Monday, May 12, 2008

A Sad Farewell







This film clip is really going to date me but I was scrolling thru some of the blog entries on ORblogs and I came across one that saddened me. It had a link to this site, Mark Lindsay's Rock 'n' Roll Cafe. Have you ever heard of Mark Lindsay? Never heard of him? He was, for several years, the ponytailed lead singer for a group that was hugely popular in the 1960s called "Paul Revere & the Raiders". And I was one of millions of kids who used to tune into a show on TV every afternoon called "Where the Action Is", hosted by Dick Clark. I loved Paul Revere & the Raiders...loved them...and they were regulars on this show. I had a huge crush on the bass guitar player named Phil "Fang" Volk and my childhood best friend named Angie loved "Harpo", whose real name escapes me at the moment...Jim something, I think. In this old rare clip, Harpo is the guitarist on the left, Fang on the right. She and I also idolized two of the "Action Kids" dancers named Jerilyn and Lesley and would practic dance moves for hours, pretending we were them. Pretending that Fang and Harpo were our boyfriends! And we became quite good, even mimicking the kick step you see the Raiders doing in this film clip. I remember the day we sat down and wrote sloppily silly love sick fan letters to Harpo and Fang and the bitter disappointment I felt when, several months later, I got a signed photo of Fang with "Thanks for writing!" on it. I never ever wrote another fan letter to anyone after that!

I lost track of this group years ago. I didn't even know if they still performed anywhere. And then I came across a restaurant review for a place called "Mark Lindsay's Rock 'n' Roll Cafe" on Sandy Boulevard here in Portland. Mark, it seemed, had settled here, opened this restaurant, and is/was a disc jockey on one of our local radio stations part time. I thought to myself, "I should go eat there some time with Dear Hubby and take a stroll down memory lane!" because the place was full of rock 'n' roll memorabilia, too, if my memory serves me right. But...we never did. And now it's too late. The restaurant has closed.

Sigh.

Another missed opportunity.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am a huge "Raiders" fan. I took my family a number of times to the Rock and Roll cafe. As hard as I tried to fall in love, it was not meant to be. The bannana split was served with brown and black bannanas. Another time, they were out of ice cream. The burgers were uneven.

Too bad. It should have been a hit.

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