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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.". Mike Score has continued the band with his new line-up and the rest have gone back to their normal lives. 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. Then in September 2004 The original band reformed and played a few live shows in the United States, but broke up immediately after. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer" after doing a few country records under his own name. In November of 2003, the original line-up (Mike Score, Paul Reynolds, Frank Maudlsey and Ali Score) announced they would reunite for a one-time performance on the VH1 series, Bands Reunited, after having played a live session in London. In the 1990s, Sawyer went back on the road as "Dr. The band continue to tour and record.

Sawyer left in 1983, and the band continued to tour for two more years before completely splitting up in 1985. The remaining band broke up but Mike Score kept the name and in 1989, Mike and three new members recorded The Light at the End of the World, but this had little success. Hook", and their chart hits became mostly ballads (including "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan"). The next album Dream Come True, recorded as a trio and released in (1986) failed to chart. 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. 1984's (1984 in music) The Story of a Young Heart produced two more singles, but Paul Reynolds, the lead guitarist left soon after due to some personal problems. It also got the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, although as a caricature rather than a photograph. Listen in 1983, was almost as successful.

"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. In the UK, "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" was just as popular as "I Ran" in the US, though "I Ran" sold poorly in comparison. Silverstein composed most of the songs on their first few albums. "I Ran (So Far Away)" quickly became a hit single, bolstered by a stylish music video on MTV. Haffkine also became their new manager and got the band a record deal. Their debut recording, "Telecommunication", was an underground hit and the band soon released A Flock of Seagulls in 1982 (1982 in music). 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. Mike Score, with his friend Frank Maudsley and Mike's brother Ali Score formed the band in Liverpool, England in 1980 with Paul Reynolds (see 1980 in music).

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 the early 1980s. Sawyer was particularly noticeable due to his trademark cowboy hat and the eyepatch he wore due to a car accident in 1967. A Flock of Seagulls was a British New Wave band that found success in the U.S. Other members include Jance Garfat, Rik Elswit, and Jay David. Bill Francis, John David, and George Cummings were also part of the original band, but their lineup changed quite a bit over the years.

The original lineup consisted of core members Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere. Hook & the Medicine Show is a pop-country rock band formed in Union City, New Jersey in 1968. Dr.

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