Three Dog Night

Three Dog NightFrom: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Three Dog Night is an American rock band who formed in 1968 with Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, and Chuck Negron. All three sang lead, and were supported by Jimmy Greenspoon  (organ), Joe Schermie (bass), Mike Allsup (guitar) and Floyd Sneed (drums). The band  registered 21 Billboard Top 40 hits between 1969 and 1975, three of which reached number one. Three Dog Night’s music helped introduce the mainstream audience to the work of songwriters such as Paul Williams, Hoyt Axton, Laura Nyro, Harry Nillson, Randy Newman, and Leo Sayer. The band continues to record and perform live today.

According to the commentary included in the CD set Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story, 1964-1975, Hutton’s then girlfriend June Fairchild suggested the name Three Dog Night after reading a magazine article about indigenous Australians. In this article, it explained that on cold nights, they would sleep in a hole in the ground while embracing a dingo, a wild dog native to Australia. On colder nights, it was two dogs, and on freezing nights, it was a “three dog night.”

Hutton, Negron, and Wells first came together in 1967 and made some recordings with Brian Wilson. Initially, they went by the name of Redwood. They soon ditched the name Redwood, and in 1968, hired a group of backing musicians. Three Dog Night earned 12 gold albums and recorded 21 consecutive Billboard Top 40 hits. The band’s first god record was their cover of the Harry Nilsson song “One.” Their version reached #5 in America. Three Dog Night had three #1 hits, each with a different lead singer; “Mama Told Me Not To Come” (Wells on lead), “Joy To The World” (Negron on lead), and “Black And White” (Hutton on lead). “Mama Told Me Not To Come was also the band’s only Top 10 hit in the UK. Most of the songs Three Dog Night ever recorded were covers.

In 1973, Schermie was replaced by Jack Ryland. At this time, Three Dog Night expanded and became an eight-piece band, adding Skip Konte (keyboards), formerly in the Blues Image. In 1974, Allsup and Sneed teamed up with Schermie to form the band SS Fools. A couple more changes to the lineup occured in 1975. By 1976, Three Dog Night’s run of successful hit records had come to an end. Hutton left and was replaced by Jay Gruska. This lineup was short lived. The band played their final show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on July 26, 1976. They would reunite in 1981, where a number of lineup changes occurred over the years.

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From the 1968 album Three Dog Night
Three Dog Night - Album

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From the 1970 album It Ain’t Easy
It Ain't Easy

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