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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.". Sadly, the boy was born with serious health problems and passed away a few weeks after birth. 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. The woman gave birth to a baby boy. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer" after doing a few country records under his own name. In 2001, Feliciano admitted to having inpregnated a woman outside his marriage. In the 1990s, Sawyer went back on the road as "Dr. In 1995, Feliciano was honored by the government of New York, which re-named Public School 155 the Jose Feliciano Performing Arts School.

Sawyer left in 1983, and the band continued to tour for two more years before completely splitting up in 1985. He had his hands cast on the famous Madame Tussaud's museum's Wall of Fame, and he has a star in the Walk of Fame of his natal Puerto Rico. Hook", and their chart hits became mostly ballads (including "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan"). He received a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1987, after continuing on being a very popular singer during the 1980s. 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. Feliciano holds the distinction of being one of the few singers to have enjoyed success both in Spanish music and in English rock and roll. It also got the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, although as a caricature rather than a photograph. Feliciano's Star-Spangled Banner took place 10 months before the now famous Jimi Hendrix rendition at Woodstock.

"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 rendition was released as a single showed up in the Billboard top 40. Silverstein composed most of the songs on their first few albums. Others understood the emotions and sincerity of his performance, and he emerged as a counterculture hero. Haffkine also became their new manager and got the band a record deal. Some called his rendition unpatriotic and a disgrace; some called for his exportation. 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. His highly personalized, slow, Latin-jazz performance proved highly controversial.

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 1968, at the height of protests against the Vietnam War, Feliciano was given the opportunity to sing the Star-Spangled Banner during the World Series. Sawyer was particularly noticeable due to his trademark cowboy hat and the eyepatch he wore due to a car accident in 1967. He immediately became a sensation all across North America and he sold millions of albums there with those two songs. Other members include Jance Garfat, Rik Elswit, and Jay David. Feliciano then composed Feliz Navidad (I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas!!) which has become a Christmas classic in the United States as well as in Latin-America, and his own version of The Doors' song Light My Fire. Bill Francis, John David, and George Cummings were also part of the original band, but their lineup changed quite a bit over the years. Then, he moved to Los Angeles, to pursue his dream of becoming a house hold name in the United States too.

The original lineup consisted of core members Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere.
After two more, successful albums, Feliciano had become a household name all over Latin America. Hook & the Medicine Show is a pop-country rock band formed in Union City, New Jersey in 1968. The result was two smashing hits with the singles Poquita Fe (Little Faith) and Uste ( You, uste(d) being a more respectful way to say you in Spanish). Dr. They weren't sure what they wanted to record, but Feliciano suggested they record bolero music. There, he impressed RCA Victor officials, who told him to stay there to record an album in Spanish.

In 1966, he went to Mar Del Plata, to perform at the Festival de Mar Del Plata. He went to Detroit for that. That year also, he had his first professional, contracted performance. At 17, he quit school to play on clubs, because his family was going through a precarious economic situation.

To learn, he locked himself in his room for up to 14 hours a day to listen to 1950s rock albums. He could play various instruments (such as the accordion) by then but he wanted to learn to play the guitar. At age 9, he played on the Teatro Puerto Rico. At five, his family moved to Spanish Harlem, New York City.

He was first exposed to music at age 3. Feliciano overcame his handicap to score many international hits. The victim of congenital glaucoma, he was left permanently blind at birth. Josť Feliciano (born September 10, 1945 in Lares), is a Puerto Rican singer.

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