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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.". Comprehensive discography and picture gallery. 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 Atomic Underground (http://www.efn.org/~cschatz/fishbone.html) : The first Fishbone website (1995), and still probably the best one around. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer" after doing a few country records under his own name. Fishbone.net (http://www.fishbone.net) : Official band website. In the 1990s, Sawyer went back on the road as "Dr. FishboneLive.org (http://www.fishbonelive.org) : dedicated in bringing you the nuttness of the nutt, made by the band's fanbase to share photos, reviews, live recordings, discography, posters ...

Sawyer left in 1983, and the band continued to tour for two more years before completely splitting up in 1985.
External link:. Hook", and their chart hits became mostly ballads (including "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan"). John McKnight - keyboards, trombone, guitar (1998 - 2001), trombone (2005 - present). 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. Anthony Brewster - keyboards (1997-1998). It also got the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, although as a caricature rather than a photograph. John Steward, Wet Daddy - drums (1999 - present).

"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. Tracey Singleton, Spacey T - guitar (1997-2003). Silverstein composed most of the songs on their first few albums. John Bigham, JB - guitar, keyboards (1990-1997). Haffkine also became their new manager and got the band a record deal. Kendall Jones - guitar (1978-1993). 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. Chris Dowd - vocals, keyboards, trombone (1978-1994).

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". Philip Fisher, Fish - drums (1978 - 1998). Sawyer was particularly noticeable due to his trademark cowboy hat and the eyepatch he wore due to a car accident in 1967. Kibby II, Dog King of the Freaks - vocals, trumpet (1978-2003). Other members include Jance Garfat, Rik Elswit, and Jay David. Walter A. Bill Francis, John David, and George Cummings were also part of the original band, but their lineup changed quite a bit over the years. John Norwood Fisher, Wood - bass (1978 - present).

The original lineup consisted of core members Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere. Angelo Moore, Dr Madd Vibe - vocals, saxophone (1978 - present). Hook & the Medicine Show is a pop-country rock band formed in Union City, New Jersey in 1968. John McKnight - keyboards, trombone, guitar (1998 - 2001), trombone (2005 - present). Dr. Torri Ruffin - guitar (2003 - present). Rocky George - guitar (2003 - present).

Dre Gipson - keyboards (2004 - present). Dre Holmes, Pastor Dre - vocals, trumpet (2004 - present). John Steward, Wet Daddy - drums (1998 - present). John Norwood Fisher, Wood - bass (1978 - present).

Angelo Moore, Dr Madd Vibe - vocals, saxophone (1978 - present). Live at the Temple Bar and More - (2002). Fishbone and the Familyhood Nextperience Presents: The Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx - (2000). Chim Chim's Bad Ass Revenge - (1996).

Give a Money a Brain and He'll Swear He's the Center of the Universe - (1993). The Reality of My Surroundings - (1991). Truth and Soul - (1988). In Your Face - (1986).


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. John McKnight joined back Fishbone in early 2005 on trombone. Guitarist Rocky George (Suicidal Tendencies), later joined by Torri Ruffin of (The Time) replaced Spacey T, and the band once again added a keyboardist, Dre Gipson.

The band suffered a blow with the departure of founding member Walter A Kibby II in 2003, as well as longtime guitarist Spacey T. Kibby, a tough man to replace, was replaced by newcomer Dre Holmes. While Fishbone has not yet gained the popularity of some of their early peers, the band has established a strong reputation of one of the best live acts in rock and roll, and continues to tour extensively despite the lack of exposure or record-label support. Their latest album, Live at the Temple Bar and More was released in 2002 (2002 in music) and contained all brand new original material recorded throughout 2001 and 2002. John McKnight left the band in 2001, and the group continued on as a 5-piece.

The band was dropped from their label and headed back on the road, where they continued to be a top-drawing live act. However, the record company did not promote the album properly, despite the fact that it was the most accessible Fishbone release to date, whihc resulted in poor sales. The result, Fishbone and the Familyhood Nextperience Presents The Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx, was a critical success, and featured some of the band's best material in nearly a decade. from Bad Brains, Donny Osmond, and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs.

However, in 2000, the band was signed to a major record deal and given the chance to record a new album with a slew of special guests, such as Gwen Stefani, George Clinton, Rick James, H.R. Fishbone's dedicated fan base was, for the most part, happy to travel down whatever musical path the musicians pursued, but the band's record sales dropped consistently after 1991. During the latter part of the 1990s, Fishbone earned their keep on the road through constant touring, as they remained one of rock's most amazing live bands. By 1998, the band went once more through major personnel changes as founding member drummer Fish Fisher (Norwood's brother) left the band (to be later definitively replaced byJohn Steward), John Bigham left the band to pursue his own career (The Soul of John Black) and was replaced by former Sound Barrier/Mother's Finest guitarist Tracey Singleton (aka Spacey T) and John McKnight (from Ben Harper's Innocent Criminals) joined on keyboard and trombone (after a short stint by Macy Gray's Anthony Brewster).

Now a five-piece, Fishbone released the extremely heavy/punkish Chim Chim's Bad Ass Revenge in 1996, which did well in the undergroud music scene, but went completely unnoticed by the general public. Fishbone was then dropped by Sony records. The band suffered another blow in 1994 when keyboardist Chris Dowd left the band. Norwoord Fisher tracked him down and attemtped to kidnap him with duct tape and a stun gun, and was arrested and sued over the incident.

Just before hitting the road on the 1993 Lollapalooza tour, the band experienced their first personnel loss as guitarist Kendall Jones left the band to join a religious cult. Their sound remained rooted in funk and ska, but focused more on hard rock and heavy metal on 1993's Give a Monkey a Brain and He'll Swear He's the Center of the Universe. With the burgeoning popularity of alternative rock, Fishbone was suddenly gaining popularity in the mainstream, but the band was beginning to tear apart internally. One month before the album's release, the group played a memorable performance on Saturday Night Live, with Angelo doing a back flip into the camera pit a mere 5 seconds into their performance of "Sunless Saturday", whose video was later directed by Spike Lee The sunny soul number "Everyday Sunshine" also became a modest hit on radio and MTV. A psychedelic swirl of manic energy and witty commentary, the album successfully showcased the very different personalities of Fishbone's seven members.

An hour-long masterpiece, Reality is widely considered Fishbone's greatest triumph. Fishbone's winning streak continued with The Reality of My Surroundings in 1991 (1991 in music), a critical and commerical success. In 1990, the band added a seventh member, former Miles Davis music director John Bigham on guitar and keyboards. That same, year, the group toured with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and was nationally known as a major player in the burgeoning alternative music scene.

The album was highlighted by a metal version of Curtis Mayfield's classic "Freddie's Dead," from the movie Superfly. A brilliant piece of social commentary, Truth and Soul covered important topics such as the breakup of families, early 1900s racism, facism, nuclear war, and opression in lower income housing projects. 1988's Truth and Soul brought Fishbone wide critical acclaim, and is considered one of alternative rock's greatest albums. But by 1987, the band had turned up the distortion, and heavy metal and hardcore sounds started creeping into their music.

Though the band had a manic, kinetic sound and stage presence, the group was mainly a ska/reggae band in its early years. In 1987, in support of their first full-length album, In Your Face, the band toured with the Beastie Boys across the US and other parts of the world. The band did not have any official recordings until the release of a self-titled EP in 1985, featuring their classic song "Party at Ground Zero". Their unique stew of different styles, mixed with hectic energy and pounding rhythms, were a huge influence on the funk/rock/metal/rap genre that would become popular in the 1990s.

Fishbone first gained attention with their incredible live concerts, earning a reputation as one of the most original bands in the alternative genre. The group came from the same Los Angeles scene that spawned the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane's Addiction. Fishbone is an extremely influential band that plays a unique fusion of funk, ska, punk, reggae, heavy metal and more. The band formed was in 1979 (1979 in music) in the ghettos of South Central Los Angeles by Angelo Moore (saxophone), Kendall Jones (guitar), John Norwood Fisher (bass), Fish (drums), Walter Kibby II (trumpet) and Chris Dowd (keyboards, trombone).

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