Nadine Suttons Blog - Ray Sawyer of Dr Hook RIP - January 01, 2019 08:53
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Registered in Ireland: The musician was famous for the black eye patch he wore after he lost his eye in a car accident. Rest peacefully Ray you will be sadly missed. Ray loved you all. He left the band to pursue a solo career and later toured with a spin-off group named Dr Hook featuring Ray Sawyer. Deep condolences go out to his family at what must be a difficult time. Apprentice hopefuls sent on safari task as new season kicks off.
Both hits had been written for them by the Playboy cartoonist and songwriter Shel Silverstein , who had heard some of their demo tapes in and adopted them as the vehicle for his work. Haffkine became their producer and manager. Though the group were writing their own material, Silverstein wrote all the songs for their self-titled debut album and its follow-up, Sloppy Seconds We would never quit recording his stuff as long as he lets us have it because his stuff is so good. Subsequently, though, the band did rely increasingly on their own compositions and shortened their name to Dr Hook, though the albums Belly Up! Sawyer, who had released a solo album called merely Ray Sawyer in , quit the band in to pursue a solo career.
Misfortunes bookended the career of Ray Sawyer , who was effectively the face of American soft-rock band Dr Hook and the Medicine Show even though he provided mainly backing vocals to Dennis Locorriere on a succession of songs that became global hits during the s. Alabama-born Sawyer, who has died in Florida aged 81 after a brief illness, co-founded Dr Hook to which they abbreviated the name in in Union City, New Jersey in A year before he and Locorriere assembled the original five-piece he had decided to abandon hopes of becoming a musician and drove to Oregon to work in a log mill. On the way he was involved in a car crash in which he lost his right eye. While recovering he resolved to try again to make it in music. The accident necessitated Sawyer wearing an eye patch. Dr Hook recorded all the music for the film, which starred Dustin Hoffman.
Ray Sawyer February 1, December 31,  was an American singer and vocalist with the s rock band Dr. He was also the uncle of the vocalist of Wild Fire , Zack Sawyer. Sawyer lost his right eye in a automobile accident.
He was The news was broken on the Facebook page of the current incarnation of the band. Hook from , passed away this morning. We send our condolences to his family at this difficult time. The cause of death was not disclosed, but Page Six says that he had a "brief illness" and that he died in Daytona Beach, Fla. He had been retired for three years as a result of his declining health.