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Jimmy Greenspoon (born February 7, 1948) is an American keyboard player and composer, best known as a member of the band, Three Dog Night. He currently lives in Montgomery County, Maryland with his wife, Susie and their Jack Russell terrier who passed away on Dec. 5th, 2014 at the incredible age of 18.
Greenspoon's mother, Mary O'Brian, was a silent screen star who had film roles with stars such as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin (to name a few). His godfather was Jack Benny. His father was a successful businessman, owning his own textile factory. The family lived in Beverly Hills, California where Jimmy went to high school.
In the 1960s Greenspoon played in several local bands, including surf band The New Dimensions, with his lifelong friend, Academy Award winning producer, Michael Lloyd. After 52 years, five of the six original members, Jimmy, Michael Lloyd, Danny Belsky, Art Guy, and Craig Nuttycombe (David Doud died some years ago) are recording new material. A documentary following the group from the early 60's to the present day, is being put together.
He worked on the Sunset Strip during the turbulent 60's with groups Sound of the Seventh Son and The East Side Kids. They held residence at The Trip, Stratford On Sunset (now The House Of Blues) Brave New World, Bido Litos, Ciros, and of course, the Holy Grail of clubs.... The Whiskey.
In 1968 while doing session work, he met a trio of vocalists, Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron, and Cory Wells who would soon have a recording contract with Dunhill Records and were looking for backing musicians. Greenspoon joined their new band Three Dog Night, which had staggering commercial success in the late 1960s and early 1970s.They had 21 consecutive hit records, and 15 albums selling over 100 million units to this day. They were also the first rock group outside of The Beatles, to play an entire tour in outdoor stadiums. Greenspoon was the first musician hired, playing Hammond organ and Wurlitzer electric piano.
Greenspoon helped re-launch Three Dog Night in the mid 1980s. In 1991 Greenspoon co-authored a book with Mark Bego, about the band entitled One Is the Loneliest Number: On the Road and Behind the Scenes With the Legendary Rock Band Three Dog Night. He is still touring with Three Dog Night as of 2013.
Jimmy has worked on records and stage with many of the most exciting artists and groups in the music industry including America, The Beach Boys, Beck Bogert & Appiece, Nils Lofgren, Lowell George, Donovan, Eric Clapton, Buddy Miles, Stephen Stills, Jeff Beck, Chris Hillman, Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, James Burton, Hal Blaine, Leon Russell, The Wrecking Crew, Osibisa, Shaun Cassidy, Linda Ronstadt, Cheech & Chong, Redbone, and Jimi Hendrix.
Throughout his career, he has played on numerous hit records as a highly sought out session musician.
Greenspoon recently recorded a track, "The End", on a Doors tribute album (Light My Fire-A Classic Rock Salute to The Doors) set to be released in June, 2014. Over 40 classic rock artists from Yes, Asia, Deep Purple, and many more performed on this CD.
Jimmy continues his songwriting today writing scores for movies, TV and commercials. He is currently writing the original score for indie movie "Sins Of The Midnight Sons" by Kimberly R. Morgan, and working on other film and cable TV projects. He also looks forward to releasing an all star CD of cover tunes and original music with some of his famous friends from over five decades in the business.
During a short break from TDN in the early 80's, Jimmy also wrote, recorded, and played live shows with his old friends Redbone.
He is currently working on his second book. It will focus on his 30 years of sobriety, with chapters devoted to his wife Susie, and granddaughter Rachel.
He also recorded a new organ solo for the classic Yes song "Roundabout" with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Greenspoon is a member of the Board of Directors for the Murray-Wood Foundation, which serves as support, education and as an advocate for patients and caregivers dealing with orphan diseases not limited to but including Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Arnold Chiari Malformation, Tethered Cord Syndrome, Syringomyelia and Mastocytosis/Mast Cell Activation Disorder as well as providing charitable giving to other non-profit organizations for research regarding said diseases.