More than half a century after they first formed, popular American rock group Three Dog Night are still touring, and their busy summer includes a one (dog) night engagement in Sun Valley.
On Tuesday, June 25, the multiple gold record-charting band will take to the Sun Valley Pavilion for a concert presented by Sun Valley Resort. Doors will open at 7 p.m. ahead of an 8 p.m. show.
Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron and Cory Wells came together in 1967 under the name Redwood. They soon abandoned that name, rebranding themselves Three Dog Night and adding Ron Morgan, Floyd Sneed, Joe Schermie and Jimmy Greenspoon to their lineup. Michael Allsup quickly replaced Morgan, and with this lineup the band recorded such chart-topping hits as “Joy to the World,” “One (The Loneliest Number),” Mama Told Me Not to Come” and “Black and White.”
Their self-titled debut album, which featured “One” as, appropriately, a single, peaked on the U.S. charts and achieved platinum standing. Their next seven albums, all released in a five-year span, were certified gold records.
“Joy to the World,” which famously begins with Chuck Negron belting out “Jeremiah was a bullfrog,” represents the band’s most successful and popular single, taking the top position on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles of 1971 and garnering a duet of Grammy nominations.
Despite its success, Negron once described it as a “silly song,” and in retrospect said, “It wasn’t even close to our best record, but it might have been one of our most honest.”
The group’s success, although it has experienced its fair share of troughs and climaxes across the years, remains strong. With a steady schedule of live performances—they have more than three dozen lined up before Thanksgiving—Three Dog Night continues to maintain a loyal fan base and reaches new listeners with each engagement.
Over the decades, the lineup of Three Dog Night has undergone some understandable changes. The band broke up in 1976 when Negron, who struggled with severe drug addiction for much of his life, was arrested for possession.
The group reformed in 1981, but underwent some changes since then. They continue to play without Negron, who did eventually overcome his addiction and now works as a solo artist. Joe Schermie died of a heart attack in 2002, and Cory Wells succumbed to multiple myeloma in 2015.
Danny Hutton and Michael Allsup still play with Three Dog Night, though accompanied now by Paul Kingery, Pat Bautz, David Morgan and Howard Laravea.
Since that reformation in the 1980s, Three Dog Night has performed well over 2,000 concerts.
Tickets are on sale now for the Sun Valley performance, and range in price from $35-$75. Visit sunvalley.ticketfly.com to purchase.