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Ray Sawyer, Dr Hook, dies at the age of 81

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Ray Sawyer, of Dr. Hook and the Medical Salon, died after a brief illness

Ray Sawyer – eye-patch carries a singer with Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show in the 1970s – died at the age of 81.

Sawyer died in Daytona, Florida after a "short illness," according to the US Page Page.

The band is best known for the song "When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman", which was the number one in the UK in 1979.

Sawyer joined Dr. Hook in 1969, two years after he lost his eye in a car accident.

Even though he was not a leading singer, his eye and cowboy hat, he meant that he was most easily recognizable.

But Sawyer, who was born in Chicago, Alabama, in 1937, took the lead vocal to one early hit, Cover of the Rolling Stone from 1972.

In the lyrics of the song, he sang: "The greatest excitement we never know is the excitement it will get when you get the image on the Rolling Stone front page.

Dr. Hook eventually appeared – in a caricature – at the front of the famous magazine in 1973.

"Here, this small band from Alabama stood at the corner, saying," Hey, put us on the cover, "and he worked," he said later, according to Ultimate Classic Rock.

"It was a dream come true".

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Sawyer (left) performed in New York with Denis Lolorier in 1979

Other hits of the band include Mother of Sylvia,

Sauer left the band in 1981 to pursue a solo career, but continued to spend most of his career in an initial career with a spin-group called Dr. Hook with Ray Sawyer.

He retired just three years ago.

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