Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show - Sylvia's Mother (live)

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"Sylvia's Mother" was a 1972 single by Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show and the group's first hit song. It was written by Shel Silverstein and was highly successful in the United States, reaching #5 on the Billboard singles chart, as well as #1 in Ireland and #2 in the United Kingdom. It also spent 3 weeks at #1 on the Australian music charts, making it the 15th ranked single in Australia for 1972. It appeared on the group's first album, Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show.

The song tells the story of a man trying to say one last goodbye to his ex-girlfriend but unable to get past her mother, who tries to interfere.

A sequel entitled "Mrs Avery" has been written and performed by the British folk rockers The Men They Couldn't Hang. This song begins where "Sylvia's Mother" ends and concerns what happens next.

The song is autobiographical. Shel Silverstein's was in love with Sylvia Pandolfi and called her up just when she was packing for her wedding. Her mother, Louisa Pandolfi, tried to convince Shel Silverstein that the love was over.


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