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.