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Rocker Paul Revere dies at age 76

Leader and organist of Paul Revere and the Raiders, Paul Revere Dick, died Saturday of cancer.

By Danielle Haynes
Branson, Missouri music entertainer Paul Revere of the 1960's group Paul Revere and the Raiders speaks to fans in Branson, Missouri on October 16, 2009. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
1 of 3 | Branson, Missouri music entertainer Paul Revere of the 1960's group Paul Revere and the Raiders speaks to fans in Branson, Missouri on October 16, 2009. UPI/Bill Greenblatt | License Photo

BOISE, Idaho, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Paul Revere, organist for the rock band the Raiders, died Saturday at his home in Idaho. He was 76.

The leader of the band, whose birth name was Paul Revere Dick, had been treated for cancer over the past year.

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Revere was known for his colorful, Revolutionary War-era style clothing, something that led him to be known as "the madman of rock and roll."

Paul Revere and the Raiders got its start in 1963 with a cover of Richard Berry's Louie Louie and would later be known for hits like Kicks, Hungry, Good Thing and Him or Me, What's It Gonna Be. In 1971, the single Indian Reservation reached No. 1 on Billboard charts.

Despite his illness, Revere continued to play with the band, which has shows booked into 2015.

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