Say It's your Birthday: Dr. Hook's Dennis Locorriere

Today is the birthday of Dennis Locorriere,

from Dr. Hook. This American country-rock band was originally named Dr.

Hook and the Medicine Show. Formed in New Jersey in 1968, the original

members included Ray Sawyer, Dennis Locorriere, Bill Francis, John

David, and George Cummings. The group first came to prominence with

material written by Playboy humorist and cartoonist, Shel Silverstein.

But they didn't hit big until scoring a hit with "The Cover of the

Rolling Stone" in 1972. They mellowed their style on record, hitting

the charts with ballads as the decade wore on, but they were still

crazy in live performances. Sawyer continues to front versions of the

band to this day on various oldies package shows.