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Dr. Hook's Ray Sawyer died at the age of 81 years

Hook, AKA Ray Sawyer on Coney Island in Brooklyn, New YorkImage copyright
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Ray Sawyer, from Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, died after a short illness

Ray Sawyer – the singer who wore a blindfold with Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show in the 1970s – died at the age of 81.

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

The band is famous for the song When You & # 39; re in Love with a Beautiful Woman, which became the number one hit in England in 1979.

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

Although not being the main singer, his blindfold – and cowboy hat – means he is the most recognizable.

But Sawyer, who was born in Chickasaw, Alabama, in 1937, did take lead vocals on one initial hit, Cover of the Rolling Stone 1972.

Dr. Hook finally appeared – in caricatures – in front of a famous magazine in 1973.

"Here is a small Alabama band that stands in a corner saying," Hey, put us on the cover, and it works, "he said later, according to Ultimate Classic Rock.

"This is a dream come true."

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Sawyer (left) appeared in New York with Dennis Locorriere in 1979

Other band songs include Mrs. Sylvia,

Sawyer left the band in 1981 to pursue a solo career, but later spent much of his career going around with a spin-off group named Dr. Hook which featured Ray Sawyer.

He retired three years ago.

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