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Michael Smith

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Michael Smith, the drummer for the 1960s rock band Paul Revere and the Raiders who played the part of the madcap jokester on stage, died March 6 in Kona, Hawaii, of natural causes. He was 58.

Smith - called "Smitty"' by friends and bandmates - joined the band in 1962. The Raiders were known for their tri-cornered hats, colonial costumes and wild stage act.

The Raiders were signed by CBS' Columbia Records in 1963, and in 1965 they were hired to host "Where the Action Is," a daily afternoon television show on ABC produced by Dick Clark Productions.

The Raiders' hit singles included "Just Like Me," "Kicks," "Good Thing" and "Indian Reservation."

AP-NY-03-12-01 2228EST

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