On this day in music history: July 24, 1971 - “Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian)” by The Raiders hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by John D. Loudermilk, it is the biggest hit for the Eugene, OR based rock band fronted by lead singer Mark Lindsay and led by keyboardist and band namesake Paul Revere. Penned by songwriter John D. Loudermilk (“Tobacco Road”, “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye”), the song makes reference to the “forcible removal” of several Native American tribes including the Cherokee from Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, and sent to live on reservations in Oklahoma in the 1830’s, also known as “The Trail Of Tears”. The song is first recorded by singer Marvin Rainwater in 1959 whose version does not chart. The first hit version of the song is recorded by Don Fardon in 1968 reaching #20 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the UK singles chart. The Raiders version is originally intended to be a solo release for Mark Lindsay (who is of partial Cherokee lineage), but is billed to the band instead. Backed by a unique and innovative string driven arrangement, the song stands out on pop radio. Entering the Hot 100 at #94 on April 10, 1971, it climbs to the top of the chart fifteen weeks later. In 1994, The Raiders number one hit sees revived interest when country music superstar Tim McGraw releases “Indian Outlaw” which interpolates the chorus from “Indian Reservation” and becomes his breakthrough hit. “Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian)” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
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