Mark Lindsay Biography

9 March 1942, Cambridge, Idaho, USA. Lindsay first achieved recognition as the lead vocalist of the US rock group Paul Revere And The Raiders. While with that group he launched a solo career. He first sang publicly in 1956 at a high school talent contest. Receiving a favourable response, he started a rock band. In 1958, he moved to Caldwell, Idaho, he sat in with an early band of Revere’s, and was soon asked to replace singer Red Hughes. Lindsay also became the band’s saxophonist. In the early 60s, the group became one of the most popular in its region and ultimately one of the most popular in the USA. Lindsay made three singles in 1966 with Keith Allison and Steve Alaimo, as the Unknowns, but these were recorded as side projects; he was still very much at the helm of the Raiders. Lindsay announced his decision to begin an official solo career in April 1969 and for some time worked both as a soloist and the Raiders’ singer. Lindsay’s first solo single for Columbia Records was a Jimmy Webb composition, ‘First Hymn From Grand Terrace’, but it failed to make any impression upon the charts. His next, ‘Arizona’, signalled the true start of his solo success by reaching number 10 in the USA, remaining his most successful solo single. At that point, Columbia opted to shorten the group’s name simply to the Raiders, to denigrate Revere’s involvement (Revere was primarily the keyboard player and band leader, while Lindsay sang all of their material.) Despite that action, Lindsay’s Arizona outperformed the Raiders’ own Collage in early 1970, the former reaching number 36 on the US charts while the latter stalled at number 154. This pattern continued, with Lindsay’s single ‘Silver Bird’ reaching number 25 that year and the album of the same title hitting number 82. Oddly, in 1971, the Raiders’ career received a great boost with the success of the single ‘Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian)’, a cover of a song which English singer Don Fardon had taken to number 20 in 1968. It became the Raiders’ only number 1 single and sparked a Top 20 album of the same title. But that was to be a last gasp for both the Raiders and Lindsay. Although Lindsay returned to working with the group, neither party scored another major hit record. Lindsay failed to make either the singles or albums charts after 1971, and the Raiders’ own run ended in 1973. Lindsay finally left the group in early 1975, making two unsuccessful singles for Warner Brothers Records in 1977. He quit performing and recording altogether when that contract expired, and did not make another appearance until the late 80s.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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