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Celebrating Seniors - Dennis Locorriere is 67

Celebrating Dr. Hook's lead singer Dennis Locorriere's 67th birthday with his story & some of their top hits: Sylvia's Mother, The Cover of Rolling Stone, Only Sixteen, Sharing the Night Together, When You're In Love With a Beautiful Woman, Sexy Eyes.

The former Dr. Hook lead vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, baby boomer and senior citizen Dennis Locorriere was born on June 13, 1949 in Union City, New Jersey. By 1969 Locorriere was hired as a bass player for a new group being formed by former "The Chocolate Papers" bandmates George Cummings, Ray Sawyer, and Billy Francis. The band played gigs in New Jersey bars for several years, where Locorriere met his future wife Mary Ann. Right, Dr. Hook with Dennis Locorriere up front singing lead vocals. 

According to a 1973 interview with Lakeland's The Ledger newspaper, Mary Ann and Dennis Locorriere got married just 6 months after their first meeting. Son Jessejames Locorriere was born in January, 1971.

Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show (shortened to Dr. Hook in 1975) had their first hit single with Sylvia's  Mother (1972), written by the songwriter, poet, and cartoonist Shel Silverstein. Sylvia's Mother made it to #5 on the US charts and was included on their debut album Doctor Hook (1971), on which Locorriere sand lead vocals, and played guitar, bass guitar and harmonica. Below, Dennis Locorriere singing Sylvia's Mother in a live performance with Dr. Hook, in the 1970's.

The following year, their second hit single The Cover of Rolling Stone (1972) written by Shel Silverstein and included on their second album Sloppy Seconds (1972), came close to the success of Sylvia's Mother, reaching #6. Below, singers Ray Sawyer and Dennis Locorriere of Dr. Hook singing The Cover of Rolling Stone live.

Riding high on the wave of early successes and not managing their money, Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show went bankrupt. The band regrouped, Dennis Locorriere cut his hair, and the band recorded the Dr. Hook album Bankrupt (1975). Record stations were more receptive to the new look of the band, and their cover of the Sam Cooke song Only Sixteen (1975) written by Sam Cooke, Lou Adler  & Herb Albert, became another Top 6 hit single. Below, Dr. Hook with Dennis Locorriere singing the lead on Only Sixteen (1975), in 1976.

The hit single A Little Bit More (1976) from the album of the same name got to #11. Two years later, they were back in the top ten with the single Sharing the Night Together (1978), a #6 hit from their album Pleasure and Pain (1978). Sharing the Night Together was written by Ava Aldridge and Eddie Struzik; below, sung by Dr. Hook and Dennis Locorriere.

The following year, When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman (1979) from the same album, and written by Even Stevens, also made it to #6. Below, Dr. Hook performing When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman live on Bert Sugarman's Midnight Special. Dennis Locorriere sings lead vocals, aided by Ray Sawyer.

Their Top 12 hit single Better Love Next Time (1979) from the album Sometimes You Win, was eclipsed the following year by another single from the same album, the disco-tinged Sexy Eyes (1980). Sexy Eyes was written by Chris Waters, Keith Stegall, Bob Mather, and became Dr. Hook's second Top 5 hit single. Below, Dr. Hook and Dennis Locorriere sing Sexy Eyes.

Dr. Hook's last Top 40 hit single was Baby Makes her Blue Jeans Talk (1982), from their 1982 album Players in the Dark.

In 1985 Dr. Hook broke up and Dennis Locorriere moved to Nashville with his son Jessejames to be near the music scene.

In the years since the "original" Dr. Hook parted ways, Locorriere has sung backup and toured with other artists including Randy Travis. He dabbled with acting and appeared in the short play The Devil and Billy Markham (1989), written by Dr. Hook's sometime songwriter and Locorriere's long-time friend Shel Silverstein,.

As a songwriter, Dennis Locorriere's have been recorded by singers such as Bob Dylan and Crystal Gale. The song Couple More Years written by Dennis Locorriere and Shel Silverstein, was recorded as a duet by Jerry Lee Lewis and Willie Nelson for Lewis' Last Man Standing (2006) album. Shel Silverstein fan and friend Locorriere wrote his own book of poetry & cartoons, Whatever's Burning Now (2011).

Dennis Locorriere divorced in the mid-1990's and remarried (Susan), then divorced again in 2004. In his 50+ years he moved to Sussex, England when his first solo album Out of the Dark (2000) was released. Dennis Locorriere owns the rights to the name Dr. Hook and has toured periodically with groups under that name, as well as touring with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings as a member of the band. His most recent solo album is Post Cool (2010).

In 2015 Locorriere began DR HOOK™ - The Timeless World Tour that included Australia and New Zealand, and in 2016 they can been seen in concert in England and Ireland.

Happy 67th Birthday, Dennis Locorriere!

Anita Hamilton

Baby boomer Anita Hamilton has always been interested in the "real people" stories behind the characters that create and inhabit the world of music, books, movies, television shows, current events, history, etc. A lifelong love of research (ok, nosiness) and writing, combined with a loving and supportive family (complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions), keeps her busy.

Comments

barbara george

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ..YOU GOOD LOOKING DEVIL!! YOU SHOULD SEE MY 5 YEAR OLD SINGING.A LITTLE BIT MORE..OR COVER OF THE ROLLING STONES..HE KNOWS THEM ALL..HE JUST DOESNT REALIZE OR KNOW WHAT THEY MEAN..

Christine Cass

Still one the best looking men ive ever seen!! If u are looking for a 49 yr old groupie, ill take the job, lol. Thank you for years of beautiful music Dennis!

Melissa Smith

This is what great music is all about!

Monica

I've had a crush on Dennis since I saw Dr Hook at Adams State College when I was 16 1975. This was in Alamosa, CO

valerie smart

Ive been in love with Dennis Locourriere and his amazing voice since seeing him at Newcastle City Hall (england) I worked there at the time 1973.. I saw all the stars who appeared at the City hall in the 70's and he absolutely outshone everyone... Saw him recently 2016 and he still has that sparkle..He is Dr Hook. Thank you Dennis for bringing so much entertainment to so many people ....I will always think your voice is wonderful and world class...and Ive heard quite a few ...over my 78 years.....Nice to think you chose to live in England..Au revoir for now and keep on singingxx

Bernadetta Butcher

Happy Birthday Dennis you were such a hottie and still are. I love your music my favorite song is a little bit more. I listen to your songs every night before I go to bed. XXOO

Brenda

Loved Dr.Hook first time I ever listened to the song Sylvia's Mother....My Daughters grew up listening to you and we still do to this day....so many memories and still so many tears roll down our faces...Dennis you were and still are an amazing singer and a good looking man...You need to tour in the USA.....God Bless and I Love You.

Kathy Roos

Dennis, I have had a crush on you since I first heard Sylvia's Mother when I was 13 . I still watch your videos several times a day on You Tube . You look better now than you did when your hair was long and straight. How does it feel to hear from a 58 year old groupie? LOL I hope you are able to tour the USA soon. I would love to meet you and maybe steal a hug.

bonnie olson

OH MY HOW I LOVE DR. HOOK !

Dennis Locorriere YOU WERE AND STILL ARE ONE VERY SEXY MAN !

LOVE YOUR VOICE LOVE YOUR LAUGH ! YOUR SMILE
I WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU SO BAD ! AND GIVE YOU A HUG !

I HAVE TO WATCH YOUR OLDER VIDEOS ( FROM BACK IN THE 70'S) AND NEWER VIDEOS ON
YOU TUBE EVERYDAY !
I NEED MY Dennis Locorriere FIX LOL ! (((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))

I AM A 55 YEAR OLD WOMAN AND I NEED TO SEE YOU SO BAD IN CONCERT !

PLEASE COME TO THE USA TO DO SOME SHOWS !

THERE IS A PLACE IN DERRY NEW HAMPSHIRE CALLED THE TUPPELO MUSIC HALL ..

YOU WOULD SELL THAT PLACE OUT SO FAST !

YOU WOULD SELL OUT ANYWHERE IN A HEART BEAT .
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PLEASE I NEED TO SEE YOU SING IN CONCERT BEFORE I LEAVE THIS WORLD ..

PLEASE PLEASE MR. Dennis Locorriere WOULD YOU CONSIDER COMING TO THE USA ??

THANK YOU FROM AM ADMIRING FAN OF YOURS FOREVER AND EVER ..

MUCH LOVE AND PLEASE BE SAFE IN ALL YOU DO ..

Erma Jay

I always loved that smooth sexy voice. The best looking 67-year old I've seen in a while.

Carol Cobbett

Was at Dorking Halls 6th Oct with my daughter and we loved the show. My beloved husband died five years ago and we all miss him so much. He introduced me to the music of Dr Hook and the seductive voice of Dennis Locorriere. We fell in love to, and with, those wonderful songs, and hearing them again first hand was very emotional.
I would love to meet Dennis for coffee and a chat one day. I live in Dorking and one of my closest friends lives in Worthing. If anyone knows how this could happen, you would have my undying gratitude!
Thank you Dennis and Dr Hook for my lovely memories.

Elizabeth

I have always been in luv with your music old/new we miss you in the USA :)

barbara dyson

Fantastic night in Lowestoft last night Dennis you rocked ?xx

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