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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.". At the end of the year, En Vogue's holiday album The Gift Of Christmas appeared. 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. Meanwhile, Robinson's first solo CD Dawn was released in early 2002. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer" after doing a few country records under his own name. The next year, "Masterpiece Theater" came out. In the 1990s, Sawyer went back on the road as "Dr. The group's first compilation, The Best Of En Vogue, came to be in the summer of 1999.

Sawyer left in 1983, and the band continued to tour for two more years before completely splitting up in 1985. Before it was issued in 1997, they contributed one of the CD's tracks "Don't Let Go (Love)" to the "Set It Off" soundtrack, which became a #2 single. Hook", and their chart hits became mostly ballads (including "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan"). The rest over En Vogue went on to record EV3. 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. Dissatisfied with the treatment of the group's props and royalties, Robinson left the group for a solo career in 1996, but she joined Tony! Toni! Toné!'s Raphael Saadiq and A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad to form the group Lucy Pearl before that. It also got the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, although as a caricature rather than a photograph. Ellis made her solo debut with the release of "Southern Gal" in 1995.

"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 group took a three-year recess from recording as a group before their next LP would come out. Silverstein composed most of the songs on their first few albums. The group made a television guest appearance on an episode of the series "A Different World" and played hookers in the 1995 film Batman Forever. Haffkine also became their new manager and got the band a record deal. They struck an endorsement deal to be in a Sprite commercial, won awards at the Soul Train and Lady of Soul Awards shows. 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. En Vogue opened doors for future girl groups as the first black female New Jack R&B group to appear on the front cover of Vogue magazine.

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". Another LP, Runaway Love, came out that year. Sawyer was particularly noticeable due to his trademark cowboy hat and the eyepatch he wore due to a car accident in 1967. They returned to the top ten again in 1993, backing the female pop-rap trio Salt-N-Pepa on their hit "Whatta Man". Other members include Jance Garfat, Rik Elswit, and Jay David. The first three singles, "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)", "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" (a remake of one of Aretha Franklin's songs and borrowed from Curtis Mayfield), and "Free Your Mind" (using George Clinton's chorus line with permission), all reached the top ten. Bill Francis, John David, and George Cummings were also part of the original band, but their lineup changed quite a bit over the years. Though the group is influenced mainly by the genre R&B, other influences include pop, rap, reggae, and rock.

The original lineup consisted of core members Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere. The 1992 sophomore attempt "Funky Divas" was more successful than the first, going multi-platinum and garnering positive reviews. Hook & the Medicine Show is a pop-country rock band formed in Union City, New Jersey in 1968. A notable feature of the group is that they all shared in singing lead, purposely designating no particular singer as the "star." Herron appeared in the film Juice (1992) between albums. Dr. Some have compared En Vogue to The Supremes. A remix album, "Remix To Sing" followed later within the next year.

The single aided the debut album "Born To Sing", released in 1990, in going platinum. That first single became a crossover, pop smash hit, reaching #2 on the pop charts and making #1 on the R&B charts. But Foster had a better idea,to write and produce an original, answer song called "Hold On". The girls liked the catchy,funky beats that it made and thought it would be a great idea to sing the lyrics over them.

They were in Foster's car, getting warmed up as they prepared to sing "Who's Lovin' You?" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Suddenly, Foster turned on the drum machine accidentally. Before the work and recording of their debut album began, one day, they had a singing session. The group lived together for a while. Robinson suggested that they enter singing contests to remain active. After they found their women, the new group performed a song or two on Foster and McElroy's FM2 album.

They shifted to Vogue and ultimately En Vogue after learning of another group having a very similar name. Prior to the group's official name, they were primarily called For You. The two held auditions and resolved on the official membership of Herron, Jones, Robinson, and Ellis. They were looking for singers who could display lasciviousness and intelligence, as well as vocal anabasis.

After Foster and McElroy studied various girl groups, they chose to experiment with welding the female R&B/soul group heritage with hip-hop/new jack swing rhythms. Their story began when the production duo brainstormed on the concept of putting together a modern-day, original R&B girl group for the 1990s. The group was formed in Herron's home state, California, in 1988. November 28, 1968, Connecticut), and Terry Ellis (b. September 5, 1966, Texas).

January 16, 1966, New Jersey), Dawn Robinson (b. September 26, 1965, California, United States), Maxine Jones (b. The original members were former Miss Black California Cindy Herron (b. Members of En Vogue:.

En Vogue is an all-female new jack R&B, club/dance, and urban soul vocal quartet assembled by the hit music producers Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy (formerly of the disco group Club Nouveau). Rhona Bennett. Amanda Cole. Dawn Robinson.

Cindy Herron. Maxine Jones. Terry Ellis.

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