Classic rock hit-makers Three Dog Night to perform Sunday at D&R

From the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, Three Dog Night was among the biggest hit-makers in the world when it came to the ever-popular top-40 charts of the time.

While one of the most prolific bands of the era, Three Dog Night was not known for its song-writing prowess as most of the band’s hits were written by other artists, including Harry Nilsson, Laura Nyro, Randy Newman, Paul Williams, Hoyt Axton, Leo Sayer, John Hiatt and the famed team of Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

Three Dog Night, which will perform Sunday night at the D&R Theatre in Aberdeen, earned 13 gold albums and recorded 21 consecutive Billboard Top 40 hits, seven of which went gold.

Tickets are still available for Sunday night’s show and are on sale for $25 and up.

Three Dog Night formed in 1968 with a lineup consisting of Danny Hutton, Cory Wells and Chuck Negron. In 1967 they had made some recordings with Brian Wilson and initially went by the name of Redwood. Shortly after abandoning the Redwood moniker in 1968, the vocalists hired a group of backing musicians – Michael Allsup on guitar, Floyd Sneed on drums, Joe Schermie from the Cory Wells Blues Band on bass, and Jimmy Greenspoon on keyboards – and soon became one of the most successful bands in the United States.

The band toured extensively in the late ’60s and into the ’70s, but in 1975, the non-stop concerts and hit-making took its toll. According to Cory Wells, “we just quietly backed out of the picture”.

The band members’ desire to “get away” from the hectic world of pop music was relatively short-lived however, and by 1981 they discovered that they wanted to perform again.

Now, as they mark more than 40 years on the road, Three Dog Night continues to grow its fan base by doing about 80 live shows per year. In 2013, the band is pursuing an extensive schedule of concerts at theatres, performing arts centers, fairs, festivals, corporate event, and casinos. Since 1986, they have performed more than 2,200 shows, including at two Super Bowls.

The current lineup features original members Wells, Hutton, Greenspoon and Allsup, along with longtime members Paul Kingery and Pat Bautz.

Founding member Negron, who struggled with drug addiction for years, was eventually able to clean up his life and has been drug-free since September, 1991.

He is currently pursuing a solo career.