Born: Feb. 1, 1937 Monroeville, AL

2005 Inductee Alabama Music Hall of Fame

A beat up hat, eye patch and wild stage antics were the perfect image for Dr. Hook. So perfect in fact that many people felt Ray Sawyer was Dr. Hook. The name, however, was for the entire band. Sawyer, a native of Monroeville, began playing drums professionally at the age of 17 in Mobile. In 1967 while on a fishing trip to Oregon, he was involved in an automobile accident that left him in a wheel chair for a year. It was during this accident that he lost his right eye. After recovering, Sawyer moved to Los Angeles, then traveled to the East Coast where he met Dennis Loccorriere. The two formed the band Dr. Hook and played their first serious gig in the Dustin Hoffman movie "Who Is Harry Kellerman, and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me." They soon signed with CBS Records and began releasing hits such as "Cover of the Rolling Stone", "Sylvia's Mother", "Only Sixteen", "Sexy Eyes", "Sharing The Night Together", and "Beautiful Woman". In the early 1980s, the group members went their separate ways, and Sawyer signed with Mel Tillis' publishing company and began a solo career as a Country singer-songwriter.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

ray sawyerRay Sawyer, the spirited, eye patched lead singer of the group Dr. Hook, whose soulful and sometimes comic vocals fronted the bands breakthrough to the “Cover Of The Rolling Stone” an international superstar status in the early 70's and 80's, has been touring the United States, Canada and Countries Overseas, since the break-up of the Band in 1984 ,with a new band and a new twist to his familiar sound. Ray‘s current style is harder edged and more soulful then his previous country-rock and pop efforts, through future releases will show the humor is still there.

Born and raised in Alabama , Ray got his first job as a professional musician at age 14 playing drums with a local band. His style was indelibly marked by blending the black and white Southern music that kept Alabama dance halls and clubs hopping. When Ray grew up playing music in Mobile, you play either Country or Rythm & Blues , though down there they are just about the same thing,its two races talking about their lives, Ray explains. Developing a style that extracted honesty and emotion-the best traits of both Country & R&B. Ray sings with an intensity and sense of conviction that truly moves an audience

His trademark eye patch was acquired following a 1967 auto accident that left him without his right eye and kept him laid back for two years. When he was back on his feet, Ray set out for Los Angeles in 1968, working his way back east to New York where the nucleus of Dr. Hook was formed in time to record the score to a Dustin Hoffman film "Who is Harry Kellerman (and why is he saying those terrible things about me)".

Accumulating 60 Gold & Platinum Records worldwide with Dr. Hook, He has gained the confidence of a seasoned entertainer, Ray still to this day travels the World with his Band. His son Cayce has been touring with him since he was 13 playing percussion and singing background vocals in the show. Now he is the Drummer for the band.Ray has had the Honor of being Inducted into the “Alabama Music Hall Of Fame” in April 2005. With an abundance of stage energy, and prankish sense of humor, an unmistakable voice and image, and a unique ability to reflect his good times in good music, Ray is definitely a song stylist of the first order, and never was it more evident...

Source: Official Website



More info:

Video: Dr Hook & The Medicine Show - "Sylvia´s Mother"

Video: Dr Hook And The Medicine Show - "Bullfrog" Live From Denmark 1974


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