Three Dog Night comes to USCL

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By Greg Summers

From 1969 to 1974, nobody did pop music better than Three Dog Night and they have the hits to prove it.American music icons, the group’s name allegedly came from the practice of indigenous Australians sleeping in holes dug in the ground with dingos to stay warm (if the night was especially cold, it was a “three dog night”).But some say that story is up for debate.What is not up for debate is the numbers that the group put up in the early 1970s with their smooth, polished vocals.Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000, Three Dog Night had an staggering 21 consecutive Top-40 hits, including three No. 1 songs and 11 Top 10-hits while selling more than seven million singles and registering 12 straight certified gold albums. The band has made its mark on everything from TV commercials to movies.And four decades after their debut, self-titled album, Three Dog Night is coming here.Led by cofounders Danny Hutton and Cory Wells, Three Dog Night plays 7:30 p.m. Friday on the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium stage.Three Dog Night tickets have been as hot a commodity locally as cheap gas, said Peggy Little, performing arts series manager for the USCL Educational Foundation.“Right now, there are only four odd (single) tickets left,” she said. “But if you want tickets, don’t give up hope. Sometimes the heavens do open up.”Little is urging season ticket holders who can’t come to Friday’s performance and want to sell their tickets to call her at 313-7143 or e-mail her at plittle@gwm.sc.edu.“Trust me when I say there is a waiting list of folks who would be more than happy to buy them,” she said. “Selling them isn’t a problem.”Three Dog Night was formed in 1968 by Hutton and Wells, who met while touring with Sonny and Cher, along with Chuck Negron.The three made some early recordings with the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson under the name Redwood, but the band was stranded after Wilson was forbade from doing outside work.Shortly after changing their name, they hired a back-up band that included Michael Allsup (guitar), Floyd Sneed (drums), the late Joe Schermie (bass) and Jimmy Greenspoon on keyboards. Together Three Dog Night became one the most popular bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s, becoming the first band to headline and sellout a tour of stadiums in the United States.After several line-up changes, Three Dog Night disbanded in the late 1970s.However, they reunited in 1983 for a West Coast concert that exceeded expectations and generated rave reviews. By the mid 1980s, they were touring again and have remained active on the concert circuit.

The best of Three Dog Night– “Try A Little Tenderness” (1969)– “One” (1969) *– “Easy To Be Hard” (1969) *– “Eli’s Coming” (1969) *– “Celebrate” (1970)– “Mama Told Me Not To Come” (1970) **– “Out In The Country” (1970)– “One Man Band” (1970)– “Joy To The World” (1971) **– “Liar” (1971) *– “An Old Fashioned Love Song” (1971) *– “Never Been To Spain” (1971) *– “The Family Of Man” (1971)– “Black and White” (1972) **– “Pieces Of April” (1972)– “Shambala” (1973) *– “Let Me Serenade You” (1973)– “The Show Must Go On” (1974) *– “Sure As I’m Sittin’ Here” (1974)– “Play Something Sweet” (1974)– “Till The World Ends” (1975)

** No. 1 hit / * Top-10 hit

Did you know?– Three Dog Night vocalist Cory Wells is an ardent and expert fisherman. He is a former field editor and writer for “Outdoor Life” magazine and has appeared on various television shows such as “American Sportsman.”– Vocalist Danny Hutton was auditioned to be a member of the Monkees, but was rejected.