Three Dog Night Singer Cory Wells, 74, Passes
October 21, 2015 at 1:53 PM (PT)
BUFFALO-born musician and singer CORY WELLS, co-founder of THREE DOG NIGHT, died TUESDAY at his home in DUNKIRK, NY, at the age of 74, according to the BUFFALO NEWS. No official cause of death has been given.
“It is with deep sadness and disbelief that I must report the passing of CORY WELLS, my beloved band mate for over 45 years,” wrote THREE DOG NIGHT's DANNY HUTTON on FACEBOOK. “CORY was an incredible singer – a great performer, he could sing anything.”
WELLS, who performed with BUFFALO bands THE VIBRATOS and THE ENEMYS in the '60s, formed THREE DOG NIGHT with vocalist HUTTON after relocating to LOS ANGELES in 1968. The group went on to become one of the most successful pop acts of the ’70s, on the strength of its R&B and soul harmonies, scoring 12 Gold albums and racked up 21 consecutive Top 40 hits like “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Joy to the World,” “An Old Fashioned Love Song,” “One,” “Celebrate” and “Eli’s Coming.” Several of these hits featured WELLS' lead vocals.
In OCTOBER, a post on the band’s FACEBOOK page noted that several shows “have been postponed to allow for continued treatment of a nerve issue affecting CORY WELLS’ back.”