Three Dog Night Biography

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When Three Dog Night struck gold with "Joy To The World" in 1971, fans worldwide acclaimed their driving pop/rock sound and powerful harmonies. Today Three Dog Night delivers their signature sound to audiences spanning generations. The current Three Dog Night line up features founding members Cory Wells and Danny Hutton on lead vocals as well as original keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon and Michael Allsup (lead guitar). Paul Kingery (bass), and Pat Bautz (drums) have joined the group since it reformed in 1981 after a six-year hiatus.
Brought together originally in 1968 by Danny Hutton, with the novel concept of show casing lead singers who could also harmonize together, the group was enormously successful right from the start. Hutton, who had graduated from loading and unloading records at the Disney studio to recording as a solo artist, had met Cory Wells, while Cory was touring with Sonny and Cher; Danny met Chuck Negron through mutual friends.

The group had no hangups about 'doing only their own songs.' They recorded the best new material from the best new songwriters and wound up with fourteen gold albums, nine gold singles and sold over forty million units. Three Dog Night toured extensively during the seventies, breaking attendance records in venues ranging from concert halls to football stadiums. In 1975, however, the rigors of non-stop roadwork caught up with the group.

"We became disenchanted," Wells says today, "We just quietly backed out of the picture. We have always had a sort of verbal agreement that we were never going to exploit the public for our own gain. We are not going to do four or five 'fairwell tours' just to rake in the money. We had come on the scene quietly and we were going to leave the same way, with dignity."

Hutton, the black-haired Irishman, relaxed awhile at home in Los Angeles, then left for Central America, England, and eventually his home town of Buncrana, Ireland. Danny formed a management/booking agency which thrived. Among those bands he managed was the 'premier punk band' "FEAR" and he booked bands such as the "The Go-Go's" and "X." Recently, he has recorded two songs for motion picture soundtracks albums "Wouldn't It Be Good" for Pretty in Pink and "Brand New Day" for American Flyers.

Wells packed his family into an automobile and leisurely toured the United States. An ardent and expert fisherman, Cory traveled the world -- fishing as he went. He is currently a field editor for "Outdoor Life" magazine and writes articles for various sporting publications. Cory has appeared on various television shows such as "American Sportsman" and recently filmed a "Country Sportsman" episode in New Zealand.

Although each band member needed to 'get away' from the hectic world of pop music, each began, eventually to feel the need to return. From unfinished business involving the original group got them together again. To their surprise, they found they all shared the same feeling, a resurgence of interest in music and a growing desire to try it all over again. As Danny Hutton puts it, "We just had a test rehearsal and discovered the old magic was still their." Three Dog Night was reborn.

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all their songs | Reviewer: pam long | 8/21/14

I am 59 now and when their songs came on the radio they sure helped me get through the seventies.Time flew by when you were working in the garden doing homework, taking care of a baby and a husband in the military.elis coming andi dont remember what its called the lyrics goes whiskey in the water sugar in the tea whats all these crazy things happening to me.My granchildren like it.Oh I hopoethey have music like that again!

Just to say thanks to three dog night for great music | Reviewer: Davdid Green | 3/15/14

Have there decade of hits cd you know the one 1965-1975. Play it every chance I can enjoy it that much. Have told my kids not to discount the most successful band in Rock history as being not worthy of listening to because they are. couple of songs that have meaning to me personally are Pieces of April morning in May
in ways describes the way I feel for my beautiful wife and kids.
My impersonal life helped me when I was going through some tough personal times a few years back. Last but in now way least Till the world ends will stay with my wife when and if the world as we both know it ends for us. The harmonies of the band are the best that ever was put out there. Missed the chance to see the group when they played at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Oneida NY a couple of years ago can picture it was a great show. Again thanks for all the music the band sings

Remembering the band from The Warehouse in New Orleans | Reviewer: Laura Rauch | 11/7/13

I was still in grammar school but I convinced my parents that it was OK for me to bring 2 other Catholic school girlfriends to the concert, (they were VERY naive, great parents). I can't remember this particular early 70's year that they performed at The Warehouse in New Orleans, guess it's not significant enough to be listed in their history accounts. Does anyone remember?

so comforting | Reviewer: Rhonda | 10/9/13

I am so comforted by their music. I turned 55 this year. I was coming home from the gym a few days ago and what came on? "Mama Told Me Not To Come" I cranked it up and sang my heart out. When I feel down or low I get on my computer and find them on You Tube and comfort myself. I tell Chuck Negron's story to lots of people. He is very inspiring! Thank you!

Everybody's desire | Reviewer: Ross | 12/13/12

I have those bad days and alot of them and when I do, I just sit back and relax and listen to some Three Dog Night. I was a kid when Three Dog Night started and I loved it then and I still do. If you are sitting at a stop light and you look over at the car next to you because the music is too loud,, that might be me with (never been to spain) cranked up because it makes me feel 16 again and not 54. Thank you dog's for the smiles and strength from listening to the group for 40 years. (SO FAR)
Take care,, all of you!!

Black and white | Reviewer: Jon | 5/29/12

My dad used to play the "black and white" record sometime in the mid 70s when I was small. It's one of the few songs that made an impression on me then. For some reason, the song stayed in my head up til now. Every now and then it pops up in my head, even after all these years. Such a great song.

great great group | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/15/11

just listen you will hear 3 great singers a super lead,rhythm guitar player, a beat boss in joe shermie and his systematic bass, one of the worlds greatest keyboard players and a drummer who was heard loud and clear with his unique style. and they were critized for using others music , so what, they madee the song a hit which counts, by far one of the great bands

All Three Dog Nights! | Reviewer: Connie Stanifer | 5/5/09

Thank you for not leaving out Chuck Negron as so many do. They were a great group together and are still loved so much by their fans. Chuck is singing solo and touring and has a hug fan base and sounds wonderful. He does a lot of benefits as well. Good soul.

A Band Ahead of Its Time(s) | Reviewer: L CHill | 2/3/09

I LOVE Three Dog Night even split up w/Chuck singing w/Blood, Sweat & Tears & all the problems they have today. They had the greatest songs and the best ever stage show (Good Feeling 1957, if you've seen it ya know what I mean). And I never realized at the time w/Floyd being the drummer & being black that it was such a big deal. I never thought of it at all until about a year ago when I read a retro review, that no other "white" rock band had any one of color in their midst! Floyd is the drummer & ya just expect him to be there when they take the stage because he is one of the original 7 members of the band & that's that & the way it is! I saw them every time they came to San Antonio,TX in their heyday (about 7 times?) except the 1st time when they were warmup for Vanilla Fudge (I think). In 1972 they got here but their equipment didn't so it wasn't the best show so my best friend & I flew to Dallas to see them in the Cotton Bowl. That was an awesome show, opening w/B. W. Stevenson (now gone) & Rod Stewart & Small Faces (yes, THE Rod Stewart) was Act #2 & then the headliners: 3 DOG NIGHT!!! Sometimes Imiss those crazy days but then I look @ my 2 year old grandson, RaShawn & know I am in the best days now.

The greatest '70's band. | Reviewer: Jerry Leviton | 1/27/09

This band has to be one of the greatest ever.
I was around 18 years old when they started, and I attended 3 of their concerts in Memphis, Tn.
"The Dog" had the very best sound around.I still get chills every time I hear one of their songs--truly my favorite Rock & roll Group!!
I once heard that they were the most popular group around right after The Beatles.
I hope all the original guys are doing ok.
God Bless

Play it and weep... | Reviewer: Phyllisa | 4/26/07

Don't know why this song affects me like it does, but, for some reason, whenever I hear this song, it makes me weep. It is that soulful... Through the years, I dig it out every spring, and it always has its same effect on me... love the lyrics, the music, and the rendition by Three Dog Night, well, words cannot describe what a musical masterpiece they made of it... When I count my musical blessings, "Pieces of April" automatically comes into my mind, heart, and soul.
It is simply awesome.

Three Dog Night | Reviewer: Daniel Barr | 4/12/07

I think Three Dog Night is an excellent band an doesn't get near enough recognition. I'm 14 years old and I listen to Three Dog Night because they are a really good band, when just about all the other music is crap (Such as Heavy Metal, Death Metal, Rap, or any other type of Metal music in my opinion.) Three Dog Night has done one thing that few bands are able to do...endure.

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