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Three Dog Night is all about nostalgia

@graffonmusic, Facebook.com/Gary Graff on Music

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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Three Dog Night's Cory Wells says there's no secret about why people continue to come out and hear the band.

"Well, it's the soundtrack to so many people's lives, including ours," says Wells, 71, who formed Three Dog Night during 1967 and continues to tour with co-founder Danny Hutton and longtime musicians Michael Allsup on guitar and Jimmy Greenspoon on keyboards (Oakland County resident Paul Kingery plays bass and guitar). "We're like a live jukebox on stage, and people come to see us and they want to reminisce and remember those years the songs made an impact on them -- what they were doing, where they were.

"So we're just a nostalgic (group) bringing back memories for lots of people. That's the way I view it."

During its heyday of 1969-75, Three Dog Night scored 21 Billboard Top 40 hits, three of which -- "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)," "Joy To the World" and "Black & White" -- reached No. 1. The group also had a run of eight consecutive gold albums.

Wells says Three Dog Night isn't done making new music, either. Though the group's last full album, "It's a Jungle," came out 20 years ago, in 2009 it released a two-song single featuring "Heart of Blues" and "Prayer For the Children." And Wells promises there's more where that came from.

"We're working on (an album), which, of course I've build a whole comedy routine around on stage, 'cause we've been talking about it for so long," Wells says. "We've got probably about eight songs. And we have the luxury of not being on any plan. There's no, 'We've got to get it out while we're hot!' We're not Justin Bieber anymore. We can take our time and put it out there and our fans will buy it. That's who we've got to take care of more than anything else."

Three Dog Night and War perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the Chene Park Amphitheatre, 2600 Atwater St., Detroit. Tickets are $37-$100 pavilion, $22 lawn. Call 313-393-7128 or visit www.cheneparkdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.cheneparkdetroit.com

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