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Cory Wells, Founding Member of Three Dog Night, Dies at 74

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By    |   Thursday, 22 Oct 2015 08:50 AM

Cory Wells, one of the founding members of Three Dog Night, died this week, leaving behind a musical career that includes 21 consecutive Top 40 hits that stretched from 1960s to the '70s.

Wells, 74, died Tuesday in Dunkirk, New York. He had stopped performing in September after suffering from back pain, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"It is with deep sadness and disbelief that I must report the passing of Cory Wells, my beloved band mate for over 45 years," fellow Three Dog Night band member Danny Hutton said on the band's website. "Cory was an incredible singer — a great performer, he could sing anything. Cory was like a brother in so many ways. We had been together since 1965 and I am in shock at this sudden loss."

Wells and Hutton met while on tour with Sonny and Cher and formed Three Dog Night with Chuck Negron, according to the Times. The band would go on to sing such signature hits like "Joy to the World," "One," "An Old Fashioned Love Song," and "Shambala."

The band also lifted the careers of songwriters like Randy Newman, who penned "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)," which became one of Three Dog Night's biggest hits.

"Cory Wells was born Emil Lewandowski on February 2, 1941, to a single mother in Buffalo, New York," according to the Three Dog Night's website. "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 . . . In the early '60s he became the singer of a band named the Vibratos that migrated to California and finally evolved into Cory Wells and the Enemys," the website continued.

It was with the Enemys that Wells met Sonny and Cher, leading to the fateful meeting with Hutton.

Fellow singers and stars shared their condolences on social media.








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