Joy to the World

| 02 Oct 2012 | 01:32

— Legendary 1970s supergroup Three Dog Night celebrates its fourth decade as one of pop's most iconic bands, as they perform timeless classic rock hits such as "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)," "Joy to the World," "Black and White," "Just an Old Fashioned Love Song," "Shambala" and "One" at Mayo Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $49-69.
Originally formed in 1968, the group was enormously successful from the start. Danny Hutton, who was a writer/producer at Hanna Barbera Records as well as a solo artist, met Cory Wells, lead singer of The Enemys, which was the house band at the Whisky A Go-Go, while they were both touring with Sonny and Cher. The now-famous name came from a story about Australian aborigines who, on cold nights in the outback, sleep with their dogs for warmth. The coldest evenings are known as "three dog nights."
The current band features original members Cory Wells, Danny Hutton, Michael Allsup and Jimmy Greenspoon, as well as Pat Bautz and Paul Kingery,
Boasting chart and sales records that are virtually unmatched in popular music, Three Dog Night had 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, including three number one singles, 11 Top 10s, 18 straight Top 20s, seven million-selling singles and 12 straight RIAA certified gold LPs. Over 50 million Three Dog Night records have been sold through the years.
Three Dog Night recorded the music of the best (and mostly undiscovered) new songwriters of their time including Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Elton John, Laura Nyro, Paul Williams and Hoyt Axton among many others. The group's eclectic taste, combined with their ability to recognize and record hits in a unique, distinctive and appealing style, resulted in Three Dog Night dominating the charts for years.