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Published on Sep 23, 2010
DR. HOOK and the Medicine Show was a pop-country rock band formed around Union City, New Jersey in 1969. Best known for their hit single "The Cover of the Rolling Stone," the band's other top ten hits include "Sylvia's Mother," "When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman," and "Sexy Eyes." In addition to their own originals, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show performed songs written by poet Shel Silverstein, of children's book fame.
Sawyer left in 1983 to pursue a solo career, while the band continued to tour successfully for another couple of years, ending with Dr. Hook's One and Only Farewell Tour, with Locorriere as the sole front man. In 1988 Sawyer went back on the road as "Ray Sawyer of Dr. Hook", this billing eventually being altered to "Dr. Hook featuring Ray (Eye Patch) Sawyer". In the early 2000s, Billy Francis began joining Ray to play some shows. Locorriere relocated to Nashville and wrote songs for many other artists. In 1989, Locorriere performed a well received one-man show at Lincoln Center, The Devil and Billy Markham, written by Silverstein. Locorriere has since released two solo studio albums (Out of the Dark in 2000 and One of the Lucky Ones in 2005), a live CD set in 2004 (Live in Liverpool), a concert DVD (Alone with Dennis Locorriere) and has toured to packed houses in recent years as the Voice of Dr. Hook. On January 21, 2007, Locorriere appeared onstage along with other such rock and roll luminaries as Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman, Steve Winwood, Joe Walsh, Paul Weller and The Artist Formerly Known as Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) , at the Dear Mr. Fantasy charity concert in remembrance of Traffic's Jim Capaldi, who died in 2005. In March 2007, Locorriere (and band) embarked on the Dennis Locorriere Celebrates Dr. Hook Hits and History Tour, to promote the release of the Dr. Hook Hits and History CD/DVD set. This tour was "greatest hits and more" tour, that is, as Locorriere puts it, "for the fans." A live DVD of the tour was released in July 2007, and went straight into the official UK music DVD chart at number 10. In early 2008, having met Bill Wyman at the Dear Mr Fantasy concert, Locorriere toured as a member of Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, followed by a few solo tours, which Locorriere called his 'Alone With..' shows. On March 15, 2010, Dennis Locorriere's 3rd solo album, POST COOL, was released on Proper Records.
John Christian Wolters, who played drums with the band from 1974 to 1984, died on June 16, 1997, of liver cancer. Robert Jance Garfat, who played bass with the band from 1971 to 1984, died on November 6, 2006, in a motorcycle accident. Billy Francis, who played keyboard for the band, passed away in late May 2010.