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Paul Revere & The Raiders: Smitty Raider Says... Goodbye & A Brief Hello From... Joe Jr.

Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, October 1967

It always happens. Just as we finish interviewing a group, a bunch of guys quit and we're left with worthless stories. The Mama's and Papa's break up and we're stuck with old photos. The Beatles grow beards so we paint beards on our old photos. Michelle returns so we paint a beard on Cass. Herman gets a crewcut, Senator Dirksen changes his tie, Person Belgrade gets a chest wig and George's harpoon grows a mustache. Most magazines would burn their old photos and stories. Not us. Ho, ho, oh no. We publish anything.

What we're trying to tell you is, Smitty Raider packed up his bagpipes and de-gigged. Paul flipped out and copped a new gig on skin gasser Joe, Jr. — dig? That's nice. Now on to the words of Smitty and a few short incidentals on Joe shortly... I mean Joe, Jr.

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