Saturday , January 16 2021

Dr. Hook's Ray Sawyer dies aged 81 years

Dr. Hook, AKA Ray Sawyer at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New YorkPicture Copyright
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Ray Sawyer, of the Dr Hook & the Medicine Show, died after a brief illness

Ray Sawyer – the eye patch that carries the Dr Hook & Medicine Show songs in the 1970s – is dead, aged 81 years.

Sawyer died in Daytona, Florida, after "a short illness", according to the American site Page Six.

The band is best known for the song when you fall in love with a beautiful woman who became a number one hit in the UK in 1979.

Sawyer joined Dr Hook in 1969, two years after he lost an eye in a car accident.

Although he was not the lead singer, his eyelash – and cowboy hat – meant he was the most recognized.

But Sawyer, who was born in Chickasaw, Alabama, in 1937, took the lead in an early hit, 1972's Cover of the Rolling Stone.

In the lyrics of the song he sang: "The greatest excitement we have never known is the excitement that gets when you get your picture on the cover of Rolling Stone."

Dr Hook eventually appeared – in caricature – on the cover of the famous magazine in 1973.

"Here was this little band from Alabama standing on the corner saying," Hey, put us on the cover "and it worked," he said later, according to Ultimate Classic Rock.

"It was a dream come true."

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Sawyer (left) performs in New York with Dennis Locorriere in 1979

The band's other hits included Sylvia's Mother,

Sawyer left the band in 1981 to pursue a solo career, but continued to spend much of his later career tournament with a spin-off group named Dr Hook featuring Ray Sawyer.

He retired just three years ago.

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