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RIP Ray Sawyer

Postby Muskrat » 31 Dec 2018, 20:32

Dr. Hook, hisself.

No cause of death was given, but we’re told that Sawyer — known for his trademark eye patch and cowboy hat — suffered a brief illness from which he didn’t recover.
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R.I.P.

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Postby bobzilla77 » 31 Dec 2018, 20:52

This is a fun read - a thorough, indepth piece of writing about the DVD of Dr Hook Live on Musikladen in 1974, which I believe the clip above comes from.

I dug them for what they were worth at the time. I did watch some of that stuff on youtube after reading this and there is something there, something kicky and out of focus that's fun to spend time with for a while.

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Postby GoogaMooga » 31 Dec 2018, 21:58

They performed starkers at a gig at one of the early Roskilde Festivals, 1976. Even shown on Danish TV back then.

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In 1976 Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show performed the last 10 minutes of their show naked because it was too hot to play with clothes on.


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Postby Muskrat » 31 Dec 2018, 22:03

Dennis is still performing — mainly in Europe — with s newish. Dr. Hook. Wikipedia says there was a reunion tour scheduled for next year, but his website makes no such implication.
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Re: RIP Ray Sawyer

Postby Charlie O. » 31 Dec 2018, 22:26

My understanding is that their breakup was highly acrimonious. Which is not what you'd wish for anyone, but especially not a band that seemed as close and fun-loving and fun-giving as those guys at their smelly hippie peak.

There's a delightful Old Grey Whistle Test performance, some of which can be found on YouTube, and a Soundstage show from roughly the same era that I remember fondly. I'd buy DVDs of either/both if I could.

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Postby Charlie O. » 30 Jan 2019, 02:59

Someone's been posting a lot of complete and near-complete Old Grey Whistle Tests on YouTube lately, and the full Dr. Hook one just came up.

A couple of dubiously-overextended numbers notwithstanding (it was the seventies), this is a Very Charlie O. performance.


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