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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.". "Connie Francis" is also a character in Victory Gundam, one of the five (of the six) original members of the Shrike Team who are named in homage to 20th century female singers. 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. In late December 2004, Francis headlined in Las Vegas for the first time since 1989. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer" after doing a few country records under his own name. No release date is set. In the 1990s, Sawyer went back on the road as "Dr. There's a major story there." Filming has not started on the yet untitled film.

Sawyer left in 1983, and the band continued to tour for two more years before completely splitting up in 1985. She has done a lot of things for victims' rights since her rape in the '70s . Hook", and their chart hits became mostly ballads (including "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan"). Estefan said, "She [Francis] isn't in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, and yet she was the first pop star worldwide, [she] recorded in nine languages. 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. Latin music great Gloria Estefan will produce and play the lead. It also got the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, although as a caricature rather than a photograph. The first draft of the screenplay for a movie based on Francis' life is done, and casting and other pre-production work is anticipated in 2005.

"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. Francis was diagnosed as manic depressive but resumed her career in 1989 and has continued singing and recording since then. Silverstein composed most of the songs on their first few albums. Her brother was murdered in 1981. Haffkine also became their new manager and got the band a record deal. Nasal surgery to correct a sensitivity to air conditioning deprived her of her ability to sing professionally for four years. 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. In 1974 she was raped in a hotel following a performance in Westbury, New York.

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". Tragedies followed soon after. Sawyer was particularly noticeable due to his trademark cowboy hat and the eyepatch he wore due to a car accident in 1967. Francis ended her recording career 1969, returning in 1973 with The Answer, a song written just for her, and soon began performing again. Other members include Jance Garfat, Rik Elswit, and Jay David. Francis' autobiography, "Who's Sorry Now?" was published in 1984. Bill Francis, John David, and George Cummings were also part of the original band, but their lineup changed quite a bit over the years. Her latest CD "The American Tour" contains performances from recent shows.

The original lineup consisted of core members Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere. In 1960 Francis became the youngest headliner to sing in Las Vegas, where she played 28 days a year for nine years. Hook & the Medicine Show is a pop-country rock band formed in Union City, New Jersey in 1968. troops. Dr. During the height of the Vietnam War in 1967, she performed for U.S. She has a grown son, Joey, born in 1974, who is a flight instructor.

In the first half of the 1960s she starred in three additional films -- "Follow the Boys" (1963), "Looking for Love" (1964) and "When the Boys Meet the Girls" (1965). She appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show on July 1, 1962 with French singing star, Johnny Hallyday in a show that was taped at the famous Moulin Rouge nightclub in Paris, France. She recorded her songs in nine languages and became an international star in the late 50s. From 1958 until 1963, Francis had 25 singles that were top 100 hits in the United States.

Kennedy), Strangers in the Night and Where the Boys Are, her signature song, (from the movie of the same name), which became one of the first pop songs to be recorded in foreign languages. This was followed by Don't Break the Heart That Loves You, Everybody's Somebody's Fool, Stupid Cupid, In the Summer of his Years (written after the assassination of John F. However, Who's Sorry Now (a cover version of a 1923 song) launched her into super-stardom worldwide. On January 1, 1958, she debuted it on Dick Clark's "American Bandstand" television show; by mid-year over a million copies were sold. Francis' first single Freddy (1955) was a failure and she began considering a career in medicine.

After an appearance on Startime, Francis was advised to change her name from Concetta Rosemarie Franconero to something more easily pronounceable, as well as to quit the accordion and focus on singing. Born on December 12, 1938 in the Italian Seventh Avenue neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey, she is considered the most prolific female rock 'n' roll hit-maker of the early rock era -- the late 1950s to the early 1960s. Connie Francis is an American singer.

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