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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.". Brief notes:. 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 2003, she wrote and recorded "La Chanson de Gainsbourg" as a tribute to the composer of some of her biggest hits. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer" after doing a few country records under his own name. One of the most frequent interpreters of Gainsbourg's songs was British singer Petula Clark, whose success in France was propelled by her recordings of his tunes. In the 1990s, Sawyer went back on the road as "Dr. His home at the well-known address 5bis rue de Verneuil is still totally covered by grafitti and poems.

Sawyer left in 1983, and the band continued to tour for two more years before completely splitting up in 1985. Gainsbourg died on March 2, 1991 of a heart-attack and was buried in Montparnasse Cemetery, in Paris. Hook", and their chart hits became mostly ballads (including "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan"). The title of the latter demonstrates Gainsbourg's love of word play, which could sometimes be painful "Bowie, Bah Oui". 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. His songs became increasingly eccentric, ranging from the anti-drug "Les Enfants de la Chance" to the questionable duet with Charlotte "Lemon Incest". It also got the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, although as a caricature rather than a photograph. Towards the end of his life, Gainsbourg became a regular feature on French talk shows, with perhaps the most famous outburst coming when he told Whitney Houston "I want to fuck you".

"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. During this period he released Love On The Beat and his last studio album You're Under Arrest, as well as two live recordings. Silverstein composed most of the songs on their first few albums. During this last decade he made a lot of TV appearances devoted to his controversial sense of humour and provocation. Haffkine also became their new manager and got the band a record deal. Next year saw him in the new look of Gainsbarre officially introduced in the song "Ecce Homo". 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. He was able to reply to his critics that his version was in fact closer to the original as the manuscript clearly shows the words "Aux armes et cætera..." for the chorus.

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". Shortly afterwards, Gainsbourg bought the original manuscript of La Marseillaise. Sawyer was particularly noticeable due to his trademark cowboy hat and the eyepatch he wore due to a car accident in 1967. This song earned him death threats from right wing veterans of the Algerian War of Independence. Other members include Jance Garfat, Rik Elswit, and Jay David. In 1978 he recorded a reggae version of the French national anthem "La Marseillaise", "Aux Armes et cetera" in Jamaica, with Bob Marley's band, The Wailers. Bill Francis, John David, and George Cummings were also part of the original band, but their lineup changed quite a bit over the years. Next year saw the release of another major work L'Homme à la Tête de Chou (Cabbage-Head Man) featuring Marilou as a new character and somptuous orchestral themes.

The original lineup consisted of core members Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere. Serge had worn the yellow star as a child in Paris. Hook & the Medicine Show is a pop-country rock band formed in Union City, New Jersey in 1968. In 1975, he released the album Rock Around the Bunker the only rock album entirely written on the subject of the Nazis, recalling with black humour of how he and his family suffered during World War II. Dr. It has proven exceptionally influential with artists such as Air, David Holmes and Beck. This concept-album arranged by Jean-Claude Vannier was mainly based on Nabokov's novel Lolita.

His most influential work Histoire de Melody Nelson was released in 1971. 1 in the UK chart. Its notoriety led to it reaching no. Considered too "hot", the song was censored in various countries and in France even the toned-down version was suppressed.

Originally recorded with Brigitte Bardot, it was released with a different female singer, future girlfriend Jane Birkin, when Bardot backed out. moi non plus, was vocally very erotic. His most famous song, Je t'aime.. moi non plus, Equateur, Charlotte For Ever and Stan The Flasher.

He directed himself four movies : Je t'aime.. During his career, he wrote the soundtracks for more than 40 movies. Gainsbourg wanted to break free from old-fashioned chanson and explore new musical grounds, influenced by British and American pop. His early songs were influenced by Boris Vian.

He had a daughter, Charlotte, with Jane Birkin; and a son, Lulu, with his last partner Bambou (Pauline Von Paulus). He was born in Paris, France the son of Jewish Russian parents. Serge Gainsbourg, born Lucien Ginzburg, (April 2, 1928 - March 2, 1991) was a poet, singer-songwriter, actor and director. Les Incorruptibles.

La Gadoue. La Javanaise. Couleur Café. Bonnie and Clyde.

moi non plus. Je t'aime.. Lemon Incest. Les Sucettes.

Poupée de cire, poupée de son. Aux armes et caetera. 2001 : Le Cinéma de Gainsbourg (Box Set). 2001 : Gainsbourg Forever (Integral Box Set).

1989 : De Gainsbourg à Gainsbarre (Box Set). 1988 : Le Zénith de Gainsbourg. 1987 : You're under arrest. 1985 : Serge Gainsbourg live (Casino de Paris).

1984 : Love on the beat. 1981 : Mauvaises nouvelles des étoiles. 1980 : Enregistrement public au Théâtre Le Palace. 1979 : Aux armes et cætera.

1976 : L'homme à tête de chou. 1975 : Rock around the bunker. 1974 : Vu de l'extérieur. 1971 : Histoire de Melody Nelson.

1969 : Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg. 1968 : Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot : Initials B.B.. 1967 : Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot : Bonnie & Clyde. 1967 : Anna.

1964 : Gainsbourg Percussions. 1963 : Gainsbourg Confidentiel. 1962 : Disque N°4. 1961 : L'étonnant Serge Gainsbourg.

1959 : Disque N°2. 1958 : Du chant à la une. He once burned a 500 French franc bill on TV to protest heavy taxation. Towards the end of his life, Gainsbourg used to show up drunk and unshaven on stage.

Bob Marley was furious when he discovered Gainsbourg made Rita Marley sing erotic lyrics. Controversy surrounding "Je t'aime Moi non plus". The controrversial video featuring a half-naked Gainsbourg and daughter Charlotte for the song "Lemon Incest.". France Gall was horrified to discover the sexual double-meaning of the lyrics to "Les Sucettes".

"Poupée de cire, poupée de son" for the Eurovision Song Contest. "Aux Armes et cetera ..." caused anger among veterans of the war in Algeria, resulting in several death-threats.

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