Iconic Singer Passes Away After Falling Ill Suddenly, Fans in Mourning

January 02, 2019Jan 02, 2019

An iconic musician has passed away. At the age of 81, Ray Sawyer has taken his final breath.

Sawyer is best known for iconic eye-patch. The singer was a member of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show. They were best known for their hit song, "When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman" which was a number one hit in the UK in 1979.

"Sawyer joined Dr Hook in 1969, two years after he lost an eye in a car accident. Despite not being the lead singer, his eye patch - and cowboy hat - meant he was the most easily recognized. But Sawyer, who was born in Chickasaw, Alabama, in 1937, did take lead vocals on one early hit, 1972's Cover of the Rolling Stone," reported BBC.

Sawyer led an extremely interesting life. Originally, he was a founding member of the Chocolate Papers, a trio from the American south that split in the late 60s. After the band broke up, Sawyer decided to become a logger in Oregon. It was during that time that he was involved in the wreck that took his eye and gave him the iconic look. He played music even in recent years despite his age.

"The then unknown Bruce Springsteen opened for the group in Los Angeles in 1973. The band shortened their name to Dr Hook in 1975 and pursued a disco-influenced direction that lead to their greatest commercial success with their 1978 album, Pleasure and Pain. Sawyer left the group in 1983 to pursue a solo career. In 1988, he was granted a license to perform as Dr Hook featuring Ray Sawyer, and toured until 2015," reported The Guardian.

Tributes poured in for Ray on social media. Many fans and fellow entertainers reached out to express their condolences for losing Ray and to offer fond memories. Please join us in praying for his family during this sad time. We pray God beings them comfort and surrounds them with peace.

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