Ray Sawyer dies at 81 in Florida on Monday

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Ray Sawyer dies at 81 in Florida on Monday.

Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show star Ray Sawyer has died at 81.

The singer, famous for his cowboy hat and eye-patch, passed away in Florida on Monday morning after suffering a brief illness.

The news broke on the band’s Facebook page.

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“Ray Sawyer, an original member of Dr. Hook from 1969-1981, passed away this morning,” the statement read. “We send our condolences to his family at this difficult time.”

Born in Alabama in 1937, Sawyer was working as a logger in Oregon when he lost of his right eye in a car crash. His trademark eyepatch reminded his bandmates of Peter Pan’s nemesis Captain Hook and they named their act Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show. The band released its first album in 1972.

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With Sawyer in the band, the abbreviated Dr. Hook scored hits with songs like Sylvia’s Mother, When You’re in Love With a Beautiful Woman, and Cover of the Rolling Stone. He was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

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