Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)  

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"Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)" is a song written by John D. Loudermilk. It was first recorded in 1959 by Marvin Rainwater and released as "The Pale Faced Indian". Rainwater's MGM release stayed unnoticed. The first hit version was a 1968 cover by Don Fardon, a former member of The Sorrows, that reached #20 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and #3 on the UK Singles Chart [1].

In 1971 the Raiders recorded the song. It was released on the Columbia Records label and became #1 on the U.S. chart on July 24. The RIAA gold certification followed on 30 June 1971, for selling over a million copies. UK Punk Band 999 released a cover version of this 14 Nov 1981 on the Albion Ion label and reached 51 for 4 weeks in the UK charts.

The song was later further covered by the Orlando Riva Sound.

A 1994 country song by Tim McGraw, "Indian Outlaw", opens with part of the main "Cherokee People" chorus from "Indian Reservation". The live version also uses the full chorus near the end of the song.




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