Mark Lindsay sings'Silver Bird' (below) and 'Miss America' (scroll down), followed by 'Sunday Morning Coming Down' followed by 'And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind' (resp below).
Webmaster's note: Mark Lindsay was my personal favorite singer in the early '70's. Somehow till this day, songs like Miss.America and Arizona stirs a feeling deep within me that's hard to describe. I hope you enjoy this selection.
Mark Lindsay & Paul Revere and The Raiders
Mark Lindsay began performing at the age of fifteen with local bands that played local venues. He was tapped to sing in a band called Freddy Chapman and the Idaho Playboys after he won a local talent contest.
After Chapman left the area, Lindsay saw the other band members and a new member, Paul Revere, playing at a local Hall. He persuaded the current band to allow him to sing a few songs with them. The next day he was working at his regular job at a bakery when Paul Revere came in to buy supplies for a hamburger restaurant that he owned. This chance meeting began their professional relationship.
Lindsay became lead singer and saxophone player in a band with Revere and several others. He suggested they call themselves "The Downbeats" which was soon to change using Paul Revere's name as a gimmick and billed themselves as Paul Revere & the Raiders.
They began to dress in Revolutionary War-style outfits. Mark Lindsay carried the theme a bit further by growing his hair out and pulling it back into a ponytail, which has become his signature look.
Mark was to solo later and had some success with such songs as "Arizona" and "Silverbird". He recorded "Indian Reservation", a song written by John Loudermilk years earlier, to be a solo recording, but the decision was made to release the song under the name "The Raiders" and it went on to be the only number one song in the group's history. He continued to chart solo singles throughout 1970-71, "And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind" , "Problem Child".