We the undersigned hereby petition Jann Wenner and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to induct Paul Revere and the Raiders, known as the American answer to the British Invasion, for the following reasons:
They were the first rock group to be singed to Columbia Records.
The group has sold nearly 50 million records over the course of their career.
They have had 15 consecutive hit singles, 6 of which were top 10.
Beginning at their inception and continuing through their peak years of fame (1961 to 1972), they recorded 15 studio albums and released 3 greatest hits packages. Many of these albums went gold.
In the first four months of 1967 they received four gold records for the albums, Here They Come, Just Like Us!, Midnight Ride, and The Spirit of 67.
Their second major national hit, "Just Like Me" (1965 - #11) was one of the first rock records to feature a distinctive, double-tracked guitar solo (by guitarist Drake Levin).
"Kicks" (1966) (ranked #400 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The Raiders appeared on 520 episodes of "Where the Action Is" on ABC. They also had a five day a week summer show in 1968-'69, called "It's Happening" in addition to a weekend version of the show on ABC. They also appeared on numerous other TV shows including Ed Sullivan, The Smothers Brothers, The Hollywood Palace, and Batman, giving the Raiders over 720 network appearances and making them the most televised musical group in the world.
In summer of 1971, the Raiders' recording of "Indian Reservation" sold nearly 4 million singles, making it the biggest selling record for Columbia Records in 10 years.
Additionally, Paul Revere and the Raiders have withstood the test of time and various incarnations. Their stamina and longevity have proven them to be one of the greatest American rock and roll bands of all time.
From Vintage Guitar Magazine April '01 issue by Dan Forte in reference to the release of Mojo Workout: "Well, this double-CD stomp (and shout and work it on out!) should be Exhibit A for inducting the quintet into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."
From Kim Fowley: "Mark Lindsay was a crowd-pleasing front man." and "Paul Revere was and is a great rock and roll businessman...just like Dave Clark & Manfred Mann."
Thank you for your time and consideration.