For Immediate Release: Los Angeles, CA (October 21, 2015) “It is with deep sadness and disbelief that I must report the passing of Cory Wells, my beloved band mate for over 45 years,” announced Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night. “Cory was an incredible singer – a great performer, he could sing anything.” Wells, one of the three lead singers of iconic American pop band Three Dog Night, died unexpectedly yesterday in Dunkirk, NY. Wells had been with Three Dog Night from the beginning and continued performing with the band up until September of this year when he developed a problem with severe back pain. “Cory was like a brother in so many ways,“ said Hutton. “We had been together since 1965 and I am in shock at this sudden loss.” Wells, whose band The Enemys was the house band at Whisky A Go-Go, met Hutton, a solo artist and a writer/producer at Hanna Barbera Records, when they had both been invited to tour with Sonny and Cher. After that tour, Hutton contacted Wells about forming a group with three lead singers. Three Dog Night went on to have 21 consecutive Top 40 hits. The band recorded the music of the best (and mostly undiscovered) songwriters of their time including Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, Elton John, Laura Nyro, Paul Williams and Hoyt Axton among many others. The group’s eclectic taste, combined with their ability to recognize and record hits in a unique, distinctive and appealing style, resulted in Three Dog Night dominating the charts for years. Cory Wells was born Emil Lewandowski on February 2, 1941 to a single...
Jimmy Greenspoon February 7, 1948 – March 11, 2015 Keyboard player Jimmy Greenspoon, an original band member of the iconic American band Three Dog Night, has died at his home in North Potomac, Maryland. He was 67. Three Dog Night announced his death that occurred on March 11th and followed a brief but valiant struggle with cancer. Greenspoon joined the band in 1968 and had been working with them up until October 2014 when he took a medical leave of absence to pursue treatment for metastatic melanoma. “I will be forever shattered by his death,” said Cory Wells, co-founder of the band, “Jimmy cared so much about excellence in the music and always made sure we had what we needed on stage and in the recording studio. I was amazed by his photographic memory, his love for music. I will miss my fellow Aquarian brother and will keep him in my heart forever.” Danny Hutton, the other Three Dog Night co-founder, met Greenspoon in the mid-60’s. “He was like a brother to me, I knew him since he was just a teenager and he was my oldest friend in the band,” states Hutton. “Also, Jimmy was a critical part of our early history, bringing a sound to the band that helped develop our style; he left an indelible mark.” Jimmy was born in Los Angeles to Adolph Maurice Greenspoon, a successful entrepreneur, and Mary Thompson, an actress. He was a classically trained pianist who also excelled as a pop musician. Starting his first band while still in high school, the surf-band New Dimensions that released three records, he went on...