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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.". Many of his fans consider him very underrated as a performer, guitarist, and producer. 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 list of artists he has worked with is immense, from legends to footnotes in rock history. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer" after doing a few country records under his own name. in semi-retirement, releasing the occasional album and touring infrequently, mainly due to ill health. In the 1990s, Sawyer went back on the road as "Dr. He now lives in L.A.

Sawyer left in 1983, and the band continued to tour for two more years before completely splitting up in 1985. He even soundtracked a Porkies movie. Hook", and their chart hits became mostly ballads (including "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan"). Edmunds spent the 1980s releasing more music to an ever selective audience, collaborating with and producing an assortment of artists, from Paul McCartney to King Kurt, via The Stray Cats. 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. Bizarrely, after their first LP as Rockpile, Seconds Of Pleasure, the band split. It also got the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, although as a caricature rather than a photograph. Dave Edmunds had more hits during this time, including "Girls Talk", "I Knew The Bride", and "Queen Of Hearts".

"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. For contractual reasons they could not record as Rockpile until 1980, and so released albums as solo LP's backed by their band. Silverstein composed most of the songs on their first few albums. The Brinsley Schwarz connection brought about a collaboration with Nick Lowe, operating under the name Rockpile, with Billy Bremner and Terry Williams. Haffkine also became their new manager and got the band a record deal. His own solo LP from that era, Subtle As A Flying Mallet, was similar in style. 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. After learning his trade as a producer, culminating in a couple of Phil Spector type singles, "Baby I Love You" and "Born To Be With You", he became enamoured of the concurrent pub rock movement of the early 1970s, producing Brinsley Schwarz, Ducks Deluxe, and also The Flamin' Groovies, using a stripped down, grittier sound.

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". After the band split, Edmunds had a huge number one single with "I Hear You Knocking", a cover of a blues classic from Smiley Lewis. Sawyer was particularly noticeable due to his trademark cowboy hat and the eyepatch he wore due to a car accident in 1967. "Sabre Dance" was typical of this, a top ten hit after much airplay from DJ John Peel. Other members include Jance Garfat, Rik Elswit, and Jay David. Dave Edmunds (born April 15, 1944) came out of Cardiff, Wales in the late 1960s, fronting a band called Love Sculpture who were playing blues and rocked up classical pieces. 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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