Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Today In Oldies 9/23/2010

Golden Hits Radio and you news about your favorites from yesterday TODAY! 

Where In The World Is........Dr. Hook? 

Originally known as Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, Dr. Hook were consistent hitmakers throughout the 70's and the only band to make the cover of Rolling Stone by doing a song practically begging for it.  The band's lineup was a revolving door in its heyday, but the founding members were Ray Sawyer, Dennis Locorriere, Billy Francis, and George Cummings.  Ray Sawyer eventually emerged as the leader of the group and was mistakenly considered "Dr. Hook" because he wore an eye patch (the result of a near fatal car accident in Oregon). Many of their early songs were written by children's author Shel Silverstein. 

The band formed in 1969 in Union City, New Jersey.  By 1970, they were on their way to the big time.  Discovered by Ron Haffkine, a musical director for feature film soundtracks, two of their songs were chosen for the soundtrack of Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? starring Dustin Hoffman.  That secured their first record deal with CBS Records. 

The hits started coming with their debut album.  "Sylvia's Mother" provided Dr. Hook with their first Top 10 single in 1972.  A long string of hits followed, including one rather tongue-in-cheek song about getting on the cover of music's biggest magazine that landed them on that cover.  "Cover of the Rolling Stone" was a Shel Silverstein song poking fun at an artist having "arrived" when they were on the cover of Rolling Stone.  It became Dr. Hook's second Top 10 hit, and as a result, they graced the cover of the March 29, 1973 issue of Rolling Stone

The hits continued throughout the 70's, including "A Little Bit More", "Sexy Eyes", "Sharing The Night Together", "When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman", and "Only Sixteen".  While the band had a great run on the singles chart and toured constantly, their albums never sold particularly well, with their biggest, 1972's "Sloppy Seconds", peaking at #41. 

Ray Sawyer left Dr. Hook in 1983, and the band was done by 1987.  Sawyer continues to tour using the Dr. Hook name as "Dr. Hook featuring Ray 'Eye Patch' Sawyer".  Dennis Locorriere also plays select shows as the "Voice of Dr. Hook".  In 2007, he hit the road behind a Dr. Hook greatest hits collection with the "Dennis Locorriere Celebrates Dr. Hook Hits and History Tour".  He has also played shows as a member of former Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman's band, the Rhythm Kings.  The rest of the founding members are still making music today as well. 

And now, the song that helped them "arrive" in the music business..........

Golden Hits Radio and GHR-2's Burning Question of the Day

Members of what professional (American) football team provided backup vocals on Huey Lewis & The News's 1986 hit, "Hip To Be Square"?

Check back tomorrow at Everything Oldies for the answer, and leave a Comment with your best guess!

Yesterday's Burning Question (and Answer) of the Day

Despite selling 32 1/2 million albums in the U.S., selling out stadiums and arenas across the country, and having 2 #1 American singles, Queen performed on American television only once.  On what show did they appear?

Answer: Queen was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, Sept. 25, 1982 


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