He wasn’t the lead singer on most of their famous songs, and he didn’t play instruments much either, but Ray Sawyer was the man everyone thought was the Dr. in Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show has died. No more giggling around the often risque songs. He led the laughter that was such a huge part of their sound. This band made me smile everytime I listened to them. They were having such a good time. Eventually, their songs got too saccharine. Mostly because they ran out of Shel Silverstein songs.
All the obituary talk has been about “The Cover of the Rolling Stone”, but other songs like “Queen of the Silver Dollar” and their huge early hit, “Sylvia’s Mother” were perhaps better. I saw a great show at the Hammersmith Odeon during the A Little Bit More tour .