Cory Wells of Three Dog Night

“Mama Told Me Not To Come,” 1970 Live

I saw Three Dog Night at their peak in 1972 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. (Full disclosure: the main attraction for me was the opening act, Leon Russell, but the headliners were Wells and company.)

Interview with Cory Wells, 2011

Three Dog Night got its name not from the number of lead singers in the band, but from an Australian expression for “very cold night” (You need three dogs to stay warm, get it?) In the 2011 interview video I include, Wells explains how and why they adopted the name.

“Out In The Country” Live

Wells (February 2, 1941-October 20, 2015) was joined by fellow vocalists Danny Hutton and Chuck Negron. They were accompanied by keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon (who also passed this year), Joe Schermie on bass, Mike Allsup on guitar and Floyd Sneed, drums. The group had impeccable taste in songwriters, making hits of songs by Randy Newman (“Mama Told Me Not To Come”), Harry Nilsson (“One”), Laura Nyro (“Eli’s Comin'”), Paul Williams (“Out In The Country,” “An Old Fashioned Love Song”) and Hoyt Axton (“Joy To The World”), to name a few.