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One Dog Night

Chuck Negron

In 1993, I was at a restaurant with my wife Jody in Brentwood, CA when I looked over at a couple walking in. "That's Chuck Negron from the group Three Dog Night," I said. "He sang lead on all of the big hits from the early 70s, like Joy to the World, Well I've Never Been To Spain and so many more."

I was in 5th grade when Three Dog Night ruled the charts. I had to say thank you to Negron for his great and memorable music. After introducing myself, I told him how wonderful he made so many people feel with his talent. He told me that after Three Dog Night broke up, he had ended up homeless, addicted to heroin and living on Skid Row in Los Angeles, but that he had cleaned up his act and was ready to record again. The only problem, he said, was that he didn't have any representation. I told him that I'd call a manager that I knew and we exchanged phone numbers. However, I figured that would be the last time I would hear from him.

Seven years later, I was browsing in a bookstore when I saw a book that Negron had written about his incredible life called Three Dog Nightmare. Flipping through the pages, I was astonished to see the following on page 314.

Negron ended up connecting with Mazer and continuing to make music. I was thrilled to learn that I had been a part of Three Dog Night's history (in some minute way) and appreciated that Negron acknowledged me in his autobiography.

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