Danny Hutton

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Daniel Hutton
Danny Hutton, 2014.JPG
Danny Hutton playing with Three Dog Night at Loessfest 2014 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Background information
Birth name Daniel Anthony Hutton
Also known as Danny Hutton
Born (1942-09-10) September 10, 1942 (age 72)
Origin Buncrana, Donegal, Ireland
Genres Rock, Pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1964–present
Labels Dunhill, MGM, MCA, Epic, Columbia
Associated acts Three Dog Night
Beck, Bogert & Appice
Chuck Negron
Cory Wells
Harry Nilsson
Laura Nyro
Randy Newman
Hoyt Axton
Russ Ballard
Leo Sayer
Notable instruments
Vocals

Daniel Anthony Hutton (born September 10, 1942), is an Irish-American singer, best known as one of the three lead vocalists in the band Three Dog Night. Hutton was a songwriter and singer for Hanna Barbera Records from 1965-1966.[1] Hutton had a modest national hit, "Roses and Rainbows," during his tenure as a recording artist for Hanna-Barbera Records. Hutton is the father of Dash Hutton, the drummer in the American rock band Haim.

Three Dog Night[edit]

Main article: Three Dog Night

Three Dog Night was based around the vocal skills of Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron and Cory Wells. In 1967, Hutton conceived the idea of a three-vocalist group, and he and Wells enlisted mutual friend Negron. The official commentary included in the CD set Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story, 1965–1975 states that vocalist Hutton's then-girlfriend June Fairchild suggested the name after reading a magazine article about indigenous Australians, in which it was explained that on cold nights they would customarily sleep in a hole in the ground whilst embracing a dingo, a native species of wild dog. On colder nights they would sleep with two dogs and if the night was freezing, it was a "three dog night".[2]

Their first Top Ten hit was "One", in 1969, while, "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)", reached #1 a year later. "Joy to the World" became the group's biggest hit in 1971, and their final #1, "Black and White," was in 1972; and, their final Top Ten song was in 1974, "The Show Must Go On". They had 21 hit singles, including 11 Top Ten hits, also 12 consecutive gold albums, from 1969 to 1975. Steve Huey of Allmusic wrote,

While often criticized as commercial, the band was noted for creative arrangements and interpretations, and their cover choices gave exposure to Harry Nilsson, Laura Nyro, Randy Newman, Hoyt Axton, Russ Ballard and Leo Sayer. Their backing musicians included guitarist Mike Allsup, keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon, bassist Joe Schermie and drummer Floyd Sneed.[3]

By 1976 the hits had stopped, there were several member changes (Coming Down Your Way produced only one Top 40 hit and American Pastime failed to produce a charting single), Negron was taking the leads on many of their songs and Hutton left the group; Three Dog Night officially disbanded in 1977. Three Dog Night, an ABC Dunhill Records act was managed by Reb Foster and Associates of Beverly Hills and the band's concerts was promoted by Concerts West. The band got back together in the early 1980s, and Three Dog Night continues today with Hutton and Wells along with founding members Michael Allsup and Jimmy Greenspoon.

Other output[edit]

Before the formation of Three Dog Night, Hutton hit #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Roses and Rainbows" in 1965, during his tenure as a recording artist for Hanna-Barbera Records. Hutton also sang vocals with the power trio BBA on their eponymous album released by Epic in 1973.

After Three Dog Night split up, Hutton managed punk rock bands, including Fear. He also fronted Danny Hutton Hitters, whose cover of the Nik Kershaw song "Wouldn't It Be Good" appeared on the soundtrack for the 1986 film Pretty in Pink.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Chris Davidson. "Interview with Danny Hutton". Bubblegum Music.com. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  2. ^ Three Dog Night origins of the band's name
  3. ^ Steve Huey. Three Dog Night "Biography". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 

References[edit]

  • Three Dog Nightmare.Chuck Negron. Renaissance Books 1st edition (June 1999) ISBN 1-58063-040-5
  • One Is the Loneliest Number: On the Road and Behind the Scenes With the Legendary Rock Band Three Dog Night. Greenspoon, Jimmy and Bago, Mark. Pharos Books (January 1991). ISBN 0-88687-647-8

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