MUG Shot is our weekly profile and this week we welcome our first American to the spotlight in the form of Dennis Locorriere, the original lead singer of Dr Hook.
Dennis will be performing at the opening night of Meridian FM’s art festival at the Kingscote Vineyard on 23 September.
The Sussex-based singer agreed to appear after art show organiser Samantha Van Dalen interviewed him on Meridian.
Dennis has sold 60 million albums in 40 countries and has a string of number one hits to his name both as a songwriter and performer.
He is also a cartoonist of some repute and will be exhibiting his cartoons at the ten day festival, where he will gladly sign prints of the cartoons for fans on the opening night.
Hands down that would be sushi.
How good a cook are you?
Not bad. I can do pretty basic stuff.
I don’t get to cook often enough but I think I have good instincts.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
I’m not a ‘what if’ kind of guy so I don’t daydream about things like that.
Besides, I don’t play the lottery so I’ll never be faced with that possibility.
Favourite film and book – and why?
I watch and read lots of movies and books so it’s hard to pick favourites but, in a pinch, I’d say West Side Story and A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez because they both seem to roll around in my head more often than others.
What did you have ambitions to do as child growing up?
I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I enjoyed singing and music just seemed to happen so I went with it but never with any real desire to be ‘famous’.
The music was its own reward and still is in many ways.
What is the oldest item you have in your wardrobe which is still in regular use and why do you like it?
I’ve moved and travelled quite a bit and lost a lot of favourite clothes but there is a denim jacket that I’ve had for about 20 years. It has never gone out of fashion.
What do you like most about your job?
I enjoy not being a slave to someone else’s agenda or concept of who or what I should be.
One thing not many people know about you?
I’ve never driven a car and don’t have any plans to start now.
Who would play you in a film?
Depends on what age I was supposed to be in the film, I guess, but I’m sure I wouldn’t agree with the casting choice no matter who they chose.
Which question should we have asked, but didn’t?
Q: What would you personally consider the best part of your life?
A: That would be now because I finally have my priorities straight about what’s important.