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Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show is a pop-country rock band formed in Union City, New Jersey in 1968. The original lineup consisted of core members Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere. Bill Francis, John David, and George Cummings were also part of the original band, but their lineup changed quite a bit over the years. Other members include Jance Garfat, Rik Elswit, and Jay David. Sawyer was particularly noticeable due to his trademark cowboy hat and the eyepatch he wore due to a car accident in 1967. The band name is a reference to Captain Hook from Peter Pan; in fact, the original name proposed for the band was "Captain Hook and the Medicine Show".

The band hooked up with composer Shel Silverstein when their manager sent in a demo tape to Ron Haffkine, who was in charge of doing the music for the movie Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? Silverstein was writing songs for the film, and he and Haffkine both liked the demo enough to get the band to do all the songs for the movie. Haffkine also became their new manager and got the band a record deal. Silverstein composed most of the songs on their first few albums.

"Sylvia's Mother," a ballad from their first album, became a big hit, and "Cover of the Rolling Stone" from the followup album, "Sloppy Seconds" attracted the attention of those who would like their silly stage show and its monologues done as fictional characters. It also got the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, although as a caricature rather than a photograph.

The band toured constantly but spent all the money they earned on partying; their fifh album was aptly called "Bankrupt". Eventually they shortened the band's name to "Dr. Hook", and their chart hits became mostly ballads (including "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan").

Sawyer left in 1983, and the band continued to tour for two more years before completely splitting up in 1985. In the 1990s, Sawyer went back on the road as "Dr. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer" after doing a few country records under his own name. Locorriere spent a few years relaxing, and then in 1989 performed a one-man show written by Shel Silverstein, "The Devil and Billy Markham," which made him enthusiastic to be on stage again. Since then he's released a few solo albums and toured, promoting himself as "the voice of Dr. Hook."


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Since then he's released a few solo albums and toured, promoting himself as "the voice of Dr. Hook.". Most recently, Freddy Fender has signed a contract with a major label, and continues to sing, play and tour from his base in Texas. Locorriere spent a few years relaxing, and then in 1989 performed a one-man show written by Shel Silverstein, "The Devil and Billy Markham," which made him enthusiastic to be on stage again. Following the death of Sahm, the production of the Tornadoes slowed. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer" after doing a few country records under his own name. In the 1990s, Fender teamed up with fellow Tex-Mex musicians Doug Sahm, Flaco Jimenez and Augie Myers to form the Texas Tornados, whose work was widely acclaimed. In the 1990s, Sawyer went back on the road as "Dr. His next four singles, including a remake of "Wasted Days", all hit the number one spot on the Billboard Country charts.

Sawyer left in 1983, and the band continued to tour for two more years before completely splitting up in 1985. The single was selected for national distribution, and became a number one hit on the Billboard Country and Pop charts. Hook", and their chart hits became mostly ballads (including "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan"). In 1974, Fender recorded "Before The Next Teardrop Falls". The band toured constantly but spent all the money they earned on partying; their fifh album was aptly called "Bankrupt". Eventually they shortened the band's name to "Dr. By the end of the 1960s, Fender was back in Texas working as a mechanic, and attending a local junior college, while only playing music on the weekends. It also got the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, although as a caricature rather than a photograph. After a two year jail term, Fender ended up in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he would spend the next five years.

"Sylvia's Mother," a ballad from their first album, became a big hit, and "Cover of the Rolling Stone" from the followup album, "Sloppy Seconds" attracted the attention of those who would like their silly stage show and its monologues done as fictional characters. The song became popular in 1960, but he was beset by legal troubles after he and a band member were arrested for narcotics possesion. Silverstein composed most of the songs on their first few albums. In 1959, Fender recorded "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights". Haffkine also became their new manager and got the band a record deal. He then headed for California. The band hooked up with composer Shel Silverstein when their manager sent in a demo tape to Ron Haffkine, who was in charge of doing the music for the movie Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? Silverstein was writing songs for the film, and he and Haffkine both liked the demo enough to get the band to do all the songs for the movie. He took Fender from the headstock of his guitar, and Freddy because it sounded good to him.

The band name is a reference to Captain Hook from Peter Pan; in fact, the original name proposed for the band was "Captain Hook and the Medicine Show". In 1959, Baldemar changed his name to Freddy Fender. Sawyer was particularly noticeable due to his trademark cowboy hat and the eyepatch he wore due to a car accident in 1967. In 1957, he released two songs to moderate success in Mexico and South America, Spanish versions of Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel", and Harry Belafonte's "Jamaica Farewell". Other members include Jance Garfat, Rik Elswit, and Jay David. He returned to Texas and played bars and honky-tonks throughout the south, mostly to Latino audiences. Bill Francis, John David, and George Cummings were also part of the original band, but their lineup changed quite a bit over the years. At the age of 16, Baldemar quit school and started a three year hitch in the US Marines.

The original lineup consisted of core members Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere. As a child, Baldemar and his parents travelled throughout the US as migrant farm hands. Hook & the Medicine Show is a pop-country rock band formed in Union City, New Jersey in 1968. Freddy Fender, born Baldemar Huerta in San Benito, Texas on June 4, 1937, is a Tejano, country, and rock and roll musician, known for his work as a solo artist and in the groups Los Super Seven and the Texas Tornados. Dr. Official Freddy Fender web site (http://www.freddyfender.com/). HomeFest - an annual festival in San Benito in Freddy Fender's honor.

Grammy Award "Best Latin Pop" (2002) - for La Musica de Baldemar Huerta. Louisiana Hall Of Fame (2001). Grammy Award "Best Mexican/American Performance" (1999) - for Los Super Seven. Nashville Sidewalk of Stars (1999).

Texas Music Hall Of Fame (1999). Hollywood Walk of Fame (1999). Freddy Fender Lane (1994) - dedicated in his hometown of San Benito, Texas. European Walk of Fame (1993) - in Rotterdam, Holland.

Grammy Award "Best Mexican/American Performance" (1990) - for the Texas Tornados. Inaugural Balls - Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush Sr. Tejano Music Hall of Fame (1987). Grammy nominations in 1975, 1976, and 1997.

Country Music Association (1975) - "Single of the Year" for "Before The Next Teardrop Falls". Academy of Country Music (1975) - "Most Promising Male Vocalist".

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