Some of you may have noted the recent passing of Paul Revere of Paul Revere and the Raiders. You can read a write up about Revere here. What many folks probably do not know is that Revere [the blond in the album cover above] had a Mennonite background. Here is a brief summary that I cut and pasted from a couple of sources:
Paul Revere Dick, the youngest of five children, was born on January 7, 1938, in Harvard, Nebraska, and raised on a farm near Caldwell, Idaho. As a Mennonite, Paul registered for the draft as a conscientious objector. Just after his band achieved their initial success in 1961, Paul was drafted by the U.S. military but was assigned a I-W status as a CO and served his alternative service as a cook at a mental institution at Wilsonville, Oregon. Prior to his time with the Raiders, Paul attended barber college, opened his own barber shop, and also opened a drive-in restaurant, the Reed 'n' Bell, in Caldwell, Idaho.
Hillcrest Memorial Gardens
Sometime during my college years at Goshen, a group of us traveled to South Bend to see Paul Revere and the Raiders, and to say that Paul was high energy would be an understatement. Here are then and now videos of one of their big hits.
They also demonstrated a bit of social consciousness
Also, most do not know that the Raiders recorded Louie, Louie before the Kingsmen
And if you have the time, a whole concert can be seen here