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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.". Eddie Fisher has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for Recording, at 6241 Hollywood Boulevard, and one for TV, at 1724 Vine Street. 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. He wrote another book in 1999 titled Been There, Done That (ISBN 031220972X). Hook featuring Ray Sawyer" after doing a few country records under his own name. In 1981, he wrote his autobiography, Eddie: My Life, My Loves (ISBN 0060149078). In the 1990s, Sawyer went back on the road as "Dr. Fisher has performed in top concert halls all over the United States and headlined in major Las Vegas showrooms.

Sawyer left in 1983, and the band continued to tour for two more years before completely splitting up in 1985. His last album for RCA was an Al Jolson tribute, You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet. Hook", and their chart hits became mostly ballads (including "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan"). He then returned to RCA and had a minor singles hit in 1966 with the song Games That Lovers Play, which became the title of his best selling album. 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. He also recorded for Dot Records. It also got the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, although as a caricature rather than a photograph. In the 1960s, he changed recording labels, moving to Ramrod Records.

"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. Fisher is the father of two children by Reynolds, actress Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher, and he is the father of two children by Stevens, actress Joely Fisher and actress Tricia Leigh Fisher. Silverstein composed most of the songs on their first few albums. Betty Lin died on April 15, 2001. Haffkine also became their new manager and got the band a record deal. Eddie Fisher has had five wives, actress Debbie Reynolds (married 1955-divorced 1959), actress Elizabeth Taylor (married 1959-divorced 1964), actress Connie Stevens (married 1967-divorced 1969), Terry Richard (married 1975- divorced 1976) and Betty Lin (married 1993). 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. Fisher's affair and subsequent marriage to Todd's famous widow caused a show business scandal because he and his first wife, also famous, had a very public divorce.

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". His best friend was showman/producer Mike Todd, who died in a plane crash in 1958. Sawyer was particularly noticeable due to his trademark cowboy hat and the eyepatch he wore due to a car accident in 1967. He played a serious role in the 1960 drama Butterfield 8 with wife Elizabeth Taylor. Other members include Jance Garfat, Rik Elswit, and Jay David. In 1956, Fisher costarred with wife Debbie Reynolds in the musical comedy Bundle Of Joy. Bill Francis, John David, and George Cummings were also part of the original band, but their lineup changed quite a bit over the years. He had seventeen songs in the Top 10 on the music charts between 1950 and 1956 and thirty-five in the Top 40, which included the 1955 song "I Love You.".

The original lineup consisted of core members Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere. A pre-Rock and Roll vocalist, Eddie Fisher's strong and melodious tenor made him a teen idol and one of the most popular singers of the 1950s. Hook & the Medicine Show is a pop-country rock band formed in Union City, New Jersey in 1968. He also had a variety television series, Coke Time with Eddie Fisher (NBC) (1953)-(1957), appeared on Perry Como's show, The Chesterfield Supper Club, the George Gobel Show, and had another series, The Eddie Fisher Show (NBC) (1957)-(1959). Dr. The photos of him in uniform during his time in the Service did not hurt his civilian career, after his discharge he became even more popular singing in top nightclubs. He served a year in Korea.

Army in 1951 and sent to Texas for basic training. Fisher was drafted into the U.S. He was then signed to a contract with RCA Victor. After performing on Cantor's radio show he was an instant hit and gained nationwide exposure.

He was heard in 1949 by Eddie Cantor at Grossinger's Resort in the Borscht Belt. By 1946, Fisher was crooning with the bands of Buddy Morrow and Charlie Ventura. He sang on the radio in high school and was later on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, a popular contest that was broadcast over the radio before moving to television. It was known at an early age that he had talent as a vocalist and he started singing in numerous amateur contests, which he usually won.

To his family, Fisher was always called "Sonny Boy" or "Sonny," which may have been an allusion to a song made famous by Al Jolson. His father's surname was originally Fisch, but became Fisher upon entry to the United States. He was born Edwin Jack Fisher in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the fourth child of seven born to Joseph Fisher and Katherine Monacher, who were Russian Jewish immigrants. Eddie Fisher (born August 10, 1928) is an American singer and entertainer.

The Very Best Of Eddie Fisher (MCA 1988). His Greatest Hits (RCA 1965). Eddie Fisher's Greatest Hits (RCA-Victor 1962). The Best Of Eddie Fisher (10-inch album) (RCA-Victor 1954).

You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet (RCA 1968). People Like You (RCA 1967). Games That Lovers Play (RCA 1966). When I Was Young (1965).

Eddie Fisher Today! (Dot 1965). Eddie Fisher At The Winter Garden (Ramrod 1963). Scent Of Mystery (film soundtrack) (Ramrod 1960). As Long As There's Music (RCA-Victor 1958).

Thinking Of You (RCA-Victor 1957). Bundle Of Joy (film soundtrack) (RCA-Victor 1956). Academy Award Winners (RCA-Victor 1955). I Love You (RCA-Victor 1955).

May I Sing To You? (RCA-Victor 1954/55). Irving Berlin Favorites (10-inch album) (RCA-Victor 1954). Christmas With Fisher (10-inch album) (RCA-Victor 1952). I'm In The Mood For Love (RCA-Victor 1952/55).

Fisher Sings (10-inch album) (RCA-Victor 1952). 1) (1952). (no. Wish You Were Here ..

(duet with Perry Como). Watermelon Weather .. Turn Back The Hands Of Time. Thinking Of You (1950).

Tell Me Why (1951) (also a big hit for The Four Aces, whose Al Alberts co-wrote the song). 1) (1953). (no. Oh My Pa-Pa ..

Maybe (1952) (duet with Perry Como). Many Times (1953). Lady Of Spain (1952). I'm Yours (1952).

1) (1953) (with Sally Sweetland). I'm Walking Behind You (no. 1) (1954). I Need You Now (no.

Heart (1955). Dungaree Doll. Count Your Blessings (1954). Cindy, Oh Cindy.

Anytime (1951). A Man Chases A Girl (Until She Catches Him).

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