Ray Sawyer (February 1, 1937, Chickasaw, Alabama, United States – December 31, 2018) was an American singer best known as a vocalist with the 1970s rock band, Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show. Though primarily a backing vocalist and occasional percussionist on congas or maracas, he sang lead on their hit song “The Cover of Rolling Stone” and was a recognisable presence in the band due to the eyepatch and cowboy hat he wore. He was also the uncle of the vocalist of Wild Fire, Zack Sawyer.
Dr. Hook had many hit singles such as “Sylvia’s Mother”, “Cover of a Rolling Stone”, “A Little Bit More”, “Only Sixteen”, “Walk Right In”, “Sharing the Night Together”, “When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman”, “Better Love Next Time”, “Sexy Eyes”, “Girl Can Get It”, and “Baby Makes Her Bluejeans Talk”.
No cause of death was given.
Dr Hook & The Medicine Show – “Cover Of The Rolling Stone”
Ray Sawyer with eyepatch