Vocal Group Hall of Fame
-- inducted 2000
Three Dog Night scored a succession of 21 hit
singles, including eleven Top Tens, and twelve consecutive gold albums
from 1969 to 1975, thanks to the slick, sometimes soulful vocal
harmonies of singers Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron, and Cory Wells and an
excellent ear for quality material.
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 showcasing lead singers who could also
harmonize together, the group was enormously successful right from the
start. They took their name from an Australian expression describing
low nocturnal temperatures in the outback (the colder the night, the
more dogs needed to keep warm while sleeping).
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
through mutual friends.
The group had no hang-ups 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 more than 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 'farewell
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".
recorded two songs for motion picture soundtrack 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 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. 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 had a test
rehearsal and discovered the old magic was still there." Three
Dog Night was reborn.
Hit songs include --
- Black and White
- Joy To The World
- Mama Told Me (Not To Come)
- An Old Fashioned Love Song
- Easy To Be Hard
- Never Been To Spain
- Pieces of April
- Eli's Coming
- The Family of Man
- Out In The Country
- Let Me Serenade You
- One Man Band
- Try A Little Tenderness
- Til The World Ends
Three Dog Night may be available for your next special
Genre: Rock 1
.Orchestra charts available.
..60s, ..70s, ..80s
Formed: ..in California
..in Los Angeles