Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, shortened in 1975 to Dr. Hook, was an American rock band, formed around Union City, New Jersey. They enjoyed considerable commercial success in the 1970s with hit singles including "Sylvia's Mother", "The Cover of Rolling Stone", "Sharing the Night Together", "A Little Bit More" and "When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman". In addition to their own material, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show performed songs written by the poet Shel Silverstein.
The band had eight years of regular chart hits, in both the U.S. (where their music was played on top-40, easy listening and, to a lesser extent, country music outlets) and the UK. Their music spanned several genera, mostly novelty songs and acoustic ballads in their early years; their greatest success with their later material, mostly consisting of disco-influenced soft rock, which the band recorded under the shortened name Dr. Hook.
The Cover of the Rolling Stone is a novelty song where the band sings about how they've become rock and roll celebrities, but will not consider themselves true rock stars until they get their picture on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. This led the magazine to put them on the cover, albeit in charicature form, with the caption "What's-their-names make the cover".