Three Dog Night originally shunned Joy to the World

One of the 70’s most successful rock bands comes to Logan on Thursday night, July 2nd at the Cache County Fairgrounds when Three Dog Night opens the Cache Valley Cruise-In. Three Dog Night had 13 Gold Albums and 21 Top 40 hits from 1968 to 1975, including albums like Black and White, Family of Man, Celebrate, and Eli’s Coming.The group’s biggest hit was Joy to the World written by songwriter/actor Hoyt Axton. In an interview with Dave Denton on KOOL 103.9, Three Dog Night singer Cory Wells explained how the hit song was first received by the band.”I didn’t even like that song,” Wells said. “I loved Hoyt. He was a great guy and I loved him. He came in, he had this play he had written for the networks, there were only three at the time, NBC, ABC, and CBS. He wanted to sell this generic child’s show to them but they didn’t want it, no biters. “He started dividing up the songs. He brought that song in and he played it for us. I’m telling you I did not hear it, I just did not hear that song. He tried and tried and I said, ‘this just isn’t going anywhere, this is crazy.’ I was wrong, I admit it.”Wells also said the band helped launch the career of a pop music icon. “Elton John, nobody had heard of Elton John. We did a thing called ‘Lady Samantha’ that he wrote and that put money into his pocket which kept him into the business, which he thanked us for years later,” Wells said. “Then when we were in England he came to see us and submitted ‘Your Song,’ he wanted us to do ‘Your Song.’ We said, ‘thank you very much,’ and ‘we’ll take it back to the United States and record it.’ And we did. Of course in the interim he ended up with a hit himself.”The complete interview with Cory Wells of Three Dog Night can be heard at

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. Tickets for the Three Dog Night concert are $50 for VIP floor seating and $25 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at Macey’s in Providence, through Smithtix and at the gate Thursday.

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