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|Birth name||Charles Negron|
June 8, 1942 |
|Associated acts||Three Dog Night|
Negron was born in Manhattan to a Puerto Rican father and a British mother. He grew up in The Bronx, New York City, where he sang in local doo-wop groups and played basketball both in schoolyard pick-up games and at Taft High School; the latter talent led to his being recruited to play college basketball in Santa Maria, California at a small community college named Allan Hancock College; later he played at California State University, Los Angeles.
The rock and roll lifestyle took its toll on Negron, and by the time Three Dog Night disbanded in 1976, Negron had a serious heroin addiction which began in the early 1970s. In July 1975, the British music magazine, NME, reported that Negron had been arrested for cocaine possession in Kentucky.
He overcame his addiction in September 1991 and embarked on a solo career, recording three albums: Am I Still In Your Heart (1995), Joy to the World (Christmas CD - 1996) and Long Road Back (1999). His fourth solo effort was a double CD set titled Chuck Negron – Live In Concert, recorded at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and released on Sindrome Records, with sidemen Richard Campbell on bass guitar, Danny Mishkit on guitar, keyboards and saxophone, Frank Reina on drums and Terence Elliott on lead guitar.
He also wrote a 1999 autobiography, Three Dog Nightmare. In the book, Negron attributes his recovery from heroin addiction to his turning to God in desperation, after dropping out from more than 30 drug treatment facilities.
In 2006, Negron was featured on an episode of the A&E reality show, Intervention about his son, Chuckie, and grandson Noah Bryan Negron. Negron's son was later arrested and sent to state prison after being thrown out of rehab. His cousin was the late actor-comedian Taylor Negron. In addition to his son, he has a stepson, Berry, and three daughters: Annabelle Negron, with actress Kate Vernon; and Shaunti Ann Negron and Charlotte Rose Negron, who performed with him at the Key Club and at the Hollywood Bowl.
- Negron, Chuck; Chris Blatchford (2000). Three Dog Nightmare: The Chuck Negron Story. Renaissance Books. 158063155X.