Time for some comedy.
Dr Hook & The Medicine Show was a US country and rock band that were popular in the 1970s and early '80s. After 1975 the band's name was usually shortened to Dr Hook. They first came to public notice when they performed 2 songs for the film Who is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? where they also met cartoonist and songwriter, Shel Silversein who became their main songwriter for the next few years. The line-up changed a number of times but the main line-up during their successful years was: Ray Sawyer on vocals, guitar and eye-patch; Dennis Locorriere on vocals, guitar, bass and harmonica; Billy Francis on keyboards; Rik Elswit on lead guitar; Jance Garfat on bass; and John Wolters on drums. The band also included George Cummings on lead and steel guitar until 1975; and from 1976, Bob "Willard" Henke played guitar. Ray Sawyer left the band in 1983 to pursue a solo career and the band kept performing for another 2 years before finally disbanding.
Cover of the Rolling Stone was originally released on the 1972 album Sloppy Seconds and was as a single. It is about a rock band that have all of the trappings of a successful rock and roll band but haven’t received the critical acclaim of having their pictures on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. It was originally written as a blatant, though tongue-in-cheek, attempt to improve the band’s exposure by getting their picture on the cover of a successful music magazine; the song did get the band on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1973 but it was only a caricature of 3 of the members with the caption What’s-Their-Names Make the Cover. The song was banned by the BBC because they considered that it was advertising so the band recorded a special version called The Cover of “Radio Times” (this was acceptable to the BBC because they published the Radio Times magazine). This video was recorded from the American TV show The Midnight Special in 1974 (and for those who are interested the guy who talks at the end of the clip is legendary DJ Wolfman Jack).
You can buy Cover of the Rolling Stone on iTunes.
You can follow Dennis Locorriere on his Official Website. You can buy his music on iTunes as Dennis Locorriere, as Dennis Locorriere (The Voice of Dr. Hook), and as Dennis Locorriere (The True Voice Of Dr Hook).