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!