Peak UK Chart Position: #4 in April 1980.

Celebrating birthdays today, February 1st, are:

  • Harry Styles – born Harry Edward Styles, in Redditch, Worcestershire, England – singer/songwriter, turns 23 today (with One Direction, four UK number ones including: “What Makes You Beautiful” in 2011 [US #4], “Little Things” in 2012, “Drag Me Down” [US #3] in 2015)
  • Big Boi – born Antwan André Patton, in Savannah, Georgia, United States – rapper/songwriter/actor/record producer, is 42 today (with Outkast: “Ms Jackson” UK #2/US #1 in 2000/1, “Hey Ya” UK #3/US #1 in 2003, “Roses” UK #4/US #9 in 2004; with Killer Mike: “A.D.I.D.A.S” UK #22 in 2003)
  • Don Everly – born Isaac Donald Everly, in  Brownie, Kentucky, United States – singer/songwriter/musician, turns 80 today (as half of the Everly Brothers, four UK number ones including: “All I Have To Do Is Dream” in 1958 [US #1], “Cathy’s Clown” [US #1] in 1960, “Temptation” in 1961)

Last up, Ray Sawyer – born in Chickasaw, Alabama, United States – also celebrates his 80th birthday today; instantly recognisable – with his cowboy hat and eye patch (necessary as a result of losing his right eye in an automobile accident) – as vocalist and percussionist with Dr Hook, originally known as Dr Hook and the Medicine Show. Although Sawyer performed lead vocals on 1972’s “The Cover Of Rolling Stone”, it was generally Dennis Locorriere who was regarded as the lead vocalist, as well as being guitarist. Locorriere, in fact, is now the only person legally authorised to use the Dr Hook trademark name to tour and record – although it is licensed to Sawyer for touring purposes.

“Sexy Eyes” was one of six UK top ten hits for them, which included one chart-topper in “When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman” in 1979. In America, this was their joint biggest success alongside “Sylvia’s Mother”. Here it is, performed (according to the uploader) on an unnamed BBC show, with Locorriere singing live.

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