(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Pop-rock hitmakers Three Dog Night bring their extensive catalog of early 1970s Top 20 hits to the Colonial Theatre on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at 8pm. In the years 1969 through 1974, immediately following the breakup of the Beatles, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, including “Joy to the World,” “Black and White,” “Shambala” and “One.” The group also popularized the work of mostly undiscovered songwriters including Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Elton John, Laura Nyro, Paul Williams and Hoyt Axton.
Boasting chart and sales records that are virtually unmatched in popular music, Three Dog Night had 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, including 3 #1 singles, 11 Top 10s, 18 straight Top 20s, 7 million selling singles and 12 straight RIAA Certified Gold LPs. Their hits appeared on best selling charts in all genres (pop, rock and country). Their records continue to sell around the world, reaching beyond the borders of the U.S. into Japan, Canada, Holland, England, Germany, Spain and elsewhere. Tens of millions of Three Dog Night records have been sold through the years. 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 in the post-Beatles years.
Today’s Three Dog Night includes founding members Cory Wells and Danny Hutton on lead vocals, as well as original keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon and guitarist Michael Allsup. Paul Kingery (bass and vocals) and Pat Bautz on drums complete the lineup.
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 magazine article about Australian hunters in the outback who curled up with their dogs for warmth on cold nights; the coldest being “three dog nights.”
Rock ‘n’ roll success having taken its toll, the group first called it quits in 1975, before reestablishing itself in 1981.
Tickets to Three Dog Night are $50-$125. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444. Tickets can also be purchased online at the Colonial Theatre. Ticket Offices are open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain.