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Three Dog Night: Eli's Coming

TDR Great Group: THREE DOG NIGHT. In 1967 Three Singers got together: Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, and Chuck Negron in Los Angeles. For a short time they used the name Redwood, and spent time in the Studio with Brian Wilson while the Beach Boys were working on "Wild Honey."

 

The Dogs sweet harmonies were so perfect they decided to form a band to support them including: Jimmy Greenspoon (Keyboards), Joe Schermie (Bass), Michael Allsup (Guitar), and Floyd Sneed (drums), but realized their name wasn't very memorable... named after a Tree and all. Danny's girlfriend June had read an article about Australians in the Bush who on freezing nights would dig a hole and get in it with 3 Dogs (dingos) to keep them warm. But Three Dog had the same problem as many other acts, they didn't write hit songs, so the solution was get material from the best songwriters and make it their own.

 

The strategy paid off better than expected with top 5 hits like: Harry Nilsson's "One", Randy Newman's "Mama Told Me Not to Come"(#1) and Hoyt Axton's "Joy To The World" (#1), and one of my personal favorites, Laura Nyro's "Eli's Coming" that topped out at #10. They were signed to Dunhill Records, who threw a welcoming party in 1968 at the Whiskey A Go Go before the release of their first album, and got an SRO reception from what was a jaded audience.

 

However, a lot of the Hipper-Than-Thou crowd threw shade at them because Three Dog Nights music wasn't considered serious Rock and Roll, but that wasn't the case with the public, who's love and support made Top 40 Hits of 21 of their singles between 1969 and 1975, and drove sales of 40 Million Albums. What made them special was all members singing lead on different hits like: Cory Wells lead on "Mama Told Me Not To Come," Chuck Negron lead on "Joy To The World" and Danny Hutton lead on "Black and White." We saw them go from Club gigs to Arena's to Stadiums all within a few years, and every show was always Sold Out.

 

Cory Wells died in my old stomping grounds, Dunkirk, NY, in 2015 of Sepsis while battling Multiple Myeloma at 74. For the TDR Tribute Video we've chosen an excellent clip from the TV Show "Soundstage in 1975, at the height of their career, ELI'S COMING, with Cory Wells singing Lead, and excellent Color Picture and High Quality Sound. Rock On! @therealdonrocks

 

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