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Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

Sporting denims and buckskin, Dr. Hook And The Medicine Show epitomized much of the countrified and ‘laid-back’ style that was in vogue during the early 70s, but though their material was sung in a Dixie drawl and three members were genuine southerners, they began in 1968 as a New Jersey bar band with one-eyed Dr. Hook (b. Ray Sawyer, 1 February 1937, Chickasaw, Alabama, USA; vocals), Denis Locorriere (b. 13 June 1949, New Jersey, USA; guitar/vocals), George Cummings (b. Meridian, Mississippi, USA; lead/slide guitar), Billy Francis (b. William Francis, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, USA; keyboards) and Jay David (b. Bayonne, New Jersey, USA; drums). One evening they impressed a talent scout looking for an outfit to record Playboy cartoonist Shel Silverstein’s film score to Who’s Harry Kellerman And Why Is He Saying These Terrible Things About Me? (1970), and later backed Silverstein’s singing on record. As a result, the band was signed to CBS Records. Almost immediate international success (US number 5/UK number 2) followed with ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ from their debut album. With the line-up augmented by Rik Elswit (guitar) and Jance Garfat (bass), the follow-up, Sloppy Seconds, was also penned entirely by Silverstein, and was attended by a US Top 10 hit that cited portrayal on ‘The Cover Of ‘The Rolling Stone’’ (which was dogged by a BBC ban in the UK) as the zenith of the band’s ambition - which they later achieved in March 1973.

The band embarked on a punishing touring schedule with a diverting act, riven with indelicate humour that came to embrace an increasing number of their own compositions. Some were included on Belly Up! - and the US-only Fried Face, their last album before transferring to Capitol Records - and the first with new drummer John Wolters (b. John Christian Wolters 28 April 1945, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, New York, USA, d. July 1997). By then, the popularity of the band - as plain Dr. Hook - on the boards gave false impressions of their standing in market terms. This was better expressed in the title Bankrupt, the fifth album. However, a revival of Sam Cooke’s ‘Only Sixteen’, redressed the balance financially, by rocketing up the US Hot 100. A year later this feat was repeated on a global scale with the title track of A Little Bit More, which reached the UK number 2 slot. By this point, Cummings had left the line-up. Next came a UK number 1 in early 1979 with ‘When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman’ from the million-selling Pleasure & Pain. With Locorriere taking the lion’s share of lead vocals by then, the same year’s Sometimes You Win was the wellspring of two more international smashes, ‘Better Love Next Time’ and ‘Sexy Eyes’.

Throughout the 80s, Dr. Hook’s chart strikes were confined mainly to North America (even if a 1981 concert album was taped in London), becoming more sporadic as the decade wore on. New guitarists Bob Henke and Rod Smarr passed through the line-up, and in 1982 Sawyer left to pursue a solo career. Locorriere’s efforts as a Nashville-based songwriter had all but put the tin lid on Dr. Hook by the mid-80s. In the ensuing decade, Sawyer licensed the name from Locorriere for touring purposes.
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Dr.Hook rocks
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Dennis Locorriere The unique voice of Dr Hook on u tube is great
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mimi4249
What's not to love about the sweet sentiment of a group that makes "Baby maker her blue jeans talk"? Some of the most touching lyrics... Love this group!
Meemers
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My very first concert 1972 in Yuma Az can you believe Santana opened for them? 600 kids and 5 cops dennis came on stage with a cookie jar full of joints throwing them into the audiance and thecops thru there hands up and went to the lobby and sat it out. We RULED THE NITE,,, LMFAO ! Ive been Hooked ever since thank you Dr.
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I got no home! Love these guys. ♥♥♥
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All memories include The Dr....
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love the hook
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Anyone know where I can find Dr. Hook's Pleasure and Pain album?
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I worked for ray in Niagara falls where he owned a tattoo parlor .great singer, but can't tattoo for s**t
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Grew up on dr.hook, Kris, Bobby Bare, Janis, John Prine... Etc LP's.
shel Silverstein was a genius.
Freakers Ball, Sylvia's Mother,
Queludes Again, Ballad of Lucy Jordan,...
Check out "numbers " bobby bare covered it, shel wrote it. "The winner" another all time favorite.
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Bad a** music
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I got the chance to see Dr. Hook at a bar in Fayetteville AR. in 2001. I partied with Ray Sawyer after the show. Awesome band and person, a real fans band. Best luck ever for me unforgettabl e night.
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Shel Silverstein wrote many of Dr. Hook's songs including Freakin' At The Freaker's Ball. I can't find his music anywhere. She's Doin' Quaaludes Again is another good one that has the same humor of Freakin' At The Freaker's Ball. A wonderfully twisted mind may be gone, but not forgotten.
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My great aunt recently told me about this band. Boy am I glad she did!
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dr hook is the s**t
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lilithdances
This live album kinda sucks, Dear Pandora :( Dr. Hook is awesome! Please get better albums....
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The first time I saw Dr Hook and the Medicine Show was on The Merv Griffin Show. I was hooked. After that I scoured the TV guide for mentions of their name so I could see them perform again. I never had the pleasure of seeing them perform live.
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QUICKSILVER MESSENGER service put it in easy words to understand,' R o l l another one just like the other one.
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And Jeff Butler, mom & dad knew what you were doing in the 8th grade, 1974, the same thing. In fact that may be the reason they allowed you to attend the HOOK show in the first place. Whatchathink ?
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Dr. Hook and I share a lot of likes. I missed it, and Sylvia's mother are a couple of my FAVS. I do a great Sylvia's mother @ the KARAOKE. Have fun listening, and toking to a great band, and NO I do not wear a patch, but I think Johnny Depp does.
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freaking at the freakers ball is the best.
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Love it
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"Sylvia's Mother says" by Dr. Hook, was the first song I heard with my name in it...after all these years it is still one of my favorites
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only sixteen still married 25 years
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scotthawley7 3
real music for the freakers ball thanks hook and the med band!!!!!!!! ! ! !
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I LOVE ME SOME DR HOOK
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michaelofsix e y e s
do you remember the song "freakers ball"?
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I saw the at Gilley's of all places they always put on a great show,
especially the extended version of Sylvia's Mother.....I ' m gonna play
"Last Morning" @ my funeral
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alphasaluki
I say, Sylvia should have answered the phone herself!
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Theasd guys are so good :)
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solorio1028
One just has to smile when you hear Dr. Hook. Cuz only they know what they we're doing when they heard it for the first time. LOL
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drhook2
boy did i ever get drunk listening to that music, an more "hehehehe"
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slapshot1894
How can anyone not like them? I've been listening to them for decades and I never tire of hearing them.
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My mom and dad let me go to a Hook concert when I was in 8th grade (1974) - What an experience for an 8th grader!! If only my parents knew...
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dr.jing
I have loved Dr. Hook music since the mid-70s when my mom played it (albums and on the car 8-track player!). I was fortunate enough to see Ray and the new band when they toured (~1990, I think). It was a fun show, but I missed Dennis' sweet sound. Ah, I wish I could have been to one of the concerts in their hey day!
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very good stuff...i remember listening to "I Got Stoned and I Missed It" when i was wee bitty. and i always got in trouble for singing it at school..
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tim.nichols7
who wouldn't like a big ol helpin of "Sloppy Seconds"?
high volume Dr. Hook, and cold beer. Nothing better on
a saturday night.
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one of my favorite bands of all time ... you have to smile
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Dr. Hook. Its just good, fun music. How can you not like it???
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mizchristian
Dr Hook...one of my favorite artists, and real to life, for some...
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"SYLVIE`S MOTHER" IS A VERY GOOD SONG,LITTLE STRANGE BUT VERY WELL DONE,ENJOYED IT VERY MUCH...
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A bit outrageous, good fun
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i really like these song they make me laugh

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