When Emil Lewandowski of Buffalo NY died last week from complications while undergoing cancer treatment, he was known by family and friends as a loving husband of fifty-one years as well as grandfather who would rather fish than just about anything else…except SING as Cory Wells in the Los Angeles-based legendary hitmakers Three Dog Night. Between their 1968 debut album and the mid-Seventies it was virtually impossible to turn on an American radio without hearing one of the twenty-one hit singles, half of which went Top Ten!
As obviously talented as Three Dog Night’s Wells, co-founder tenor Danny Hutton, and Chuck Negron were, possibly their greatest and most enduring contribution was their impeccable choices of songs to record by then-unknown songwriters Harry Nilsson (“One”), Randy Newman(“Mama Told Me Not to Come”), the late Laura Nyro(“Eli’s Coming”), and Hoyt Axton(“Joy to the World’,”Never Been to Spain”). Here is my April 2005 interview with Cory Wells and Danny Hutton In the Studio. –Redbeard
( Far left: Cory Wells, seated foreground Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night )