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Tue Jan 1, 2019, 11:56 AM

Dr. Hook's Ray Sawyer, 'Cover of Rolling Stone' Singer, Dead at 81

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/dr-hook-ray-sawyer-dead-773938/

Ray Sawyer, the Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show member who sang the 1973 Shel Silverstein-penned hit “The Cover of ‘Rolling Stone,'” has died at the age of 81.

The Alabama-born Sawyer – who founded the group with Dennis Locorriere, Billy Francis and George Cummings – was a member of Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show from 1969 to 1981. A few years before the band’s formation, Sawyer lost his right eye in a car accident; Sawyer wore an eyepatch that made him resemble the Peter Pan villain Captain Hook, which served as the inspiration for the Dr. Hook moniker.

In 1970, Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show’s demo tapes wound up in the hands of author and songwriter Shel Silverstein, who recruited the band to become a vessel for his music: The group would turn Silverstein-written tracks like “Sylvia’s Mother” and “The Cover of ‘Rolling Stone'” into hits and released two albums of Silverstein-penned songs, 1971’s Dr. Hook and 1972’s Sloppy Seconds.



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DinahMoeHum Jan 1 OP
mr_lebowski Jan 1 #1
MontanaMama Jan 1 #2
GemDigger Jan 1 #3
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redstateblues Jan 1 #5
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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2019, 12:08 PM

1. Aw, man! RIP Dr. Hook! They had some great ones and my dad had most of their records growing up ..

Another classic ...

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2019, 12:27 PM

2. I used a Dr. Hook song

as the recessional at my wedding. Years From Now...

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2019, 12:35 PM

3. The funniest show I have ever seen. Repeatedly.

Rest in Peace, or smoke em if you have them. Thanks for all the laughs through the years.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2019, 12:40 PM

4. Still have the album!

We transferred it to cassette in about 1976; now have it on DVD. I know every. single. word. (both sides)!

Ray, you'll be missed not just for your music, but for your humor! Thanks for being with us this long.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2019, 03:58 PM

5. Ray Sawyer was a good man. RIP Brother

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2019, 04:52 PM

6. RIP Ray Sawyer





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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2019, 08:12 PM

7. How sad

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2019, 08:53 PM

8. I can still hear my departed mother asking which one was the doctor.

I had to explain it was just the name of the band.

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