Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day 06/02/2019

Paul Revere and the Raiders (featuring Mark Lindsay) first hit the charts in 1961 with an instrumental entitled Like, Long Hair that you’ve probably never heard. Their career didn’t really get going until four years later. Dick Clark signed them up as regulars on his daily TV show Where the Action Is and viewers got to watch the group cutting up and having fun while listening to their music. Four top ten records provided quite a bit of action over the next three years.

In 1967 the television show ended, and their career hit a speed bump as well. In 1968 they were featured on two new television shows, Happening ’68 on Saturdays and It’s Happening on weekdays. Mark Lindsay produced their next album, Something’s Happening, which included two singles that failed to live up to the performance of singles from the Action years: Too Much Talk and Don’t Take It So Hard got as high as #19 and #27.

It would be three long years before the biggest hit of the group’s career (Indian Reservation) arrived at number one in the nation.

Videos of Don’t Take It So Hard from the Happening era don’t seem to be around, but mono and high-quality stereo versions of the song are plentiful.

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