Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

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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.". "Jersey Boys," a musical play based on the lives of The Four Seasons, is running at the La Jolla (California) Playhouse through January 2, 2005 and is headed for Broadway. 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 Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer" after doing a few country records under his own name. The partnership continues to this day. In the 1990s, Sawyer went back on the road as "Dr. The band name is also the name of a legal partnership, The 4 Seasons Partnership, that Valli and Gaudio entered into at the start of their careers, agreeing to split all the proceeds from their musical efforts 50-50.

Sawyer left in 1983, and the band continued to tour for two more years before completely splitting up in 1985. The band would, however, enjoy a brief revival in their popularity in the mid 1970s, with the hits "Who Loves You", "Swearin' to God", and "December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)". Hook", and their chart hits became mostly ballads (including "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan"). By the end of the decade, however, the group's popularity was deteriorating, as public interest moved towards rock with a harder edge and more socially conscious lyrics. 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. In the mid 1960s, the British Invasion slowed down their career somewhat, but the Four Seasons released several more big hits in 1964, such as "Dawn", "Rag Doll", "Big Man in Town", "Ronnie" and "Save It for Me". It also got the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, although as a caricature rather than a photograph. The Four Seasons followed up "Sherry" with several well-remembered hits, including "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Walk Like a Man" and "Candy Girl".

"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. After many more personnel changes, the band still tours today, but Valli is the only original member left. Silverstein composed most of the songs on their first few albums. Massi left the band in 1965 and was briefly replaced by arranger Charles Calello before Joe Long became a mainstay on bass for the next 10 years. Haffkine also became their new manager and got the band a record deal. Lead singer Frankie Valli began recording in 1953, but the group (Valli, Bob Gaudio on keyboards, Tommy DeVito on lead guitar, and Nick Massi on bass), which formed in 1960, didn't release their first hit until 1962, with "Sherry", produced by Bob Crewe. 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. The Four Seasons are an American pop and doo wop group, distinct from many similar groups of the 1950s and 60s in their traditional Italian-American 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". December 1963 (Oh What a Night). Sawyer was particularly noticeable due to his trademark cowboy hat and the eyepatch he wore due to a car accident in 1967. Who Loves You. Other members include Jance Garfat, Rik Elswit, and Jay David. Swearin' To God (Frankie Valli). Bill Francis, John David, and George Cummings were also part of the original band, but their lineup changed quite a bit over the years. My Eyes Adored You (Frankie Valli).

The original lineup consisted of core members Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere. Will You Love Me Tomorrow (originally by The Shirelles). Hook & the Medicine Show is a pop-country rock band formed in Union City, New Jersey in 1968. C'mon Marianne. Dr. Can't Take My Eyes Off You (Frankie Valli). Beggin'.

Tell It To The Rain. I've Got You Under My Skin. Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me). Working My Way Back To You.

Don't Think Twice (It's Allright) (The Wonder Who?). Let's Hang On. Girl Come Running. Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye).

Big Man In Town. Save It For Me. Rag Doll. Alone (originally by the Shepherd Sisters).

Ronnie. Stay (originally by Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs). Dawn (Go Away). Marlena.

Candy Girl. Walk Like A Man. Big Girls Don't Cry. Sherry.

1996 Four Seasons with Frankie Valli. 1995 Who Loves You. 1995 Oh What a Night. 1994 Sing for You.

1994 Sherry/Big Girls Don't Cry. 1993 Dance Album. 1993 The Four Seasons Dance Album. 1992 Hope & Glory.

2. 1990 Live, Vol. 1. 1990 Live, Vol.

1985 Streetfighter. 1981 Reunited - Live with Frankie Valli. 1976 Helicon. 1975 Fallen Angel.

1972 Chameleon. 1970 Half and Half. 1969 Peanuts. 1969 The Genuine Imitation Life Gazette.

1968 Edizione D'oro. 1966 The 4 Seasons' Christmas Album. 1966 Lookin' Back. 1966 Working My Way Back to You.

1966 Live on Stage. 1965 The 4 Seasons Entertain You. 1964 Girls, Girls, Girls - We Love Girls. The Four Seasons.

1964 The Beatles Vs. 1964 Rag Doll. 1964 Dawn (Go Away) and 11 Other Great Songs. 1964 Born to Wander.

1963 Folk Nanny. 1963 Ain't That a Shame and 11 Others. 1963 Big Girls Don't Cry and Twelve Others. 1962 Four Seasons' Greetings.

1962 Sherry & 11 Others.

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