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THREE DOG NIGHT is an American rock band. They formed in 1967 with a line-up consisting of vocalists Danny Hutton
Danny Hutton
, Cory Wells
Cory Wells
, and Chuck Negron . This lineup was soon augmented by Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboards), Joe Schermie (bass), Michael Allsup (guitar), and Floyd Sneed (drums). The band registered 21 Billboard Top 40 hits (with three hitting number one) between 1969 and 1975. It helped introduce mainstream audiences to the work of many songwriters, including Paul Williams (" An Old Fashioned Love Song "), Hoyt Axton ("Joy to the World "), Laura Nyro
Laura Nyro
("Eli\'s Comin\' "), Harry Nilsson
Harry Nilsson
("One "), Randy Newman (" Mama Told Me Not to Come "), and Leo Sayer
Leo Sayer
("The Show Must Go On ").

CONTENTS

* 1 Band name origin

* 2 Background

* 2.1 Early years * 2.2 Success * 2.3 Songs

* 3 History

* 3.1 1967-1972 * 3.2 1973–1976 * 3.3 1981–1990s

* 3.4 2000–present

* 3.4.1 Current activity

* 4 Personnel

* 4.1 Members * 4.2 Timeline * 4.3 Lead vocal credits * 4.4 Lineups

* 5 Discography * 6 Awards and recognition * 7 Notes * 8 References * 9 External links

BAND NAME ORIGIN

The official commentary included in the CD set Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story, 1964–1975 states that vocalist Danny Hutton
Danny Hutton
's girlfriend, actress June Fairchild (best known as the "Ajax Lady" from the Cheech and Chong
Cheech and Chong
movie Up In Smoke
Up In Smoke
) suggested the name after reading a magazine article about indigenous Australians , in which it was explained that on cold nights they would customarily sleep in a hole in the ground while embracing a dingo (wild dog). On colder nights they would sleep with two dogs and, if the night was freezing, it was a "three dog night".

BACKGROUND

EARLY YEARS

Negron, Wells and Hutton in 1969

The three vocalists, Danny Hutton
Danny Hutton
(who got his start with Hanna-Barbera Records in 1964), Chuck Negron and Cory Wells
Cory Wells
(who landed a recording contract with Dunhill Records) first came together in 1967 and made some recordings with Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson
while the Beach Boys were working on the album Wild Honey , and initially went by the name of Redwood. Shortly after abandoning the Redwood moniker in 1968, the vocalists hired a group of backing musicians – Ron Morgan on guitar, Floyd Sneed on drums, Joe Schermie from the Cory Wells
Cory Wells
Blues Band on bass, and Jimmy Greenspoon on keyboards – and soon took the name Three Dog Night, becoming one of the most successful bands in the United States during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Ron Morgan left the band early on and subsequently went on to join the Electric Prunes . Michael Allsup was quickly recruited to replace him on guitar.

SUCCESS

Three Dog Night
Three Dog Night
earned 12 gold albums and recorded 21 consecutive Billboard Top 40 hits, seven of which went gold. Their first gold record was "One " (US #5), which had been written and recorded by Harry Nilsson
Harry Nilsson
. The group had three US #1 songs, each of which featured a different lead singer: " Mama Told Me Not to Come " (Cory Wells on lead), which was also their only Top 10 hit in the UK; "Joy to the World " ( Chuck Negron on lead); and "Black and White " (Danny Hutton on lead). Dunhill Records claimed that 40 million record albums were sold by the band during this time.

SONGS

As its members wrote just a handful of songs on the albums, most songs Three Dog Night
Three Dog Night
recorded were written by outside songwriters. Notable hits by outside writers include Harry Nilsson
Harry Nilsson
's "One " (US #5), the Gerome Ragni - James Rado - Galt MacDermot composition "Easy to Be Hard " (US #4) from the musical Hair , Laura Nyro
Laura Nyro
's "Eli\'s Comin\' " (US #10), Randy Newman 's " Mama Told Me Not to Come " (US #1), Paul Williams ' " Out in the Country " (US #15), "The Family Of Man" (US #12), and " An Old Fashioned Love Song " (US #4), Hoyt Axton 's " Joy to the World " (US #1) and " Never Been to Spain
Never Been to Spain
" (US #5), Arkin text-align:left; vertical-align:top;"> Current members

* Danny Hutton
Danny Hutton
- vocals (1967–76, 1981–present) * Michael Allsup - guitar (1968–74, 1981–84, 1991-present) * Paul Kingery - bass, guitar, vocals (1985–88, 1996–present; substitute - 1982-83) * Pat Bautz - drums (1993–present) * David Morgan - vocals (November 2015–present) * Howard Laravea - keyboards (April 2017-present)

Former members

* Cory Wells
Cory Wells
- vocals (1967–76, 1981–2015; his death) * Chuck Negron - vocals (1967–76, 1981–December 1985) * Jimmy Greenspoon - keyboards (1968–76, 1981–2015; his death) * Floyd Sneed - drums (1968–74, 1981–84) * Joe Schermie - bass (1968–73; died 2002) * Jack Ryland - bass (1973–75) * Skip Konte - keyboards (1973–76) * Mickey McMeel - drums (1974–76) * James "Smitty" Smith - guitar (1974–75) * Dennis Belfield - bass (1975–76) * Al Ciner - guitar (1975–76) * Jay Gruska - vocals (1976) * Ron Stockert - keyboards (1976) * Mike Seifrit - bass (1981–82) * Richard Grossman - bass (1982–84) * Mike Keeley - drums (1985–93) * Scott Manzo - bass (1985–88, 2004) * Steve Ezzo - guitar (fill-in for Allsup 1983-84, 1985) * Gary Moon - bass, vocals (1988–89) * T.J. Parker - guitar (1988–89) * Richard Campbell - bass (1989–96) * Eddie Reasoner - keyboards (2015–April 2017; substitute - October 2014-15) * Mike Cuneo - guitar (1989–91)

TIMELINE

LEAD VOCAL CREDITS

* " An Old Fashioned Love Song " - Negron * "Black and White " - Hutton * " Celebrate " - Hutton (Verse 1), Negron (Verse 2), Wells (Verse 3), who sings melody through the end refrain * " Easy to Be Hard " - Negron * "Eli\'s Coming " - Wells * " Joy to the World " - Negron * " Let Me Serenade You " - Wells * "Liar " - Hutton * "Mama Told Me (Not to Come) " - Wells * " Never Been to Spain
Never Been to Spain
" - Wells * "One " - Negron * "One Man Band " - Hutton sings melody with Negron on harmony on verses, then Negron takes the lead through the end refrain * " Out in the Country " - Group vocal in unison * "Pieces of April " - Negron * " Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues) " - Wells * "Shambala " - Wells * "Sure As I\'m Sittin\' Here " - Wells * "The Family of Man " - Hutton (Verse 1), Negron (Verse 2), Wells (Verse 3) * "The Show Must Go On " - Negron * "Til the World Ends " - Negron * " Try a Little Tenderness " - Wells * " Your Song
Your Song
" - Hutton

LINEUPS

1967-1968 (Redwood) 1968-1973 (Three Dog Night) 1973 1973-1974

* DANNY HUTTON - vocals * CHUCK NEGRON - vocals * CORY WELLS - vocals * HENRY VESTINE - guitar * GOLDY MCJOHN - keyboards * LARRY TAYLOR - bass * FRANK COOK - drums

* DANNY HUTTON - vocals * CHUCK NEGRON - vocals * CORY WELLS - vocals * MICHAEL ALLSUP - guitar * JIMMY GREENSPOON - keyboards * JOE SCHERMIE - bass * FLOYD SNEED - drums

* DANNY HUTTON - vocals * CHUCK NEGRON - vocals * CORY WELLS - vocals * MICHAEL ALLSUP - guitar * JIMMY GREENSPOON - keyboards * FLOYD SNEED - drums * JACK RYLAND - bass

* DANNY HUTTON - vocals * CHUCK NEGRON - vocals * CORY WELLS - vocals * MICHAEL ALLSUP - guitar * JIMMY GREENSPOON - keyboards * FLOYD SNEED - drums * JACK RYLAND - bass * SKIP KONTE - keyboards

1974-1975 1975-1976 1976 1976

* DANNY HUTTON - vocals * CHUCK NEGRON - vocals * CORY WELLS - vocals * JIMMY GREENSPOON - keyboards * JACK RYLAND - bass * SKIP KONTE - keyboards * MICKEY MCMEEL - drums * JAMES "SMITTY" SMITH - guitar

* DANNY HUTTON - vocals * CHUCK NEGRON - vocals * CORY WELLS - vocals * JIMMY GREENSPOON - keyboards * SKIP KONTE - keyboards * MICKEY MCMEEL - drums * DENNIS BELFIELD - bass * AL CINER - guitar

* CHUCK NEGRON - vocals * CORY WELLS - vocals * JIMMY GREENSPOON - keyboards * SKIP KONTE - keyboards * MICKEY MCMEEL - drums * DENNIS BELFIELD - bass * AL CINER - guitar * JAY GRUSKA - vocals

* CHUCK NEGRON - vocals * CORY WELLS - vocals * JIMMY GREENSPOON - keyboards * MICKEY MCMEEL - drums * DENNIS BELFIELD - bass * AL CINER - guitar * JAY GRUSKA - vocals * RON STOCKERT - keyboards

1976-1981 1981-1982 1982-1984 1985

DISBANDED

* DANNY HUTTON - vocals * CHUCK NEGRON - vocals * CORY WELLS - vocals * JIMMY GREENSPOON - keyboards * MICHAEL ALLSUP - guitar * MIKE SEIFRIT - bass * FLOYD SNEED - drums

* DANNY HUTTON - vocals * CHUCK NEGRON - vocals * CORY WELLS - vocals * JIMMY GREENSPOON - keyboards * MICHAEL ALLSUP - guitar * FLOYD SNEED - drums * RICHARD GROSSMAN - bass * PAUL KINGERY - guitar, vocals (fill in for Allsup 1982-1983) * STEVE EZZO - guitar (fill in for Allsup 1983-1984)

* DANNY HUTTON - vocals * CHUCK NEGRON - vocals * CORY WELLS - vocals * RICK SERRATTE - keyboards * MIKE KEELEY - drums * STEVE EZZO - guitar * SCOTT MANZO - bass

1985 1985-1988 1988-1989 1989-1991

* DANNY HUTTON - vocals * CHUCK NEGRON - vocals * CORY WELLS - vocals * JIMMY GREENSPOON - keyboards * MIKE KEELEY - drums * STEVE EZZO - guitar * SCOTT MANZO - bass

* DANNY HUTTON - vocals * CORY WELLS - vocals * JIMMY GREENSPOON - keyboards * MIKE KEELEY - drums * PAUL KINGERY - guitar, vocals * SCOTT MANZO - bass

* DANNY HUTTON - vocals * CORY WELLS - vocals * JIMMY GREENSPOON - keyboards * MIKE KEELEY - drums * GARY MOON - bass, vocals * T.J. PARKER - guitar

* DANNY HUTTON - vocals * CORY WELLS - vocals * JIMMY GREENSPOON - keyboards * MIKE KEELEY - drums * RICHARD CAMPBELL - bass * MIKE CUNEO - guitar

1991-1993 1993-1996 1996–2015 2015

* DANNY HUTTON - vocals * CORY WELLS - vocals * JIMMY GREENSPOON - keyboards * MIKE KEELEY - drums * RICHARD CAMPBELL - bass * MICHAEL ALLSUP - guitar

* DANNY HUTTON - vocals * CORY WELLS - vocals * JIMMY GREENSPOON - keyboards * RICHARD CAMPBELL - bass * MICHAEL ALLSUP - guitar * PAT BAUTZ - drums

* DANNY HUTTON - vocals * CORY WELLS - vocals * JIMMY GREENSPOON - keyboards * MICHAEL ALLSUP - guitar * PAT BAUTZ - drums * PAUL KINGERY - bass, vocals

* DANNY HUTTON - vocals * CORY WELLS - vocals * MICHAEL ALLSUP - guitar * PAT BAUTZ - drums * PAUL KINGERY - bass, vocals * EDDIE REASONER - keyboards

2015–PRESENT

* DANNY HUTTON - vocals * DAVID MORGAN - vocals * MICHAEL ALLSUP - guitar * PAT BAUTZ - drums * PAUL KINGERY - bass, vocals * EDDIE REASONER - keyboards

DISCOGRAPHY

For a more comprehensive list, see Three Dog Night discography .

* 1968: Three Dog Night
Three Dog Night
* 1969: Suitable for Framing * 1969: Captured Live at the Forum * 1970: It Ain\'t Easy * 1970: Naturally * 1971: Harmony * 1972: Seven Separate Fools * 1973: Cyan * 1974: Hard Labor * 1975: Coming Down Your Way * 1976: American Pastime * 1983: It\'s a Jungle

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION</