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Keith Allison of Paul Revere and the Raiders Dead at 79

by Keeli Parkey
(Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)

Keith Allison, a guitarist for the popular rock band Paul Revere and the Raiders, has died.

According to The New York Post, Allison was 79 years old at the time of his death on Thursday, Nov. 18. His cause of death has not been announced as mid-day on Friday, Nov. 19.

Following his death, the band shared their grief in a public statement. “It is with deep sadness (we) announce the passing of Keith Allison. We all here in the Raider family are terribly heartbroken,” the statement read.

Paul Revere and the Raiders also expressed condolences to the close family of Keith Allison. “Keith will always be a Raider. Our love goes out to Keith’s wife Tina, son Ryeland, daughters Allison and Brenda, and all the grandchildren,” the band also shared.

And unsurprisingly, Allison will not be forgotten by his bandmates. “Keith was a friend to all, and everyone loved Keith. His presence will be strongly missed,” the band also said in the statement.

Keith Allison Joined Paul Revere and the Raiders in 1968

Allison joined Paul Revere and the Raiders in 1968. His work with this band wasn’t his only claim to fame, though. The guitarist also looked a lot like Paul McCartney. So, he gained a lot of attention for that. And this helped him land his gig with the band.

Keith Allison also appeared in Dick Clark’s television show, “Where the Action Is.” He worked as a permanent audience member in this series. It too, helped him land his job with Paul Revere and the Raiders.

In fact, according to IMDb, it was in 1965 that Allison won a “Paul Lookalike” contest. This contest was sponsored by The Beatles, Tiger Beat – a teen magazine, and Dick Clark.

Allison’s time with this band came to an end in 1975. At this point, they were known simply as the Raiders. After he left the band, Allison, like so many other artists in the same situation, became a solo act. His first album was titled “Keith Allison in Action.” Also, during 1976, he was the lead guitarist for a tour with Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart.

After he left the band, Allison also decided to try his hand at acting. In 1978, he appeared in “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and in an episode of “The Love Boat.” His other acting credits include appearances in the television series “Blossom” and “7th Heaven.” He also appeared in the films “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” “Gods and Generals,” and “Cuddly Toys.”

Allison returned to his music career in 2007. He joined the Waddy Watchel Band and he played on the LP “Last Man Standing” released by Jerry Lee Lewis.

Keith Allison was born in Coleman, Texas, on Aug. 26. 1942. Interestingly, his cousin, Jerry Allison, was a drummer for the Crickets.