Final recordings by Paul Revere & the Raiders to be released first on Portland’s Voodoo Doughnut Recordings
The music world was saddened to learn that Paul Revere, organist and founding member of Paul Revere & the Raiders, died on October 4. He was 76. At the time of his passing, Paul Revere & the Raiders were less than a month and a half away from their first release of new material in more than 13 years. The two new songs, “Still Hungry” (a reference to the Raiders’ 1966 hit “Hungry”) and “We’re Still Rocking,” were written by Raiders lead vocalist Darren Dowler and were recorded with a different sort of label in mind.
Voodoo Doughnut Recordings, an offshoot of Oregon-based Voodoo Doughnut, primarily releases songs that tie in lyrically, thematically or otherwise with doughnuts. Voodoo Doughnut co-founders Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon are thrilled to be releasing new songs by the pioneering rock group that, like their doughnut business, has such strong ties to both pop culture and to Portland. “Like Voodoo Doughnut,” Pogson remarked, “Paul Revere & the Raiders are fueled by antics but they follow through with substance.”
In July, Revere announced his retirement from music due to medical reasons, and it began to appear that the upcoming release could represent the final output of Revere’s 56-year-long career in the recording industry. With Revere’s passing, and no other releases scheduled at this time, it is almost certain that the band’s final recordings will be released next month by a record label attached to a doughnut business just down the street from the studio where Paul Revere & the Raiders recorded their cover of “Louie Louie” back in 1963. It was their recording of “Louie Louie” that first gained the attention of Columbia Records and catapulted the band onto the national stage. With the release of “Still Hungry” / “We’re Still Rocking” on Voodoo Doughnut Recordings, Paul Revere & the Raiders’ story circles back to Portland’s fabled Burnside Street. It’s a twist that Revere, known for his onstage enthusiasm as the “Mad Man of Rock and Roll,” almost certainly would have enjoyed.
The songs will be released on a red vinyl 7″ 45 rpm single. The single, of which only 1,000 copies will be made in the initial pressing, will be available beginning November 18 in record stores across the country, at all
From October 14 to December 15, Voodoo Doughnut locations in Portland and Eugene, Oregon and in Denver, Colorado will offer a “Paul Revere Doughnut” in the shape of Revere’s signature tricorn hat. The doughnut will have cream filling, chocolate frosting and a mixture of red, white and blue sprinkles on top. A portion of the proceeds from each commemorative doughnut sold will go toward the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, which, in addition to preserving Oregon music history, promotes music education in Oregon’s schools. Paul Revere & the Raiders were inducted in 2007 as part of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame’s inaugural class.
Learn more about Voodoo Doughnut Recordings at:http://voodoodoughnut.com/recordings/
Stream the new songs at:https://soundcloud.com/voodoodoughnutrecordings
Voodoo Doughnut Recordings press contact: Jay Boss Rubin