Dr. Hook’s Ray Sawyer, ‘Cover of Rolling Stone’ Singer, Dead at 81!!

 Ray Sawyer Born	February 1, 1937 Chickasaw, Alabama, U.S. Died	December 31, 2018 (aged 81) Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S. Occupation(s)	Singer Instruments	Vocals Years active	1988–2015 (in Dr. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer) Ray Sawyer (February 1, 1937 – December 31, 2018)[1] was an American singer and vocalist with the 1970s rock band Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show.[2] Though primarily a backing vocalist and occasional percussionist on congas or maracas, he sang lead on their hit song "The Cover of Rolling Stone" and was a recognizable presence in the band owing to the eyepatch and cowboy hat he wore. He was also the uncle of the vocalist of Wild Fire, Zack Sawyer.  Personal life Sawyer lost his right eye in a 1967 automobile accident. He said the following about his life around the time of his accident: "I must have played all the clubs from Houston to Charleston until I decided I was going insane from too much beans and music, and I gave it up. I saw a John Wayne movie and proceeded to Portland, Oregon, to be a logger complete with plaid shirt, caulk boots, and pike pole. On the way my car slipped on the road and the accident left me with the eye patch I now wear. When I recovered I ran straight back to the beans and music and vowed, 'here I'll stay'."[3] Dr. Hook had many hit singles such as "Sylvia's Mother", "The Cover of Rolling Stone", "A Little Bit More", "Only Sixteen", "Walk Right In", "Sharing the Night Together", "When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman", "Better Love Next Time", "Sexy Eyes", "Girls Can Get It", and "Baby Makes Her Bluejeans Talk!!
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