Hook, line and solo tour for Dennis

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THE former frontman of 1970s and 80s chart toppers Dr Hook is taking in Kelso as part of a nationwide tour.

Dennis Locorriere will perform at the Tait Hall on Friday, March 9.

It was a impromptu performance 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 which is said to have won Dr Hook their first recording contract.

Their self-titled debut album included Dr Hook’s first hit, Sylvia’s Mother, which proved successful across the globe.

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 6 in the US billboard charts.

Dr Hook’s line-up was ever-changing throughout the ’70s, but they continued to sell millions of singles with top 10 songs such as Only Sixteen, Sharing the Night Together and Sexy Eyes.

Despite scoring plenty of single successes, Dr Hook’s albums struggled to match up in terms of sales.

The A Little Bit More album released in 1976 reached number 5 in the UK, but only got to number 62 in the US.

Their big worldwide hit single was When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman, which reached number one in the UK charts in 1979.

But the 80s saw the demise of the band, following founding member Ray Sawyer’s departure, with Dr Hook being no more in 1985.

Locorriere has released three solo albums since 2000, and will embark on his latest UK wide tour in 2012, featuring a mix of solo material and Dr Hook favourites.

Tickets for the gig will be released in the New Year.