Published Oct 21, 2015One of the singers of the classic rock act Three Dog Night has passed away, as co-founder/co-frontman Cory Wells died on Tuesday (October 20). He was 74.
The band announced the sad news with a message on Facebook. They didn't confirm the exact cause of death, but they did note that he passed away "unexpectedly" in Dunkirk, NY.
His co-singer Danny Hutton said in a statement, "It is with deep sadness and disbelief that I must report the passing of Cory Wells, my beloved bandmate for over 45 years. Cory was an incredible singer — a great performer, he could sing anything... Cory was like a brother in so many ways. We had been together since 1965 and I am in shock at this sudden loss."
Wells co-founded Three Dog Night in the late '60s, when they were initially known as Redwood. They went on to have a string of charting singles and successful albums. Wells sang lead on one of the band's best-known songs, "Mama Told Me Not to Come."
Wells was born in Buffalo, NY, in 1941, and had a stint in the United States Air Force after high school. Throughout his long career, he played in groups like the Enemys and the Cory Wells Blues Band, in addition to making some solo music. He toured with Three Dog Night up until this September, when he was sidelined with severe back pain.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years Mary and their two daughters and five grandchildren. Read a full obituary on Three Dog Night's website.