Paul Revere, founder and keyboardist of rock band Paul Revere and the Raiders, died Saturday. He was 76.

Revere was known for his onstage theatrics, something a memorial on the band’s website points out. “Sitting in an audience at my first Paul Revere and The Raiders concert introduced me to a larger-than-life dynamo of high-energy slapstick, outrageous and spontaneous humor and a genuine child-like joy,” the website reads. On that same website, Revere isn’t credited as the keyboardist or vocalist—instead, he’s described simply as “Mad Man.”

Revere formed the band, originally dubbed The Downbeats, in the late ’50s, though most of the Raiders’ success came in the ’60s and early ’70s when songs like “Good Thing” and “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)” topped the charts. He remained the Raiders’ leader until his retirement this past summer.