Ray Sawyer is celebrating his 81st birthday today. Ray “Eye Patch” Sawyer is a s…

Written by on February 1, 2018


Ray Sawyer is celebrating his 81st birthday today. Ray “Eye Patch” Sawyer is a singer best known as a vocalist with Dr Hook & The Medicine Show. He sang lead on the song “The Cover of Rolling Stone”, the band’s best-known song, and was a recognizable presence in the band due to the eyepatch & cowboy hat he wore.

Sawyer lost his right eye in a 1967 automobile accident. He said the following about his life around the time of his accident: “I must have played all the clubs from Houston to Charleston until I decided I was going insane from too much beans and music, and I gave it up. I saw a John Wayne movie and proceeded to Portland, Oregon, to be a logger complete with plaid shirt, Caulk boots, and Pike pole. On the way my car slipped on the road and the accident left me with the eye patch I now wear. When I recovered I ran straight back to the beans and music and vowed, Here I’ll stay.”

Happy Birthday Ray!!!! See, we didn’t call you Dr. Hook!




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