Dr. Hook originally known as "Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show" was a pop-country rock band from Union City (New Jersey).


[hide]*1 History


The band was founded in 1969 by George Cummings-Dennis Locorriere, Ray Sawyer that his friends, Billy Francis-invited had. The first years they around the East Coast and the Middle West of the United States played. When she once had to have a name for a poster, conceived Cummings ' Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show: Tonic for the Soul ', inspired by the traveling medicine shows of the old West.

However, many thought that Ray Sawyer Dr. Hook was because his eye patch (because of a near-fatal car accident in 1967) excited associations with Captain Hook from Peter Pan.

The first two years, the band played with session drummer Popeye Phillips (Flying Burrito Brothers) that due to musical differences in turn was replaced by Joseph Oliver and John Jay David.

In 1970, Dr. Hook asked for two songs for the film Who Is Harry Kellerman And Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? in which Dustin Hoffman played a singer-songwriter who was hit by a nervous breakdown. The Last Morning (of which a new version was made for the second album Sloppy Seconds) and Bunky and Lucille were written by Shel Silverstein (purveyor during the first years, as well as cartoonist and poet) and sung by Dennis Locorriere. The film, in which the band also appeared, was released in 1971; It was not a blockbuster but earned Dr. Hook called a recording contract on.

That same year came the debut album with the world hit "Sylvia's Mother" .

Sloppy Seconds delivered the hit The Cover Of The Rolling Stone on; in this issue was the kid with the idea that a musician is successful only if he is on the front of the ' leading ' State music magazine Rolling Stone .Eventually, Dr. Hook indeed on the cover of the Rolling Stone (number of 29 March 1973), although as caricatures. In England, the song was conceived by the BBC as surreptitious advertising and therefore boycotted until a modified version came under the title On the Cover of the Radio Times (weekly by the BBC).

In 1976 appeared the album A Little Bit More whose eponymous Bobby Gosh-cover became a hit.

In the meantime the disco-era, and also the country-influenced sound of Dr. Hook hit. Pleasure and Pain from 1978 contained the hits Sharing The Night Together and When you're In Love With A Beautiful Woman.Sometimes You Win from 1979 (whose Sexy Eyes and Better Luck Next Time the charts cited) continued to make progress.

In 1982, Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk the last great success of Dr. Hook. Ray Swayer left in 1983 after which the rest went with Dennis Locorriere as two year only frontman.

Solo Projects[Edit]Edit

Ray Sawyer[Edit]Edit

Since 1988, Ray Sawyer the rights to the group name. In 1999 he appeared in the KRO-show program the feeling of (1982) to his solo version of Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk proceeds. In the years 00 closed (temporarily) to Billy Francis himself at Dr. Hook ft. Ray Eye Patch Sawyer.

Dennis Locorriere[Edit]Edit

Dennis Locorriere moved to Nashville; He went on to write songs for others and also sang along on their plates. In 1989 he toured two months long with the one-man show written by Silverstein The Devil and Billy Markham then gave up a solo career. The 2000s were a productive period for the voice of Dr. Hook; three studio albums (Out Of The Dark from 2000, One Of The Lucky Ones from 2005 and 'Post Cool from 2010) and a a live cd/dvd ( Live In Liverpool and respectively Alone With Dennis Locorriere from 2004). He was also a guest in the broadcast of Top 2000 a go-go in which an item was dedicated to the creation of "Sylvia's Mother".

In 2007, Locorriere on two years earlier during the Memorial concert for the deceased Traffic-drummer Jim Capaldi and he promoted the cd/dvd set Dr. Hook Hits and History with a tour of which a live recording was made.

In early 2008 he was temporarily a member of Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings; What was originally intended for a few concerts a whole tour. Locorriere then began a series of Alone With ...-concerts.


  • Dennis Locorriere (vocals, guitar, bass, harmonica)
  • Ray Sawyer (vocals, guitar)
  • George Cummings (lead guitar)
  • Billy Francis (keyboards)
  • Popeye Phil Lambert (drums)
  • John David [aka Jay] (drums)
  • Jance Garfat (bass)
  • Rik Elswit (lead guitar)
  • John Wolters (drums)
  • Bob ' Willard ' Henke (guitar)
  • Rod Smarr (guitar)

Covers in Netherlands[Edit]Edit

  • Printing made an English version of "Sylvia's Mother".
  • Henny Huisman made in his time as presenter of Dutch pop magazine Hitkrant drive-in Show (precursor of the final Soundmix show) the single On the front plate of the Dutch pop magazine Hitkrant Stand.
  • Bertus Staigerpaip took it in 1988 as Donald Duck On the front plate of the.
  • Sandy Kandau, former background singer of René Froger, scored in 1996 with her version of Love You A Little Bit More.



Album (s) with any charts in the

the Dutch Album Top 100

Date of


Date of




Number Of


Doctor Hook and the Medicine Show 1971 - as Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
Sloppy seconds 1972 - as Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
Belly up! 1973 - as Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
The ballad of Lucy Jordan 1975 - as Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
Bankrupt 1975 -
A little bit more 1976 -
Revisited (Best of Dr. Hook) 1976 - Compilation album
Makin' love and music 1977 -
Pleasure and pain 1978 12-05-1979 3 17
Sometimes you win 1979 -
Rising 1980 -
Greatest hits (and more) 1980 17-01-1981 10 11 Compilation album
Live in the U.K. 1981 - Live Album
Players in the dark 1982 -
Let me drink from your well 1983 -
Greatest hits 1992 12-12-1992 18 15 Compilation album
Completely hooked-The best of Dr. Hook 1992 - Compilation album
Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show-Greatest hits 1995 - as Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show/

Compilation album

Sharing the night together-The best of Dr. Hook 1996 - Compilation album
The very best of Dr. Hook 1999 31-07-1999 22 7 Compilation album
Love songs 1999 - Compilation album
Hits and history 2007 - Compilation album


Single (s) with any charts in the

the Dutch Top 40

Date of


Date of




Number Of


"Sylvia's mother" 1972 15-04-1972 3 11 as Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show/

No. 3 in the Single Top 100 / Alarm drive

Carry me, Carrie 1972 11-11-1972 24 4 as Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show/

No. 21 in the Single Top 100

The cover of "Rolling Stone" 1972 23-12-1972 16 7 as Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show/

No. 13 in the Single Top 100

Roland the roadie and Gertrude the groupie 1973 11-08-1973 19 5 as Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show/

No. 18 in the Single Top 100

Life ain't easy 1973 -
The millionaire 1975 -
Only sixteen 1976 -
A little bit more 1976 14-08-1976 10 8 No. 10 in the Single Top 100/ Alarm drive
If not you 1976 -
Walk right in 1977 -
More like the movies 1978 -
Sharing the night together 1978 10-03-1979 24 4 No. 28 in the Single Top 100
All the time in the world 1979 -
When you're in love with a beautiful woman 1979 05-05-1979 2 13 No. 3 in the Single Top 100
What do you want? 1979 24-11-1979 tip15 - No. 42 in the Single Top 100
Better love next time 1980 09-02-1980 ice skater -
Sexy eyes 1980 -
Years from now 1980 -
Girls can get it 1980 15-11-1980 tip20 -
That didn't hurt too bad 1981 -
Baby makes her blue jeans talk 1982 01-05-1982 2 10 No. 2 in the Single Top 100
Lana 1982 -
Single (s) with chart positions

in the Flemish Ultratop 50

Date of


Date of




Number Of


"Sylvia's mother" 1972 - as Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show/

No. 9 in the Radio 2 Top 30

A little bit more 1976 - No. 17 in the Radio 2 Top 30
When you're in love with a beautiful woman 1979 - No. 2 in the Radio 2 Top 30
Baby makes her blue jeans talk 1982 - No. 2 in the Radio 2 Top 30

Radio 2 Top 2000[Edit]Edit

Number (s) with markings

in the Radio 2 Top 2000

' 99 ' 00 ' 01 ' 02 ' 03 ' 04 ' 05 ' 06 ' 07 ' 08 ' 09 ' 10 ' 11 ' 12 ' 13
Baby makes her blue jeans talk 1198 - 1136 1582 1462 1464 1490 1614 1791 1595 1934 1859 - - -
Sharing the night 1851 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
"Sylvia's mother"

(as Dr. Hook & The Medicine)

468 642 360 499 510 366 526 555 558 499 734 670 705 1217 1178
When you're in love with a beautiful woman 1714 - 1524 1412 1298 1792 - - - - - - - - -

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