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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.". All releases are on the band's own label, Virginia Soul Records. 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. Success and critical acclaim has built slowly over the couse of EFO's history, but the band now boasts a truly nationwide following. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer" after doing a few country records under his own name. The band developed a distinctive acoustic sound, marrying two acoustic guitars with hand percussion and strong four-part harmonies, and landed themselves a weekly residency at a local bar. In the 1990s, Sawyer went back on the road as "Dr. Their early repertoire of covers (by such artists as The Byrds and Blues Traveler) was soon augmented by originals from songwriters Schaefer and Clem.

Sawyer left in 1983, and the band continued to tour for two more years before completely splitting up in 1985. Childhood friends Robbie Schaefer and Michael Clem recruited Julie Murphy (now Murphy Wells), a high-school friend of Schaefer's, and Eddie Hartness, of Clem's former band, to form the nascent folk group. Hook", and their chart hits became mostly ballads (including "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan"). A college friend of Hartness's coined the nickname for him, by analogy with the lead singer of fIREHOSE, Ed 'From Ohio' Crawford. 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. Name notwithstanding, the band is not from Ohio. It also got the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, although as a caricature rather than a photograph. Eddie From Ohio (or often just EFO) is an American folk band. Formed in 1991 in Northern Virginia, the band has achieved considerable local success, winning four WAMMIES (Washington DC area local music awards) and a nationwide following, all outside the purview of major record labels.

"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. This Is Me, 2004. Silverstein composed most of the songs on their first few albums. Three Rooms, 2003. Haffkine also became their new manager and got the band a record deal. Quick, 2001. 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. Looking Out The Fishbowl, 1999.

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". Portable EFO Show, 1998. Sawyer was particularly noticeable due to his trademark cowboy hat and the eyepatch he wore due to a car accident in 1967. Big Noise, 1997. Other members include Jance Garfat, Rik Elswit, and Jay David. I Rode Fido Home, 1995. Bill Francis, John David, and George Cummings were also part of the original band, but their lineup changed quite a bit over the years. Actually Not, 1993.

The original lineup consisted of core members Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere. A Juggler On His Blades, 1992. Hook & the Medicine Show is a pop-country rock band formed in Union City, New Jersey in 1968. EFO Live At The Birchmere (cassette only), 1991. Dr. Michael Clem - guitar, bass, harmonica, vocals. Eddie Hartness - percussion, vocals.

Robbie Schaefer - guitar, vocals. Julie Murphy Wells - vocals.

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