FORMER Dr Hook frontman Dennis Locorriere appears at Kelso’s Tait Hall next month for his only Scottish date of a UK tour – and TheSouthern has a pair of tickets to give away to the show.
An impromptu performance in 1971 in the office of the head of CBS Records using a wastepaper basket as a drum – while New Jersey-born Locorriere and fellow band member George Cummings sang – is said to have won Dr Hook their first recording contract.
Their self-titled debut album included Dr Hook’s first worldwide hit, Sylvia’s Mother.
The band’s second single, The Cover of the Rolling Stone, from their second album, Sloppy Seconds, attracted the attention of the famous magazine and reached number six in the US billboard charts.
Dr Hook had top-10 hits in the 1970s with Only 16, Sharing the Night Together and Sexy Eyes, and UK number one, When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman, in 1979.
The next decade saw the group’s demise, with Dr Hook no more by 1985.
But Locorriere has remained in the music industry, writing songs for Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Jerry Lee Lewis, and releasing three solo albums since 2000.
His latest tour will feature a mix of solo material and Dr Hook favourites.
The gig takes place on Friday, March 9, with doors opening at 7.15pm. Tickets, £20 are available from www.borderevents.com or at Brown’s Newsagent, Kelso.
To win the pair of tickets, all you have to do is tell us: The name Dr Hook’s 1979 number one single.
Send your answer, with your full name, full address and phone number, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Dennis Locorriere Competition, The Southern Reporter, The Hermitage, High Street, Selkirk, TD7 4DA, by Thursday, March 1. Usual Southern rules apply.