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Cory Wells, R.I.P.

Cory Wells, one of the three lead singers of Three Dog Night, died suddenly yesterday. No cause of death has been released but the band did have to cancel shows last month due to a nerve problem in Wells’ back. Whether this contributed to his death is unclear at this time. Wells was 74.

Three Dog Night enjoyed a string of hits in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. They were arguably this country’s best cover band as they had hits with songs written by Harry Nilsson, Laura Nyro, Hoyt Axton, Randy Newman, Leo Sayer and Allen Toussaint. Wells sang lead vocal on hits like “Shambala” and “Mama Told Me (Not to Come)”. He shared vocal duties with Danny Hutton and Chuck Negron. While Negron had to leave the group due to substance abuse problems, Wells and Hutton carried on and remained a viable touring act until this summer.

I had the opportunity to see Three Dog Night perform on several occasions here in Boston. In recent years, no Three Dog Night concert was complete without Wells singing “Mama Told Me (Not to Come)”. What made this version of “Mama Told Me “(Not to Come)” special is that it featured a satirical hip-hop remix done by Wells. I have included a video of this for your amusement.

2015 has been a sad year for Three Dog Night. In March, keyboard player Jimmy Greenspoon passed away of melanoma. It was difficult to enough to perform without Greenspoon. I can’t imagine how they carry on without Cory Wells.

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