Dr Hook featuring Ray Sawyer | PLAYHOUSE Whitely Bay

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Dr Hook featuring Ray Sawyer


  • Date: Saturday 24th October 2015
  • Time: 7.30pm

Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, shortened in 1975 to Dr. Hook, was an American band, formed around Union City, New Jersey. They enjoyed considerable commercial success in the 1970s with hit singles including "Sylvia's Mother", "The Cover of Rolling Stone", "A Little Bit More" and "When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman". In addition to their own material, Dr Hook and the Medicine Show performed songs written by the poet Shel Silverstein. The band had eight years of regular chart hits, in both the U.S. and the UK, and greatest success with their later gentler material, as Dr Hook.

When told by a club owner that they needed a name to put on a poster in the window of his establishment, Cummings made a sign: "Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show: Tonic for the Soul". The "Hook" name was inspired by Sawyer's eyepatch and a reference to "Captain Hook" of the Peter Pan fairy tale, though, humorously, because Captain Hook was neither a doctor nor wore an eyepatch. Ray Sawyer lost an eye in a near-fatal car crash in Oregon in 1967, and has worn an eyepatch ever since. To this day, Sawyer is considered Dr. Hook because of the eyepatch he wears.

Following a recent accident occasioned by Dr Hook lead singer Ray Sawyer in the USA, resulting in a broken leg, the promoter has advised that due to uncertainty surrounding Ray Sawyers fitness to travel and to perform, they are faced with no alternative but to postpone this tour. We pass on apologies from the Artist / Promoter and ourselves at the Playhouse for any inconvenience this may cause. 

  • Date: Saturday 24th October 2015
  • Time: 7.30pm
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