Three Dog Night singer joins Blood, Sweat and Tears
If you can only see one show this year (and if so, what’s up with that? Some sort of house arrest?), it should probably be on Saturday at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. That’s when you get two legendary acts for the price of one.
Blood Sweat & Tears, which has just celebrated its 40-year anniversary, will be performing, led by former lead singer of Three Dog Night, Chuck Negron.
Blood, Sweat & Tears was formed in 1967 by Al Kooper, inventor of “jazz rock,” the first form of music to fuse rock, jazz and soul, with horns brought in to create complex arrangements and for a unique style.
The original incarnation of the band, including Al Kooper, Jim Fielder, Fred Lipsius, Randy Brecker, Jerry Weiss, Dick Halligan, Steve Katz and Bobby Colomby, paved the way for super-groups such as Chicago.
The group’s first album was “Child is the Father to Man,” which included three major singles, “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “Spinning Wheel” and “And When I Die,” which all went gold.
Of course Blood, Sweat & Tears went through several personnel changes, most notably when Kooper left the group to become a record producer for Columbia, and Randy Brecker and Jerry Weiss also quitting to join Horace Silver’s band and Ambergris, respectively.
Colomby and Katz started recruiting singers, considering the still unknown Stephen Stills and Laura Nyro before settling on David Clayton-Thomas, a Canadian singer. In all, the group has had more than 50 members, with none of the charter members remaining.
It was discovered in 2005 that Colomby had licensed the rights to the group name to Chuck Negron, the former vocalist for Three Dog Night, and as of 2006, the group began touring under the name Blood, Sweat & Tears Featuring Chuck Negron.
Negron got an early start in the music business, recording his first single as the age of 15 at the Apollo Theater with his group, the Rondells. He is responsible for bringing in the Hoyt Axton-written “Joy to the World” to Three Dog Night, which remains one of the group’s most recognized hits.
Three Dog Night achieved 18 consecutive top 20 hits, and 20 top 40 hits, before Negron began touring solo, and then with Blood, Sweat & Tears.
“It’s nice being a part of something that was so successful, especially if it meant something positive to someone,” Negron said in an interview with Entertainment magazine. “I’m like everyone else. I have my songs that put me in a particular time and place that are important to me. That’s the wonderful thing about music, and the most wonderful thing for me, that I could be a part of those moments for others.
“We were just looking for great material.”
And they found it. Among artists to have written songs for BST were Axton, Nyro (“Eli’s Coming”), Elton John (“Lady Samantha”), Paul Williams (“The Family Of Man,” “Just An Old Fashioned Love Song”) and Randy Newman (“Mama Told Me Not To Come”).”
As far as the name, Blood Sweat & Tears … the story goes that it came about when Kooper listened to a Johnny Cash album of the same name, and inspiration hit.