Three Dog Night Mourns the Loss of Cory Wells
Three Dog Night and America Still Scheduled to Perform at Hard Rock Live
Thursday, Nov. 12
Hollywood, Fla. (Oct. 26, 2015) – Cory Wells, one of the three lead singers of iconic American pop band Three Dog Night, died unexpectedly yesterday in Dunkirk, N.Y. 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. Wells is survived by Mary, his wife of 50 years; daughters Coryann and Dawn Marie; and five grandchildren.
Three Dog Night and America are still scheduled to perform at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. Any person interested in refunding his or her ticket should contact the point of purchase.
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 its ability to recognize and record hits in a unique, distinctive and appealing style, resulted in Three Dog Night dominating the charts for years.
Wells was born Emil Lewandowski on Feb. 2, 1941, to a single mother in Buffalo, N.Y. Seeking a way out of his hard-scrabble youth in Buffalo, Wells joined the United States Air Force directly out of high school. While in the Air Force, he formed a band of interracial performers, inspired by his boyhood love of a popular band called The Del-Vikings. Following his military tour of duty, Wells returned to Buffalo and formed a few bands, like the Fidelitones and Satellites. In the early ‘60’s, he became the singer of a band named the Vibratos that migrated to California and finally evolved into Cory Wells and the Enemys.
Though he devoted most of his life to music and Three Dog Night, Wells did balance his professional life with family and leisure pursuits. An avid fisherman, Wells appeared on national TV, filming several episodes on “The American Sportsman” in New Zealand and the Amazon. He also participated in charity fishing tournaments around the country and took time whenever he could to teach his grandchildren to fish and enjoy the natural beauty of the Great Lakes and Western New York.
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