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.". In January 2005 Sheena appeared in the television series Young Blades.. 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 passengers paused in awe, then went on singing. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer" after doing a few country records under his own name. Sheena boarded the train at Burnley Station, and screamed. In the 1990s, Sawyer went back on the road as "Dr. A number of unrealistically happy passengers in an unrealistically underpatronised morning train were singing Morning Train.

Sawyer left in 1983, and the band continued to tour for two more years before completely splitting up in 1985. In April and May 2004, Sheena visited Australia and featured in a kooky TV commercial for Connex in Melbourne. Hook", and their chart hits became mostly ballads (including "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan"). She lives there with her two adopted children. 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. Since 2000 Sheena has appeared in a Broadway-style show in Las Vegas. It also got the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, although as a caricature rather than a photograph. Sheena continued acting in America, starring in Broadway revivals of Man Of La Mancha (1992) and Grease (1996).

"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. She recently enjoyed some success with a song entitled "Fabulous" and has also become something of a gay icon. Silverstein composed most of the songs on their first few albums. Four more albums would be released, but were only available in Europe and the Far East. Haffkine also became their new manager and got the band a record deal. In 1991, What Comes Naturally became the last of Sheena’s albums to chart in the U.S. 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 song also appeared on her next album The Lover In Me, a moderate success which was released the following autumn.

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". By the spring of 1988 the latest installment of the Miami Vice Soundtrack was released, and featured the song “Follow My Rainbow”, which Sheena sang on her tragic last appearance, just moments before her character was fatally shot. Sawyer was particularly noticeable due to his trademark cowboy hat and the eyepatch he wore due to a car accident in 1967. Sonny and Caitlin were married by the episode’s end, and the fourth-season’s sagging ratings were boosted so much that the producers signed Sheena to five more episodes. Other members include Jance Garfat, Rik Elswit, and Jay David. In November of 1987 Sheena made her first dramatic acting appearance on the television programme Miami Vice playing a singer named Caitlin Davies, whom Sonny Crockett was assigned to protect until she made a court appearance. Bill Francis, John David, and George Cummings were also part of the original band, but their lineup changed quite a bit over the years. Around this same time she also recorded a Grammy-winning Spanish-language album, Todo me recuerda a ti and scored a country music hit with "We've Got Tonight", a duet with Kenny Rogers.

The original lineup consisted of core members Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere. Her move towards a more sexy image with "Strut" was met with mixed reactions from diehard fans, and she was also one of the first artists to have a music video banned based upon lyrics rather than imagery when some broadcasters refused to play her Prince-penned, sexually risque "Sugar Walls." Despite of (or perhaps because of) the controversy, the album A Private Heaven which featured "Strut" and "Sugar Walls" became her biggest seller. Hook & the Medicine Show is a pop-country rock band formed in Union City, New Jersey in 1968. Later, she also found success with the songs “Strut” (1984) and her 1987 duet with Prince “U Got The Look”. Dr. Her best known early musical work is probably the James Bond movie theme “For Your Eyes Only”, and “Morning Train” (which was originally titled "9 to 5" in its British release but was renamed for American issue to avoid confusion with the Dolly Parton song "Nine to Five"). This culminated in a deal with EMI Records.

Sheena first shot to fame on the United Kingdom television programme The Big Time which followed her attempts to gain a record contract. Sheena Easton (born Sheena Shirley Orr) is a pop singer born in Belshill, Scotland in April 1959.

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