Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show was apop-country rock band formed around Union City, New Jersey in 1969.The founding core of the band consisted of four friends—George Cummings, Dennis Locorriere, Ray Sawyer, Billy Francis—who had played up and down the East Coast and into the Midwest, ending up in New Jersey one by one, with invitations from founding band member George Cummings. 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 name was inspired by the traveling medicine shows of the old West. To this day, Frontman Ray Sawyer is mistakenly considered Dr. Hook because of the eyepatch he wears as the result of a near-fatal 1967 car accident in Oregon.
Their self-titled 1971 debut album featured guitarist Cummings, singer Sawyer, drummer David, singer/guitarist, bass player Locorriere, and keyboard player Billy Francis. The album included their first hit, "Sylvia's Mother."
Another hit was the classic "A Little Bit More" from the album with the same name in 1976. Other hit singles from Dr. Hook include "Only Sixteen" (originally by Sam Cooke) (U.S. #6), "Sharing the Night Together" (#6), "When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman" (#6) and "Sexy Eyes" (#5). Save for "A Little Bit More" (#11), all the singles mentioned above were certified million-sellers. "When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman" reached number 1 for several weeks in 1979 in the UK. They had another hit single with "Better Love Next Time" (#12). The band toured constantly but never managed to turn their success with singles into album sales. [wikipedia]